In Issue 22 of Guitar Interactive Magazine we once again have our usual high intake of in-depth guitar and gear reviews plus an exclusive live interview with Alter Bridge and Creed man, Mark Tremonti. We also meet David Bowie's 'The Spiders from Mars' guitarist Mick Ronson and world renowned bassist, Mo Foster. All of the above and whole lot more are available in Issue 22 of Gi.
Looking for the ultimate metalhead fixed bridge guitar? Rick Graham has found it.
But what if we told you that ESP’s stunning Horizon NTII had a few other tricks up
its sleeve as well?
ESP’s Horizon range was first introduced
by the company back in 1986 and has
undergone various changes, reviews and
additions over the years, although the core
design has stood the test of time.
As it stands, the latest Horizon model, the
NTII, is the quintessential superstrat with
the metalhead in mind. Well, that’s what we
were expecting and, in a sense, that’s what
we got. But - and it’s a big but - don’t be
fooled into thinking that it is all that this
exceptional guitar can do! Built with the
kind of quality and attention to detail that
we’ve come to expect from ESP, the Horizon
is no one trick pony.
Let’s take a closer look under the bonnet of
this charged-up metal monster.
The Horizon NTII, which incidentally
stands for Non-Trem, is certainly a very
impressive looking instrument. With a top
made of high grade flame maple, coupled
with a stunning finish, which incidentally,
in the case of our review model, is called
Reindeer Blue (they have blue reindeer? Who
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knew? - Ed), this instrument presents an
ultra aesthetic package that the majority of
metalheads would be divebombing over one
another to get their hands on.
Slightly unusually, the Horizon features a
thru-neck design, which means that the main
body consists of mahogany ‘wings’ either side
of a piece of maple which makes up the neck.
Turning the guitar over, you can actually
see the tell-tale maple stripe and mahogany
wings through the finish.
That maple neck with its thin U-shaped
contour, bears a lovely ebony fretboard and
24 XJ frets.
Offset block inlaid fretboard markers grace
the fine ebony board as do the initials ESP at
the 12th fret. There is some serious work in
this guitar and it shows.
The Horizon features the distinctive ESP
headstock loaded with Gotoh Magnum
The pickups comprise a Seymour Duncan
SH-4 in the bridge position and a Seymour