ESP E-II vs Standard: how's the quality?

Turbo911

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People mostly bitch about the lack of the "ESP" logo on the headstock and compare E-IIs to LTD Elite based on practically no hard evidence. Is there anyone who has actually had some experience with E-IIs and Standards and could objectively tell us whether E-IIs are in fact inferior to Standards?

Also, I've read some discussions online, and it is unclear to me: so are E-II series guitars cheaper, more expensive than the discontinued Standard series or priced the same? And I know that ten years ago Standards cost under $1000, so I'm asking about the most recent prices of the Standards.
 

Mr. Mukuzi O

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I had a look at an E-II yesterday; the shop had a few LTD Elite, standard series and E-II guitars. They all looked pretty much the same. And all three were similarly priced.

The confusion in my mind comes from the ESP company, the first announcement I heard stated that the E-II line was replacing the LTD Elite, then the second word from ESP I heard stated that the E-II replaced the standards.
The marketing side of ESP is just hopelessly lost in my opinion.
 

Sancho

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I have both a bolt on ESP MII and a neckthrough E-II MII.
There is no discernible difference in build quality or hardware between the two.
Another E-II is high on my wishlist.
 

maniac

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I believe ESP chose the E-II series so that only the ESP Original Series and ESP Custom Shop can use the ESP logo.

E-II Series and ESP Standard Series should be of the same quality.
 






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