Best Les Paul Shape ESP Guitars in 2024

Here you'll find the best Les Paul shape ESP guitars.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

There are affiliate links on this page that may earn us a commission if you purchase after clicking. We are members of the Amazon Associates Program, and many others. However, we compare each guitar against each other under the same parameters, so this doesn't influence our scoring.

1. ESP Will Adler Warbird Distressed

Compare
ESP Will Adler Warbird Distressed
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logo
Playability 80
Sound 79
Build quality 80
Value for money 65
Overall Score 80
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logo
  • 1 Prices - New from $10,455.69 >
  • From ESP's 2014 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Will Adler Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Will Adler Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • TOM Bridge & Tailpiece bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Show all Specs
  • 1 Prices - New from $10,455.69 >
  • From ESP's 2014 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Fishman Fluence Will Adler Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Fishman Fluence Will Adler Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • TOM Bridge & Tailpiece bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Will Adler Warbird Distressed
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Multi-Voicing Pickups
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

All Prices

2. ESP Iron Cross

Compare
ESP Iron Cross
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logo
Playability 80
Sound 79
Build quality 77
Value for money 64
Overall Score 79

What our users think

  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Hot (1 vote)
Own it? Share your opinion
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logo
  • 2 Prices - New from $7,230.46 >
  • From ESP's 2014 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Show all Specs
  • 2 Prices - New from $7,230.46 >
  • From ESP's 2014 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Iron Cross
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

All Prices

3. ESP Gary Holt EC

Compare
ESP Gary Holt EC
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logoMusician's Friend logo
Playability 78
Sound 81
Build quality 77
Value for money 64
Overall Score 79

What our users think

  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (9 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (5 votes)
Own it? Share your opinion
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logoMusician's Friend logo
  • 4 Prices - New from $7,032.47 >
  • From ESP's 2015 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 89R (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Show all Specs
  • 4 Prices - New from $7,032.47 >
  • From ESP's 2015 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 89R (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Gary Holt EC
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

All Prices

4. ESP RZK-II Burnt

Compare
ESP RZK-II Burnt
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logo
Playability 80
Sound 78
Build quality 77
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78

What our users think

  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (9 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (5 votes)
Own it? Share your opinion
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logo
  • 2 Prices - New from $7,999 >
  • From ESP's 2010 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Show all Specs
  • 2 Prices - New from $7,999 >
  • From ESP's 2010 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP RZK-II Burnt
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

All Prices

5. ESP Alex Skolnick FR

Compare
ESP Alex Skolnick FR
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logo
Playability 75
Sound 82
Build quality 77
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78
FIND IT ON:
Reverb logo
  • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Custom U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Show all Specs
  • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Flamed Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Custom U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Grover tuners
  • See all specs and compare >
Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Alex Skolnick FR
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

All Prices

    6. ESP Eclipse Custom

    Compare
    ESP Eclipse Custom
    FIND IT ON:
    Reverb logoSweetwater logo
    Playability 80
    Sound 78
    Build quality 72
    Value for money 62
    Overall Score 77

    What our users think

    • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
    • Pickups power: Hot (1 vote)
    Own it? Share your opinion
    FIND IT ON:
    Reverb logoSweetwater logo
    • 3 Prices - New from $5,703.09 >
    • From ESP's 2017 Eclipse series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Mahogany w/ Maple Cap body
    • Honduras Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
    • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tonepros Locking TOM & Gotoh Tailpiece bridge
    • Thin U Set neck
    • 22 XL Jumbo frets
    • Gotoh Locking tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Show all Specs
    • 3 Prices - New from $5,703.09 >
    • From ESP's 2017 Eclipse series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Mahogany w/ Maple Cap body
    • Honduras Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
    • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tonepros Locking TOM & Gotoh Tailpiece bridge
    • Thin U Set neck
    • 22 XL Jumbo frets
    • Gotoh Locking tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    ESP Eclipse Custom
    • Locking Tuners
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Strap Lock
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

    All Prices

    7. ESP Bill Kelliher Eclipse

    Compare
    ESP Bill Kelliher Eclipse
    FIND IT ON:
    Reverb logo
    Playability 80
    Sound 77
    Build quality 74
    Value for money 62
    Overall Score 77

    What our users think

    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (1 vote)
    Own it? Share your opinion
    FIND IT ON:
    Reverb logo
    • 1 Prices - New from $7,032.47 >
    • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Mahogany w/ Maple Cap body
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece bridge
    • Thin U Set neck
    • 22 XL Jumbo frets
    • Sperzel Locking tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Show all Specs
    • 1 Prices - New from $7,032.47 >
    • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Mahogany w/ Maple Cap body
    • Mahogany neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Distortion SH-6 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece bridge
    • Thin U Set neck
    • 22 XL Jumbo frets
    • Sperzel Locking tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    ESP Bill Kelliher Eclipse
    • Locking Tuners
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Coil Split Pickups
    • Strap Lock
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

    All Prices

    8. ESP Ben Burnley EC Baritone

    Compare
    ESP Ben Burnley EC Baritone
    FIND IT ON:
    Reverb logo
    Playability 78
    Sound 77
    Build quality 75
    Value for money 62
    Overall Score 77

    What our users think

    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (3 votes)
    • Pickups power: Slightly Hot (3 votes)
    Own it? Share your opinion
    FIND IT ON:
    Reverb logo
    • 1 Prices - New from $9,324.31 >
    • From ESP's 2017 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 27"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilted Maple top
    • Mahogany body
    • 3pc Maple neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Graph Tech Ghost Loaded Resomax NV Bridge w/ Gotoh Tailpiece bridge
    • Thin U Set neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo frets
    • Sperzel Locking tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Show all Specs
    • 1 Prices - New from $9,324.31 >
    • From ESP's 2017 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 27"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Quilted Maple top
    • Mahogany body
    • 3pc Maple neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan '59 SH-1N (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Graph Tech Ghost Loaded Resomax NV Bridge w/ Gotoh Tailpiece bridge
    • Thin U Set neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo frets
    • Sperzel Locking tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    ESP Ben Burnley EC Baritone
    • Locking Tuners
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Multi-Voicing Pickups
    • Strap Lock
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No High-Quality Nut
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

    All Prices

    9. ESP Alex Skolnick

    Compare
    ESP Alex Skolnick
    FIND IT ON:
    Musician's Friend logoReverb logo
    Playability 77
    Sound 77
    Build quality 75
    Value for money 61
    Overall Score 76
    FIND IT ON:
    Musician's Friend logoReverb logo
    • 2 Prices - New from $8,799 >
    • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Flamed Maple top
    • Mahogany body
    • 1Pc Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
    • Custom U Set neck
    • 22 XL Jumbo frets
    • Grover tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Show all Specs
    • 2 Prices - New from $8,799 >
    • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Flamed Maple top
    • Mahogany body
    • 1Pc Mahogany neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
    • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan AS Signature (Humbucker/Passive)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Speed knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
    • Custom U Set neck
    • 22 XL Jumbo frets
    • Grover tuners
    • See all specs and compare >
    Strengths & Weaknesses
    ESP Alex Skolnick
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Bone Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Coil Split Pickups
    • Strap Lock
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Neck-Through Build
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Tremolo
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

    All Prices

    Filter ResultsClear all filters×
    Price
  • General
    Brand
    Country of Origin
    For Hand Size
    Genre
    Great for
    Handedness
      Max Weight
      • Type desired range in pounds (lbs):
      Strings
      Body
      Body Finish
      Body Shape
      Body Type
      Body Wood
      Comfortability
      Decorative Top
      Weight Relief
        Neck
        Custom 12th Fret Inlay
        Fret Material
          Fret Size
          Fretboard Radius
          Fretboard Wood
          Headstock
          Inlay Material
            Inlay Position
            Inlay Shape
            Luminescent Sidedots
              Neck Joint
              Neck Profile
              Neck Thickness at 12th Fret
              • Type desired range in inches:
              Neck Thickness at 1st Fret
              • Type desired range in inches:
              Neck Wood
              Number of Frets
              Nut Material
              Nut Width
              Playstyle
              Scale Length
              Electronics
              Bridge Pickups Brand
              Configuration
              Neck Pickups Brand
              Pickup Mods
              Pickup Selector
              Pickups Power
              Tone Knobs
              Volume Knobs
              Hardware
              Bridge
              Hardware Color
              Knob Style
              Retainer Bar
              Strap Lock
              Tuners Type
              By Score
              Build Quality Score
                Build Quality Score
              • Type desired score
              Features Score
                Features Score
              • Type desired score
              Material Quality Score
                Material Quality Score
              • Type desired score
              Pickups Quality Score
                Pickups Quality Score
              • Type desired score
              Playability Score
                Playability Score
              • Type desired score
              Quality Control Score
                Quality Control Score
              • Type desired score
              Sound Score
                Sound Score
              • Type desired score
              Value for Money Score
                Value for Money Score
              • Type desired score
              Versatility Score
                Versatility Score
              • Type desired score