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ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« on: January 04, 2014, 06:18:49 AM »
Just bought a used ESP Horizon I NT in natural satin finish - Mahogany Body with flame maple top, Neck through and string through body.
PUs are Seymour Duncan Blackouts (Active PUs like EMGs, little bit more aggressive and more low end imo)





Perfectly fits my schecter hellraiser



Here is a little soundfile I just made to demo the sound

https://soundcloud.com/sologuitar-1/demo-sound-esp-horizon-nt-2007
« Last Edit: January 04, 2014, 09:28:13 AM by johannes.maas »

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 04:31:42 PM »
Congrats mate, nice looking ESP.
Did you fit Blackouts or did you buy that way?

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2014, 04:55:41 PM »
I bought it that way... The Horizons (at least the Horizon ii) come either with EMG, Blackouts or Seymour Duncan SH something actives.

Originally it had EMGs, the that sold it changed it to Blackouts. They seem to be excellent for hard riffing on low strings, not sure about normal hard rock or classic rock. I have to test it with my ENGL amp next week, just played it via my pod hd 500

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014, 07:40:39 PM »
What a cool looking pair of guitars. Each is beautiful but together they are awesome. Almost like negatives of each other.

Do they sound similar?

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2014, 02:51:52 AM »
The schecter has more heights, although the body is thicker. Maybe its bc of the fretboard or / and the pickups. Also it has less output. It is actually suitable for classic rock or even bluesy stuff. The ESP is a mean machine and imo just for really heavy stuff, thts most bc of the pickups though

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2014, 09:28:40 AM »
After playing with my rehearsal band and gig setup I decided to swap the active blackouts out. Will change the guitar to passive pu's. The Sd Blackouts have way too much output for my taste.

Just ordered a calibrated set of Bare Knuckle Pickups - Holy Diver with new capacitors (Jensen) and new CTS Pots with push push tone pot to coil split both neck and bridge pu.

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2014, 12:52:08 PM »
Bare Knuckles are supposed to be one of the best new comers on the market.  Excellent choice!

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2014, 12:34:09 AM »
I lost the plot & whacked a set of Blackouts in a ESP KH I had  a while back, I found them to be way over the top for me.
The BKP's get a lot of good reviews but they are fairly expensive.
I think they are similar to the DiMarzio Super Distortion?

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2014, 10:29:30 AM »
Duncan's are a great choice, on the used market, they are rather cheap.

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2014, 04:30:52 PM »
Have the Bareknuckles installed for nearly 3 weeks now. Holy Diver calibrated set.
Now the guitar gives me really the sound I was looking for. The split coil sound in the middle position is strat-like, Bridge Humbucker on dirt channel is full blast sound with easy to play pinch harmonics, that baby can scream (-:

I an considering also converting my Schecter Hellraiser to passive pu's - I may go for a pair of passive duncans though..

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Re: ESP Horizon NT Natural Satin (Santa was late this year)
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2014, 09:29:58 PM »
Passive pickups are my favorites, not that I spent much time on actives.  Never hurts to try them out.