So after returning the E-II RZK-II guitar I wanted to find another guitar for my 20 years celebration of playing guitar. I needed to find something cheaper do to my economy and I decided to get something that would make a great addition to my collection in terms of both look and sound. The main criteria was maple neck thru with ebony fingerboard cause I love that hard edge on the single notes specially when soloing. So I looked high and low at the current ESP offerings, I wanted it to be a standard series guitar cause that is where my heart belongs and my fingers just love the ESP necks. At first I did not pay much attention to the Sugizo model when it was released at NAMM earlier this year but I did notice it coming in stock at music stores recently. The more I looked at the specs. and the more I googled different pics of this guitar the more I knew this would actually fit the deal perfectly and soon the gas was going through the roof!! I just had to get it.. I absolutely love this guitar!!! The look of the Sugizo horizon is drop dead gorgeous in person and it has an amazing smooth see thru black finish and comes with an awesome quilted top. So far all the tops I have seen on this model looked awesome, just a hint for those who might be tempted to get one.. I like that it is based on the shape and tone woods of the ESP original horizons from a few years back, probably why the CTM is used in the model name. It has a thin U neck profile which feels awesome to play and the finish is super smooth, definitely on pair with my ESP Formula which also has really smooth gloss finish. Sound is just awesome, the horizon weighs 3,4 kg and has a nice balanced resonance with great low-end and eminent sustain. Notes sound articulate and the TB6 fits perfectly in the bridge position to capture the tone woods in this guitar. So here comes the warning for everyone how might want to get one of these.. After I had unpacked the guitar and made the first overall look at the guitar I started to play this beauty and I quickly noticed that something felt different, my fingers was closer to the fretboard than usual! I double checked with one of my other guitars and it turned out that this horizon had indeed smaller frets. So I looked up the ESP USA website and it said XJ frets, I looked at the ESP Russian website and it said XJ too. So I decided to check out the ESP Japanese website and guess what, it said #23!! So I checked one of my ESP catalogs to find out what that is exactly, turns out the Sugizo model comes with Vintage frets!!! width 2.0mm height 1.0mm. Just be aware of this if some of you might want to get one. Link to Sugizo artist page at Japanese website: https://espguitars.co.jp/artists/7178/ It will challenge me a little but I'm still in love with this guitar! I made this video that not only shows me playing the Sugizo Horizon, it is also my first video using the Hughes & Kettner coreblade, the Synergy Syn-1 preamp and the Randall MTS 1086 module. Also included at the end of video is the first sound clip of my recently acquired KHDH Unicorn blood FUZZ pedal, more to come..