Up for sale, a 1984 ESP TE model in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This rare, non-catalog ESP is decidedly unique, with tonewoods comprising a mahogany body and ash back, paired with a mahogany neck and dark rosewood fretboard. For decades, the ESP Custom Shop has crafted one-off, high quality instruments, and this Tele-style guitar is no exception.
The tonewood complement delivers the fundamental warmth and smooth growl of mahogany, and this ESP is rounder and punchier than most Teles, carving out its own sonic space while delivering on the promise of classic Tele twang and percussive cut via the USA-made Seymour Duncan alnico magnet single coil pair. Weighing 8lbs 9oz, this ESP has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard is a notably dark and tight-grained cut with a 7 1/4“ radius, and the stock slender fretwire is in great shape, only exhibiting a touch of light wear beneath the strings on the crowns of frets 1-4. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The headstock retains its original set of gold tuning machines, and there is an inked number on the back of the headstock, different from the serial on the four-bolt ESP-embossed neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended; the single coil pickups are wired to the stock harness with cloth-covered leads and full-size ESP/CTS pots that date to the 46th week of 1984, and the USA-made Seymour Duncan alnico pickups retain the factory stickers on their baseplates. The gold-plated control plate and dome-topped knurled knobs exhibit light surface patina, as does the six-saddle bridge.
The satin Walnut finish is lightly applied, exposing the pores of the mahogany and highlighting the dynamic grain in the ash back. Overall, this guitar is quite clean, with cosmetic wear limited to just a handful of minor marks on the body as a whole. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile feels fast in the palm.
A gigbag is included.