Up for sale, a 1984 ESP The Mirage Standard in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, outfitted with a Seymour Duncan TB-4 (JB) humbucker. First introduced in 1984, this ESP offering was clearly built for the Superstrat crowd. It was from the first series of Mirage guitars produced by the ESP, with unique features including the Flicker II tremolo system and a gloss Transparent Cherry Red finish, including the maple neck and fretboard.
Tonewoods include a mahogany body and one-piece maple neck, and this guitar has a resonant acoustic profile with ample top end articulation and foundational warmth, faithfully captured by the Seymour Duncan TB-4 (JB) humbucker. Seymour Duncan’s most popular pickup, this “original hot-rodded humbucker” meters at 16.7k ohms and offers ample sonic authority. The low end is full and powerful, the highs are crisp and detailed, and there’s an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords and translates to a singing, vocal-like quality for melodic playing. This ESP weighs 7lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The one-piece maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve at the nut, gaining appreciably more heft and roundness in the upper registers, measuring .765” deep at the 1st fret and .935” at the 12th. The maple fretboard has a 15” radius, and the stock jumbo fretwire is practically perfect with just a hint of wear beneath the plain 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, and the stock nut measures 1.650 (42mm) in width, carved from bone for optimal clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original set of black Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The back of the headstock retains the small foil “Made in Japan” sticker, and the early serial number is embossed on the four-bolt neck plate.
All of the electronics function as intended; the upgraded Semour Duncan humbucker is wired to the stock harness with full-size Japanese pots, governed by Master Volume and Tone controls. The original black hardware all has a dusting of surface patina, including the dome-topped knurled knobs and the Flicker II tremolo system. The Flicker II has a unique two-piece design, featuring a four-screw pivot bar and a double knife edge tremolo section and hinges against the pivot bar, actuating smoothly and snapping quickly back to pitch from deep dives.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Transparent Cherry Red finish is limited to a handful of minor dings along the lower bout perimeter, some scuffing on the treble side of the strum path, and a number of faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, largely concentrated on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth Cherry Red gloss.
A padded faux leather gigbag is included.