Up for sale, a 1987 ESP Flying V vintage electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original fitted faux leather gigbag. Crafted in Japan, this is an incredibly rare and early non-catalog vintage ESP, sporting a very Dean-like split headstock with a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. While there is precedent for this unique V shape boasting different length body points via examples from this era produced under ESP's Navigator sub-brand, the top-tier ESP-branded example is virtually unseen.
The pickups are cutting and thick, with a Dimarzio Super Distortion-esque humbucker in the neck position, presumably produced in-house by ESP, and a Seymour Duncan "Duncan Custom" SH-5 in the bridge. The Duncan Custom is a a bigger, beefier iteration of the PAF, perfect for searing leads and huge chords. The ceramic magnet and custom coil design provide compressed dynamics with an enhanced harmonic structure and excellent low-frequency response, pairing well with the neck pickup's meaty chunk and power. Engineered for high gain, these pickups offer great articulation for cutting, powerful riffs. Weighing 8lbs 8oz, this ESP has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, fast action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C shaped profile carve with modest shoulder and a fast, shred-worthy feel, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .945” at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard features pearloid dot inlay and pristine slender fretwire. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the bone nut measures 1 5/8” in width. The split headstock shape features the original single line Kluson-style nickel tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, the humbucker pair is governed by a three-way pickup selector toggle and Master Volume and Tone knobs, with original full-size Japanese pots which date to January of 1987. The knurled black knobs are clean as can be, with matching switch tip and pickup surrounds. The Strat-style tremolo has individual saddles for optimal intonation, actuating easily with three springs. The gloss White finish has a touch of aging in the clear coat, and cosmetic wear is limited to light scuffs at the wing tips, typical faint checking around the neck pocket, and a lone finish chip at the treble side headstock tip. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.
The original ESP fitted faux leather gigbag is included.