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2000s Edwards by ESP E-HR-135FM See Thru Blue w/ Seymour Duncan Pickups & Case, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2000s Edwards by ESP E-HR-135FM in 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This finely crafted Superstrat, produced in Japan by ESP under the Edwards banner, is an elegant, upper-tiered model that features a pair of coil-splittable Seymour Duncan humbuckers, a Floyd Rose tremolo, and a dimensional, deeply-figured bookmatched flame maple top.

This Edwards features nine piece hard maple/walnut neck-through construction, with ash body wings, a bookmatched two-piece carved flame maple top and 24-fret ebony fretboard. These tonewoods yield a naturally resonant acoustic profile with sonic breadth, immediacy and glassy articulation, qualities faithfully captured by the stock pair of USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers. The APH-1n Alnico 2 Pro in the neck position delivers the soft treble attack and low string pull of an alnico bar magnet, combined with a special vintage output coil wind to create a warm, sweet tone that is smooth and full, with tons of natural sustain. The TB-5 Custom Trembucker at the bridge offers a balance of power, sustain, and distortion, and cuts through with a distinctive high end and midrange attack. Additionally, the global coil tap switch enables single coil sparkle and snap. This Edwards weighs 7lbs 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.

The nine-piece hard maple/walnut has a slender D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The 24-fret bound ebony fretboard features pearloid dot inlay, and the jumbo fretwire is practically perfect, only exhibiting a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. This guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale, with a heel-less neck contour which allows for unparalleled access to the upper register. The neck is straight and the truss rod is responsive and optimally-adjusted. The locking nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The bound headstock sports a matching flame maple veneer, and the Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are governed by a three-way pickup selector switch, global two-way coil tap switch, and Master Volume and Tone controls. The chrome plating on the dome-topped knurled knobs and genuine Floyd Rose tremolo is clean, and the tremolo actuates smoothly and bounces quickly back to pitch from deep dives.

The gloss See Thru Blue finish reveals the tight, consistent flame figuring across the bookmatched maple top, and the clearcoat exhibits some yellowing, resulting in a greener hue. Cosmetic wear on the finish is limited to two moderately-sized chips along the lower bout perimeter, with an area of buckle rash central to the back, largely concentrated on the trem cavity cover, and a handful of faint scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included.