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2000s Edwards by ESP Limited Model E-LP-85SD Goldtop Electric Guitar w/ Seymour Duncan, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2000s Edwards by ESP E-LP-85SD Limited Model Goldtop in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An uncommon instrument made under ESP's "Edwards" banner in Japan and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this guitar is an excellent, high-quality analog for a Les Paul Standard. The instrument boasts a traditional tonewood complement including a solid mahogany body, Goldtop-finished carved maple top, one-piece mahogany neck, and rosewood fingerboard, ensuring a rich, powerful array of LP tones with singing sustain. Loaded with a pair of factory-installed USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers, the pickups include an SH-1 '59 PAF in the neck position and an SH-4 "JB" at the bridge.

From traditional Les Paul richness and warmth to ripping drive and growl, this LP covers a ton of tonal ground. The neck position SH-1 was designed in the spirit of the original PAF, with sweet singing sustain, wound to deliver full-sounding chords and midrange-forward attack. The SH-4 bridge pickup on the other hand is Duncan's original hot-rodded humbucker. 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 that translates to a singing, vocal-like quality when playing single notes or solos. Weighing 9lbs 13oz, this Edwards has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and accurate intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a very substantial ‘50s-style “baseball bat” C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .999” deep at the 1st fret and 1.090” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard sports flared trapezoid inlay and pristine stock medium jumbo fretwire, playing well in all registers up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The fretboard has a 12” radius, and the guitar conforms to traditional Gibson spec with a 24 3/4" scale length and 1 11/16" (43mm) nut width. The nut is also carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock is distinctive for retaining an "open book" shape, with gold silkscreen "Limited Model" text and Kluson-style single line tuners. These tuners are extremely accurate to vintage spec with lightly greened keystone buttons and tiny “Deluxe” text on the gear housings.

The electronics all function flawlessly, with the Seymour Duncan humbuckers wired to a traditional LP control layout, featuring a three-way pickup selector toggle and individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup with full-size pots. The ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stoptail have practically perfect nickel plating, and the original quartet of gold bonnet knobs are present. This is a particularly well-kept example, with cosmetic wear on the gloss Goldtop finish limited to a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body; largely on the back. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.

A padded Ritter-brand gigbag is included.