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2004 ESP Custom Shop Snapper CTM Superstrat HSS Electric Guitar Aqua Marine, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2004 ESP Snapper CTM electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original padded ESP gigbag. Handbuilt in Japan by master luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop, this premium Superstrat features a bookmatched quilted maple top with a gloss Aqua Marine finish, basswood body, maple neck and slab 22 fret fingerboard, and ESP Custom Lab HSS pickup configuration. The alnico magnet single coils in the neck and middle positions offer a balanced, focused response (with a RWRP middle pickup), pairing well with the commanding bridge position humbucker, metering at 13.6k ohms with ceramic magnet construction. Weighing 7lbs 14oz, this ESP has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation, and low action.

The one-piece maple neck has a fast-feeling, slender C-shaped profile with modest shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .835” deep at the first fret and .910” at the 12th. The slab 22 fret maple fretboard features abalone dot inlay, a 240mm to 350mm compound radius (9.5"-13.75"), and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height and plenty of meat, with a hint of wear exclusively beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-8, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an optimally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is a full 25 1/2“, and the carved bone nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width. The headstock features chrome Sperzel locking tuners which hold pitch exceptionally well with heavy vibrato use.

On the body, the electronics work as they should, with a five-way pickup selector, Master Volume and Tone controls, and a two-way mini toggle that offers bridge humbucker-only operation, regardless of the pickup selection on the five-way switch. This mini toggle is particularly handy for quickly toggling between single coil spank and aggressive humbucker punch. The chrome plating on the hardware is gleaming, and the plastics are equally well-kept. The FLICKER-III two-point tremolo has a quick, effortless response for sharp flutters and deep dives, jumping back to the original pitch with ease. Cosmetic wear is limited to a small spot of light buckle rash between the neck plate and tremolo cavity cover, and a few tiny marks and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The neck profile sports a smooth gloss finish.

The original padded ESP gigbag is included.