Up for sale, a 2006 Edwards by ESP model E-LP-98LTC in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A rare, discontinued instrument made in Japan under ESP's "Edwards" banner, this guitar is a faithful iteration of the LP Custom platform, with a genuine ebony fretboard, mahogany body, carved maple cap, and an Antique White satin nitro lacquer finish.
The guitar is loaded with its stock pair of USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers, with an SH-1 in the neck position and SH-4 at the bridge. The SH-1 neck pickup 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 JB bridge pickup 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. The guitar weighs 9lbs, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a substantial "baseball bat" C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders in every register, measuring .900" deep at the 1st fret and 1.015." at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard adds to the articulation and glassy note attack of the instrument, sporting pearloid block inlay and original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets show virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The guitar conforms to traditional Gibson spec with a 24 3/4" scale length and 1 11/16" wide nut. The headstock is distinctive for retaining an "open book" shape framed by multi-ply binding, featuring gold Gotoh tuning machines with metal tulip buttons that turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.
The electronics function as intended, with the factory-installed Seymour Duncan humbuckers wired to a three-way pickup selector toggle and full size pots, with individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup. Hardware comprises the ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar, and the gold plating shows uniform surface patina. Plastics include the original quartet of witch hat knobs.
The Antique White finish is genuine satin nitro lacquer, designed to replicate the graceful yellowing of the clear coat seen on vintage Alpine White Gibsons. Cosmetic wear on the guitar is limited to a couple microscopic dings on the front and a few light finish scratches on the back, while the finish on the neck profile is pristine.
A silver padded gigbag is included.