Up for sale, a 2006 ESP Edwards E-SA-118LT semi-hollow 335-style electric guitar in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A premium Japanese-made iteration of the 335 platform with a substantial '50s-style neck profile carve, the E-SA-118LT features a solid carved maple top and back, a one-piece mahogany neck, factory-installed USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers, and a semi-gloss nitro lacquer Cherry finish.
This Edwards has gone through multiple model name changes as the price has increased (from 118,000 yen to 125,000 yen and now to 160,000 yen), and the E-SA-118LT is the original designation, later rebranded as the E-SA-125-LTS and the E-SA-160-LTS.
Unlike a Gibson ES-335 which has all laminate body construction, this Edwards boasts a solid, carved maple top and back, delivering a cutting midrange and a bold, muscular low end. Dynamic and clear, these defining qualities translate well through the USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers, with an SH-2N Jazz in the neck position and SH-14 Custom Custom Custom at the bridge. The SH-2N boasts an Alnico V bar magnet and a special coil wind for a glassy treble response and full, tight bass, while scooped mids help each note to sing clearly even under high gain. The SH-14 is a brighter, Alnico V version of the popular Custom Custom humbucker. It has a full tone, also with some tailoring of the midrange, with a nice balance of bass and treble. The guitar weighs 8lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a substantial, round ‘50s-style C profile carve with generous shoulder and baseball bat-worthy heft, measuring .895" deep at the 1st fret and 1.005" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features small block inlay and the original flawless medium jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays easily up the straight neck and 24 3/4" scale with notes that ring out clearly in every register. The nut measures 1 11/16" in width, hand-carved from bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. The headstock has a traditional "open book" shape, and the Grover Rotomatic-style Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, all of the electronics function as intended with dedicated Volume/Tone knobs for each humbucker and a three-way pickup selector toggle. The nickel plating is clean on the ABR-1-style bridge, stopbar, and pickup covers, and the covers retain their original factory stickers noting the USA-made Seymour Duncan pickups. The semi-gloss nitro lacquer finish is a deep shade of Cherry, very representative of an early ‘60s Gibson and framed by factory ambered body and neck binding. Cosmetic wear is limited to just a few faint finish scratches on the body as a whole, while the finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included.