Up for sale, a 2008 ESP Craft House Superstrat in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original gigbag. ESP's Japanese Craft House (one of numerous custom shops) is famous for producing unique, one-of-a-kind handmade instruments for their clientele, built to nearly any specification and catering to all idiosyncratic needs. This particular model is a no-frills shredder, featuring an S-style body, maple neck/fretboard with black skull and crossbones inlay, a reverse headstock, a Floyd Rose tremolo, and a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers.
The neck position humbucker is a Seymour Duncan ‘59 PAF-style humbucker; one of Seymour Duncan’s most popular offerings, this pickup is prized for its versatility and warm, full sound with clear note attack and sweet, singing sustain. The bridge pickup is a JB (TB4), SD’s most popular pickup and the original hot-rodded humbucker. This high-power pickup delivers full, powerful lows, crisp and detailed highs, and an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords and translates to a singing, vocal-like quality for melodic playing. Weighing 7lbs 8oz, this ESP has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender D-shaped profile carve with full shoulders, lightly rolled fretboard edges and a fast feel, measuring .815” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The fretboard has a 12” radius, and the jumbo fretwire is pristine, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2“ scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The treble-side cutaway and neck heel are both contoured for upper register access. The locking nut measures 1 11/16” in width, and on the reverse headstock, the black Gotoh tuning machines function reliably. The CH (Craft House) prefix serial number denotes both the factory and year of production.
The simple electronics function as intended, with the pickups governed by a Master Volume knob and a three-way pickup selector toggle. The original CTS pot dates to the 26th week of 2008. The black-plated hardware is notably clean, including the dome-topped knurled knob and the genuine Floyd Rose tremolo, which is complete with the original arm.
Cosmetic wear is limited to one small finish chip, and a scant few tiny dings on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back and sides. There is also very minimal buckle wear central to the lower bout on the back. The smooth satin finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original ESP-branded padded gigbag is included.