Up for sale, a 2009 Edwards by ESP model E-LP-98LTC in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A 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 a Vintage White 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. Notably lightweight for an LP-style guitar at just 7lbs 12oz, this Edwards has been 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 C-shaped profile carve, just shy of full-on “baseball bat” heft, with full, inviting shoulders in every register and optimal heft, measuring .875" deep at the 1st fret and 1.025." at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard adds to the articulation and glassy note attack of the instrument, sporting pearloid block inlay and flawless medium jumbo fretwire. This Edwards plays cleanly up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. In line with traditional Gibson spec, the scale length is 24 3/4” and the bone nut measures 1 11/16” in width. The headstock sports 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 both of which have notably clean gold plating. Plastics include the original quartet of witch hat knobs and multi-ply pickguard.
The Vintage White finish is genuine nitro lacquer, framed on top and back by multi-ply binding. This is an exceedingly clean example, with just a scant few faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is equally pristine.
A padded gigbag is included.