Up for sale, a 2010 Edwards by ESP model E-LP-98LTC “Black Beauty” in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A discontinued instrument produced in Japan by ESP under the Edwards banner, this guitar is a faithful iteration of the LP Custom Black Beauty platform with a genuine ebony fretboard, mahogany body, carved maple cap, a nitro lacquer Ebony finish, all-gold hardware, and Seymour Duncan humbuckers.
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. At 8lbs 15oz, this guitar dishes out plenty of natural authority, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 string, 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 .870” deep at the 1st fret and 1.075” at the 12th. The bound slab ebony fretboard adds to the articulation and glassy note attack of the guitar, featuring 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 headstock has a slender repair along the E and A tuner posts, professionally addressed and structurally sound.
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 includes the ABR-1 bridge and corresponding stopbar, both with clean gold plating. Plastics include the original quartet of witch hat knobs.
The nitro lacquer gloss Ebony finish is framed on front by multi-ply cream binding, with cosmetic wear on the body limited to a few small dings on the lower bout perimeter, a patch of wear on the back central to the waist that falls short of full-on “buckle rash,” and just a smattering of microscopic dings and faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The smooth gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh-flawless.
A gigbag is included.