Up for sale, a 2011 Edwards by ESP Horizon III model E-HR-135III in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original padded gigbag. A sleek, expertly-crafted instrument with maple neck-through construction and alder body wings, a heel-less sculpture neck joint, and a rare Purple Haze finish, this Horizon III is designed for speed and high gain.
Loaded with Seymour Duncan USA-made pickups, this ESP features an SH-2N (Jazz) neck pickup and a TB-14 (Custom Custom) bridge pickup. Duncan's Jazz humbucker offers plenty of clarity and muscle, and when distorted the tone is full and bright for articulate speed runs. The TB-14 Trembucker (Custom Custom) is a versatile, all-around high-output humbucker with pronounced bass and treble registers and a scooped midrange that supports punchy rhythms and cutting leads. A global push/pull coil tap on the Tone pot further broadens the available sounds with a trio of settings for single coil sparkle and cut. This guitar weighs 7lbs 13oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, slinky action, and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece hard maple neck has a moderately slender C-shaped profile carve with ample shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .900” at the 12th. The ebony fretboard has a 12” radius, black pearloid binding, offset block position markers, and jumbo fretwire that retains its full factory height with well-rounded crowns. The frets show just a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 2-9, playing cleanly in all registers with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“ (648mm), and the locking nut measures 1.650 (42mm) in width. The matching headstock has black Gotoh tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The electronics all function as they intended, with the Seymour Duncan pickups governed by Master Volume and Tone controls, and a three-way pickup selector switch. The Volume control has a push/pull global coil tap, splitting both humbuckers and providing single coil functionality. The hardware is all clean and recessed into the body, including the dome-topped knurled knobs and the genuine USA-made Floyd Rose tremolo, which actuates smoothly and flawlessly for deep dive bombs and any sort of expressive warble.
The gloss Purple Haze finish is a unique application (more of a mottled pink than a purple), with a dimensional, textured look. This is an exceedingly well-kept example, with cosmetic wear limited to just a handful of faint finish scratches on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is flawless.
The original ESP-branded padded gigbag is included.