Up for sale, a 2012 ESP Edwards E-SA-125-LTS semi-hollow 335-style electric guitar in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and an upgraded Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece. A premium Japanese-made iteration of the 335 platform, the E-SA-125-LTS features a solid carved maple top and back, a one-piece mahogany neck, factory-installed USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers, and a satin nitro lacquer Cherry finish.
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 9lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a rounded medium C shape with modest shoulder, measuring .835" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard features small block inlay and the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and crown, with faint wear exclusively beneath the plain strings on the crowns of fret 2-12, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. 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 and pickup covers, and visible through the bass-side F hole, the original orange oval Edwards label is present, touting the guitar's solid carved top and back. The upgraded USA-made Bigsby B7 vibrato engages easily for warbles and dives, and the stoptail inserts have been cleanly plugged with removable caps. The satin 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 faint scuffing in the pick path and light scattered scuffs on the body. The neck sports a smooth satin finish, buffed to a semi-gloss by contact with the palm.
The original black tolex hardshell case with green plush interior is included.