Up for sale, a 2013 Edwards by ESP E-TE-105FM guitar in near mint, 100% original condition and perfect working order. Part of ESP’s Edwards series of guitars built in Japan and marketed exclusively to the Japanese market, this T-style guitar boasts a contoured alder body, bound bookmatched flame maple top, and a hard maple neck, with premium features including gold hardware and USA-made Seymour Duncan pickups.
The pickup complement includes an STR-2 Hot Tele pickup in the neck position and an STL-2 at the bridge. The STR-2 offers a vintage tonal palette with increased output and overall thickness, while the STL-2 has similarly hot output, retaining Tele twang without compromising full, fat mids and lows. Weighing 8lbs 1 oz, this Edwards has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The hard maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with well-rounded shoulders, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The 22 fret maple fretboard features a modern 9 1/2" radius with black dot inlay and stock medium jumbo frets which are practically perfect and retain their full factory height. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2” scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original bone nut measures 42mm (1.650") in width, and the original single line Kluson Deluxe-style gold tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, all the original electronics function exactly as intended, with a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The Tone knob also has Push/Push Dual Mode functionality, engaging both pickups for a "thick humbucker sound." Hardware includes a six-saddle string through body bridge, and the gold plating on the hardware shows only the faintest hint of patina. The three-ply brown tortoise pickguard is similarly clean, with just a bit of light pick scuffing.
The Honey Sunburst gloss finish is framed by cream binding, and the bookmatched top has straight flame figuring extending liberally across the maple. Cosmetic wear is limited to a few faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the back, and some minor pick wear extending beyond the edge of the pickguard on the treble side.
The original ESP-branded padded gigbag is included.