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2014 Edwards by ESP model E-LP-105CD JS John Sykes, Black Beauty Custom, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2014 Edwards by ESP model E-LP-105CD JS (John Sykes model) in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A staple in the ‘80s riff realm, Sykes is most notably known as a guitarist for both Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake. Featuring John’s signature aesthetic with mirrored pickup surrounds and associated plastics, this LP truly delivers the goods, with incredible attention to vintage Gibson spec.

A discontinued model rarely seen outside Japan, this Edwards features a mahogany body paired with a hard maple top, and a mahogany neck capped with a genuine ebony fretboard. The guitar offers plenty of natural power and punch with glassy treble-centric cut. Pickups include the pair of factory-installed USA-made Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion pickups. Duncan’s original high-output humbucker metering at 16k ohms, the SH-6 is aggressive and hot with tight low end and an upper-midrange bump for fat, crunchy chords and searing melodies. The neck pickup is Duncan’s hottest neck position humbucker, metering at 12.3k ohms, positively ripping when gained up and also capable of muscly cleans. This Edwards weighs 8lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a chunky '50s-style C-shaped profile with generous shoulder and ideal heft, measuring .875” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The bound ebony fretboard features pearloid block inlay and medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are in excellent condition and retain their full factory height with well-rounded crowns; only displaying a hint of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. 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 multi-ply bound headstock sports the classic “open book” shape, and the gleaming chrome Gotoh tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

All the electronics work as intended, with the stock pair of Seymour Duncans wired to a three-way selector switch and full-size Japanese pots with dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each humbucker. Plastics comprise the original quartet of black bonnet knobs, chrome pickup rings and switch tip, and the mirrored pickguard; which has been removed but is present in the gigbag. The ABR-1-style bridge and corresponding stoptail have bright nickel plating with just a light dusting of patina.

The gloss Ebony finish is framed by multi-ply white binding, and this guitar is notably clean, with cosmetic wear limited to a handful of faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole. The gloss finish on the neck profile is pristine.

A gigbag is included, along with the mirrored pickguard.