Up for sale, a 2015 Edwards by ESP E-SE-125M electric guitar in like-new condition and in perfect working order. Expertly crafted in Japan and rarely seen outside its country of origin, this quality take on the classic Strat platform is a Jimi Hendix-inspired instrument, right-handed in its factory configuration, yet with a mirrored body shape so that the right-handed player can appear to be playing their instrument "upside down." Tonewoods include an Olympic White-finished alder body, hard maple neck, and maple cap fretboard for a lively, balanced acoustic tone that has plenty of snap and articulation.
The guitar is loaded with the trio of factory-installed USA-made Seymour Duncan SSL-1 single coils which use hand-ground Alnico V rod magnets and heavy Formvar mag wire with a special wind pattern to produce that bright, glassy, bell tone with all of the bounce and sparkle you expect from the best '50s Strat pickups. The treble attack is crisp and immediate, the bass register remains articulate and focused, and chords ring out with clear note to note separation. The middle pickup is RWRP (Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity), offering hum-canceling performance in positions 2 and 4 on the 5-way switch and delivering quintessential Strat quack. This Edwards weighs 8lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with full-feeling shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .810” deep at the 1st fret and .915” at the 12th. The neck construction mirrors a '60s Fender, with no "skunk stripe" on the neck for truss rod installation. Instead, the rod is installed from the top of the neck with a maple cap fretboard. The slender frets are flawless, playing easily in all registers up the straight neck with a modern 10” radius and 25 1/2" scale length. The nut measures a full 1 11/16“ in width. The large Strat headstock features a set of Deluxe-branded Kluson-style tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and the back of the headstock has an ED15-prefix serial, dating manufacture to 2015.
On the body, the stock electronics function flawlessly, with a five-way selector switch and traditional Strat Volume/Tone/Tone control array governing the USA-made Seymour Duncan SSL-1 pickup trio. The chrome hardware shines like new, the plastics are equally clean, and there's barely a scratch on the gloss Olympic White finish. The ambered gloss on the neck profile is also flawless.