Up for sale, a 2015 Edwards by ESP E-UT-100SL Ultratone baritone in near-mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The original Ultratones were released in the ‘90s; this modern baritone iteration features an offset body loaded with a pair of USA-made Seymour Duncan humbuckers and featuring a 27” scale length. Designed for sale within Japan and uncommon outside its country of origin, this discontinued ESP/Ewards model is easily one of their more unique offerings.
Tonewoods include an alder body, three-piece maple neck, and bound rosewood fretboard, and this guitar has a resonant acoustic profile with good midrange warmth faithfully captured by the Seymour Duncan humbuckers. The 59 Custom in the bridge position combines one coil from the PAF-style ‘59 model and one from Duncan's hotter, higher output Custom, resulting in a pickup with great upper-midrange harmonic content and grit. The low end is tight and snappy, and the treble articulation and bite make this pickup perfect for guttural chunk. The SH-2 Jazz humbucker in the neck position is clear and sweet, perfect to ensure the baritone tuning doesn’t get muddy or washed out when chording. This Edwards weighs 7lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with roundwound strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders in every register, measuring .840” deep at the 1st fret and .905” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard is a tight-grained cut with a 12” radius, and the medium jumbo fretwire is flawless. This guitar plays cleanly up the 27” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod, and the bone nut measures 1.650” (42mm) in width. The Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch, with clean chrome-plated keystone buttons.
All of the electronics function as intended; the pickups are governed by a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls, and the stock harness is untouched, with full-size ESP-branded pots. The chrome-plated hardware is notably clean, including the pickup covers, Nashville-style bridge, and stopbar, and plastics comprise the pair of knobs and the three-ply black pickguard, which has some light pick wear along the strum path.
The gloss Metallic Flake Black finish features dense gold sparkle, and cosmetic wear is limited to just one single ding on the back central to the lower bout, and nary a scratch otherwise. The smooth semi-gloss finish on the neck profile is immaculate.
A Gator-brand gigbag is included.