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Edwards by ESP E-LP-92CD Custom Black Beauty w/ EMG 81, Ebony Board & Huge Neck, Japan


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Up for sale, an Edwards by ESP model E-LP-92CD electric guitar in perfect working order, upgraded with a pair of EMG 81 humbuckers. An uncommon instrument made in Japan under ESP's "Edwards" banner, this guitar is a faithful iteration of the LP Custom "Black Beauty" platform with a genuine slab ebony fretboard, mahogany neck, mahogany body, and carved maple cap. The guitar is loaded with an upgraded pair of EMG 81 active humbuckers. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the EMG 81 was designed for optimal note detail, enhanced high end cut, and fluid sustain, engineered so that lead work will slice through even the densest mix. The guitar weighs 10lbs 7oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The mahogany neck has a very fat 50s-style C profile carve, certainly worthy of the “baseball bat” moniker and actually in excess of most Gibson neck carves, measuring .935" deep at the 1st fret and 1.080" at the 12th. The genuine slab ebony fretboard adds to the articulation and glassy note attack of the instrument, with cream binding and pearloid block inlays. The board has a 12" radius, and the stock medium jumbo frets have plenty of meat and crown, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-9. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The guitar conforms to traditional Gibson spec with a 24 3/4" scale length, and the graphite nut measures 1 11/16" in width. The headstock is distinctive for retaining an "open book" shape and features gold Gotoh tuning machines with metal tulip buttons that turn smoothly and hold pitch as they should.

The electronics function as intended, with the EMG humbuckers wired to a three-way selector switch, individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup, and the 9V battery powering the pickups concealed in the control cavity. The ABR-1-style bridge and stoptail show light patina on the gold plating, and plastics include a quartet of replacement witch hat knobs. Cosmetic wear is limited to pick scuffing across the strum path, some dings at the waist on the back, and some additional faint finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. The neck profile sports a flawless smooth gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.