Up for sale, a 1984 ESP MSV-220 "Michael Schenker" Flying V in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. Not to be confused with the "Edwards by ESP" iterations of the Schenker V which occasionally surface and were produced in subsequent decades, this genuine ESP-branded V is a model virtually unseen outside of ESP catalogs, with the MSV-220 making its first catalog appearance in '87 (ostensibly making this a special order variant, given the 1984 pot codes). A guitar that carried the hefty price tag of 220,000 yen new in the late '80s, roughly $2500 with inflation and currency conversion, it's no wonder that precious few of these ESPs were ever produced.
Faithfully replicating the specs of Michael Schenker’s signature Flying V, this guitar is loaded with a pair of LH-200 humbuckers wired to full-size USA-made CTS pots. An alnico III humbucker wound in the mid 7k ohms range, these pickups have a clear and dynamic quality, with focused low end with good midrange content, responding well both for cleans and higher gain scenarios. Although precious little information is available on the MSV-220, construction presumably mirrors their MX-220 Explorer-style instrument (a guitar forever synonymous with James Hetfield) with a solid mahogany body and neck. The guitar has a bold acoustic voice, and the natural warmth and midrange of the MSV-220 translates well through the humbuckers. This ESP is featherweight at 6lbs 6oz and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action, and solid intonation.
The neck has a slender C shape with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and filling out to .920" at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fingerboard features dot inlay and retains the original medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have their full factory height and plenty of meat, with wear extending almost exclusively beneath the plain strings up the fretboard. The guitar features a full 24 3/4" scale length, and the stock nut measures 1 9/16” in width. On the headstock, the original chrome “Made in Japan” tuners are intact, as well as a two-tone ESP logo and truss rod cover.
On the body, the electronics have untouched solder joints and function as intended with a three-way pickup selector toggle, Master Tone control, and individual Volume knobs for each LH-200 humbucker, wired to full-sized ESP-branded CTS pots that date to the 46th week of 1984. On the body, the nickel hardware includes the original Gotoh ABR-1-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece, and the white plastic Strat-style knobs are present too. The guitar is extremely well-kept, with light yellowing of the clear coat on the white half of the instrument and just a few scattered faint finish scratches and scuffs in the gloss on the body. There is a small spot of concentrated scuffing central to the back, but shy of what one would consider “buckle rash," while the neck profile is notably clean with a pristine smooth gloss.
A gigbag is included.