Up for sale, a 2013 ESP Edwards E-T-180BD Tetsuya signature model five string bass guitar in showroom clean condition and in perfect working order. Designed and built by ESP in Japan, the Edwards E-T-180BD is a signature model for Tetsuya with custom-designed Bardic Tricolour graphics courtesy of Japanese graffiti artist Kurry. With glow in the dark fret markers and an extra long 35” scale, this five string bass owes a visual and sonic debt to the Music Man StingRay and is sure to turn heads and perk discerning ears.
The one-piece hard maple neck and solid alder body provide an articulate, balanced tonal platform, while the Duncan designed pickups offer a commanding low end punch. The single coil JB-108NF J-style pickup offers more upper midrange grind and burp, while the bridge position MM-106 ceramic humbucker echoes Music Man's Stingray construction with a broad, authoritative sound that has plenty of muscle. A bevy of controls offer expansive tone sculpting ability, with a Master Volume, Pickup Blend knob, Coil Split switch, and active Three Band EQ. This Edwards bass weighs 10lbs and has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with roundwound strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.
The hard maple neck has a slender C shaped profile with modest shoulder at the nut and a rounder, fuller carve as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .955” at the 12th. The maple fingerboard features glow-in-the-dark dot position markers and side dots, and the stock slender fretwire is pristine. The bass plays well in all registers up the straight neck with a 12” fretboard radius and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is an extra long 35”, and the bone nut measures a spacious 1 13/16“ in width. The headstock features a bleeding heart graphic, Edwards logo, and chrome set of clover button Gotoh GB-11W tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, the active electronics function as intended, governing the ceramic magnet humbucker and J-style single coil. The chrome hardware is positively gleaming, and there's barely a scratch on the custom Bardic Tricolour finish by Japanese graffiti artist Kurry. The satin-finished neck profile is also flawless.
The original ESP gigbag is included.