Up for sale, a 1993 ESP Jake E. Lee Signature SEJ-250 electric guitar in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A first-year example of a particularly rare signature model for Jake E. Lee, guitarist for Ozzy Osborne throughout the mid ‘80s, this ESP was expertly crafted in Japan with model specific details including a rare mahogany body, graduating fret sizes on the thick slab rosewood fingerboard, a sought-after Seymour Duncan JBJ humbucker in the bridge position, and a coveted hardtail bridge with a particularly thick string anchor block.
The mahogany body and rosewood slab board ensure a distinctive warmth and sonic richness not typically afforded a Strat-style instrument, with the increased resonance of the string through body design and a versatile pickup compliment. The early Duncan SH-4 JB humbucker in the bridge position has a "JBJ" sticker on the baseplate, wound by Maricela Juarez, current Seymour Duncan Custom Shop manager and pickup winding legend. The early JBs feature rough cast magnets, unlike the polished magnets used in current production, and these pickups offer a rich range of powerful tones. As Duncan's original hot-rodded humbucker, the JB has full bass response, crisp and detailed highs, and an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords but translates to a singing, vocal-like quality when you play single notes or solos. The staggered pole black bobbin alnico single coils in the middle and neck positions measure just under 7k ohms, offering plenty of clarity, with bell-like mids and ample treble snap and sparkle. Weighing 7lbs 10oz, this Jake E. Lee signature model has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and fast action.
The maple neck has an extremely slender and fast-feeling C shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in every register and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .725” deep at the 1st fret and .840” at the 12th. The extremely thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 9 1/2" radius and original fretwire. Per Jake E. Lee’s specs, frets 1-12 are medium jumbo in size, while the frets beyond the octave have a slender, vintage-style width. There is light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, extending exclusively beneath the plain strings to fret 12, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays well in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 24 3/4”, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. On the headstock, the chrome ESP-branded tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and unlike later Jake E. Lee models, this guitar has a simple "ESP Custom" designation.
On the body, the electronics all function flawlessly, with a five-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone controls for the HSS pickup array. The original full-size Japanese pots date to March of 1993. The chrome hardware has plenty of shine, showing just a hint of patina on the saddles and neck plate. Cosmetic wear is limited to faint scuffing in the pick path and a few small dings on the and scuffs mostly relegated to the lower bout body edge on the gloss Black body finish. The neck profile sports a smooth gloss finish.
A vintage Japanese faux leather gigbag is included.