Chapman ML2, made in China in 2010, with Floyd Rose and Dimarzios. This guitar is numbered '006', it's part of the first run of 250 original ML2s out of China. Rob Chapman is an innovative UK designer, and this is one of the earliest production examples of his work. The shape is similar to a Les Paul, but with some deep contours to lighten the solid mahogany and increase playing comfort. It's intuitive in the hands: solid, fast neck, light and well balanced, easy access to upper frets. These guitars were designed as a platform for modding, and this one hasn't escaped the urge: it's got a sweet pair of passive Dimarzios and has been routed for Floyd Rose bridge. The bridge lends the guitar a heap of sustain and stability, makes a lot of sense feel-wise and opens up a whole lot of sonic possibilities. The switching allows each pickup to be split to a single coil, as well as running the coils in series or parallel; handy little options. Unique, rare, sonically rich and understatedly beautiful... great guitar!
Model: Chapman ML2
Made: China, 2010
Finish: natural matte
Neck: maple/mahogany three piece, ebony board
Mods: floyd rose tremolo and locking nut installed, some routing involved
Case: Gator LP flight case, great quality and condition
Neck pickup: Dimarzio PAF Joe passive humbucker
Bridge pickup: Dimarzio D-Activator passive humbucker
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. The body and neck are in tidy condition with just minor dimples and scratches. The matte finish has aged to semi-gloss around the heel, below the neck pickup and in some places on the back. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Wearing fresh 10-46 strings and ready to go.