(SOLD) Edwards E-LP-98LTC Black 2010
Edwards E-LP-98LTC, black, made in Japan 2010. Edwards is the vintage style brand under the ESP Guitars umbrella, so they mostly make Fender and Gibson inspired offerings and are sold exclusively within Japan. This is an LP-Custom style offering, so you get the fun seven ply binding, ebony board, block inlays and gold hardware. The previous owner switched the gold covered pickups for a zebra set of the same models, which adds a little bit of punk swagger to the classy look. The neck is straight and stable and a comfy slim 60s shape; it feels great in the hands. The tone on offer is thick and round, with a crunchy juicy midrange and plenty of zest on the top end. It has that singing sustain that translates so well for up-the-neck leads, as well as the girthy punch to do chunky rhythm stuff with conviction. There's a lot to love here, it's a esp-ecially tasty take on a classic genre... har.
Model: Edwards E-LP-98LTC
Made: Japan, 2010, ESP plant (serial ED1031713)
Finish: black, nitro semi-gloss topcoat
Neck: mahogany, ebony board, 24.75" scale, 12" radius, slim 60s shape
Body: mahogany, maple cap
Mods: knobs and pickups replaced
Pickups: Seymour Duncan SH4 'JB' and SH1 '59 Model' humbuckers
Case: basic non-original bag
Cosmetic condition notes: The headstock has a small chip on the end and some dimples on the back near the high E tuner. The neck is clean and smooth in the hands, minor dimples and some rub wear on the back only. The back has widespread light scuffs around the whole body, most notably near the neck join and along the back edge, as well as some fingerprints in the elbow area that seem to have made a permanent mark on the finish. The sides have some dimples on the top horn and some scuffs in the elbow area and near the jack, as well as some rub wear on the bottom horn. The front has some scuffs around the back edge, near the knobs and around the tailpiece, some smudges in the finish in the elbow area and some play wear on the guard and horns. Overall: very good condition (7.5/10).
Playing condition notes: Neck is straight, action is low, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electrics tested and working properly. The frets have minor wear but there's plenty of life left, 7/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10/52 Moonshiners strings.