I picked this up from an Ebay seller in Japan about a year and a half ago, and it immediately became my favourite six-string of all time. Mid-to-late 90s custom-ordered ESP - not a Mirage, Horizon, or Maverick, I don't know what you'd call it. But it's comfy as hell, sounds massive, cuts like a knife, and plays like sex.
Originally built around an ESP Synclair trem, but it came to me with a chrome OFR, chrome hardware and anonymous black pups. So I've slowly been picking up bits and pieces to make it blacker & greener.
Dropped it off at the LGS for the pup & hardware swap, and got it back today.
- Chrome ESP tuners swapped for black Schallers
- Chrome Floyd swapped for black
- Stock pups swapped for green Tone Zone/FS-1/Air Norton
- 11-49 in D Standard
All went well but for two issues: the black replacement nut I supplied is apparently a fair bit taller than the chrome nut that's on there now, enough that it makes the action redonkulously high. So I can either route the nut shelf down or file down the underside of the black nut, either of which can wait for a rainy day.
Also a Floyd just barely fits into the Synclair baseplate routing, but unfortunately the string lock screws stick way out the back, over top of the route, so pull-up travel is very limited on this guitar, since the string lock screws hit the top of the body. That issue was there before though, so oh well. Dives like a mofo anyway.
Still want to replace the knobs, coil-tap switch, jack plate and strap buttons with black, and get the nut figured out.
Anyway, I'm happy to have it home and I think it looks sexy with its new additions. Pics and then I go play.
And with its green brethren...
Thanks for looking.
Phenomenal looking guitar man!
Those floyd screws sticking so far out past the route would scare the hell out of me.