I have a nice 2019 ESP E-II M1 guitar here. This one comes with it’s hardshell case.
Conditionally this guitar is nice and clean as a 2019 model should be. There are no marks of note and extremely minimal superficial signs of use only.
I found a very faint surface mark on the body back, and i see very little if any superficial swirling. I do not see any noteworthy smudging or glossing of the satin matte finish either. Anything i thought was a smudge cleaned up when i wipe it with a cloth. There may be just a faint trace of it near the knob. But overall this is about as clean of a black matte satin finish as i come across on a used guitar.
There is no fretwear, not buckle rash or worming or dings that i can discern. As always there may be a minute mark that i missed but overall this guitar is super clean.
I will rate it a 9.5/10 and grade it as excellent. It’s in excellent condition cosmetically, sonically and structurally in all areas.
This guitar is a simplistic masterpiece and excels equally for rhythm and lead. It has a 3 piece maple neck topped with an ebony fretboard both of these are high clarity woods, and our body wood is a “warm” wood being alder. This is a great combo that is often used on superstrat style guitars.
Now the single pickup and volume knob. Some people may think that is just a cheaper model lacking a neck pickup. But there is actually purpose and benefit to this layout.
Pickups have a magnetic pull on the strings. So while one thinks of your pickups as having output, but the magnet actually pulls on your strings while you are playing and speeds up the loss of sustain. Essentially the pull dampers how long your strings wring and vibrate for. PAF low powered magnetic pickups are regarded for their natural sustain for this reason. So the lack of a neck pickup enhances the sustain of the bridge pickup and reduces the magnetic pull on the strings. Likewise i believe their is a subtle improvement in resonance because instead of having a routed out hole with plastic on top of there, you have a solid resonating wood body.
The single volume knob, again is regarded as a less is more factor. It’s a more direct from the pickup to the guitar route. Overall these three factors are not dramatic. But they are subtle enhancements specifically tailored by purpose .
Single pickup guitars were very popular in the 1980’s during the shred era. They have still have a niche but devout following today among players in the know. So overall this is a great bang for the buck guitar. It’s a professional level hard rock metal guitar. A great alternative to a new ESP LTD model to as those are creeping up in price point over the years as well.
NOTE that currently Sales Tax will be charged in most states and Reverb has opted to cancel the External website that allowed for Tax free checkout. This was very popular and is missed. To those inquiring about any Tax free options. Because of this i am selling on other platforms and social media without Tax. But i cannot steer and guide you to them out of respect and compliance to Reverb. If you want a guitar on Reverb you have most likely will pay state sales tax so factor that into your purchase.
This guitar will be carefully packed, with sufficient filler and bracing in the shipping box and if needed a little in the case. I will detune the strings about one half a step prior to shipment. Another step i take is i will denote for it to be shipped “standing” with arrows drawn on the outer box and it will be marked fragile as well. It will be meticulously packed.
Thank you for reading and considering!
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