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ESP Original Custom Sonic II

ESP Original Custom Sonic II


ESP’s Custom Shop in Japan struck a deal with Sega (also in Japan) to produce a limited run of Sonic the Hedgehog guitars. While these instruments were built for Japanese release only, ESP USA, in North Hollywood, CA., was able to convince the ESP Custom Shop to build a small handful for the USA. Rainbow Guitars ordered one immediately, and this stunning shredder has finally arrived.

I remember playing Sonic on the Sega Genesis back when I was gigging in an Arizona Metal cover band. Next, was Sonic Adventure on the Sega Dreamcast, recently married and living in Los Angeles. When Sonic Adventure 2 came out, I was divorced, working a day job and doing studio session work in the evenings. Now, happily married with two children, I play Sonic Generations on the Xbox 360, and soon my kids will be playing Sonic on their iPads. Wow, Sonic has been with me for more than half my life, and while his games are good, it’s what he represents that I like most… Blazing speeds at the edge of control, constantly pushing the envelope, trying to reach new heights and discover new paths with style, hey, am I talking about Sonic or Heavy Metal guitar shredding? It seems fitting to have Sonic represented on a shredder’s guitar, and Sonic looks crazy cool on this Metal axe.

This ESP Original Custom Shop Sonic II guitar is the third ESP Custom Shop guitar I’ve played this year, and each time I’ve played one, I’m blown away. There is a night and day difference between ESP’s Custom Shop and there standard E-II and USA lines. The amount of precision, care, craftsmanship, and knowledge that went into this instrument is immediately evident through its playability and tone. On lightly driven amp settings, this instrument has an extremely articulate sound that will emphasize even you most subtle nuances. When driven hard, this guitar comes alive with notes singing from your fingers and harmonics choiring through your speakers with ease, the entire fretboard becomes a hammering and tapping playground for your wildest endeavors. Great instruments inspire, all musicians create, forge these two together, and the ESP Original Custom Shop Sonic II guitar will take you to new heights and lead you down new paths with style! Buy this one today. - Scott

Update – I’m now playing Sonic Forces on Xbox One, an awesomely fun game with current generation graphics. I’m also shredding guitar better than I ever have in my lifetime. Coincidence?  

Serial # E3730172

Weight: 7lbs 13oz

ESP Original Custom Sonic II Features:

  • Alder Body
  • Hard Maple 3P Neck, Bolt On Construction
  • Ebony Fretboard
  • Thin U Neck Carve
  • 25.5" (648mm) Scale Length
  • 24 Jescar FW55090-NS Frets
  • Original Floyd Rose Trem and Locking Nut
  • Seymour Duncan SSL-4 Quarter-Pound Neck Pickup
  • Seymour Duncan TB-4 JB Bridge Pickup
  • Gotoh SG360-07 MG Tuners
  • Open Wheel Truss Adjustment
  • Contoured Heel
  • 1 Volume, 1 Tone, and a 3-way Toggle Selector Switch


  • ESP Exclusive Sonic Hardshell Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity Signed by Sega Sound Director (and guitar shredder) Jun Senoue
  • Special Sonic Polishing Cloth
  • Sonic & Shadow Pickset
  • Sonic Musical Score by Jun Senoue

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Price: $4,999.00

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