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ESP Original Exhibition Series 2017 Mystique See Thru Red
Item: ESEEX1738

ESP Original Exhibition Series 2017 Mystique See Thru Red

Item: ESEEX1738

I have held some truly incredible instruments in my life as a high end guitar salesman, but this ESP Mystique, is hands down the finest musical instrument I have ever laid my hands and eyes upon. ESP Custom Shop in Japan considers this a Fantasy Guitar, a guitar without restrictions or limits, a statement and testament of their ultimate craftsmanship and imagination. In Japan there is a term called Takumi, it refers to a Master Craftsman who will devote his life to perfecting his skill, and is a culture that runs strong through the ESP Custom Shop. Everything about this instrument is on a higher level than I’ve seen before, from the smallest details like the perfectly rounded fret ends, to the more obvious stunning fretboard inlay, everything is perfection. The headstock overlay is a piece of art in itself, worthy of staring at for hours, and the tuners have been “sunken flush” to the headstock to further enhance this beauty. The fretboard inlay is astonishingly detailed and beautiful; it is mind blowing how a Takumi (or Artisan) can achieve this level of craftsmanship. Quilted Maple, in America, is rated with an AAAAA scale, in Japan, they simply use the very best in the world, this is their philosophy, and this Quilted Maple cap is no exception. This top is so thick and richly quilted, that even the deepest carves remain strongly quilted, and radiate with 3D imagery. The pickup rings have been hand carved, cast from pure Sterling Silver, polished to perfection, and now proudly adorn this Masterpiece in an elegant skull design. The back of the neck has been carved from an exotically Flamed piece of Maple that is breathtaking to look at. Even the back control panels are made from Flamed Maple and have been stained to match the back of the neck, I can’t think of another builder who has done this so exquisitely.

Being a true collector’s piece of unsurpassed beauty and craftsmanship, I do not expect this instrument will get a lot of play time, but I just had to know how this one sounds. From my first gentle strum, this instrument vibrated with life and my ears perked up as I heard a complexly articulate tone that solidified my curiosity… Yes, this is the finest instrument I have ever played. – Scott

Serial # E6990162

Weight 8lbs 14oz

ESP Original Exhibition Series 2017 Mystique See Thru Red Features:

  • 1 of 1 Made
  • Quilted Maple Top
  • Honduran Mahogany Body
  • Flame Maple Neck
  • Set Neck Construction
  • MacArthur Ebony Fingerboard
  • Flamed Maple Binding on Fingerboard
  • Abalone and Pearl Skull Inlay
  • Flamed Maple Headstock Cap
  • Seymour Duncan Black Winter Pickups
  • Solid Silver Pick Up Rings by Yuzawa
  • Floyd Rose Original Trem with Fat Block


  • ESP Limited Hardshell Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity Mounted Inside Case

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