SOLD - This ESP USA Eclipse features:
- Flame Maple Top w/ Copper burst finish, 8.4 pounds
- Chambered Mahogany back
- Natural masked binding
- 3-piece 'Thin U' Mahogany neck - Cream binding
- Ebony Fingerboard
- 1.650" nut and 12" radius, 24-3/4" scale
- Jescar FW57110 - Stainless Steel Frets
- Seymour Duncan APH-1 neck pickup
- Seymour Duncan APH-1 bridge pickup
- 3-position pickup switch
- 2 x vol 1 x tone controls and push/pull coil tap
- TonePros T3BT bridge
- Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners
- ESP USA Form Fit Deluxe Case
- Made in USA
As of 2018 we are excited to announce our partnership with ESP guitars. After a serendipitous introduction to the people and products of ESP at the winter NAMM show, getting on board was a natural. For nearly 50 years ESP has played a many important roles in the music industry; starting out in the spare parts business, which transitioned into OEM guitar manufacturing, and ultimately their own ESP branded products.
This ESP Eclipse comes from their USA factory in North Hollywood, California. They make plenty of guitars for ready availability but it's really more of a well-oiled custom shop. The USA builders take classic ESP designs to a new level, with world-class materials and an extra focus on artistry. The Eclipse is their classically influenced rock guitar that is built to have an authoritative voice. The combination of a Mahogany body capped with Maple is the quintessential "best of both worlds" platform. Mahogany (chambered for weight savings) is a dense tonewood that provides warmth and richness while the Maple cap accentuates the treble side of the spectrum. Combined with a deep set 3-piece Mahogany neck, the Eclipse has a deep resonant voice and excellent sustain.
The pickups in the Eclipse are trusty Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro II's. We are big fans of soft magnet humbuckers and the make a great pairing with the Eclipse. The Alnico Pro humbuckers use Alnico II magnets which have soft magnetic field, second only to Alnico III. That sounds bad, but hear us out. With the weaker more "uneven" magnetic field, the strength isn't as focused on one set of frequencies, so you get a more more complex harmonic response. The lows are rounder, the mids are richer and the biting highs are sweetly softened. Through our Little Walter Octal 50 Head, the APH's performed wonderfully.
Sometimes an Alnico II neck pickup can be a gamble because they already lean toward the warmer side of things but maple top and an snappy Ebony fingerboard give the low end a sturdy base. It's a great bluesy sound that is bouncy when clean and downright creamy with some gain. However we do have to give the MVP (most valuable pickup) award to the bridge. The nature of the Alnico II magnet scrubs away any harsh metallic edginess or upper midrange honk. The mids -- which are the heart of a guitar's voice -- are balanced, with plenty of texture and a singing high end that never gets fatiguing. Pile on the gain and they take on an expressive vocal quality that will really open up your soloing.
The neck on the Eclipse is what they call their "Thin U" profile. It's naturally comfortable and provides good palm support while being thin enough to get a thumb around the neck when necessary. For all the people thinking it: Yes, it seems to be somewhere in-between a Slim 60 and '59 profile. Aside from feel it is completely decked out. It's a 3-piece set-thru Mahogany neck with a slate Ebony fretboard and stainless steel Jescar frets. Ebony is a rare and seriously tough hardwood that's jam-packed with natural oils, so combining it with stainless steel frets is like playing on an ice rink. With a 1-11/16" nut width and modern 12" radius this neck was built for speed and accuracy.
Being fairly "old-school" guys when it comes to guitars and amps, taking on ESP was somewhat a surprise. We of course knew the ESP brand, but mostly by it's stereotypical and predominantly heavy metal image. Lucky for us we had some friends at ESP that were eager to show us the many sides of the ESP name, and when we held our first USA piece, it was over. Their designs are familiar yet refreshing and the USA shop delivers some the finest fit and finish you'll find on the market today. If you thought you knew ESP, think again.