Archive for the ‘Guitar of the Month’ Category

A hearty congrats to our friend  Remain0Silent and his stunning Ran guitar.

For anyone interested, the specs of this beast:

Scale length: 25.5”
Construction method: Ran AANJ w/NTB style heel
Body shape: Crusher
Body material: Mahogany
Top wood options: Carved – Plain maple
Body binding: Top
Binding material: White plastic
Body finish: Hand-rubbed oil (black stain)
Headstock shape: Crusher
Headstock: Regular
Headstock finish: Match body finish (ebony veneer)
Headstock binding: White plastic
Truss rod cover: Ebony
Logo: White mother of pearl
Neck material: 3P Ovangkol
Neck shape: RAN-shape
Nut width Thickness at 1st/12th:19-21mm
Neck finish: Natural satin
Fingerboard material: Ebony
Fingerboard binding: White plastic
Number of frets: 24
Fret size: Dunlop 6100
Fingerboard radius: 15”
Fingerboard side inlays: Luminlay dots
Nut:GraphTech Black TUSQ
Hardware color:black
Bridge system: Hipshot Fixed 6-string
Tuning machines: Schaller M6 locking
Straplocks: Schaller
Pickups: BareKnuckle Warpig set (black coils)
Control knobs:1 x volume, 1 x tone
Pickup selector:3-way toggle

Great guitar from a company that will just about build you anything, I hope one day to take the plunge myself

All hail the RAN!

Alright, another guitar to feed my severe GAS for an ESP!  From the man himself:

Take a look at me now!

Thanks everyone for voting this GOTM! It’s a special order M-II NTB that as far as I can tell is one of a kind. The special part of the order is the ebony fretboard (instead of rosewood) and a color other than black.

The color is called Oxidized Iron. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I placed the order. I figured it would either be really cool and pull off the metal-like appearance, or look totally lame. I’m glad to say it looks great in person!!! Also, M-II’s normally don’t have paint on the back of the neck, but painted necks have never bothered me and I’m glad they kept the paint scheme going.

left handed ESP M-II

Baby got back

The guitar is very METAL, especially with the dual EMG 81′s. And in case anyone is wondering….yes, they do sound different! The 81 in the neck is a little more searing than I’m used to, but I have other guitars with the 85 and 60 in the neck, so it’s nice to have something different.

left handed ESP M-II

A little head

At the end of 2012, ESP announced that it will no longer be taking special orders on standard models, which means the only way to get a guitar like this in the future is to go full custom. I feel lucky to have it and I expect it will remain part of my permanent collection.

left handed ESP guitar

Take a look at me now



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