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 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
Bridge system: Hipshot Fixed 6-string
Tuning machines: Schaller M6 locking
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:
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.
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.
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.
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