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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.
Hello again, I’m proud to display this season’s winner on our websites’s front page. As per Jake:
The custom Lake placid Blue metallic explorer I had made for me was Mike’s first lefty build at Black Diamond Custom guitar. The guitar body and neck are made from mahogany. The neck is a 24 and ¾” scale with a rosewood fret board. I modeled the guitar after James Hetfield of Metallica’s white 1984-1987 Gibson Explorer. The pickup in the neck is an EMG 60 and an EMG 81 in the bridge. The guitar has Sperzel locking tuners on it and a tune o matic style bridge.
Beautiful guitar that is ready to do some damage! Congrats!