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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


Hello again, I’m proud to display this season’s winner on our websites’s front page.  As per Jake:

Lefty Explorer

Handle with Caution

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.

Lefty custom guitar exporer

Out in the wild

Beautiful guitar that is ready to do some damage!  Congrats!