electric guitars

ESP USA M-III

The ESP USA M-III was introduced in 2014 and is made at ESP's new North Hollywood facility. The USA M-III has several new premium features compared with older M-IIIs : ebony fingerboard, a non-pointy non-reverse headstock, 24 frets, Seymour Duncan pickups (including two stacked STK-S4 humbuckers), flamed maple top, transparent copper, blue or black finishes and an ESP-USA inlay at the 12th fret.

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EPIPHONE GENESIS DELUXE PRO

The Epiphone Genesis Deluxe PRO was made in 2013, production was limited to 500 of each color. It was based on the Epiphone Genesis model from 1979-1981 but with some differences including: an extra tone control, push-pull coil taps instead of a DPDT switch and a flame maple veneer top. Pickups are Epiphone ProBucker-2 in the neck position and an Epiphone ProBucker-3 in the bridge position.

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AVON

The Avon brand was used by UK distributer Rose Morris in the 1960s and 1970s. Avon was the Rose Morris entry level brand and Avon guitars and basses were typically made in Japan. Shaftesbury was the Rose Morris higher end brand.

COLUMBUS

The Columbus brand name was used on Japanese and Taiwanese made guitars and basses imported into the UK in the 1970s and 1980s. They were budget instruments, but were playable and are fondly remembered by many UK guitarists who started out on a 1970s Columbus Les Paul or Strat copy. Some Columbus badged guitars were made by the Japanese Matsumoku and Tombo companies.

SUMMERFIELD MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Summerfield Musical Instruments Ltd was established by Maurice Summerfield - son of Charles Summerfield of the CSL company. Summerfield MI Ltd are now one of the UK’s leading distributors of musical instruments and accessories serving music stores in the UK and Ireland. The Summerfield family have been been musical instrument distrbutors for over 50 years and recieved a NAMM Milestone Award recognising its contribution to the industry.

JAY TURSER FUTURÉ SERIES

The JAY TURSER FUTURÉ SERIES was a group of 3 radically shaped electric guitars: Spectré, Spirité and Stiletté; as well as the Scarabé bass introduced around 1999. The Futuré models were produced in limited quantities and are relatively rare.  Gibson did as similar thing in 1957 when they introduced three radical designs: the Flying V, Futura and Moderne - which caught on eventually. Unfortunately these intersting Jay Turser models did not last beyond 2002.

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Music Man Axis (Van Halen) Series

The Ernie Ball / Music Man Eddie Van Halen signature model was introduced In the early 1990s and Eddie used on the For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and Balance albums. When Eddie left Ernie Ball/Music Man in 1995, the company was made to keep the guitar in production pretty much unchanged as the Music Man Axis model. All of the design, including the neck, pickups, and woods used are the same, but there were a few improvements made.

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LTD JH-600 EC

The LTD JH-600 EC is the LTD version of the ESP Jeff Hanneman EC (Eclipse) model, built to Hanneman’s specifications. It features neck-thru-body construction at 24.75" scale, an alder body with arched top, a maple neck with ebony fingerboard, and 24 XJ frets. Components include EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 85 (neck) active pickups. The LTD version does not have the EMG SPC Control found on the ESP model. The LTD model has Grover tuners and a Kahler Hybrid tremolo (compared with Gotoh tuners and Kahler 2315 on the ESP).

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ESP JEFF HANNEMAN EC

The ESP Jeff Hanneman EC is a customized version of the popular ESP Eclipse model, built to Hanneman’s specifications. It features neck-thru-body construction at 24.75" scale, an alder body with arched top, a maple neck with ebony fingerboard, and 24 XJ frets. The Jeff Hanneman EC guitars have a traditional-style full body thickness but with a waist cut. Components include EMG 81 (bridge) / EMG 85 (neck) active pickups, and the ESP version includes an EMG SPC Control.

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EPIPHONE POLY X

The Epiphone Poly X had a modified Explorer shaped  body. The unspecified tonewood body is topped with a flamed maple veneer. Pickups are 2 E-series Ultra Hot exposed coil humbuckers. The bridge is a licensed Floyd Rose. Controls are chrome barrel smooth tone speed potentiometers. The Epiphone Poly V was made from 2001-2002 only.

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EPIPHONE POLY MOD

The Epiphone Poly Mod had a Moderne shaped  body. The unspecified tonewood body is topped with a flamed maple veneer. Pickups are 2 E-series Ultra Hot exposed coil humbuckers. The bridge is a licensed Floyd Rose. Controls are chrome barrel smooth tone speed potentiometers. The Epiphone Poly V was made from 2001-2002 only.

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ESP SIGNATURE SERIES JEFF HANNEMAN MODELS

ESP Jeff Hanneman models are signature guitars for the late Jeff Hanneman of Slayer. The design is based on Hannemans favourite Jackson Soloist - with neck through contruction and EMG pickups. Hanneman's own guitars had maple bodies - which ESP changed to alder for the production models. Also initally ESP used a Floyd Rose tremolo on the early production models but changed to a Kahler bridge as used by Hanneman himself.

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LTD JH-200 (JEFF HANNEMAN)

The LTD JH-200 is the entry level ESP/LTD Jeff Hanneman signature model. It is like the LTD JH-600 but with a bolt-on neck, basswood body, rosewood fingerboard and more affordable pickups and hardware. Pickups are ESP LH-301 humbuckers.

The model has gone through minor changes. Initially the LTD JH-200 had eagle fingerboard markers (up to the 12th fret and then dots) these are currently H & sword inlays (up to the 12th fret then swords). The current model has a Kahler X-treme bridge but early models had Floyd Rose Licensed bridges.

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WASHBURN EC36 (SPITFIRE I & CHALLENGER I)

The Washburn EC36 model (also called the Spitfire I or Challenger I model depending on which catalog you look at) was introduced by WASHBURN in 1987. It was like the EC29 (with a Stephen's extended cutaway) but with a single humbucker and 36 frets. Above the 24th fret this model has compensated (thinner) fretwire to improve playability. There are some photos of EC36s (and EC29s) with monkey grips - I believe this was a factory option.

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