From ESP –
“Created at the ESP facility in Tokyo, Japan, the ESP E-II Series is our highest-quality factory-produced instrument collection. With the E-II Eclipse EverTune, you get one of the most finely-crafted guitars imaginable, with a unique set of components designed for serious musicians.
It features the EverTune constant tension bridge, a fully-mechanical system that keeps your guitar in tune in nearly every imaginable environment, and keeps your intonation perfect at every point on the fingerboard.
The E-II Eclipse EverTune also includes a set of phenomenal pickups: a Seymour Duncan Sentient in the neck position for wide dynamic range and excellent articulation, and an aggressive Seymour Duncan Pegasus in the bridge that’s highly responsive and harmonically rich.
The E-II Eclipse EverTune is a set-thru neck design, with a mahogany body, a one-piece mahogany neck, and an ebony fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets. Top-tier components include a Schaller straplock, Gotoh locking tuners, and a graphite nut.”
Designed to bridge the gap between ESP’s premium and more affordable LTD models, the E-II range features high-spec Tokyo-built versions of the Japanese brand’s rock and metal-flavoured favourites.
The mahogany back mated to a contoured maple top and you’re in classic Les Paul territory. Ditto, the anchored tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece (both sourced via Gotoh) and the twin humbucker format.
But the Eclipse body is thinner than that of the 50s icon, which is reflected in its weight of just under eight pounds.
It’s like ESP hot-rodded a Les Paul by stripping it of some body weight, re-profiling the cutaway, and dumping stuff like the pickguard and one of the tone controls. That hot-rod vibe is enhanced by the cool racing flag fingerboard inlays, matching truss rod cover and headstock profile.
The Eclipse features a thin one-piece mahogany neck with a 305mm (12″) fingerboard radius and 22 beautifully seated and crowned extra jumbo frets. The neck comes with locking Gotoh tuners with metal tulip buttons, a perfectly cut bone nut, and a volute at the point where the headstock begins to add some strength.
The Eclipse we have here features a Black Satin finish maple top, rosewood fingerboard and chrome hardware. It also has a single-bound body with a sculpted thru-neck construction. This means there’s no neck heel to get in the way when you venture up to fat fret number 22. There’s more creative woodwork in the form of a belly cut for added comfort, and a couple of control cavities for access to the wiring.
- CONSTRUCTION: Set-Thru
- SCALE: 24.75″
- BODY: Mahogany
- NECK: 1Pc Mahogany
- FINGERBOARD: Ebony
- FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 305mm
- FINISH: BLACK SATIN
- NUT WIDTH: 42mm
- NUT TYPE: Graphite
- NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
- FRETS/TYPE: 22 XJ
- HARDWARE COLOR: Black
- STRAP BUTTON: Schaller Straplock
- TUNERS: Gotoh Locking
- BRIDGE: Evertune (F model)
- NECK PU: Seymour Duncan Sentient
- BRIDGE PU: Seymour Duncan Pegasus
- ELECTRONICS: Passive
- ELECTRONICS LAYOUT: Vol/Vol/Tone(P/P)/Toggle Switch
This beauty from ESP presents in excellent, almost new condition. Apart from some very faint polish swirls there is really no apparent player wear. Frets are as new, no tarnishing of metal parts, neck straight, truss rod & tuners working perfectly. No modifications & no issues.
ESP has long been typecast as a go-to make for metalheads and shredders, a situation happily perpetuated by the brand itself. But as its lines are informed by an all-time classic, the Eclipse is the least overtly ‘metal’ looking thing in the ESP catalogue.
The neck is so sleek it almost plays itself, and the Duncan pickups add nicely to its classic-meets-modern design. This is an uber-contemporary take on a classic single-cutaway, mahogany/maple, twin humbucker loaded tone machine.
Comes in its original hard shell case in excellent condition.