Ben Burnley is the founder of the eponymously-named rock/alt-metal band Breaking Benjamin, and his ESP Signature Series Eclipse Baritone guitar is the driving force for this frontman’s musical creations. Built in the ESP Custom Shop, the Ben Burnley EC Baritone is one of the most versatile signature models ever made by ESP. It includes two distinct pickup types: a pair of high-quality magnetic pickups (with a set comprised of Seymour Duncan ’59 and JB), as well as a Graph Tech Ghost-Loaded Resomax NV bridge and tailpiece that offers an integrated piezo pickup. The Ben Burnley EC Baritone also includes two output jacks, allowing you to route the signal from the standard magnetic pickups to one amplifier and the piezo pickup to another for incredible flexibility onstage or in studios. More than just sonically flexible, the Ben Burnley EC Baritone is an incredible instrument in other ways as well. A single-cutaway Eclipse body style with set-thru construction, the Ben Burnley EC is a baritone guitar at 27″ scale, allowing for downtuning without sacrificing ideal string tension. Its mahogany body is topped with quilted maple carved top in an amazing See Thru Black Sunburst Satin finish. It offers a thin U-shaped three-piece maple neck for a comfortable playing feel. The aesthetic of this guitar is complemented with custom red pickup covers, red fingerboard inlays with the Breaking Benjamin symbol, and a custom red ESP logo. Oher high end features include Sperzel locking tuners and Schaller Straplocks. The ESP Ben Burnley EC Baritone includes a high-quality hard case and comes with a Certificate of Authenticy from ESP. Musicians looking for a more affordable (but still excellent quality) version of Ben’s Signature Series guitar should look into the LTD BB-600 Baritone.
SEYMOUR DUNCAN ’59
The ’59 Model neck pickup is one of their most popular pickups because it’s so versatile. It’s designed in the spirit of the original P.A.F. humbuckers of the 1950s, with sweet sustain, full-sounding chords, clear and bright attack, but they made a few refinements to slightly modernize the design and make it more adaptable to different styles. The ’59 has a full low end which is great for adding character to your clean sounds and sustain to your leads. The high end is slightly boosted for improved pick-attack clarity and the mids are a little scooped for an open, smooth sound that’s great for preserving the clarity of the individual notes in a chord. Play softly and the mids and highs seem to fade back, but pick hard and the note will be confident and clear. There isn’t a genre that the ’59 can’t work within.
SEYMOUR DUNCAN JB
The JB Model humbucker is their most popular pickup of all time. Blues, country, fusion, punk, hard rock, grunge, thrash; the JB has always sounded just right, even as new genres emerged around it. The low end is full and powerful, the highs are crisp and detailed and there’s an upper-midrange bump that adds crunch and chunk to heavy chords but translates to a singing, vocal-like quality when you play single notes or solos. Meanwhile the hot output pushes your amp just that little bit harder for more sustain and harmonics.
The baritone guitar is a guitar with a longer scale length, typically a larger body, and heavier internal bracing, so it can be tuned to a lower pitch. A standard guitar’s standard tuning (from lowest–pitched string to highest) is E2–A2–D3–G3–B3–E4. While no standard tuning has been established for baritone guitars, popular tunings for the instrument are: a perfect fourth lower than a standard guitar (B1–E2–A2–D3–F♯3–B3), a perfect fifth lower (A1–D2–G2–C3–E3–A3), or a major third lower (C2–F2–A♯2–D♯3–G3–C4). Typically strung with 13 gauge (.013-.062) or 14 gauge (.014-.068) baritone guitar strings, as well as 12 gauge (.012-.060) guitar strings can also be used.
ESP Company, Limited is a Japanese guitar manufacturer, primarily focused on the production of electric guitars and basses. They are based in both Tokyo, Japan and Los Angeles, California, United States, with two distinct product lines for each respective market. ESP Company manufactures instruments under several names, including “ESP Standard”, “ESP Custom Shop”, “LTD Guitars and Basses”, “Navigator”, “Edwards Guitar and Basses”, and “Grassroots”. www.espguitars.com