All ESP Original Series instruments are hand-crafted by the world-renowned expert luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan. The Eclipse Custom is one of the world’s most beloved guitars. It takes the traditional single-cutaway body shape and reimagines it for contemporary music performance styles. Built to the highest degree of detail, every millimeter of the ESP Eclipse Custom is designed to exceed the expectations of the world’s most discerning guitar players and musical instrument collectors. It offers set-neck construction with a mahogany body and maple cap, adjoined to a Honduran mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard with ESP flag inlays. Carefully-selected components on the ESP Eclipse Custom include a graphite nut, Schaller straplock, Gotoh locking tuners, a TonePros locking TOM bridge, and Gotoh tailpiece. Its sound is powered by a pair of EMG JH “Het Set” active pickups that offer the clarity and punch of a passive pickup along with tight attack and clean low end. Available in Andromeda II, Blue Liquid Metal, Purple Peel, and Silver Liquid Metal finishes. Includes high-quality hardshell ESP case.
EMG JH “HET” SET
In early 2009, James Hetfield contacted EMG Pickups president Rob Turner and presented him with a challenge: to create a “stealth” looking set that captures the clarity and punch of a passive pickup and still retains the legendary active tone that molded a generation. The JH “HET” Set consists of the JH-N (neck) and the JH-B (bridge). Both were patterned after the pickups James had used for 30 years, but the end result was a completely different animal. The JH-N has individual ceramic poles and bobbins that feature a larger core and are taller than the 60. This produces more attack, higher output, and fuller low end in the neck position. The JH-B uses the same type of core but has steel pole pieces, unlike the 81 that uses bar magnets. This produces the familiar tight attack with less inductance for a cleaner low end.
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