Built by hand, one at a time, by the master luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, the latest iteration of Signature Series guitars by Stephen Carpenter of Detones is the ESP Stef Baritone-7 1 Hum. Stef has been one of the most influential players on the ESP artist roster for over 20 years, and his latest guitar offers the innovative features that help him stand out from the crowd. These include a single Fishman Fluence® SRC Signature pickup with a push-pull control to switch between its “Modern Active” and “Modern Passive Attack” voices. The ESP Stef Baritone-7 1 Hum is a 7-string guitar built at 27” baritone scale with neck-thru-body design. It offers a comfortable and resonant alder body and a three-piece maple neck, with top-level components like a a TonePros locking TOM bridge with string-thru-body design, Sperzel locking tuners, and a graphite nut. This guitar is available in Purple Satin finish and includes a high quality hardshell ESP case.

Stephen is a player’s player, preferring to concentrate more on his music than equipment. “My signature pickup set has the full range of tones that you’re looking for. Voice 1 is similar to the tone of the original Modern Humbucker Fluence set. And for the second voice, I like a bit more heat, some hot stuff on it… more edge, so that’s in there too.”

Each Fishman Fluence pickup has two distinct and useful sounds on-board. These sounds start with the revolutionary Fluence Core, the heart of Fluence tone. From this Fluence Core we then create the classic timbres and tone — colors you expect from great guitar pickups — as well as some you’ve never expected.

“I was never the super-critical guy. I’m not much for specs, but I like clean, full sounding pickups. We put Fluence in and I jammed on them for 45 minutes and thought… ‘these things are freaking great…’ I didn’t want to stop playing.”

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”.