Stephens LTD Signature Series SC-608B — updated for 2018 with a great-looking Red Sparkle finish — allows musicians of all kinds to take advantage of the extended range of an 8-string guitar while getting the benefits of a solidly-built guitar that’s completely ready for studio or stage. It’s a neck-thru-body design at 27” baritone scale, with a mahogany body, maple neck, and 24-fret ebony fingerboard. Its Fishman Fluence SRC Signature active pickup set has multiple voicings; use the push-pull control on the volume knob to select the one you want. On the middle alnico pickup, push down for “Modern Active” tone or pull up for “Modern Passive Attack”. On the bridge ceramic pickup, push down for “Modern Passive Attack” tone or pull up for “Modern Active” voicing. This model utilizes a standard 9V battery.
FISHMAN FLUENCE SRC SIGNATURE
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.”
ABOUT STEPHEN CARPENTER
Stephen Carpenter is the guitarist in California alt-metal gurus Deftones. From 6- to 7- to 8-string guitars, Stephen has never been afraid to push the limits of what a guitar is meant to sound like. With an unmistakable style, he has turned to ESP since the 90’s to build guitars that meet his every need. Stephen’s guitars were built to handle the heaviest of breakdowns, the richest clean tones, and everything in between.
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