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2004 Edwards ESP Japan E-LP-85CD Black & new Hard Case

£739.00 + shipping



Here's an early example of the Edwards Les Paul Custom. Usual top quality build and specs from this great guitar builder. The guitar has a solid Mahogany body with a carved Maple top & Mahogany neck with an Ebony fretboard. The guitar is loaded with the classic combination from Seymour Duncan, an SH-1n at the neck & SH-4b at the bridge. These are open, Zebra style

The figures in the model number of Edwards guitars relate to the price new in Japanese Yen. However, it should be borne in mind that a guitar that cost 85,000 Yen in 2004 would cost a lot more Yen 20 years later. I think the newer Les Paul Customs from Edwards are E-LP-130CD indicating a price now of 130,000 Yen although they are essentially the same guitar in quality etc.

Although over 20 years old, this guitar is in really good condition & other than some light scratching, the only real clue to it's age is some tarnishing to the gold hard wear, mostly the tuners but also the stop tailpiece & the paper stickers on the Seymour Duncans are wearing away. Also, the stickers on the top of the volume & tone controls are missing. Generally, Edwards guitars pre 2005 had no serial numbers on the back of the headstock. The serial number was more often found in the pickup cavity. So, this is slightly unusual, but not unheard of having the serial number on the back of the headstock on an early model.

Edwards guitars are assembled in Japan by ESP. The bodies & necks are made at an ESP factory in a northern province in China overseen by Japanese ESP employees. All the finishing is done at a facility in Tokyo, Japan. As far as I am aware, Edwards guitars are generally close replicas of USA guitars & as such, they are just made for the Japanese domestic market. What I will say about them is that they are built to a really high standard & not only that, they use good woods (Ash/Alder/Mahogany etc) and are usually fitted with USA pickups & electrics (CTS pots & switches) and Japanese GOTOH hardwear. The Edwards Les Paul range are always popular & they never hang around very long.

This particular guitar has been well looked after. It does have a few chips and scratches on the body but nothing excessive & as I said,  there is a little tarnishing to the gold parts but this looks very natural & is expected with age. Otherwise it's excellent. Please check out the gallery photos.  The SH-1n & SH-4b pickups from Seymour Duncan USA sound great. The frets show little wear with no indents & the guitar plays really well. It's comfortable, weighs 4.21kg (9lbs 4.5oz) and looks super cool

2004 Edwards ESP Japan E-LP-85CD  Black/Gold Specifications

BODY:  Solid Mahogany with a carved Maple top

NECK:  Mahogany

FINGERBOARD:  Ebony, 22 frets

RADIUS:   305R

SCALE:   628mm

NUT:  Bone (42mm)

INLAY:  Block Markers (MOP effect)

JOINT:  Set-neck

TUNER  GOTOH Enclosed Gold Coloured

BRIDGE:  Bar Tailpiece 

PICKUPS:  (Neck) Seymour Duncan SH-1n (Open - Zebra style)

(Bridge) Seymour Duncan SH-4b (Open - Zebra style)


CONTROLS:  Neck Volume & Tone, Bridge Volume & Tone, Toggle PU Selector

WEIGHT: 4.21kg (9lbs 4.5oz)

CASE:  Brand new Thomann fitted hard case

All in all it's an excellent guitar from ESP that you probably won't find here in the UK

Hard Case Policy


As said many times, all my guitars come shipped in a new black hard case which is included in the price. I find this is the safest way to avoid damage in transit.  Alternatively, if you are collecting the guitar and, like some buyers have cases coming out of their ears, that's no problem, I'll adjust the price (usually around a £50 discount) and I can usually find you an old gigbag to take the guitar away in. The only hard and fast rule I have is that I won't ship a guitar in a gigbag.



If you are further interested in this guitar, you can either email me with any queries & I'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours.


Or, you can buy quickly and safely using the PayPal "buy now" button and I will ship to most UK addresses the next working day. Highlands and Islands can be slightly dearer but I'll keep the cost as low as I can.

I can accept credit card payments by phone and will also offer a small discount to purchasers using bank transfer payments.

Overseas customers are very welcome but please email me first for shipping quotes.

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