Whitstable Guitars

A selection of good quality, used guitars and specialising in imports from Japan since 2008

2012 Edwards ESP  E-SE-93 M LT Black & new hard case


Currently on hold 



Edwards guitars are excellent. I've been singing their praises for years now and a lot of people agree with me. They are built in Japan for the domestic market and the only way to get one is to import it. Made by the Japanese ESP company they build replicas of vintage USA models but they are extremely well made & then fitted with USA Seymour Duncan pickups & GOTOH tuners & bridges. All the switches & pots are also USA made. They also use good woods on the bodies & necks (this one is Alder/Maple) and they finish the bodies in a thin nitro lacquer.

Here's what the website "guitarsjapan.com" says about them

Edwards Models

Edwards guitars are the most under-rated guitar brand in Japan to date. They use bookmatched woods, nitro top coat finishes, Fender and Gibson-size fret wire, identical dimension-matching, and have Seymour Duncan SSL or SH series pickups stock. They cost anywhere from $850 - $1,200 new. They are designed as the lower-cost version of the Navigator series, but they are really not that much lower in terms of craftsmanship, only price. Edwards guitars are made as Gibson and Fender replicas as well, but at a price most people can afford, and they are the real rivals of the Fender and Gibson guitar, because they are in a price range that is a little less. For what you get, Edwards brand is the best value in electric guitars today, in my opinion, if you are looking for a Fender or Gibson clone and don’t want to compromise tone by searching for older, used vintage Japanese guitars that can sometimes be noisy. Anyone who has ever purchased an Edwards guitars has made a comment about how taken-aback they were at the quality and bang-for-the-buck. I agree,Edwards makes arguably the best low-cost guitar in Japan.

This Edwards Stratocaster copy was made in 2012 but has been very little used. In fact the plastic film is still on the scratchplate which is why you can see the stickers indicating the different USA Seymour Duncan pickups that have been fitted. The guitar body has no chips dents or scratches that I can find & is finished in  thin nitrocellulose lacquer. The neck has an aged finish and I do like the way the headstock is finished on the Edwards Strats & Teles the edges are all rounded off & it looks very classy!

The guitar has a traditional vintage style tremolo bridge which is made by ESP with ESP stamped on the saddles. The pickups are all USA Seymour Duncan with SSL-1 at the neck & middle positions and SSL-3 at the bridge position. The switching is traditional but the guitar also features a "Dual Mode" option with a push/push tone pot which is explained below together with specifications which I found on the ESP Japanese website

Edwards ESP  E-SE-93 M LT Specifications

BODY: Alder

NECK: Hard Maple 1P, 22frets

SCALE: 648 mm (25.5 inch) / Long

JOINT: Bolt-on

PICKUPS: (Front) Seymour Duncan SSL-1

(Center) Seymour Duncan SSL-1

(Rear) Seymour Duncan SSL-3

CONTROL: Master Volume, Front Tone, Center Tone

5WAY Lever PU Selector

Dual Mode Switch (Push-Push)

BRIDGE: Synchronized Type

PRICE: 97,650 yen (in Japan excluding import/VAT duties & shipping)

Also included is Thomann black hard case

Dual Switch Mode

You can easily switch between the two modes, NORMAL MODE, where you can enjoy the sound of 3 single pickups, and CUSTOM MODE, where you can enjoy powerful sounds. The NORMAL MODE is switched to a total of two types of timbres, in which the total of five types of sound is selected for each pickup alone and for halftones between adjacent pickups, and CUSTOM MODE is a mixed sound of front + rear and all three pickups. You A total of 7 different tones can be output with a single guitar.

Lightly press the tone knob on the middle (center) pickup. The pot used is the Push-Push switch pot. The retracted state is NORMAL MODE, and the popped out state is CUSTOM MODE. The function of the 5 WAY pickup selector changes depending on MODE. For details, please press the button below and check.

Hard Case

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. This case can be upgraded to a very nice tweed one but these are an additional £12 each at present.Please contact me before purchasing if you would like this. 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 £30 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 easily and safely using the paypal "buy now" button. Don't forget to select the right option using the drop down menu on price, i.e. Collection, UK shipping or EU shipping. If in doubt, please email me first as Highlands & Islands can sometimes be a little dearer for shipping