Best ESP Electric Guitars With EMG Pickups in 2024

Here are the top ESP electric guitars with EMG pickups.

After comparing the 2000+ guitars in our database, these are the best scoring ones with these characteristics. You can use our filters to the left to narrow down these results, or click on "Compare" to get a deep comparison between them. Our automated scoring system takes into account the ratings from ours users who own the guitar, and dozens of parameters to determine the build quality, playability, pickups quality, value for money, and more.

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1. ESP Iron Cross

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Playability 80
Sound 79
Build quality 77
Value for money 64
Overall Score 79

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  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Hot (1 vote)
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  • 2 Prices - New from $7,228.10 >
  • From ESP's 2014 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
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  • 2 Prices - New from $7,228.10 >
  • From ESP's 2014 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Bell knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
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ESP Iron Cross
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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2. ESP Gary Holt EC

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Playability 78
Sound 81
Build quality 77
Value for money 64
Overall Score 79

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  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (9 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (5 votes)
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  • 4 Prices - New from $7,030.18 >
  • From ESP's 2015 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 89R (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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  • 4 Prices - New from $7,030.18 >
  • From ESP's 2015 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 89R (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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ESP Gary Holt EC
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Coil Split Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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3. ESP Snakebyte Camo

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Playability 80
Sound 79
Build quality 75
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78

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  • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
  • Pickups power: Hot (1 vote)
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  • 4 Prices - New from $1,899 >
  • From ESP's 2022 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
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  • 4 Prices - New from $1,899 >
  • From ESP's 2022 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • 1Pc Mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
  • Thin U Set neck
  • 22 XL Jumbo frets
  • Sperzel Locking tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP Snakebyte Camo
  • Locking Tuners
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Bone Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Neck-Through Build
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Tremolo
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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4. ESP RZK-II Burnt

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Playability 80
Sound 78
Build quality 77
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78

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  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (9 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (5 votes)
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  • 2 Prices - New from $7,999 >
  • From ESP's 2010 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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  • 2 Prices - New from $7,999 >
  • From ESP's 2010 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • 1 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP RZK-II Burnt
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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5. ESP KH-2 Neck Thru Body

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Playability 80
Sound 79
Build quality 75
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78
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  • 1 Prices - New from $4,491.83 >
  • From ESP's 2018 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG KH Bone Breaker Limited Edition (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG KH Bone Breaker Limited Edition (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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  • 1 Prices - New from $4,491.83 >
  • From ESP's 2018 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG KH Bone Breaker Limited Edition (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG KH Bone Breaker Limited Edition (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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Strengths & Weaknesses
ESP KH-2 Neck Thru Body
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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6. ESP KH Demonology

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Playability 80
Sound 79
Build quality 75
Value for money 63
Overall Score 78

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  • Pickups noise: Noiseless (9 votes)
  • Pickups power: Clean (5 votes)
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  • From ESP's 2017 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 60 (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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  • From ESP's 2017 Signature series
  • Made in Japan
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3pc Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
  • Neck pickup: EMG 60 (Humbucker/Active)
  • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Floyd Rose Original bridge
  • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
  • 24 XL Jumbo frets
  • Gotoh tuners
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ESP KH Demonology
  • Made in Japan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
  • No Locking Tuners
  • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • No Weight Relief
  • No Luminescent Inlay
  • No Compound Radius Fretboard
  • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • No Strap Lock

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    7. ESP KH-2 Vintage

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    Playability 80
    Sound 79
    Build quality 75
    Value for money 63
    Overall Score 78

    What our users think

    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (9 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (5 votes)
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    • From ESP's 2001 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Alder body
    • 3pc Maple neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
    • Neck pickup: EMG 60A (Humbucker/Active)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Floyd Rose Original bridge
    • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    • 3 Prices - New from $6,099 >
    • From ESP's 2001 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 12" Fretboard Radius
    • Alder body
    • 3pc Maple neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
    • Neck pickup: EMG 60A (Humbucker/Active)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Floyd Rose Original bridge
    • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    ESP KH-2 Vintage
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Locking Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Neck-Through Build
    • Tremolo
    • Retainer Bar
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    8. ESP KH-3 Spider

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    Playability 85
    Sound 79
    Build quality 70
    Value for money 78
    Overall Score 78

    What our users think

    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (2 votes)
    • Pickups power: Hot (2 votes)
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    • 5 Prices - New from $1,499 >
    • From ESP's 2021 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
    • Alder body
    • 3pc Maple neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: EMG Bone Breaker (Humbucker/Active)
    • Neck pickup: EMG Bone Breaker (Humbucker/Active)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Floyd Rose Original bridge
    • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo frets
    • Grover tuners
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    • 5 Prices - New from $1,499 >
    • From ESP's 2021 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 24.75"'' scale
    • 13.78" Fretboard Radius
    • Alder body
    • 3pc Maple neck
    • Rosewood fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: EMG Bone Breaker (Humbucker/Active)
    • Neck pickup: EMG Bone Breaker (Humbucker/Active)
    • 2 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Floyd Rose Original bridge
    • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo frets
    • Grover tuners
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    Strengths & Weaknesses
    ESP KH-3 Spider
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Locking Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Neck-Through Build
    • Tremolo
    • Retainer Bar
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Strap Lock

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    9. ESP Jeff Hanneman

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    Playability 80
    Sound 79
    Build quality 74
    Value for money 63
    Overall Score 78

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    • Pickups noise: Noiseless (9 votes)
    • Pickups power: Clean (5 votes)
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    • From ESP's 2010 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Alder body
    • 3pc Maple neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
    • Neck pickup: EMG 85 (Humbucker/Active)
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Kahler 2315 bridge
    • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    • From ESP's 2010 Signature series
    • Made in Japan
    • 6 strings
    • 25.5"'' scale
    • 15.75" Fretboard Radius
    • Alder body
    • 3pc Maple neck
    • Ebony fretboard
    • Bridge pickup: EMG 81 (Humbucker/Active)
    • Neck pickup: EMG 85 (Humbucker/Active)
    • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
    • 3-way Switch
    • Kahler 2315 bridge
    • Extra Thin U Neck-Through neck
    • 24 XL Jumbo frets
    • Gotoh tuners
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    ESP Jeff Hanneman
    • Made in Japan
    • Expensive Wood
    • Locking Nut
    • Top Brand Pickups
    • Neck-Through Build
    • Tremolo
    • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
    • No Locking Tuners
    • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
    • No Weight Relief
    • No Luminescent Inlay
    • No Compound Radius Fretboard
    • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio
    • No Retainer Bar
    • No Strap Lock

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      10. ESP Vulture

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      Playability 80
      Sound 79
      Build quality 75
      Value for money 63
      Overall Score 78

      What our users think

      • Pickups noise: Slightly Noisy (1 vote)
      • Pickups power: Hot (1 vote)
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      • 3 Prices - New from $1,599 >
      • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 24.75"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Mahogany body
      • 1Pc Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
      • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
      • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
      • 3-way Switch
      • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
      • Thin U Set neck
      • 22 XL Jumbo frets
      • Gotoh Locking tuners
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      • 3 Prices - New from $1,599 >
      • From ESP's 2016 Signature series
      • Made in Japan
      • 6 strings
      • 24.75"'' scale
      • 12" Fretboard Radius
      • Mahogany body
      • 1Pc Mahogany neck
      • Ebony fretboard
      • Bridge pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
      • Neck pickup: EMG JH James Hetfield (Humbucker/Active)
      • 2 volume and 0 tone Dome knobs
      • 3-way Switch
      • Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece bridge
      • Thin U Set neck
      • 22 XL Jumbo frets
      • Gotoh Locking tuners
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      Strengths & Weaknesses
      ESP Vulture
      • Locking Tuners
      • Made in Japan
      • Expensive Wood
      • Bone Nut
      • Top Brand Pickups
      • Strap Lock
      • Cheap Fret Wire (NS)
      • No Neck-Through Build
      • No Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
      • No Weight Relief
      • No Luminescent Inlay
      • No Tremolo
      • No Compound Radius Fretboard
      • No 21:1 Tuner Ratio

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