The ESP USA M-III overflows with high-performance versatility. It sports an alder body with a flamed maple top, bolt-on roasted maple neck, 25.5" scale and 24 extra-jumbo frets on an ebony fingerboard on a thin-U neck. And a pair of Seymour Duncan Custom Shop '78 (B), STK-S4 (M & N) pickups pushes killer tone to your amp. A Floyd Rose Original tremolo bridge allows for all the dive bombs and squeals your brain can conjure, while Sperzel tuners keep everything cinched down and in tune through heavy crunches and string-stretching leads.
Bolt-on neck construction
Flamed maple top
Roasted maple neck
43mm locking nut
Thin U neck contour
24 XJ frets
Schaller security strap locks
Floyd Rose original bridge
Seymour Duncan Custom Shop '78 (B), STK-S4 (M & N) pickups
Finish: STB, CPRSB (Copper Burst), STBLK
Custom Guitar's Friend Gold Coverage
Gold Coverage goes above and beyond the manufacturer's warranty to protect your gear from unexpected breakdowns, accidental damage from handling
and failures. This plan covers your product for one, two, three or up to five years from your date of purchase, costs just pennies per day and gives you a
complete "no-worry" solution for protecting your investment.
Gold Coverage Includes:
Unexpected and unintentional spills, drops and cracks
Normal wear and tear
Dust, internal heat and humidity
Other plan features include:
For products over $200, No Lemon Policy applies. If it fails for the same defect 3 times, it is replaced on the 4th breakdown. (Does not apply to failures due to drops, spills, and cracks)
For products under $200 experiencing the above failures, a Custom Guitar's Friend gift card will be issued for the full price of the product + tax.
Shipping fees covered if required for repair or replacement
Plans are transferable in the event merchandise is sold
Plans are renewable on new gear
*Limitations and exclusions apply. See terms and conditions for program details
Term for New Gear begins on date of purchase but does not replace the store return policy or manufacturer coverage.
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I waited for 5 months for this guitar, and it was worth every minute! I've owned numerous LTDs throughout my lifetime, and decided it was time to upgrade to an actual ESP. I am NOT disappointed! My primary guitar prior to owning the USA M-III was a PRS Mark Tremonti signature, which plays fantastic, and is still in my arsenal. However, this ESP has quickly become my primary weapon. Great tone with crystal clear sound - even when using dirty amp settings and pedals. The combination of the Floyd Rose with the locking tuners ensures that the guitar stays in tune, even when dropping the bar to the point where the strings are nothing but slack.
The finish is flawless, and the pictures don't do it justice. The case itself is great as well, with a vintage, retro vibe to it. This guitar could be hung on the wall as a work of art when not being played.
My favorite feature is its playability. The neck radius is so flat that I can execute difficult bar chords (not the usual, but those with complex fingerings and wide stretching) up and down the neck with minimal effort. The intonation, right out of the box, is flawless up and down the neck. This guitar practically plays itself - it should be in Nigel Tufnel's touring stable (sorry, couldn't resist the Spinal Tap reference).
In short - I've been playing guitar (including 5 years professionally in the early 90's) for 32 years, and this is one of the finest axes I've owned. Is it worth the price and the wait? Yes - absolutely.
ESP USA M-III Electric Guitar Copper Sunburst