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NGD. Amazing early ESP 400 strat. Rare guitar I think

Discussion in 'Non-Fender S-Type Guitar Forum' started by Guppy, Dec 25, 2017.

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  1. Guppy

    Guppy Strat-Talk Member

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    Hello everybody. This is my second post on this forum.
    I recently got my hands on this amazing ESP 400 strat and I want to share it with you. Any opinions or background info is welcome.
    It's in very good condition for it's age. Some small scratches and little dings. But if you told me te guitar was 4 years old I would have believed it (and not bought it). I swear I was the first to take the neck off when I wanted to find out the production date.
    The pickups sound amazing. Especially the neck pickup that has the famous "piano-like" quality.
    The gold anodized pickguard is my doing. I didn't like the bright white original pickguard. It's a "57 reissue pickguard and fitted perfectly apart from one screw below the switch. But I'm not drilling in this guitar.
    Check the pics and please comment.

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  2. Mansonienne

    Mansonienne Stratocrastinator Extraordinaire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Beautiful!!! HNGD!
     
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  3. Guppy

    Guppy Strat-Talk Member

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    Some more pics

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  4. RobZ69

    RobZ69 Strat-Talker

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    Nice! HNGD!
    So when was it built, if not four years ago? ;)
    1982?
     
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  5. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Somewhere around 1983.

    HNoGD @Guppy :D It's a cracker.
     
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  6. Cerb

    Cerb Senior Stratmaster

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    Sweet guitar! HNGD!
     
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  7. Guppy

    Guppy Strat-Talk Member

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    Really that early? I payed €550,- for it including the hardcase. I think I made a sweet deal. Especially because of the condition.
     

  8. Groovey

    Groovey Senior Stratmaster

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    It's very nice! Good find.
     

  9. Guppy

    Guppy Strat-Talk Member

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    What do you think of the gold pickguard on a deep blue guitar? Distasteful or beautifully ugly? Or beautiful?
    I'm open for suggestions.
     
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  10. s5tuart

    s5tuart My Dad used to say.... Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Welcome to the forum! Nice guitar; I've been after a good ESP for a while!
    Since you asked I don't like the gold and would prefer the original white. But even gold is better than bl**dy mint green!!! :D
     

  11. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I think so, the price sounds about right in that condition.

    It should be (and was originally) white. I think the gold looks tacky, but then I honestly think anything apart from white (except black on a very few 70s Strats) looks tacky. :p
     
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  12. Del1

    Del1 Senior Stratmaster

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    Beautiful guitar - and another vote for white pickguard.
     

  13. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I have two ESP Series 400 Strats, one I got in a swap around 1990 & the other I got from eBay some years ago (with the ESP decal partly removed). I hate to tell you but I paid less than £300 for the second one! It's true that you don't often see them for sale, but £490 sounds quite a lot to me for a fairly obscure brand, I would expect a Series 400 to sell for less than a comparable Tokai

    On scratchplates, please replace the white one. It's a 50s Strat copy & these are supposed to have white plastic!

    Has yours got the sharply angled V neck I expect of the maple board Series 400s? Also, people are talking about dating these - how can that be done?
     
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  14. Guppy

    Guppy Strat-Talk Member

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    I ordered the gold one for a Sunburst 54 reissue. I got to sell it for a good price so I was left with the pickguard. I'm usually looking for vintage/surf/garage chique style guitars. To my taste the bright white pickguard makes the guitar very 80's looking in a tacky way. The deep blue is a difficult colour for me but the guitar plays and sounds sweet.
    Tortoise maybe?
     

  15. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Headstock shape, 21 frets, stamped saddles. In good condition they are now going for around £500.
     
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  16. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No it makes the guitar look very 1950s, which is surely the point of a 50s Strat copy?

    Fake tortoiseshell on guitars is a much worse crime than gold, so please don't do that. Fake tortoise on guitars has a tendency to give Thrup'ny Bit
    one of his funny turns, & we don't want that at Xmas, do we?
     
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  17. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Do you have a source for this, as I have never seen one? I still don't understand how you can narrow the date down to one specific year - that's very rare indeed with Japanese guitars from this period.

    I have never seen an ESP like that sell for as much as £500. Mind you I haven't seen one sell at all for a year or two.
     
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  18. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    here's johnny.gif

    Too late. :p
     
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  19. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I din't say what day it was made. As with most Japanese guitars they started changing soon after the Japanese Fenders (that soon became Squiers and started going down hill specs wise) appeared.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  20. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No but you specified a year & I wondered where you got the information from. I have searched for years no for a reliable source of information about ESPs but without success. If you have seen something I would love to see it too.
     
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