Monday, 13 May 2013

1980s ESP Hybrid I Telecaster/Stratocaster crossbreed guitar in shell pink
This ESP Hybrid I guitar from the 1980s is a Strat/Tele hybrid. It's essentially Tele parts on a Strat body, plus a Strat-like tremolo with a David Gilmore-sized arm. (Not that Gilmore is short, I'm talking about his preference for diminutive tremolo arms). Anyway, it's a lot nicer aesthetically than those other Strat/Tele hybrids that feature Strat parts on a Tele-style body, and which unfortunately look like someone has taken a saw to a Stratocaster.

As an 80s Japanese-made guitar, it's quality all the way, and so should appeal to those who like their Teles to look a little more contoured than usual and to have sprouted an upper horn and tremolo arm. Hopefully they like shell pink too. For those people, this guitar is currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $790.

G L Wilson

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1 comment:

  1. I have one of the modern, 2000s era versions of these.

    My version is more like a double-cutaway telecaster with a somewhat Gibson Les Paul neck. It also has a tap coil switch in one of the knobs. I keep it in an open tuning. Great little gem that sadly didn't catch on. Best quality for cheapest price I've ever spent. No vibrato tailpiece though, it's a traditional string-thru-body.

    Too bad ESP/LTD doesn't have replacement necks. I want to put a baritone neck in and turn it into a cello-tuned guitar: CGDAEE(unison) from low to high.



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