I have a NON LP Edwards guitar (as a unusual thing), the ECY165CTM. I have around 20 guitars more from different brands (Kramer, Music Man, Peavey, Suhr, ESP etc...) and I got lot of experience from my 25 years of playing, and I must tell that the Edwards is one of my fav guitars (and practically all my guitars are choosen for the best quality of sound and craft... I take special care in that). Also I have the chance to compare a ESP George Lynch Custom Serpent I also own (the celtic black and white model) with the Edwards in all aspects and lot of people can say what they want about that is not an ESP but you can be sure that this guitar it cost 1500$ (half of this kind of ESP) and I test every aspect of guitar (body, woods, pickups,sound, sustain,versatility, bridge, neck and finishes) and I can afirm than between the two guitars I will choose the Edwards.
Here are the specs of Edwards:
- Natural finish neck ala Gibson Zack Wylde
- Neckthru construction body
- Ebony fingerboard with inlays ala Jem (for me a little overfinished board but excellent made).
- 27 frets (I think cool but unnecessary at the end)
- Mahogany body with a quilted maple top
- Seymour Duncan pickups
- Original Floyd Rose bridge
- Gotoh tuners
- White binding on neck, headstock and body.
The main thing that you realize when holding guitar is that weights a lot more than any Ibanez or superstrat guitar. Of course the mahogany body and neckthru made a quite heavy and very solid guitar. Guitar about this thing has a lot of sustain and the sound is FAT and powerfull.. full of harmonics on the clean (it sounds like a piano) and definately screams on the gain. Pickups and the 3 way switch made the guitar not the most versatile but the warn notes in all channels and the tone knob made wonders so you can reach different styles without no problem. The neck is a little bigger than ESP G.L. but is really comfortable to play about the finish and the ebony board is smooth. The inlays on board are really well made of abalone and mother of pearl but in my opinion is too much decoration (I´d prefer a regular point marks) but that´s the way it comes. 27 frets in my opinion unnecessary but... it´s funny to made an harmonic on the last frets...and then use trem or a Digitech Whammy II as I do. The bridge all you know Originals floyds, one of the betters if not the best. The construction in the guitar is amazing, there are no deffects in any part of binding, inlay or any place. Guitar also looks amazing in the sunburst finish. Very similar to the ESP I told you but with a more powerfull sound on bridge pickup, better clan tones and more sustain, even when the G.L. ESP guitar is also a good piece. To say the truth I prefer the neck profile of the ESP but this could be the only bad point.
- Amazing clean sound
- Very crunch rythym and screaming solos
- Miles of sustain
- Smooth neck and very comfortable
- Superb finish in all aspects
- Weight a ton, you have almost a LP guitar in a superstrat body shape. Not a bad point this for me.
- 27 frets unnecessary
- Inlay on fingerboard a little overdecorated
My top five list of the guitars I have, in no particular order, well sorry there are 6, very hard to choose only 5... well I add my JPM, so my 7 top list hahaha:
- Ibanez RBM Voyager
- Kramer Nightswan
- Suhr Koa Reb Beach
- Ibanez USRG30
- Gibson Les Paul Custom 1980
- Edwards ECY165CTM
- Ibanez JPM100
Here some pics for ya:
And here you have the Edwards site:
PS: No..I´m not endorsee of Edwards guitars...for the moment..hehehe..