I have finally decided to make an ESP special order. This is not a custom shop order. You can call it option shop
I honestly think that Ibanez should do that as well. The Special Order is only extended to the Standard Series of ESP instruments,
That is I cannot change body shape or body wood but I can change colours, neck finish type, fingerboard type, Change of colours/design for inlays, hardware, binding, Change of pickups (Seymour Duncan/ EMG) etc.
Now I am thinking two specs and I don’t know which one to choose. The order will be placed next week
Standard M II model (alder body), reverse headstock
Flat Black colour (I know it’s boring)
Seymour Duncan 59/JB (any suggestion on pickups?)
Black Skull and bone inlay
Unfinished maple neck
Standard M II model (alderbody, reverse headstock)
See thru black (like Black Onyx in J-Custom)
EMG (any suggestion ?)
EMG Active Booster
Mother of pearl skull and bone inlay
Unfinished Maple neck
OK, now pickup combination and fingerboard is my main indecisive factor. I like Metallica, Zakk etc. and I don’t have a guitar with active pickup, so that’s a plus point. so I am leaning toward EMG but I heard that clean is not good on them.
I have played them only once and was using overdrive. Zakk’s cleans are nice though, not sure which guitar he is using for clean parts. Clean tone is important for me, so I am a bit afraid to choose EMG. Also I don’t know the tone of the fingerboard and pickups combinations i.e. maple + SD or Ebony + EMG or maple + EMG etc.
I have a few guitars, so I don’t need super versatile guitar. I play 80’s heavy metal and ballads and occasionally modern rock. JP6 with Liquid Fire and Crunch Lab fits my bill but I want a custom guitar and I can’t use Dimarzio.
Thanks for reading long post and welcome all suggestions!