Any info on this ESP Alexi 'custom'?

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  1. Grack

    Grack Tr00 and Kvlt

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    As always, my apologies if this has been brought up, I checked but didn't find anything.

    Anyway, so I've recently fallen romantically in love with the Alexi/SV model guitar and found this while dicking around in the Guitar Center used gear section.

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    It appears to be an real-deal ESP Alexi, minus the pinstripes. The ad claims it to be a custom, but of course nothing further than that. It does spark my fancy, and I would want to buy it, but I would hate to get it and it possibly turn out to be a bolt-on 200 someone had mocked up to look like a real ESP.

    I've seen it on the site months before, but IIRC, it disappeared for a while. Not entirely sure.

    Any thoughts? :scratch:

    HERE'S THE LINK
     
  2. yellowv

    yellowv Turd Ferguson

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    Hard to tell from that crappy pic, but it looks real. Looks like an ebony board. Even seems to have the booster switch. Why not call and ask? They have a return policy. You could always return it if it wasn't the real deal. $1000 would be a steal as an Alexi custom would be well over $3000.
     
  3. Don Vito

    Don Vito New Member

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    Really not sure what to say.....

    It looks like an Alexi 200 with an ESP logo on it.
     
  4. Fat-Elf

    Fat-Elf Banned

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    There is something very fishy about that guitar. As far I know ESP has never made a Laiho-model without the pinstripes unlike the LTD which has the Alexi-200 model without the pinstripes. Very confusing as the ESPs are neck-thrus so I can't understand how someone could have just slammed an ESP neck into a LTD. Anyhow, I wouldn't take the risk. Especially if you can't have a closer look into that guitar before you buy it.
     
  5. yellowv

    yellowv Turd Ferguson

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    It easily could just have an ESP logo stuck on the headstock, but as I said it looks like it has. an ebony board. It could possibly be a custom as ESP will do sig models in any color you want in the custom shop. It's at a GC store, just call them and ask about it.
     
  6. Pat_tct

    Pat_tct SS.org Regular

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    I owned the esp ltd alexi 200 in white.
    this is the only guitar esp made, that does noth ave the pinstripes afaik.

    i wouldnt take the risk.
     
  7. Grack

    Grack Tr00 and Kvlt

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    The guitar also has the cutaway of an ESP. As you can see, the Alexi-200 has little to no cutaway.
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    Definitely going to look into this, would be an interesting find if it indeed is a custom.
     
  8. Don Vito

    Don Vito New Member

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    Damn, nice observation.
     
  9. SenorDingDong

    SenorDingDong Smeller of Smells

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    It could be this:


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    As you can see from the following pics, depending on the angle, the pinstripes are hard to make out:


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    The problem is, with a shitty, low-quality pic, you can't tell whether that really is black paint or the deep gray. Best bet is to call and inquire.

    That's the closest match I can come up with.

    Here are the specs if you decide to call and do some sleuthing:

    Neck-Thru Construction
    25.5" Scale
    Alder Body
    Maple 3 Piece Neck
    Black Pearl Binding
    Ebony Fingerboard
    Sawtootch Inlays
    Scalloped on 21-24 Fret
    42mm Locking Nut
    24 XJ Frets
    Black Nickel Hardware
    Gotoh Tuners
    Original Floyd Rose Bridge
    EMG HZ-FH2 (B) p.u.
    Master Volume
    MM-04 Gain Boost Switch
     
  10. DrBloodyJack

    DrBloodyJack Total guitar geek

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    looks like a copy to me. not Laiho's style:lol:
    But it can be some kind of a prototype that Alexy had before signing a contract with ESP:agreed:
     
  11. yellowv

    yellowv Turd Ferguson

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    It could be a bad pic of a Blacky as well. If you have the cash I would call and find out. If I did at the moment I would have called already.
     
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    MrRCJ New Member

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    I would call before somebody else does if you're really interested. The pic is total crap but it looks real IMO.
     
  13. MFB

    MFB ExBendable

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    The inlays don't look like the abalone though, they look like just standard inlay material along with the finish itself showing up as jet black instead of some variation/offshoot - unless their lighting really is THAT bad
     
  14. iRaiseTheDead

    iRaiseTheDead Ashes Of Rebirth

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    This seems like a step down from his other models (cosmetically)
     
  15. Leuchty

    Leuchty Previously CYBERSYN

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    I would ask them a lot of questions, IIWY.

    Neck thru?
    Serial number?
    ESP case?
    etc...
     
  16. Grack

    Grack Tr00 and Kvlt

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    I hardly think it's a blacky. I mean, it would have to be a REALLY bad picture for it to be so. I email GC yuesterday and they gave me the number for the Hollywood location selling it, I plan on calling today after work.
     
  17. wespaul

    wespaul Octaves of Manhattan

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    Man, Guitar Center can't take a decent picture to save their life. It's always low resolution crap with usually no kind of description at all. It's like they're not even trying.
     
  18. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands WONDERFUL

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    :agreed::agreed::agreed:

    When I was looking for an RG7321 a month ago, I found one on Guitarcenter for $200. I couldn't tell if it was the Hipshot-style or the Gibralter bridge because of how small the picture was. :nuts:
     
  19. xxvicarious

    xxvicarious SS.org Regular

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    Thats a good lookin' AL-200!
     
  20. Bastian93

    Bastian93 New Member

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    it's definitley not a Alexi 200 because of the cutaway (and the ebony fb ?)

    If it's a real ESP Custom Alexi and not a fake one there are three possibilities:
    - old model/prototyp
    - a custom shop guitar for a Alexi fan who wanted a guitar without the pinstripes
    - a refinished guitar

    Either way it would be a great deal for that little money !
     

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