NGD ESP M-II DX

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  1. angl2k

    angl2k SS.org Regular

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    First the pics:)

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    This beauty arrived yesterday, it's an ESP Original M-II DX. Its metallic red finish is hard to capture in a photograph, it's slightly deeper in real life than in the pics.

    The specs are alder body with a 3p maple bolt-on neck and rosewood fretboard (thanks CITES). It has a JB in the bridge and a 59 in the neck. It's equipped with a Floyd Rose (I think an original? No brand name other than Floyd Rose) and a single volume knob with push-push split.

    Build quality is amazing, the fret edges are well rounded and there's no dead spots anywhere on the neck. The neck joint is amazing and feels about the same as Ibanez AANJ. The truss rod has an adjustment wheel above the neck pickup. It's hard to tell in the pic but the output jack route is recessed into the body which is a nice detail. The neck itself is satin finish and is really smooth. Since I am already familiar with ESP's neck profile this guitar feels right at home.

    So far I like the JB, my main Horizon is also equipped with a JB but the M-II is slightly brighter sounding. It might be the alder body (vs mahogany) but maybe the lack of tone knob helps. Who knows :)

    The 59 in the neck I'm not so fond of, it has a weird clanky pick attack going on. On my Horizon I roll the tone knob to halfway to offset this but the M-II doesn't have one. I'm probably swapping this out for a smoother pickup or install a concentric vol/tone pot or have a tone pot routed.

    I'm still in the honeymoon phase but there's no doubt this beauty will be regularly played :)
     
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    1b4n3z SS.org Regular

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    Amazing, did you get that from Japan? I've been looking at those DX's regularly and once a maple board DX shows up, the race is on!
     
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    Love the DX. I wish they had them on the USA site. Also wish they would do a 7 string version.
     
  4. angl2k

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    Yes I bought it on Reverb from a Japanese shop. Be careful if you buy from Japanese eBayers, a lot of them are just translators/proxy buyers and will charge you a lot of $$ $$ on top of the cost of the guitar.
     
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  5. feraledge

    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    That’s rad!!! Congrats and HNGD!
     
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    That is nice. I'd like to try out / get a M-II deluxe in white with a maple fretboard (ala SX Michael Romeo, except I'm not a fan of the band) but they're not easy to find for a good price.
     
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    Ha, I saw that on Reverb not so long ago

    Congrats and happy NGD!
     
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    That's a pretty killer workhorse guitar you got there! Nice score.
     
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    Ikke A Dream Cartographer

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    I had no idea the M-II had an ergo joint like that. HNGD. Very nice guitar.
     
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    They went back to star cut this year.
     
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    Ikke A Dream Cartographer

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    Oh okke. I generally only pay attention to the M-II CTM. And I remember when the heel changed on that. But that was before they changed the M-II DX it seems, cause I had always remembered the DX having the star cut since the beginning of time.
     
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    They had the ergo heels for a few years since around 2010-2011 I think. The same year they changed to single knob.
     
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    Ikke A Dream Cartographer

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    Gotcha. During my ESP Japan tour a couple of weeks ago, I only remember seeing M-II CTM's (but as I mentioned my eyesight is biased). Pictures make the smooth heel on those (including the Horizons) look quite pronounced. But in person, they don't look nearly so. About same as my VP-SL7. Will probably get it on my next custom.
     
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    You're spot on, the serial says it was made in 2010
     

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