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Brand New with Warranty. We are an authorized ESP Dealer.
Based on the guitars we created in the early days of ESP, the Snapper takes a traditional shape with bolt-on construction and supercharges it with the very best selections of tonewoods and components. The Snapper is handcrafted, one at a time, by the world-renowned luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan. It features components including an unbleached bone nut, Gotoh locking tuners, Dunlop Straploks, an ESP Flicker-III tremolo system, and an H/S/S pickup configuration that includes two Seymour Duncan Vintage Hot Stack plus single-coils and a Seymour Duncan ’59/Custom Hybrid humbucker.
This guitar offers a control set you won’t find on nearly any other model; in addition to the standard volume and tone knobs and 5-way pickup selector, the ESP Original Series Snapper includes a push-pull control that allows for capacitance selection, and a mini-toggle switch that offers a pickup mix variation for a wealth of tones. Includes deluxe hardshell case.
What Do We Think?
This guitar features a lightweight Swamp Ash body, spectacular Poplar Burl top, and smooth satin-finished Maple neck with matching Maple fretboard. Though spec’d as a “Thin U”, we find the neck profile to be more of a nice medium C that is very comfortable for folks more in tune with today’s boutique guitar market than the ‘80s shred scene. The back of the guitar features a translucent sparkle finish that shows off the beautiful grain of the Swamp Ash. It’s difficult to catch on camera but we included a close-up of the tummy cut area to give you a glimpse!
Tonally, the Seymour Duncan pickup set offers an array of sweet and rocking tones. The Vintage Hot Stack Plus in neck and middle offer classic Strat tones of a slightly overwound variety, while being noiseless in all positions. The 59/Custom Hybrid humbucker in the bridge mixes coils from two of Seymour Duncan’s most notable pickups. This provides a more vibrant and balanced harmonic palette than your average bucker, as well as a strong coil split from the hotter Custom coil that pairs sweetly with the neck and middle pickups in combined positions.
Speaking of combined positions, the mix variation mini toggle allows for pickup combinations not achievable with a 5-way switch alone. Activating the toggle in position four takes you from neck/middle to neck/middle/bridge, while activating it in position two takes you from the traditional middle/bridge to the elusive neck/bridge combination. The guitar also features two tone caps, selectable via the push/push tone knob. The standard 0.047μF tone cap can be bypassed in favor of a darker 0.01μF cap by merely pushing down on the tone knob.
How Does It Play?
We give a thorough setup to every instrument that comes through our shop. From truss rod to nut slots, pickup heights to saddle heights, you can rest assured we have this one dialed in. We also do a thorough inspection and check of all electronics and hardware to make sure nothing slips by!
The Snapper CTM ships with ESP Form Fit hard case, hex wrench set and ESP polish cloth.
BODY: Swamp Ash
TOP: Burled Poplar
FINGERBOARD RADIUS: Compound 240-305mm
FINISH: Nebula Pink Purple Burst
NUT WIDTH: 42mm
NUT TYPE: Bone
NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
FRETS/TYPE: 22 XJ
HARDWARE COLOR: Chrome
STRAP BUTTON: Standard
TUNERS: Gotoh Locking
BRIDGE: ESP Flicker-III
NECK PU: Seymour Duncan Vintage Hot Stack Plus
MIDDLE PU: Seymour Duncan Vintage Hot Stack Plus
BRIDGE PU: Seymour Duncan 59/Custom Hybrid
ELECTRONICS LAYOUT: Volume/Tone(Push/Pull)/5-Way Switch/Mini Toggle Switch
STRINGS: Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
CASE: ST-1 GUITAR FORM FIT CASE
CASE INCLUDED: Y