1991 - ESP MV-290 (4 TYPES) - Guitars Collector

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1991 - ESP MV-290
(4 TYPES)


1)
- shape: similar to Gibson Flying V
- construction: neck through body
- neck: maple
- body: mahogany
- fingerboard: rosewood, 25.5" scale, 2 XJ frets, "dancing devil" inlays, 42mm Locking Nut
- electronics: 1 active EMG 81 pickup (bridge), 1 Volume
- hardware: original Floyd Rose locking tremolo, ESP Tuners, Black Hardware
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP" light grey/gold glittered logo
-- back of headstock: ?
- colors and other features: black with white pickguard, black hardware
- notes: this model was the base for the KH-1 signature

2)
- shape: similar to Gibson Flying V
- construction: neck through body
- neck: maple
- body: mahogany
- fingerboard: rosewood, 25.5" scale, 2 XJ frets, "dancing devil" inlays, 42mm Locking Nut
- electronics: 2 active EMG 81 pickups, 2 Volume, 1 tone, toggle 3 way switch, "in line" layout
- hardware: Original Floyd Rose Locking Tremolo, ESP Tuners, Black Hardware
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP" light grey/gold glittered logo + "KH" Signature
-- back of headstock: NOTHING
- colors and other features: black with white pickguard, black hardware
- notes:

3)
- shape: similar to Gibson Flying V
- construction: neck through body
- neck: maple
- body: mahogany
- fingerboard: rosewood, 25.5" scale, 2 XJ frets, "dancing devil" inlays, 42mm Locking Nut
- electronics: 2 active EMG 81 pickups, 2 Volume, 1 tone, toggle 3 way switch, "NOT in line" layout
- hardware: FIXED t-o-m bridge & tailpiece, ESP Tuners, Black Hardware
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP" light grey/gold glittered logo
-- back of headstock: NOTHIN"ESP Custom Guitars" white circle logo + serial ?
- colors and other features: black with white pickguard, black hardware
- notes:


4)
- shape: similar to Gibson Flying V
- construction: neck through body
- neck: maple
- body: mahogany
- fingerboard: rosewood, 25.5" scale, 2 XJ frets, "dancing devil" inlays, 42mm Locking Nut
- electronics: 2 active EMG 81 pickups, 2 Volume, 1 tone, toggle 3 way switch
- hardware: FIXED t-o-m bridge & tailpiece, ESP Tuners, Black Hardware
- logos and serials:
-- front of headstock: "ESP" light grey/gold glittered logo
-- back of headstock: ?
- colors and other features: black with white pickguard, gold hardware
- notes:

1992 ESP black V with gold hardware. It was auctioned.
Played by Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett was on sale online for $35,000.
Hammett used the ESP Flying V guitar live on stage prior to August 1998.
Seller Neals Vintage Guitars is offering up the instrument on eBay.com for the fixed price.
A statement from the seller reveals, “Kirk played this guitar in concert quite a bit! Just after that, he gave me a backstage pass for a show at Irvine Meadows in Orange County, California on the Load tour, I went backstage and had everyone in Metallica sign the guitar, I also had them sign the Load CD. I then had the pickguard sprayed with a clear coat to protect the signatures.
He used it on the Nowhere Left to Roam tour however it has a Floyd Rose not a fixed bridge as indicated. It was used for  “Thing That Should Not Be”
“Then, in 2007, I was lucky enough to go the studio where Metallica was recording their most recent album, Death Magnetic.
At that time I had Kirk sign the back of the headstock and sign the letter of authenticity. I am including a photo of Kirk signing the guitar! This guitar has lots of road wear from Kirk playing it, but it is in good solid condition and plays great!”

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