Monday, February 27, 2017

ESP LTD EX260 BLK

The black beauty (that's what the "BLK" stands for) featured in this post came in for a string change, general setup and electronics check. Kindly note that the electronics configuration is non-stock. The passive neck humbucker, 3-way toggle switch, and bridge ground have been disconnected, leaving exposed wires dangling dangerously. Talk about a sure-fire recipe for a short.

The only functioning components are the bridge EMG humbucker (active), master volume, and master tone 25K pots. There's no separate battery compartment, so the single 9V battery has simply been wedged in between the pots and control cavity wall. One positive aspect is that the whole control cavity has been coated with shielding paint, and metal foil glued to the back of the control cavity cover.

Thus said, all that was left for me to do here was trim excess/disconnected wire, insulate the ends with heat-shrink tubing, and resolder the bridge ground. Here are some specs for this particular EX260, based on my observations and information sourced from Stringsite and Ultimate Guitar.

Construction / Scale: Set Neck / 24.75” 
Body: Agathis
Neck / Fingerboard: 3-Piece Maple / Rosewood
Nut Type / Width: Standard / 42mm
Neck Shape: Thin U
Fret Markers: Dots
Inlay: 12th Fret "Name Inlay"
Frets: 22 Extra Jumbo
Hardware: Black Nickel
Tuners: ESP-LTD
Bridge: Tune-o-matic with Stop Tailpiece








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