• rmnc

    WTB: ESP Stephen Carpenter 6 string SRC

    Hey I know this is a long shot but i'm looking for an ESP (not LTD) Stephen Carpenter signature 6 string in sonic blue or white. I've been looking for years and saw that a sonic blue one traded hands recently.

    My email is romancostanzo@gmail.com
    Thanks

     

    • rmnc

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    • Death Magnetic

      I wish too man

    • rmnc

       submitted my custom order form and not looking forward to the quote 

    • Death Magnetic

      cool what are you getting

    • rmnc

      Essentially like the sonic blue SRC6 above but without the neck pickup, truss cover or signature on the headstock, and tuners changed to Sperzel locking. Though I might contemplate it a little more if the quote I receive is realistic. 


      I'm almost considering changing to white or silver with black hardware after seeing this custom shop, which looks pretty spot on with my order http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/2705225-post1.html 


      I wish ESP r&d would release a Horizon to these specs, it doesn't even have to have the SRC branding since he doesn't play 6ers anymore anyway, I just think a TOM Horizon neck pickup moved to middle and blank board completely changes the appeal of the guitar.

      • Death Magnetic

        damn that grey one is sick. why didn't you choose sperzel's anyway, that's what the SRC came with? the difference in price between sperzels and gotohs is miniscule. just get a truss tod cover, you can take it off. are you getting duncan's or emgs?

      • rmnc

        I think you have it the other way round, I want locking Sperzels but the SRC6 came with non-locking Gotohs according to the old specs booklet I have. 

         

        I think i'll order the truss cover but not have the hole drilled so that I can do it myself if I decide to later, and have the option to have it looking clean without a hole if I decide to keep it off. 

         

        I'll get a Duncan JB in the bridge to keep it in line with what was used before the EMGs, not sure on middle, an ESP designed pickup was used in the original but i'll stick with a Duncan in the middle.

         

        I made a mockup of what i'm after. I can't decide between black hardware to match the black pickups or chrome hardware to kind of match the white binding and nut. I prefer chrome hardware in general but the black kind of fits the guitar better, i'm not sure.

         

         

      • Death Magnetic
        rmnc wrote:

        I think you have it the other way round, I want locking Sperzels but the SRC6 came with non-locking Gotohs according to the old specs booklet I have. 

         

        I think i'll order the truss cover but not have the hole drilled so that I can do it myself if I decide to later, and have the option to have it looking clean without a hole if I decide to keep it off. 

         

        I'll get a Duncan JB in the bridge to keep it in line with what was used before the EMGs, not sure on middle, an ESP designed pickup was used in the original but i'll stick with a Duncan in the middle.

         

        I made a mockup of what i'm after. I can't decide between black hardware to match the black pickups or chrome hardware to kind of match the white binding and nut. I prefer chrome hardware in general but the black kind of fits the guitar better, i'm not sure.

         

         

         

        man that is the perfect guitar, I'd definitely go with chrome though. the JB is my all time favorite pickup, but I'm loving EMG's right now, the 60A is such a great pickup, I have no clue why it's not popular, it's better than the ceramic 60.

      • rmnc

         

        Death Magnetic wrote:

        I think you have it the other way round, I want locking Sperzels but the SRC6 came with non-locking Gotohs according to the old specs booklet I have. 

         

        I think i'll order the truss cover but not have the hole drilled so that I can do it myself if I decide to later, and have the option to have it looking clean without a hole if I decide to keep it off. 

         

        I'll get a Duncan JB in the bridge to keep it in line with what was used before the EMGs, not sure on middle, an ESP designed pickup was used in the original but i'll stick with a Duncan in the middle.

         

        I made a mockup of what i'm after. I can't decide between black hardware to match the black pickups or chrome hardware to kind of match the white binding and nut. I prefer chrome hardware in general but the black kind of fits the guitar better, i'm not sure.

         

         

         

        man that is the perfect guitar, I'd definitely go with chrome though. the JB is my all time favorite pickup, but I'm loving EMG's right now, the 60A is such a great pickup, I have no clue why it's not popular, it's better than the ceramic 60.

         

        Yeah I changed to chrome hardware. I wasn't getting answers out of the original store I went though so I found an Australian dealer known for ESP dealer of the year awards etc. I just finished going over specs with them and I should get a reply from Japan in a week or so. I think I used an EMG in one of my guitar like a decade ago but I didn't really connect with. I haven't played a JB since then either and i'll probably try different pickups eventually but I wanted to go with what was used on the original model first - though I switched the middle EMG designed pickup for a SD Jazz on my order since I doubt the ESP pickup was any good. 

         

    • 43

      Would you have any interest in a green SC-500?

    • rmnc

      I received my quote. $8000AU (~$7190US).

    • The Kid

      Do you still plan on going for that custom order??? I was thinking about doing the same a few years ago but never went for a "price quote", as I knew the price was going to be rediculously high...

    • rmnc

      I tried to convince myself for weeks but I can't justify an $8000 guitar regardless of how much money I have in the bank. I expected it to be round $5000 considering how standard and barebones my order is. I'm looking into getting a black SRC instead and having it resprayed, which for $8000 looks like I could buy and refinish 3 times and have cash left over...

    • The Kid
      rmnc wrote:

      I tried to convince myself for weeks but I can't justify an $8000 guitar regardless of how much money I have in the bank. I expected it to be round $5000 considering how standard and barebones my order is. I'm looking into getting a black SRC instead and having it resprayed, which for $8000 looks like I could buy and refinish 3 times and have cash left over...

       

      That's obsurd. Way to much for that. Your best bet like you said is find a used SRC and do whatever you want with it. The one's I've seen for sale went around $1100-$2000 USD. Good luck trying to find the White and Sonic Blue SRC, but the Green and Black one's pop up for sale here and there. It's a shame they don't make these guitars anymore, they are great guitars and offer alot of versatility. Some however, who have owned one have had some bad experiences with their SRC's. It's all personal preferance and what you want out of the guitar. I have a few SRC's myself and like them all. Just wish they still made them in different colors.

    • rmnc

      Yeah I agree, it's a shame they don't have a similar blank fretboard string-through Horizon in solid colours, it seems like a logical option. I guess it sends business to the custom shop. 

       

      I'm talking with two people who each have a black SRC6 for sale. I prefer the black model but if I was to have it refinished I'm concerned I'll have issues with the black because it has a bound body - I don't know if you can primer and paint over binding or if it has to be removed and filled in first. 

       

      • The Kid

        I have a black SRC 6 and the binding around the whole body is gorgeous, the real deal. I have no experience with sanding/refinishing and would be weary of trying to do so especially because of the binding, but pretty sure a good luthier could get the job done. If the price is right on the SRC and if its in good condition, you should definitely consider buying it. It's a great guitar.

      • rmnc

        For some reason I wasn't notified about your reply. I'm waiting for high quality photos from both seller. They both say they're in perfect condition with no issues but I'm being carful since my two past experiences with buying guitars online have resulted in two refunds, one for a cracked neck and one for a chizel gouged fretboard that happened at the factory while finishing the binding... Issues would be even harder to spot on a carved top black gloss neck-through. 

         

        How is the fret finishing on the SRC6s? I've only owned Gibson and Ibanez and I've had them all fret levelled which vastly improved the fretboard. I wonder if the old "custom shop" ESP quality included a proper fret leveling. 


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