If this is a late 90's standard would it have the set neck thru construction that the current ESP vipers have? And by the specs is that actually brown ebony and not rosewood?
Was this a good era of guitar building for ESP? My concern is that if it is traditional set neck, and a rosewood fretboard and 14 years old then it is no better than a current LTD 1000 or even 400 series. On the other if the standard build quality on is good then it could be considered a steal for a japan made ESP standard. I may disclose to him that it is not custom shop and that it is old and slightly lower the negotiation price because 500$ is not a terrible price but i would not say this is THE guitar for me. No one has bought it yet and the back market for guitars is super slow right now. So i at least want a get a deal because i will may later trade the guitar.