• Poolaboobface


    Hello everyone I recently got a ESP Mirage Deluxe and like any ESP it's awesome I just wondered if anyone knows anything about them like wood type etc as I know nothing and can't really find much about them and can't find the one with the reversed Jackson style headstock in the old catalogues I have so I'm not sure on the year, any help is appreciated. 

    • Poolaboobface

      I did attach a picture but I'll try again, the guy that owned it before me put stickers on it, the original finish is black. 

      • Travis L.

        Don't know much about those either but it's definately old! Very nice guitar! I would take those stickers off though...if you can...

        This was Pre Jackson lawsuit for sure!

        You can google the old ESP catelogs! It might be in those! It's on the Russian ESP site! Take a look...

        Sorry I couldn't help much! Lol 

        • Poolaboobface

          Yeah I started taking the stickers off last night I've just got to work out what's best to use to take of the stickie resadue that won't damage the finish, I was surprised how good the condition of the finish was. 

          I have looked in those catalogues but can't find a reversed headstock version but I'll look again only had a quick look, thanks for the help any is appreciated. 

          • Travis L.

            Awesome! Best of luck gettin all that crap off! 

            Alrighty! Try emailing ESP with some pics! They tell you what to send on the "support" link on this website and does the head stock have a serial number on it? If its al bolt on it will most likely be on the plate because the older ones had it on the plate.. I believe ESP lost a lot of their older records from back in the day... A fire or something not really sure... But it's worth a shot to Email..

            And I used to have a huge spot of sticker resedue on my EX I just got it out with guitar cleaner. The spray bottle kind and I worked it out. No damage to the finish.. You can try what ever you like.. I'm just letting you know what worked for me..

            • Poolaboobface

              Thanks for the help I think I'll get all the stickers off and stuff and then send some pics in and your correct the serial is on the plate. 

              It's a real pain getting the sticker residue off, most have come off fine but this one sticker has left so much crap behind, I read an article on fenders website that said to use lighter fluid so I'll give that a go. 

              Im thinking about eventually getting it re finished cause I got it at a good price so even with re finishing costs it still comes out at a good price, the guy I bought it off had done a good job with the stickers and they was high quality I just dint like the feel of them under my arm.

              ill repost any findings I get on year etc, might be a while but when I get some info I'll post. 

    • jt76

      Nice guitar.  Sould be between 87 and 1990.  Only years they made that headstock with that inlay pattern as far as I know.   they definitely made them in reverse headstock.  But I have not seen a catalog with a reverse headstock.  The kh zorlac was a standard model. With a sticker added.  It had a reverse headstock.  I dont belive its in the catalogs either.  I have never seen a 1988 catalog anywhere.  So maybe thats when they went reverse.  I dont know.   also custom order wasnt as big deal for small variations back then if you just wanted something basic Like custom color, custom pickups, or reverse neck.  Very Cool guitar anyway.   Probably has an esp sinclair trem.  If it doesnt have the trem bar they are rare but they come up on ebay a couple times a year.

    • Pushead

      The guitar is a maple neck through and alder wings.  Probably late 80s.

      It doesn't look like a Sinclair trem, it looks like an OFR (or LFR).  The lower right side of the picture looks like the route has been "modified" but it might just be a rough angle in the picture.

      And I like the stickers.

    • jt76

      Good eye does look like a regular Floyd routed in.  I 

      Like the stickers also.  Was gonna suggest lacquer over but OP Said he had started removal.

      Thought the deluxes were bolt on and the customs were neck thru.  Pushead how is the flip flop

      blue mirage marked. I assumed it was a mirage custom

    • Pushead

      Oh that's right, the Deluxe was bolt-on and the Custom was neck-through.  Lines through the binding?  Do you mean at each fret?

      • Poolaboobface

        im not the best at describing things sometimes but its more like wavy lines running along the binding which ive never seen on any other instrument but ive not exactly seen loads of instruments but i have seen a fair few so thought it was worth asking about.

        so i dont know if its an effect that happens over time or if it was like this from new but ive added a picture its not the best but it does show it if you look hard enough.

    • JosE(S)Ph

      Mine is a Mirage Deluxe with that headstock, too.  Years ago, I tried to get some info about the guitar from ESP, but they said they didn't have anything from the old days.  I emailed them again some time later and they gave me some estimated info.  I'll see if I can find the email.

    • JosE(S)Ph

      I took a look at some old emails.  The only info ESP had was the bodies would be alder.  I had all those old ESP catalogues from the 80s but unfortunately tossed them during a move.  They really didn't have too much technical info anyway, as I remember.

      My Mirage Deluxe is the nicest playing guitar I've ever played.  That's it next to my name.  I bought it sight unseen and didn't realize how "pink" it was, but the chick stickers made it look really cool or would that be hott?

    • Poolaboobface

      Thanks for the replies everyone I did not realises there had been some more recent replies from josE(S)ph so apologies for the late reply. 

      I love the pink colour I think it's fitting for an 80's guitar and the stickers just add to the coolness. 

      I have some slightly sad news, I impulse bought a 400 series telecaster and it's an amazing guitar so I'm selling the mirage to fund that purchase because I don't play as much metal as I used to so I'd rather someone else get the full benefit from this truly awesome guitar.

      The early ESPs offer amazing value and In the future I'd love to become a collector but sadly at the moment I'm ill off work and need the cash otherwise if keep both. 

      Thanks again everyone.