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post Oct 20 2017, 06:25 PM
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I thought it was just the more inexpensive guitars which used veneers. I didnt realise that a 'mahogany body with flame maple cap' can also be code for - 'maple cap with flame veneer'. That seems really shady to me, even for a guitar company.
I was looking at ESP, I read on a couple of forums and articles that the E-II has a veneer, they are close to 2K. I really didnt expect to see their models costing £1,700 - £1,900 with a veneer!
The ESP catalogue just states 'flame maple cap' but thats not really true imo. At least PRS state in their catalogue 'maple cap with flame veneer'.
I really like the ESP E-II Eclipse as well but totally put off by the way they dont mention that.
*if it IS a veneer... if not, I take it back and they're awesome and I still want one smile.gif

So is it just common place to stick a veneer onto a bit of maple and call it a flame maple cap?
It cant be right, not to state that. Maybe its just me.


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post Oct 20 2017, 06:58 PM
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I remember reading somewhere Fender first did that on some models only sold in japan, but only for a limited time as it got bad reaction.

I also dislike how they present them, its like they're trying to use a legal loop-hope for marketing. This actually happens in many products but probably few that we're aware of.

As for veneer, it actually makes sense to me using it on maple. Ibanez for example first indo models were (very thin) veneer on basswood, not only tone but the looks weren't maple-like to me either cause very thin veneer can't give that 3d image we'd like to see. So even with a guitar using veneer, there's still room for quality which might even make the asked prices from ESP reasonable (aside ethics...)


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post Oct 20 2017, 11:29 PM
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yeah, veneer can be really cool. It just seems dishonest the way they try to hide it. what else are they not telling me cool.gif
I dont think there is that much price diff from say a MIJ fender vs MIM fender, not that Ive seen but theres a big diff with E-II vs LTD which, unless Im wrong, is Japan vs Korea.
Also GAK's website is listing the ESP LTD EC-1000 as 'made in Japan, which I dont think it is.... so that's also annoying rolleyes.gif
I know you could argue about almost every brands price structure but ESP seem more rant worthy than most to me at the moment smile.gif


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post Oct 20 2017, 11:47 PM
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eheheh yeah the picture behind the headstock writes Korea but the description... smile.gif

I never got to compare ESP-LTD's, there's never been many of those guitars in my area but I do remember liking the overall neck shapes. As for price points I'm with you, maybe thats why I never really gotten into them.


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post Oct 22 2017, 05:28 PM
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the jump in prices across the same type of model is weird. It looks more like they randomly thought up prices that they would like first and then thought about what guitar to sell.
the eclipse style, using thomanns, goes from the korean ltd at £600 - £900 to the E-II MIJ at £1,700 approx. Thats a big jump but you still have the USA eclipse which is probably another grand on top of that. They dont even put their name on the headstock of MIJ, is it not good enough!

I saw a vid from ESP where the guy said Bill Kelliher used his signature LTD on the last Mastodon recording. Im not so sure, based on every studio video I watched he only had the full fat USA one cool.gif


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post Oct 22 2017, 06:11 PM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Oct 22 2017, 04:28 PM) *
the jump in prices across the same type of model is weird. It looks more like they randomly thought up prices that they would like first and then thought about what guitar to sell.
the eclipse style, using thomanns, goes from the korean ltd at £600 - £900 to the E-II MIJ at £1,700 approx. Thats a big jump but you still have the USA eclipse which is probably another grand on top of that. They dont even put their name on the headstock of MIJ, is it not good enough!

I saw a vid from ESP where the guy said Bill Kelliher used his signature LTD on the last Mastodon recording. Im not so sure, based on every studio video I watched he only had the full fat USA one cool.gif


hmmm...didn't the USA line started as the mid-price level on ESP? somethings definitly changed since I have last checked out on ESP/LTD's price differences.


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post Oct 22 2017, 08:19 PM
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QUOTE (Mertay @ Oct 22 2017, 06:11 PM) *
hmmm...didn't the USA line started as the mid-price level on ESP? somethings definitly changed since I have last checked out on ESP/LTD's price differences.

not sure tbh. I think the new E-II used to be esp standard.... but I might be wrong. I hardly see any US models in the usual online places I visit. I see some on ebay for much more than I would spend on an off the shelf guitar. Maybe those US ones are like fender / gibson custom shop types.
Still think the E-II eclipse would be killer, I'd give their flame maple cap veneer a miss though dry.gif


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post Oct 24 2017, 03:28 PM
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Well, from their Blurb on the ESP Site (this is from the Marine Blue one):-

You won't find many better-looking (or better sounding) guitars than this ESP E-II Eclipse in Marine Blue (also available in See Thru Black Cherry Sunburst). Check out the beauty of the finish over that quilted maple top, with details like a white multi-binding and a matching headstock... it's beyond compare. Powered by a set of EMG 60 (neck) and EMG 81 (bridge) pickups, it's ready for everything from deep and contemplative sounds to the most screaming, aggressive tones imaginable. A set-thru design, it's easy to get quickly up to the highest frets. It features a mahogany body with maple cap, a one=piece mahogany neck, and a rosewood fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets. The E-II Eclipse includes high-end components like Schaller Straplocks, Gotoh locking tuners, and a Gotoh TOM bridge and tailpiece. Like all instruments in our E-II Series, the E-II Eclipse is made in Japan at ESP’s Tokyo factory. Includes hardshell case.

From that I would be expecting a solid Cap, not a veneer. In the Specs it states:- Top - Quilted Maple, as you can see HERE.
As far as I'm aware the USA part is very similar to Fender/Gibson Custom Shop, mainly looking after Endorsees and suchlike!
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post Oct 24 2017, 05:20 PM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Oct 20 2017, 05:25 PM) *
So is it just common place to stick a veneer onto a bit of maple and call it a flame maple cap?


I don't think so. These are imprecise terms, but to a luthier, a cap is not a veneer. "Top", on the other hand, I think has a more vague definition than cap or veneer. Have you confirmed it's a veneer and not flame maple cap? If not, maybe ask ESP?


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post Oct 24 2017, 06:06 PM
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Ive never read anything from ESP mentioning veneers. I just noticed a few forum posts where people said they were and this article albeit a few years ago stated "For example," adds Todd, "the E-II Mystique has a veneer for the figured top, while an ESP Original Mystique has a full thickness carved figured maple top." but on the ESP site for the E-II mystique it just says 'quilted maple'. I dunno if that's the guitar he's referring to in the article, maybe its not.
It just confused me as I thought the E-II range had normal caps.


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post Oct 24 2017, 06:13 PM
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'Cap', as in maple cap, means that the the top of a solid body guitar is not a veneer.
'Top' refers to the entire top (front) of anything acoustic. Steel string, nylon string or jazz arch top. As in solid top or laminated top.

Awhile ago, Fender (94/95 Japan only?) had this process referred to foto-flame top. It was basically a decal (laser print photo) of a flamed maple finish. I'm pretty sure some Epis and Ibbys also do this.


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post Oct 24 2017, 07:13 PM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Oct 20 2017, 05:25 PM) *
I thought it was just the more inexpensive guitars which used veneers. I didnt realise that a 'mahogany body with flame maple cap' can also be code for


I think you meant to say "Top" here, not "Cap"? If so, you're right, "Top" does not mean "Cap".



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post Oct 24 2017, 08:16 PM
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yeah, I do tend to mix up the words cap and top. Im learning the difference smile.gif
so if its 'flame maple cap' then we assume no veneer but a flame maple top is probably a veneer because otherwise it would say 'cap'?
On the ESP site all the LTD and E-II state 'flame or quilted top' in the descriptions. so... veneers then.

annoyingly, on ESP when they list the specifications its just -
Body - Mahogany
Top - Flame Maple
but they do this for all the models, even the US ones where presumably the tops are caps biggrin.gif

I emailed ESP earlier. Ive become far too obsessed about this, Im starting to hate myself mellow.gif


** EDIT **
Well, shit. ESP replied to me already!
They said "The E-II Eclipse models will feature a 15mm top, not a veneer."

How thick is a cap? laugh.gif

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post Oct 24 2017, 09:00 PM
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QUOTE (bleez @ Oct 24 2017, 07:16 PM) *
How thick is a cap? laugh.gif


How long is a piece of string? smile.gif

15mm is pretty thick.


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post Oct 25 2017, 02:42 AM
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Traditionally, the maple cap or top on a Les Paul Standard is (on average) between 12.7 (1/2") and 15 mm depending on the exact thickness, contours and pkup routs of the mahogany body. And believe me, they vary a lot. the cap or top will be thicker in the center and thin out towards the edges. Some LPs and Epis can have a top as thick as 20mm (3/4").

You can buy maple tops in various cuts ... http://www.lmii.com/products/mostly-wood/e...s/figured-maple





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post Oct 25 2017, 08:40 AM
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so a 15mm top is decent enough then smile.gif
people on forums dont half talk a lot of bollocks sometimes, not this forum obviously but those other forums cool.gif I was on ESP forums where people were adamant E-II was a veneer.
Still, that was a fun rabbit hole I disappeared down for a few days biggrin.gif


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post Oct 25 2017, 12:23 PM
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I have been drooling at this one (Ibanez AR420) :
http://www.ibanez.com/products/eg_detail17...&color=CL01

It says cap in the description but I have read elsewhere it's more of a veneer. Any thoughts?


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post Oct 25 2017, 01:30 PM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Oct 25 2017, 12:23 PM) *
I have been drooling at this one (Ibanez AR420) :
http://www.ibanez.com/products/eg_detail17...&color=CL01

It says cap in the description but I have read elsewhere it's more of a veneer. Any thoughts?

Im sure The AR's will be veneer ontop of maple. Lovely looking guitar. smile.gif


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post Oct 25 2017, 02:15 PM
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QUOTE (Kristofer Dahl @ Oct 25 2017, 11:23 AM) *
I have been drooling at this one (Ibanez AR420) :
http://www.ibanez.com/products/eg_detail17...&color=CL01

It says cap in the description but I have read elsewhere it's more of a veneer. Any thoughts?


I think you might be making the same mistake Bleez made. The catalog says "Flamed Top", not "Flamed Cap". That leaves open the possibility it is a veneer.


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post Oct 26 2017, 08:44 AM
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So are you saying it might be a veneer on top of a maple cap on top of mahogany body? If so that is alright by me.

I am just worried it is mahogany + veneer (with no real cap).


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