takamine Ltd Viper-10 sg style electric guitar at Ukulele Corner

My ESP pawn shop SG

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It needs new strings but is currently tuned E~A~D~G~B~E




ESP Ltd Viper-50

I've been to the "real" Auctions again but this time I stayed away from the pawn shop "Strat" copies (though I did bid on a couple of actual Fender Stratocasters - but they ended too expensive for me). What I did bid on - and won - was a pawn shop SG copy; the ESP LTD Viper 50 in cream, (which may be a limited edition colour?) and a JHS Vintage resonator Guitar. The ESP comes with a Peavey gigbag and the Vintage with a hard case but I haven't seen these so I don't know what they are like. Truth to tell I haven't seen the Guitars either, apart from in photos as the auction was a long way away. However I attended on line, (bit of a buggeration this as the video feed was a couple of minutes, or about one lot behind where the auction actually was. This meant that while watching the lots go through, they had already sold before I saw them and I would have missed them if I'd wanted them. Once I realised this I switched the video feed off and just looked at the text bidding which was properly in sync so I was in time for the ESP, (ok close to the lowest end of the ESP range but ESP is the electric arm of Takamine these days and they are good), which I had put a pre-bid in on as it was an SG type with Humbucker pickups, therefore fairly well removed from my single coil Strat copies; and there was only 1 other bid so I bid again and only paid £10 more that my pre-bid. Now I just have to drive up and collect it.

After a looooong drive and having to dodge the tanks the ESP SG is very 'Eavy And the unseen case is very good too, (though I think it is actually for a Bass - better still as I didn't have any bass cases). Oh and there was a surcharge for bidding on line - I could have saved a bit of money if I had attended the auction in person, but then I could easily have ended up buying too much!? Alternatively it would have cost a bit in petrol if I went and then didn't buy anything, (I realised this was a catch and this was one of the reasons I didn't go at the time so really I shouldn't be complaining now.) Anyway the Guitar is in fine condition and I think, worth a lot more than I paid including the surcharge and the petrol. Now I really must improve my Guitar playing