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ESP Forest TCM Bass NAMM Show Prototype

Regular price $2,295.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $2,295.00 USD
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As Forest's goes this is about as cool as it gets. It has been suggested to me this was a NAMM show bass and given its appointments the math adds up.

Early example, trans black. No serial number.

Highly flamed maple body
Ebony fretboard, no fret inlays
Early ESP logo
ESP embossed pickups

This bass was previously owned by a pro player and shows standard play wear. No cracks, breaks or mods. It's a great player that sounds like thunder! Earliest one I have seen. Should be of real interest to both player or collector. Ships in a non original hard case.

Continental USA Shipping Only. No International Sales.

This guitar is presented by Big Hair Nation. Buyer pays UPS shipping (and applicable taxes) which is added to the sales price at checkout. Shipping is $115 including insurance.

ESP was founded by Hisatake Shibuya in 1975 as a manufacturer of higher-end guitar replacement components based in Tokyo. Within a year ESP began producing guitars in Japan, but remained relatively unheard of in the U.S. until the early 1980s.  

It was not until 1984-85 that ESP started selling one-off custom guitars domestically in New York City. At the same time ESP began supplying necks and bodies for Kramer Guitars. 

Enter 1986, the first year that ESP delivered a production line of guitars in the U.S.-- the 400 Series. Also dubbed as the "Traditional Series" there were three lines of electric guitars, a strat and tele body style, and two jazz style basses. 

The same year, George Lynch and his guitar tech, while on tour with Dokken, stumbled into ESP’s main shop in Tokyo. The result of that visit was Lynch's Kamikaze in 1987, ESP's first signature model.