The ESP USA Eclipse Nosferatu is a limited-edition guitar created in collaboration with acclaimed artist Dumitru “Dino” Muradian by the luthiers at the ESP USA Shop in California. Muradian’s innovative and completely unique technique of hand-burning highly-detailed artwork into the wood, known as pyrography, is used to apply the fine artwork on this guitar. The artwork on the ESP USA Nosferatu was hand-painted by Muradian, and there are only 15 of these guitars available worldwide with only 1 arriving in Australia and on its way to Belfield Music!
The ESP USA Nosferatu is a handcrafted instrument built by experienced luthiers at ESP USA’s North Hollywood, CA facility, using the finest tonewoods and components. Based on the Eclipse body shape, it features a mahogany body with a maple top, a three-piece thin U-shaped mahogany neck, and an ebony fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets and split flag inlays. Accenting the body and matching headstock is a single-ply cream binding. The ESP USA Nosferatu implements set-thru construction at a traditional 24.75” scale. The ESP USA Nosferatu includes a special set of high output Seymour Duncan Black Winter pickups, hand-wound in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop by legendary pickup builder Maricela “MJ” Juarez. Rounding out the components are a TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, a bone nut, and Sperzel tuners.
After the guitar is built, the artist uses the guitar as the canvas for his detailed artwork. Under magnifying lenses, Muradian painstakingly creates each piece of musical instrument art with an unprecedented level of depth, dimension, texture, and expression in each piece. The artwork is situated on both the body and the headstock of the guitar, taking advantage of each instrument’s unique dimensions to produce artwork that perfectly complements its shape.
Dino Muradian started his lifelong focus on pyrographic art in 1965 in his native Romania. Departing the country amidst political turmoil in 1983, he eventually emigrated to the USA. Soon thereafter, he established himself as a serious artist by doing impressive woodburned portraits and reproductions but soon realized that the limitations of typical tools like standard soldering irons wouldn’t allow him to do his best work, so he created his own unique pyrography tool that he could apply in different positions for intricate shading and other precise techniques. In addition to the ESP USA Pyrograph Series, Muradian has created artwork on a number of customized ESP guitar models going back to the 1990s, and his acclaimed earlier work includes a wood burned version of the George Lynch Skulls & Snakes signature model, as well as an EX-shaped deer skull motif he created for Metallica’s James Hetfield.
Matching Pyrograph Design on Headstock
The hand-burned artwork on the Pyrographic Series makes use of both the body and headstock for a cohesive design and a totally unique look.
Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Of high importance to guitar collectors, each ESP USA Pyrographic Series guitar comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by ESP and artist Dino Muradian.
Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Pickups
The ESP USA Nosferatu includes a special set of high output Seymour Duncan Black Winter pickups, hand-wound in the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop by legendary pickup builder Maricela “MJ” Juarez.
BODY WOOD: Chambered Mahogany
BODY TOP: Plain Maple
BODY FINISH: Natural Satin
NECK CONSTRUCTION: Set-Thru
NECK WOOD: 3 Pc Mahogany
SCALE LENGTH: 24.75”
NUT WIDTH: 42mm
NUT TYPE: Bone
FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 305mm
NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
THICKNESS @ 1ST FRET:20mm
THICKNESS @ 12TH FRET:22mm
FRETS: 22 JESCAR FW57110 XJ Stainless
NECK FINISH: Natural Satin
HEAD CAP: Plain Maple
TRUSS ROD: 2 Way Adjustable w/ Graphite Reinforcements
BRIDGE:TonePros T3BT Locking TOM w/ T1Z Locking Tailpiece
TUNERS: Sperzel Trim-Lok
STRAP BUTTONS: Dunlop Locking
BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Black Winter
NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Black Winter
CONTROLS: Vol/Vol/Tone/3-Way Toggle
OTHER: Push-Pull Coil Split on Tone
PLAYABILITY & SETUP
STRINGS: D’Addario NYXL REG LITE (.010 – .046)
CASE: ESP USA Form Fit