REVIEW: ESP Brett Garsed Signature Southern Cross

Brett Garsed‘s command of the fretboard, his creativity, his tone and his ability to play pretty much anything has made him the top choice for artists as diverse as John Farnham, Nelson and even Paul Stanley, and his 2002 solo album Big Sky is a classic of the guitar instrumental genre (not to mention Centrifugal Funk, the Mark Varney Project album featuring Garsed, Frank Gambale and Shawn Lane). Garsed has had a signature ESP custom model for a few years now, and his latest collaboration with the company is this revamped but still Horizon-based beauty.

The Brett Garsed Signature Southern Cross features a semi-hollow mahogany body with a quilted maple top and matching headstock, a maple neck (with neck-through construction – you can see the neck running all the way down the body through the transparent finish on the back), natural wood binding around the entire guitar, and an extra-smooth ebony fretboard with 24 extra jumbo frets. The fretboard markers are standard dots with an ESP block at the 12th fret position (although some photos online depict a model with a regular pair of dots at the 12th fret). The scale length is a Strat-like 25.5″. Tuners are chunky locking Sperzels and the bridge is by Tonepros. Electronics are pretty simple: a volume control, a tone control, a 3-way toggle switch, and a pair of nickel covered DiMarzio humbuckers: a DP163 Bluesbucker in the neck position and a DP223F PAF in the bridge. There are no coil splits.

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