I tawt I taw a puddy-tat through the window of the tiny music store. It’s the rare and dangerous ESP Maverick from the late ‘80s. Hair Metal! Before the M1 and M2, there was the Maverick, ESP Custom Guitars of Japan’s answer to the Kramer Night Swan and various Jackson models. For years, my only trem-equiped axe was the Fender HM Strat. Now I have three.
It features a Seymour Duncan Screamin’ Demon humbucker. Because of the Duncan/ESP connection to George Lynch it’s original to the guitar. There’s a label on the bottom cover of this pickup that reads “12BJ”. 12 for SH12 (Screamin’ Demon), B for “bridge” and J for Maricela Juarez, Seymour Duncan’s Custom Shop manager and protégé. These Juarez hand-wound pickups are desirable and regularly go for as much and more $ than the cost of a new Demon.
The neck pickup is an ESP branded high-output 2-rail type stacked humbucker nthat sounds excellent. The inside of the control cavity is shielded against hum with conductive paint and all components, solder joints and wiring appears to be original.