Stephen Carpenter and ESP have had a long-running relationship, producing plenty of great guitars over the years. This might take the top spot. One of the most complete instruments they’ve made for the Deftones guitarist, the Stef B-8 is kitted out with the best woods, the finest construction, elite hardware and his latest Fishman signature pickups.
Made of a carved alder body in a gloss black sheen, the B-8 is a true spectacle of a guitar - but it doesn’t stop there. Playability is always at the forefront of ESP’s design books.
It hosts a neck-thru thin ‘U’ shape neck and an ebony fingerboard; a winning combination found among the ESP catalogue. Tried and tested for guaranteed ease of playing. Hardware choices include a Hisphot fixed bridge, known for its super solid tuning stability and picking hand comfort.
Stephen needs an extraordinarily broad range of tones from his guitars; ones that span beautiful cleans and crushing heaviness. His signature Fishman combo covers just that, with the first of two switchable modes modelled after the original Modern ceramic bridge and alnico neck set.
The ceramic Modern delivers cutting yet extremely controllable attack, while the alnico neck partner is the more restrained of the two. The second mode is Stephen’s custom tone and has more of an edge, somehow piling on even more heat.
- CONSTRUCTION: Neck-Thru
- BODY: Alder
- FINISH: BLACK
- SCALE: 27" Baritone
- NECK: 3Pc Maple
- FINGERBOARD: Ebony
- FINGERBOARD RADIUS: 305mm
- NUT WIDTH: 55mm
- NUT TYPE: Graphite
- NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
- FRETS/TYPE: 24 XJ
- HARDWARE COLOR: Black
- STRAP BUTTON: Standard
- TUNERS: Sperzel Locking
- BRIDGE: Hipshot Fixed
- MIDDLE PU: Fishman Fluence SRC Signature
- BRIDGE PU: Fishman Fluence SRC Signature
- ELECTRONICS: Active
- ELECTRONICS LAYOUT: Vol(P/P)/Tone/3-Way Switch
- CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY: Y
- STRINGS: Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.030/.042/.054/.064/.074)
- CASE: MH 8 STR XL GUITAR FORM FIT CASE