A work of heart that's 100% hand-crafted with the finest woods and materials.
Hand-crafted in Japan, the Mystique is the culmination of ESP's long experience in making custom guitars, combining the best characteristics of both "bolt-on" and "set-neck" constructions in sound and playability.
The body thickness of the Mystique is tapered from the scale point (bridge position) towards to the top of the horn, 52mm to 45mm, to get both easier access to higher frets and the full-body sound of a set-neck archtop. The body top edge is very slightly "beveled" to reduce the stress on your upper arm while the top arch shape is tightly and sensitively carved by hand.
The neck heel part looks a bit "clunky" or "solidly-built" at first glance, but it is the result of taking into account the tension of the strings and the strength of the neck. And, the headstock thickness is made the thickest possible for maximum neck strength and thicker sound.
Only the best quality woods were used for the Mystique, which came out great on sound, playability and looks.