Crafted at our ESP USA facility in Southern California, the USA M-III FR is everything you need for serious shred. It’s a classic H/S/S setup with your choice of Seymour Duncan or EMG pickups in a variety of models to suit your personal tone and dynamics preferences. The USA M-III FR offers an extra thin U-shaped quarter-sawn maple neck with natural satin finish for the smoothest and fastest playing experience. Optional premier-quality figured-wood tops are available on the USA M-III FR including flamed maple, quilted maple, lacewood, zebrawood, koa, open grain ash, and open grain mahogany, with a variety of amazing translucent gloss and satin finishes to choose from, as well as both maple and ebony fingerboards with clean abalone dot inlays.
The parts and components on the USA M-III FR are second to none, and include 24 extra-jumbo Jescar stainless steel frets, an Original Floyd Rose floating tremolo, Sperzel Trim-Lok, and Dunlop strap locks. Controls include a push-pull coil split control on the tone knob for passive pickup models. The USA M-III FR includes a high-quality ESP USA form-fitting hard shell case.
Graphite Neck Reinforcement Bars: Get maximum strength and stability from your guitar’s neck, with higher long-term reliability. All ESP USA models are made with two high-strength bars of carbon fiber.
Drop Top w/ Natural Masked Binding: The droptop design on many of our ESP USA models allows for the beauty of a figured top that’s bent over the arm contour, adding a little brightness to the overall sound while retaining the warmth of the body wood. The natural masked binding edge adds amazing visual contrast.
Deep Dish Jack: In addition to looking sleek, the Deep Dish jack installed on ESP USA models has the added benefit of providing the depth and angle of the cable to be easily looped around the player’s strap to better protect the cable from crimps or other damage.
EMG SA-X: The SAX is an active single coil pickup loaded with an Alnico V bar magnet that has an unmistakable Strat™ sound: bright, airy, with a rich bottom end. With internal shielding and a low impedance preamp, you get a virtually noiseless pickup without sacrificing a true single coil tone. The Alnico V bar magnet allows for the output to remain balanced during big string bends that makes for a beautifully articulate tone. The X series preamp truly bridges the gap between passive and active tone and feel. The creamy mid-range warmth creates sublime blues tones that are clear, strong and expressive. Experience why players the world over rely on EMG single coil pickups in the studio and on the stage.
EMG 81X: With the added dynamic control of the X Series preamp, the 81X takes the classic 81 to a new level of tone. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone was designed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut, and fluid sustain. Traditionally used in the bridge position of your guitar, this humbucking pickup will make your leads slice right through even the densest mix. When used in both neck and bridge positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81X/85X setup and the versatile 81X/60X combo. EMG's solderless installation makes swapping your guitar pickups easier than ever.
- Model: USA M-III FR
- Color: Purple Haze
- Top: Quilt Maple
- Body: Mahogany
- Construction: Bolt-On
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Neck Wood: Quartersawn Maple Maple
- Fretboard Radius: 305mm
- Nut Width: 43mm
- Nut Type: Bone
- Neck Contour: Extra Thin U
- Neck Thickness @ 1st Fret: 19mm
- Neck Thickness @ 12th Fret: 21mm
- Frets/Type: 24 XJ Stainless Steel
- Scale: 25.5"
- Headstock: Matches Body
- Pickups: EMG SAX (single-coils) and EMG 81X (humbucker)
- Controls: Volume, Tone (push/pull for coil-split)
- Pickup Selector: 5-Way Blade Switch
- Strap Locks: Dunlop Dual Design
- Tuners: Sperzel Trim-Lok
- Bridge: Floyd Rose Original
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Strings: D’Addario NYXL SUP LITE (.009 - .042)
- Case: ESP Black Tolex Deluxe Hardshell
- Instrument Weight: 8 lbs.