Crafted at our ESP USA facility in Southern California, the USA M-III GT is the perfect choice of guitars for everyone who needs an expressive, high-performance instrument for every genre of music. 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 GT 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 GT including flamed maple, quilted maple, lacewood, zebrawood, and koa, 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 GT are second to none, and include 24 extra-jumbo Jescar stainless steel frets, a Gotoh EV510TS-FE 2-point tremolo, a bone nut, Sperzel Trimlok tuners, and a Dunlop strap locks. Controls include a push-pull coil split control on the tone knob for passive pickup models. The USA M-III GT 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.
3-Piece Neck-Thru Body: ESP USA models that offer a neck-thru-body design incorporate a three-piece laminated neck design. This increases the strength and stability of the neck, leading to better long-term reliability along with excellent tone and sustain.
Seymour Duncan Stack+: Each noiseless Stratocaster pickup (STK-S4) is hand tuned for that warm bell-like tone without any of the associated 60-cycle hum. The Classic Stack Plus neck pickup looks and sounds like a true Stratocaster single coil but none of the traditional single coil hum. It’s got all of the sparkle and the chime that you would expect from a vintage Strat pickup. Like its neck counterpart, the Classic Stack Plus middle pickup provides all of the classic Strat chime. However, we build it RWRP to give you that perfect in-between sound of positions 2 & 4 when split to keep the set completely hum-free in all selector positions.
Hand built in Santa Barbara, CA, the Classic Stack Plus Stratocaster pickups use hand ground alnico 5 rod magnets and comes with a splittable 3-conductor lead wire to give you access to true single coil operation. Each pickup wax potted for squeal free performance.
Seymour Duncan Saturday Night Special: Meet the Saturday Night Special humbucker. These pickups are made with Alnico 4 magnets to give a balanced, vintage tonality. Think late 70s arena rock tones with full-bodied cleans and bold, vocal-like overdriven leads. Unlike traditional humbuckers, the Saturday Night Special humbuckers are voiced to be a little hotter and fatter in the bridge position. They’re more aggressive than 50s-style models, but without the compression of most high gain pickups. The cleans are warm and musical while the overdriven tones cut through without being harsh in the highs or cloudy in the lows. These bridge the output level gap between vintage 50s and modern humbuckers, making this pickup set perfect for replicating those legendary late-70s arena rock tones.
The Saturday Night Special is made in Santa Barbara, California. They come standard with four-conductor wiring, maple spacer and short mounting legs.
- Model: USA M-III GT
- Color: Blue to Natural Reverse Burst
- Top: Flame 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
- Frets/Type: 24 XJ Stainless Steel
- Scale: 25.5"
- Headstock: Matches Body
- Pickups: Seymour Duncan Stack+ (neck and middle) and Saturday Night Special (bridge)
- Controls: Volume, Tone (push/pull for coil-split)
- Pickup Selector: 5-Way Blade Switch
- Strap Locks: Dunlop Dual Design
- Tuners: Sperzel Trim-Lok
- Bridge: Gotoh 510 Tremolo
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Strings: D’Addario NYXL SUP LITE (.009 - .042)
- Case: ESP Black Tolex Deluxe Hardshell
- Instrument Weight: 8.2 lbs.