AXN™ Guitars Artwork Designs Fall 2018

AXN™ Guitars Introduces Artwork Exactly Replicated from the 1980s Original vintage guitars


September 3, 2018

Scottsdale, Arizona - After collecting 1980s guitars with cool 1980s artwork for 30+ years Johnny from AXN™ Guitars has replicated the exact artwork directly from a select few guitars. These will appear in the amount of 5 ( five ) AXN™ Guitars for each design. Due for release in fall 2018 and early 2019.

“In regards to the artwork. I’ve chosen three new designs to replicate exactly. I have two old Kramer Neptune New Jersey guitars that are unique. One of the designs, a pink checkered squares design, was painted by an old friend and Kramer employee in 1981 at one of the after hours sessions to get overtime hours at the old Kramer factory in New Jersey“ 

“The second design i added was an original 1983 Charvel Manufacturing American Flag Graphic. I felt that now was a good time to make 5 guitars with that USA graphic to show my patriotism and love for the USA! I own the original 1983 Charvel USA flag guitar to this day and my AXN™ art is an exact duplicate!“ 

“I’ve also now perfected the shape of our AXN™ Model-83’ body. I’m offering that Holy Grail guitar as a non-relic. I’ve outsourced the Kramer type primer paintwork to an expert. Its now got the same color and paint formula used on the original 1983 Baretta. Of course every detail of my AXN™ Model-83‘ matches its Kramer 1983 counterpart. That said, the build quality of our USA AXN™ Model-83’ is much better than the original and has the exact banana headstock shape that everyone wants”

Johnny noted that every AXN™ Guitar body is manufactured in the USA from prime 2-piece and center joined exotic woods. Also ALL our guitars are FREE of tone robbing clear coat and under paint fillers.

“ I’m hand picking the best of the best tonewoods. This year AAA-grade Maple, White Maple, Swamp Ash, Mahogany, White Ash and Korina will be used on all our bodies.”

Lastly Johnny added.

“We’ve expanded our manufacturing shop. The expansion was basically due to the fact that early in 2018 we could not meet the demand for custom ordered guitars. Therefore, there was a decrease of in-stock guitars ready for immediate purchase. Now we are doing everything we can to increase  available and in-stock guitars that stay posted on our Available Guitars web page” .

( see attached photos:  press-artwork-fall-2018.jpgs )

Fernandes ST-155BG Brad Gillis Signature Guitar

AlienXnation Vintage Guitars -  Posted For Sale August 18, 2018

For Sale >> <<

Fernandes and Brad Gillis have both stated that 100 guitars were manufactured that matched the guitar he used live in 1984. That would be the ST155BG Fernandes.

Fernandes also produced many Model ST-120BG guitars that were identical to the ST-155BG except for a few things.

This is one of 100 guitars produced!

We have never seen an ST-155BG in person that was unmodified. This is the first one we have owned in absolute original factory condition.

Every other Fernandes Brad Gillis we've seen in this great of condition was a model ST120BG.

AlienXnation Vintage Guitars - Collectible Guitar


includes a complete breakdown and inspection of every element of the guitar. This includes breakdown and cleaning of the tremolo bridge and inspection of all parts!!

Entire guitar will be delivered 100% like a new guitar with a certificate of Authenticity.

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Reference Page for the BG Fernandes >>

Thank You and Best Wishes,

Johnny - Owner AXN™Guitars ( The SENSEI OF VINTAGE 1980'S GUITARS 禪 )

AXN™ Guitars has Expanded

July 19, 2018

I am very proud to announce that my company AXN™ Guitars has taken a leap forward with an expanded new facility located in Arizona USA. There will be no CNC machines because these create sterile guitars. Yet, with the addition of some new machinery, the extra workspace and a bit of rocket science, we plan to provide the best level of hand craftsmanship possible in every instrument! 

We will continue  to manufacture our guitars the OLD-SCHOOL way using old-school methods just like those two name brands did in the 1950sand 1960s. This video shows the newly completed building on my ranch in Arizona USA. This is where my AXN™ Guitars will get all the creative tweaks to the wood everyone is talking about. It will also host a design and demo department where I will spend many hours dissecting guitars and performing R&D in a live musical environment.

Best Wishes to all, Johnny - AXN™ Guitars

California and Arizona USA

History of Eddie Van Halen's Bumble Bee / Notes Taken!!

WTF - Boogie Bodies, Charvel, Dimarzio get out the measuring tape dude!

For many years I recorded detailed specifications and measurements of virtually every part of certain brands of guitars from this era the 1980s. Sometimes the facts are sitting right in front of my nose and all have to do is lookup... wow !


Johnny, The SENSEI OF VINTAGE 1980'S GUITARS 禪 ( translated SENSEI 禪 = the teacher ).

I’m using the data i observed detailing these guitars to manufacture our AXN™ Guitars >>

HISTORY of a DiMarzio / Charvel Guitar w/ 1980 Rising Sun Graphic

1979 Rising Sun Graphic…/vintage-1980-charvel-body-rising-…

History Link >>

Way back in 2011 I posted a video of the Glendora/San Dimas Charvel Manufacturing shop as it looks today ( or then ) >>

I also put some info up at this site >>

For many years I recorded detailed specifications and measurements of virtually every part of certain brands from this era the 1980s. Prior to making a name for myself on Ebay and prior to creating the AXN website I was known as The SENSEI OF VINTAGE 1980'S GUITARS 禪 ( translated SENSEI 禪 = the teacher ).

I’ve pretty much sold off the balance of Charvel pre-pro stuff I owned with the exception of a few things. Now I’m using the data i recorded and wrote down on paper detailing these guitars to manufacture our AXN™ Guitars >>

Don’t Buy Made in China Guitars


No matter what country we live in we all shop and buy stuff thats made in china one way or another. Maybe its a power tool or maybe its the tires on our car or truck but one way or another we und up buying Chinese junk whether we know it or not.

Its one thing to go replace the toilet seat and purchase something made in some factory in china. It unavoidable because it just so happens that ALL the toilet seats are made in china and we have no choice.

Now the thing is with guitars we do have a choice.

There are many boutique guitar builders here in the USA and in your country that build exceptional guitars and these builders are not selling us all out by manufacturing guitars in china and importing them just to make a buck.

The even more surreal thing is basically in all guitar price ranges there are the Chinese guitars and non-chinese guitars.

You don’t have to buy them... just face it you don’t need to buy Chinese in any price range >>> Here is Why.

#1 Stop China’s Unfair Trade Practices - Don’t Buy Made in China

#2 Don’t Help China Buy Up Your country ( for me its America ) - Don’t Buy Made in China

#3: Don’t Help Finance China’s Military Buildup - Don’t Buy Made in China

#4: Defend Your Community’s money base keep you dollars local for your community - Don’t Buy Made in China

#5: Save America’s Jobs and the jobs in your home country - Don’t Buy Made in China.

#6: Save Jobs and the jobs in your home country - Don’t Buy Made in China.

* China manipulate their currency, have poor working conditions for their workers and destroyed the environment with toxic refuse that reaches us all.

PRESS RELEASE : AXN™ SuperWide™ Sustain Block

PRESS RELEASE : AXN™ SuperWide™ Sustain Block

Published on Feb 28, 2018

We are happy to announce the success of our AXN™ SuperWide™ Sustain Block part of our Disruptor™ brand of products.

The first prototype run of AXN™ SuperWide™ Sustain Blocks, which is machined from a well tested exotic metal, have arrived and are pictured in the promotional video. Our 2018 AXN™ Guitars are designed to accepted these humongous very tone-full blocks.These sustain blocks are made for Rock!

AXN™ Disruptor Sustain Blocks are much thicker. Branded as SuperWide™ The AXN Sustain Blocks we designed for our 2018 line of boutique hand made AXN™Guitars ( ) are effectively 5X the size of a stock Floyd Rose blocks. Thay are 3X-4X as Large as an upgrade fat Big Block Floyd Rose brass sustain block. They are the perfect design incorporating the perfect specifications, weight and dimensions for the ultimate whammy experience.

No matter what other manufacturers say a fatter, thicker, machined metal AXN™ BIG block equals out to more frequency control than those "cast" thin metal blocks. ALL the other sustain blocks are rubbish made in China from poor quality import metals.

We studied the metal characteristics of a famous Floyd Rose vintage tremolo and analyzed its meturallurgical details. Using modern methods our blocks are machined from one-piece metal alloy in the USA. Don't waste your time with any other brand. Get an AXN™ Disruptor™ Sustain Block.

ESP History - Electric Sound Products

ESP Guitars History © Johnny AXN™ Guitars

 A Very Brief Overview ( because I dont have time to add anything else right now ) Rev date 12/31/2017

With a small staff of 3 employees ESP (Electric Sound Products) was established in Shibuya Tokyo in 1975 by Hisatake Shibuya as what was called in Japanese a "Guitar Salon". The shop was concerned with guitar repairs and "one-on-one" custom order guitars.  Hisatake brought in machinery to operate as a guitar retail store/workshop and they started building Navigator high-quality hand-made electric guitars. The ESP Shibuya shop was the first professional shop in Japan to create a dialog with working musicians and interacted closely with players.

All the while ESP absorbed player level details that guitar makers usually do not notice. This led to ESP manufacturing custom order high-end guitars in Japan about the 1979. Then ESP, using its own brand name, set out to rival Fender and Gibson straight away. Instead of just flat out copying USA guitars and selling them at lower costs ESP decided to take all the ingredients and surpass what Fender and Gibson did utilizing only the best materials and hardware in a true effort to make the best of the best.

Another fact in regards to ESP ( Electric Sound products ) is that they started manufactured guitars for other brands. Referred to in the guitar business as being a "ghost builder". This contract work obviously fueling financially ESP dream to become a flagship brand of its own. In the 1970s-1980s most of the well known Japanese guitar makeing companies including ESP  we able  to produce runs of super highest quality guitars and runs of lower quality guitars simultaneously. Other manufacturer names that could also achieve this were companies such as such as Tokai, Matsumoku, Fujigen, Kawai, Chushin Gakki and others ..

Navigator Models
Vintage ESP Navigator guitars had many variations. ESP started here manufacturing these guitars by hand and from the best materials and hardware. We are talking the mid to late 1970s and many early Navigator guitars were based off of classic USA guitars but not limited to just those designs.

Navigator guitars are the highest-end of all ESP guitars. Many time the Navigator logo on the headstock will say something like "Navigator produced by ESP". Early on some Navigator Les PauL Type guitars actual said Navigator with Les Paul on the headstock in the same font style as a Gibson LP.

Today the Navigator series Fender and Gibson replicas are made at costs that exceed those even of Fender and Gibson’s own Custom Shops! They are the pride of ESP. Every Navigator is a quality guitar, made with the utmost attention to detail. Navigator guitars have the exact dimensions of Fender and Gibson’s, but have amazing details that Fender and Gibson have never put into their own guitars. There is very few guitars out there that can rival a Navigator.

ZEP-II Models
ZEP-II or "ZEP-2" guitars as I will call them were basically short production runs of ESP custom made guitars. The ZEP-2 guitar brand was in essence the precursor to the Edwards brand of guitars and ZEP-2 guitars were made in Japan between 1985 to about 1988. The designs were kindof all over the board with models that were signature guitars such as the Loudness models made for the band Loudness. ZEP-2 guitars were a brand of ESP but to confuse the issue these were considered a MAD Company product that was an offshoot company of ESP. I've owned many of these including a Kramer branded George Lynch bengal tiger that was a Mad Company creation.

The Japanese were very good luthiers and had much pride in their work especially when it came to making anything connected with ESP guitars in this period. Generally ZEP-II guitars are virtually the same quality as the best ESP guitars of the time. Yet there were some ZEP2 models in a lower price point and wood quality diminished a small bit and some colors and finishes were repeated to save $$.  Sometimes with ZEP-II Guitars ESP would release some off-the-wall weird guitar design as sort of an "experiment" or to test the retail sale-ability and label it an ZEP-II.

Edwards Models
Initially Edwards guitars we made in japan ( 1990s ) and later in the recent 2000's some were made in china and still some in Japan. The brand is the most under-rated guitar brand in Japan and virtually unknown in the USA. Many times they use bookmatched woods, nitro top coat finishes in ESP produced Edwards. They are designed as the lower-cost version of the Navigator series and the standard ESP Product but they are really not that much lower in terms of craftsmanship, only price. For Example I saw an artist model for a Japanese rock star that was branded Edwards not ESP and it was known to be just as high quality as a ESP custom shop guitar.

Some Edwards guitars are made as Gibson and Fender replicas yet many Edwards are just slightly lower cost versions of well known popular ESP high end original designs and popular ESP artist models. Like ZEP-II Guitars ESP would/will release some off-the-wall weird guitar design as sort of an "experiment" or to test the retail sale-ability and label it an Edwards. Im seeing that the Edwards brand are strictly being made in china and maybe asia now and not Japan.

Grassroots Models
ESP also makes a low end entry-level guitar brand made in china and now other places for beginners under the name "Grassroots."  These guitars are made well considering they are very low priced guitars.  They do look nice but have budget woods and budget finishes and budget electronics.  For a beginner, it is a great brand. That said some Grass Roots guitars are just about as good or maybe better than what we are seeing in mid-priced Gibson and Fenders right now here in the USA. they are like "good Chinese guitars" if you know what i mean.

Seymour Duncan Models
ESP luthiers also made a lesser-known brand under the name of “Seymour Duncan," from the mid-1990s until 2004. Seymour Duncan is written as the actual logo on the headstock of these guitars.  There are two different series of Seymour Duncans;  the "professional series," highest end and the "traditional series," which was marketed in a lower price range.  If a guitar is from the traditional series, it will say so on the headstock. If it just says “Seymour Duncan,” then it is the more expensive model.  ESP only made Fender replicas under the Seymour Duncan brand.  

ESP discontinued Seymour Duncan Fender replicas in 2004.  ESP continues, however, to make bass guitars using the Seymour Duncan logo, but these bass guitars are not Fender replicas like their predecessors.

Schecter Guitars
In 1987 Schecter Guitars was in negotiations and/or purchased by Hisatake Shibuya. He is the founder of ESP Guitars. In 1990 there was some shuffling around of the Schecter Guitar company and the brand Schecter that was famous for hand made stratocaster shaped guitars and guitar parts.

After all was said and done effectively Hisatake Shibuya owned the Schecter Guitars brand. Hisatake Shibuya also owned Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, Sunset Custom Guitars California and 48th Street Custom Guitars in New York. It seems that ESP was manufacturing Stratocatster bodies and necks as well as whole guitars in Japan at the ESP factory for a short period in the late 1980s and these were branded as Schecter and sold mainly in Japan. The ones I’ve seen are very hard to distinguish from the Authentic USA Van Nuys California Schecters.

in the USA Hisatake Shibuya put separation into the Schecter brand successfully making Schecter Guitars presence completely independent of ESP as far as marketing and branding in the US. Later ESP was also successful at finding ways to manufacture Schecter outside of Japan.

In My Opinion in Japan many models that were released Japan under the brand name Schecter Guitars from the late 1980s and more heavily in the 1990s that were Strat headstock guitars and appear to be 100% ESP Japan manufacturing. Even today Schecter Guitars sold in Japan are very similar to some ESP offerings and include what appears to be ESP craftsmanship. The lower end of Japanese only Schecters are more than likely made in china or possibly in Korea.

ESP - Timeline
1975- Founded as a manufacturer of high-end electric guitar, and to train guitar repair servicemen. Manufactured the First Navigator line of guitars.
1979- Started accepting orders for 100% custom-made electric guitars. 
1981- Established ESP-USA.
1983 - A Factory in Nagano Japan was opened with 40 employees
1983- A European ESP base was opened in the German city of Dusseldorf - 1983- Opened Guitar Builders' School in Japan.
1983 - The 48th Street Custom Guitars New York was founded
1986- Opened a 6,600 sq. meter factory in Sado Island, Niigata-ken Japan.
1990- Official purchased Schecter USA. 
1992- Launched ESP-China.
1995- Purchased U.S. Musicians Institute.
1997-2010 Acquired and opened more than 10 educational institutions and retail shops in Japan. 
ESP Co., Ltd. has 18 member companies, 1,300 workers and 13 billion yen annual sales as a group. The business expands from musical instrument manufacturing, distribution, sales, import/export, music and movie production, publishing, development and distribution of music software to multiple educational institutions.

Other Brands ESP has manufactured like Robin Guitars, Italia Guitars, Kramer Guitars and others I did not mention.. give it some time I will ;-)

ESP Guitars History © Johnny AXN™ Guitars