The DR1 is the first release of Esoterik's mid-level series.

San Luis Obispo, CA (November 3, 2014) -- Esoterik Guitars has just released their new 2015 mid-level series. For those of you who always wanted an Esoterik but could never afford one, now you can! The first release of the new series is the DR1. The Esoterik DR1 delivers excellent tone, comfort, performance and sustain by means of its neck-through and string-through design. It features a spoke nut truss rod (with easy access), a carved body top and concave back. It comes with a mahogany body and a five-piece walnut/figured maple neck. A 25.5” scale length. 24 jumbo stainless steel frets on an ebony fretboard. The fretboard has a 16” radius, centered pearl dots and glow in the dark side dots. It’s topped with a natural satin finish and the very best in hardware. The DR1 features a TonePros tune-o-matic bridge with graphite saddles and a GraphTech nut, Gotoh 510 mini tuners and Seymour Duncan Distortion/Jazz pickups. The headstock is topped with an ebony overlay with a mother-of-pearl inlaid logo. It comes with a separate bridge volume and neck volume knob, one master tone knob and a three way toggle. The wood matched electronics cavity cover plate also features our laser engraved Phoenix logo. All new Esoterik Guitars include a hard-shell case.


  • Mahogany body
  • Neck-through design
  • 5-piece walnut and figured maple neck
  • 24 easily-accessible jumbo stainless steel frets
  • 25.5” Scale length
  • Glow in the dark (Luminlay) side dots
  • Spoke nut truss rod
  • Seymour Duncan Distortion/Jazz pickups
  • TonePros Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • GraphTech nut
  • Gotoh 510 tuners
  • Amazing body contours—carved top/concave back
  • Laser-engraved cover plate
  • Natural/clear finish

Temporary/direct wholesale price: $1006

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