with case
(U.S. Only)

Few guitar players of the world merit as much respect as Alex Skolnick. Originally gaining fame as the teenage phenomenon holding down guitar duties for Bay Area thrashers Testament, Alex has gone on to tackle multiple musical genres, including sophisticated jazz playing in his Alex Skolnick Trio. The AS-1FR takes Alex's original design and adds a Floyd Rose bridge for expressive performances. This traditional shape belies its contemporary set of tools that include a set-thru, U-shaped three-piece maple neck for smooth access all the way up and down the fingerboard. Its sound is powered with an excellent set of Seymour Duncan '59 (neck) and JB (bridge) pickups. Its flexible controls include individual volume knobs for each pickup, a tone control with push-pull access to split the neck pickup coil, and a pickup selector toggle. Other high-end components include Dunlop straplok and Grover tuners. The Alex Skolnick LTD AS-1 comes in Black Aqua Sunburst translucent finish over its figured flamed maple top.

Construction Set-Thru
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Nut Width 43mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Dunlop Straplok
Tuners Grover
Bridge Floyd Rose 1000
Neck PU Seymour Duncan '59*
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan JB
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Vol/Vol/Tone(P/P*)/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y
Controls Alexskolnick
2020 NAMM Show: Alex Skolnick Artist Interview

2020 NAMM Show: Alex Skolnick Artist Interview

Live at the 2020 NAMM Show, an interview with Alex Skolnick of Testament....

Please offer this model in more colors! Black, Tobacco Burst, Iced-Tea Burst or Wine Red/Burgundy stain are a few ideas! 

Carl N.

thanks for the insight!


Thanks Carl. Please consider different colors. This could be a huge competitor to the Axcess which is 4-5x the cost!

Deniz M.


Is the top a veneer or a cap?


Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at or

bruno b.

Hello there... I saw some review online where the blue LTD is different than this one...  There is more blue in the body (Looks more like the ESP Version)... I want to know if the ones you deliver now is this one from the picture or the one with more blue?

Also when the paint changed in this version?  Thanks and cheers

Carl N.

While all of these instruments would be painted with the same color there can be variations within finished instruments, you should also take into account that instruments can appear differently when photographed  vs in person.  There was no change to the finish of this instrument.

Manuel A.

Does ESP not sell them directly on the site anymore?

Carl N.

For customers within the U.S. we have an online shopping cart that allows for purchasing direct.

Martín  D.

Hello, such a question I currently have an ec401 vfdmz ltd very good now my problem is that in some techniques with this guitar like I do not feel so comfortable because the arm is very thin for my taste is in a thin 42mm u but like my hand is something big so I'm thinking of buying another guitar and seen other brands like prs or epiphones that have the thicker or thicker arm or mast but I really do not want to change the brand because in sound and I'm just happy with esp ltd my question is that your brand's guitar can I buy that brings a thicker mast

Todd B. ESP

Hi Martin, Our standard EC or Eclipse models have 42mm nut width like your EC-401. I would suggest trying the AS-1FM or AS-1FR signature model. It has a little wider and thicker neck (43mm width at nut, and about 1mm thicker on back side). I hope this information is helpful.

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