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The LTD Black Metal Series are guitars that are comparable in build quality to our LTD Deluxe “1000 Series” instruments, but with a dark and menacing design theme of all-black finish, components, and hardware, a single premium-quality pickup, Macassar ebony fingerboards with no inlays and glow-in-the-dark side markers, and even a newly-designed black metal LTD logo on the headstock. The M-Black Metal is based on the design off the ESP M-I FR. It’s a neck-thru-body design at 25.5” scale, and includes a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge. The M Black Metal also makes use of the direct-mount Seymour Duncan “Blackened” Black Winter pickup, controlled by a single volume knob.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 43mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ Stainless Steel
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Grover
Bridge Floyd Rose 1000
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan Blackened Black Winter
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Volume(Push/Pull)
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included N
Vincent V.

I have this onefor my Grindcore band, but my dream is to have this one with 81/85 pickups for my Thrash Band

This finish, 81 + 85 Pickups + only one knob + Floyd ....... the perfect guitar for me .

Damien Azrael

So the M Black Metal is my first ESP/LTD. I’ve always wanted an ESP/LTD and I’m happy I finally got one. This guitar is perfect for what I’m into playing now. I plugged this guitar directly into my Marshall DSL 100 (and older JCM 2000) and I can safely say I was so impressed with what I heard I won’t be playing anything else. In fact I’ll be getting more ESP/LTD’s 

HoosierDaddy T.

Hi.  Can someone tell me how do the 1000 series floyd Rose's compare to the original? 

Great looking guitars. Very cool..

Please tell whoever is in charge of the decision making yo please be the first company to go all stainless frets as much as economically feasible.  Great that you're doing so with many of your LTD line.  Great Job ESP. 


Todd B. ESP

Hi, thanks for your comments. FR1000 series bridges are very solid. They are built to the same specifications as the FR Original. The only and main difference is that they are currently manufactured in Korea as opposed to the Original which is manufactured in Germany.

If you have any questions not answered on our product page, please contact ESP Customer Service at [email protected]

Eric B.

I just bought a brand new black metal m with the floyd rose. Wow! This thing has such a big sound and great tone. It is on the heavy side, but that is not a surprise because of the quality of the wood. The neck feels great and is easy to play. To my surprise, it does have a push pull for the coil tap. I only thought it was on the ht version. But I would definitely recommend this guitar if you love metal.


Todd, possible for stainless steel frets in 2021 or 2022?

Todd B. ESP

Hi, Please check back later this year as we usually release information for next year model releases at that time.

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