$1,213.00 $849.00

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.

(U.S. Only)
3Pc Maple
Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
Nut Width
Nut Type
Neck Contour
Extra Thin U
24 XJ
Hardware Color
Strap Button
Floyd Rose 1000
Bridge PU
Seymour Duncan Blackened Black Winter
Electronics Layout
D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Dariusz M.

Ohhh...I would redesign this guitar a little bit. Swamp Ash body ( do not know why you don't use Ash at all.)  So....swamp ash body. Maple neck with Ebony fretboard . Regular 6 in line head stock . Fixed bridge. Only bridge pickup is a great idea. Now you can make solid color or transparent. That would be a great guitar.  Simple and powerful. If you want to make really great metal guitar , it doesn't need to have reverse head stock and floyd rose . Fixed bridge is better for detuned sound and guitar stay in tune always with fixed bridge.  Just suggestion.

Krisztián P.

I really want one LTD M-I with hard tail bridge! ESP E-II M-I is so expsnsive in my country... :-(

Todd B. ESP

Hi Krisztian, Thanks for your suggestion. What about M-Black Metal? It is currently the only single hum LTD we make.

Todd B. ESP

I see that you asked for hard tail bridge. You are looking for M-I single pickup with TOM bridge, correct?

Krisztián P.

Hello Todd,

thanks for your reply!

yes! I don’t like floyd rose system. 

But ltd m black metal is a beautiful guitar!

Todd B. ESP

Hey Krisztian, Thanks for your reply! I got it now. I agree that would be great with a hard tail bridge.


I also would love a Hardtail bridge M-black metal. Is there any clarity on when could we expect new additions in black metal series? 


Gimme. NOW!!

Del H.

Wow! I’ve got several ec-1000s. Love them. But....... this is just the way I like my superstrats. Neck thru. One Seymour-Duncan pickup. One volume. No tone control. And a Floyd. Well this guitar is now on my list to get... thanks ESP!

Todd B. ESP

Hey Del, Thanks! We're glad that this guitar works for you and hope you can get your hands on one soon!


Hi ESP, is this the only M series with 43mm nut, so does it have wider string spacing? I´ve got chubby fingers so I am looking for a guitar with 43mm nut, so the spacing would be wider and I also love ESP guitars, but can´t get one because of this issue. I´ve got guitars with 42mm nut that was playable for me but I believe that the 43mm nut would server me better. Also do you plan to make more guitars with 43mm nut, is there any reason why they are made with 42mm? I understand that it is standard, for ESP now, but some other brands have 43mm nut as standard, and 42mm is closer to Fender style guitars. 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Kamiya, All our M-series instruments have 43mm nuts. It is one of the features of this series. Our standard nut size is 42mm which is slightly bigger than a traditional Fender nut. 43mm is a little wide for most players that's why we use 42mm as our standard. There are some of our signature models which also have wider nuts like our GL series and Will Adler, Alex Skolnick.


Hi Todd, That is great, that is what I wanted to know, because I´ve got a bit chunkier fingers and I found that the 43mm nut is more likely to me, and it was bugging me that I want someday to get a LTD guitar but without the 43mm I would not, so I am glad about your answer, cause I found some that are labeled as 42mm I believe, so that is why. Now I can look up to a LTD and not other brand. Thanks 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Kamiya, OK. Hope you can find something that works for you!

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