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Updated with an awesome new Distressed Black Satin finish, the LTD Volsung is the Signature Series guitar from Lars Frederiksen of the iconic punk rock band Rancid. Based on the ESP Viper body style, the Volsung is even more streamlined, keeping the guitar's light weight ideal for energy-filled live shows and long recording/writing/jamming sessions. Its three-piece thin U-shaped mahogany neck is exceptionally smooth and fast, and it features Lars' signature passive EMG pickup set, the LF-DMF. This pickup set features a ceramic magnet in the bridge for excellent articulation, and an Alnico V in the neck for punchy, in-your-face midrange. It also features set-neck construction for fast and smooth access to the highest frets, as well as an ebony 24-fret fingerboard with glow in the dot side markers, Gotoh tuners, and TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece. The LTD Volsung also offers a unique three-control configuration, with individual knobs for each pickup's volume plus a tone control.

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black Nickel
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Vol/Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Controls Volsung
Ronga R.

Are the Gotoh tuners locking on this guitar?
Are theses made in Korea or Indonesia?

Carl N.

These will be non-locking tuners.  Currently produced in Korea

Derek W.

I recently purchased the Volsung in Danish Camo and noticed that it has taller frets in comparison and feel to my Les Paul, is this typical of ESP/LTD guitars.

Carl N.

Hey Derek, without knowing what particular frets are on your other instrument I would assume this is your first experience with extra jumbo frets.  They're a bit wider and taller than most.  Hope this helps.

David C.

Bought one, why on my pickup it's not written EMG like the one on the picture?

Todd B. ESP

Hi David, Please ask your dealer where purchased. Last year we made this model with Seymour Duncan pickups but the artist switched to EMG pickups now. SO this year we have changed to use EMG. It is possible you purchased the one from last year.

David C.

I have the new version distress black that I bought from an official esp dealer

Todd B. ESP

Hi David, Both versions are distressed black. This is why you need to ask your dealer. They can find out which item was purchased. There are 2 different product skus. Alternatively you may contact our customer service department and maybe they can help. But ultimately you have to discuss your options with the dealer since you purchased the guitar from the dealer.

Ronald Blaine S.

Is there going to be a new model of the Volsung coming out?   I noticed you have this one on the clearance page.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Ronald, There is no new model, but you may have seen the old version with the Seymour Duncan (He changed from SD to EMG last year).


Hello, I have been informed by a big UK store that this guitar was discontinued... Is it true ?

Todd B. ESP

HI Lonestar, This model has not been discontinued but the artist did switch from Seymour Duncan to EMG, so our current version has EMG pickups, and we discontinued the old SKU with the Duncan pickups.

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