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. With the Viper-7B Black Metal, you get a seven-string baritone guitar that’s ready for your darkest performances. It offers the offset double-cutaway design of the ESP Viper, with set-thru construction at 27” Baritone scale, a direct-mount Seymour Duncan “Blackened” Black Winter pickup controlled by a single volume knob, and LTD locking tuners. Includes a high-quality gig bag case.

(U.S. Only)
27" Baritone
3Pc Mahogany
Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
Nut Width
Nut Type
Neck Contour
Thin U
24 XJ
Hardware Color
Strap Button
LTD Locking
Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Bridge PU
Seymour Duncan Blackened Black Winter
Electronics Layout
D'Addario XL110-7 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.059)
Case Included
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Myles H.

To add to all the comments below, what's the chances of a 6 string version? And, if you do, you might as well put a reverse pointy headtock on it to as per the Reba Meyers model...just asking...Thanks.

Carl N.

Hey Myles, thanks for your suggestions!  If one were made it would probably be with the typical Viper headstock

felix k.

Oh please, make a 6 strings version.

Carl N.

Hey Felix, thanks for your recommendation!!

Ricardo A.

Have you considered doing a 6 string version of this ?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Ricardo, We have a limited amount of space for new products but we'll certainly consider your suggestion. You are not the first person to ask for this, so thank you for your suggestion!

Grinder Sin

Alright so I ordered this guitar almost six months ago and I was not impressed with it. It sounded like mud. So after fiddling with it and adjusting the pick up some I got it to sound better. Low end doesn't have much definition to it and only on the low string. Still has a neck like a baseball bat so doesn't really allow for fast playing and takes some getting used to. Sounds good in B standard. My bandmates seem to like it so I'll be keeping it. It stays in tune pretty well. Need a set of these tuners for all my guitars.


I do feel constricted with the hardware but that's what I got myself into. But with that I don't believe that this is an $800 guitar for what you're getting from or out of it. It's $600 to $650 at best imo because you get one humbucker that can't handle the low end. A non string through bridge. A fat neck that limits shredding of any kind (at least in my case).  And no tone knob. Options are limited but I get this guitar is purpose built.


Positives are the tuners, body shape, and the fact that it's a seven string guitar. This is a decent instrument but not at this price point. I do feel more positive about this particular model now than I did six months ago.


I'll give it 3 out of 5 stars.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Grinder, Thanks for your comments. We appreciate your feedback.

Ross L.

I'm intrigued by this guitar but am confused by it having only a bridge pickup. What was the purpose of designing it this way? What do I gain/lose by having a guitar setup that way?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Ross, Many players do not ever use the neck pickup. So over the years we have made a few models with a single pickup. It is less versatile , but many metal players don't need the neck pickup so this guitar is perfect for that type of player. If you want a guitar with more versatility and sounds then this model may not be for you. One way to look at it is why pay for that extra neck pickup if you never use it.

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