While ESP first got started in 1975 as a small repair shop in Tokyo, it was really toward the mid ‘80s when our guitars and basses grabbed the attention of players around the world. The LTD ’87 Series are faithful recreations of this set of instruments from ESP’s 1987 catalog. Unlike the current single-cutaway Eclipse shape, the original ESP Eclipse was based on the TE archtop shape,  which is the basis of the LTD Eclipse ’87. This guitar offers neck-thru-body construction with a mahogany body and three-piece maple neck. The ’87 Series Eclipse models offer a set of Seymour Duncan ’59 (neck) and JB (bridge) pickup set (with original style bobbins and a push-pull control to split the coils), and a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish Pearl White
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge TonePros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU Seymour Duncan '59
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan JB
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone(Push/Pull)/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N

QUESTION: is this a well balanced guitar or do you get neck drop? I am finicky with this issue, lol I am about to purchase this guitar, I have wanted a "tele" style body but not a fan of a bolt on neck and not sold on the "Jim Root" fender I love ESP guitars, I heard a few people say that it was not balanced very well? My only draw back is I would like to drop in some 57/66TW's I will have to look on EMG's site for the proper diagram. I like the volume and tone knob and selector switch configuration that is a slick layout :-)

Todd B. ESP

Hi, I can say that your best balanced type guitar will be our 2 cutaway models like Horizon or M series, just due to the location of the upper horn. That being said I would say this model does not have poor balance. You can always order one and test it out, if you don't like it then return it. We think you'll be pleased with it in the end.

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While it does have a very minor amount of neck drop, it's not terrible. The plus's more than make dealing with a small bit of neck drop worth dealing with.

Got mine in pearl white about 10 days ago, & I love it. For some reason the necks on my ESP guitars fit my muscular meaty hands great. I have a variety of brands, & for some reason the ESP neck just works.

This one is no different. Fit & feel are great. Not a sharp fret to be found. You'd swear this thing had the fret ends fully polished & done. Super work guys. Though I'm still gonna level & polish everything anyway. Frets feel great, board looks & plays great, not a hint of buzz anywhere. The only thing I needed to do out of the box was lower the action as it was a tad high. Otherwise just tuned it up, & we we're jammin' with sustain for days. Once I fully dress the fretboard/frets, toss in some Graphtech saddles, & a set a d'Addario NYXL 9's, let the love affair begin.

The pickups are a really great sounding choice on this guitar. Great sustain, with a nice hard growl if you want it, or, when needed it cleans up great. The '59 neck has quite a bit of bottom end on this thing, & nice sparkle when split clean. While I like the JB bridge, I may put my Duncan SH5 Custom in it instead as I think it may sound better. No knock on the JB at all, but the Duncan SH5 Custom just seems to have a much better, wider tonal palette than the JB, & should sound fantastic matched with the '59. I got an SH5 sitting here in it's little box, so we'll see.

While I do absolutely love the guitar, someone on the QC end needs a kick in the pants. The p/p tone pot & knob were left loose, so I had to tighten them down upon unboxing. Other than that, this has quickly become one of my favorite guitars in my collection. Let my neighbor, who is a Steve Vai Ibanez fanatic give it a try too, & he loves it. Was shocked by the amount of sustain it has compared to his $1800 JEM. 

No matter the music, I'd recommend this guitar to anyone. While yes, it does have a tiny bit of neck drop, it's nothing major. The guitar plays like one costing twice the price. You won't do much better for the price if you want a tele style body, or just a rock solid kickass ESP axe. This will quickly become your go to workhorse.

Great Job ESP!

Nicholas G.

Which case?

I have had an Eclipse '87 NT for a few months now and I would like to have a proper hard case for it. What is the correct fit? 

Nicholas G.

Nevermind. I see it is listed above. Duh...

Dusty L.

So, I am seeing it is left handed available. How am I am to order one through you guys? Since the only dealers close to me are Guitar Center and Same Ash who don't offer it left handed.

Carl N.

We are currently working to make these listings available though in the interim any ESP dealer could place a special order for a this in left handed for you

felix r.

Please, can you tell me in which country these models are made ?

Carl N.

These are produced in both Korea and Indonesia


Hello, I am very interested by these Eclipse 87 NT but i don't like heavy could you indicate the weight of this guitar and the weight of an EC 1000 or EC 401. I hesitate between both. thank by adavance for your come back best regards. Laurent from France

Carl N.

They are about 8lbs but no two instruments have the same weight so they will vary from instrument to instrument.

Anthony C.

It not that heavy iv got a bad back and have no probs playing it standing for hours 

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