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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 Turquoise
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
James R.

I have one of these in my collection and it is an absolutely killer axe. Versatile and capable of just about anything…  I can’t recommend one enough.

Drake C.

Would love to see this in the pearl pink!

Jack's Guitars

Just got one from Sweetwater. I grabbed it off the wall and it just felt perfect.

Acclaimed Knives

Is this guitar playable in drop c tuning? I read that drop tuning is recommended with longer scales and this is 24.75

Rob Arnold

@Acclaimed Knives In the unboxing video I shared, I'm playing in drop C, and it sounds and plays amazing! No issues whatsoever. And I have a Floyd Rose float set up video coming tomorrow! I switch out the 9's for 11's, and drop it to drop C! Just search my name on Youtube and you'll find the video tomorrow afternoon!

Rob Arnold

@Acclaimed Knives Thanks man! I just noticed that the Eclipse '87 NT we're talking about here, has a fixed bridge and not a Floyd Rose. So you'll be totally fine changing tuning with ease. The stock strings might feel a little light in Drop C, but you can definitely get away with it. You'll have to give it a try and see how it feels! Personally, I like 11-52 gauge strings for drop C, and I think they're fine for any tuning, including E. But I understand that you just want to rock the guitar right out of the box, and so yes, I think you'll be fine!

Todd B. ESP

Hi, Yes this guitar could be setup in Drop C. I agree with Rob here. Probably changing strings to 11-52 would be a good starting point. You'll need to readjust the truss rod and action when you make this type of change. We recommend taking it to a good setup or repair person if you are not familiar with this type of work. If you have any more questions please contact ESP Customer Service at [email protected] 

Rob Arnold

Hey guys! I just did a review and demo video for the '87 Eclipse (Floyd Rose version)! If you're interested in checking it out, you can find here:

Acclaimed Knives

What are your opinions on playing this tuned down to drop c? Doable or no?

Acclaimed Knives

Thanks for your reply btw, I checked out your video and gave it a like.

Are the stock strings ok for tuning down to drop c? I'd like strings that are versatile, which can handle drop c but be ok with standard tuning as well. It would be a pain to have to switch the strings around all the time...

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