M-1 CUSTOM '87

CANDY APPLE RED

M-1 CUSTOM '87
$999.00
(U.S. Only)
NOTE: Due to ongoing challenges in the global supply chain, instruments purchased from ShopESP that are not currently in stock may take an extended time frame to be delivered.

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. The LTD M-1 Custom ’87, based on the legendary original ESP M-1 model, offers neck-thru body construction for fast access to the highest frets. Its comfortable alder body and three-piece extra thin U-shaped maple neck are designed for speed and smooth playability. The M-1 Custom ’87 features a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge without a recess route and a single Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 pickup with a push-pull control for coil splitting, and an EMG PA-2 boost switch for when you need that extra push of raw power. Available in Black, Dark Metallic Blue, Candy Apple Red and Rainbow Crackle finishes.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish Candy Apple Red
Nut Width 43mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge Floyd Rose 1000
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan Distortion
Electronics Passive w/ Active Boost
Electronics Layout Volume(Push/Pull)/EMG PA-2 Mini switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included N
Media
LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Kevin Storm

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Kevin Storm

Netherlands-based session guitarist and producer Kevin Storm just did this awesome demo of the LTD M-1 Custom '87, part of our new '87 Series lineup. Available as shown in Candy Apple Red and also in Black and Dark Metallic...
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LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Pat Heath

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Pat Heath

The LTD M-1 Custom ’87, based on the legendary original ESP M-1 model, offers neck-thru-body construction for fast access to the highest frets. Its comfortable alder body and three-piece extra thin U-shaped maple neck are...
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LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk)

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk)

A legend of rock guitar takes a classic reissue out for a spin, and we all win! The mighty Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), one of ESP's most longterm artist endorsees, tries out the LTD M-1 Custom '87 in Dark...
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LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Nathan Montalvo

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Demo by Nathan Montalvo

ESP player Nathan Montalvo created this kick-ass demo of the LTD M-1 Custom '87, one of the fine guitars from our '87 Series, faithful recreations of the set of instruments from ESP’s 1987 catalog. The LTD M-1 Custom ’87,...
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LTD M-1 Custom '87 Unboxing and Demo/Review by Martin "Skar" Berger

LTD M-1 Custom '87 Unboxing and Demo/Review by Martin "Skar" Berger

Martin "Skar" Berger of German symphonic folk metal band Equilibrium unboxes the LTD M-1 Custom '87, a guitar from our new '87 Series, and then shows you some of its tones and features. The LTD ’87 Series are faithful...
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2020 NAMM Show: '87 Series

2020 NAMM Show: '87 Series

Live at the 2020 NAMM Show, a product spotlight on the new LTD '87 Series guitars. More info on all "New for 2020" models here....
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Introducing the '87 Series

Introducing the '87 Series

ESP is celebrating our 45th anniversary in 2020, having gotten our start in 1975 as a small instrument repair shop in Tokyo. However, it was really toward the mid 1980s when our guitars and basses grabbed the attention of...
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Comments
Bryce P.

What happened to the Left-Handed ones

Carl N.

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P.G. S.

EXACTLY.  I was all in on this model. They just evaporated. Sweetwater and GC didn't even know there where left handed versions of the '87 line. Kinda sad.

I ended up pulling the trigger on a the new lefty Kramer Nightswan. Talk about a throwback!

Glen H.

I've got one delivered this week. First impression: wow. I have several brands of guitars (Gibson, PRS, ESP) and owned a lot more. But this one, where have you been??? The neck feels just right, even more than my 2011 ESP Eclipse Standard, and that's a great guitar. I like the SD Distortion a lot (have it in some other guitars). The boost, I've set it just to pimp the split coil a little so it spanks a little more because I find a coil split a little weak sounding. Great job!

Carl N.

thanks for sharing your thoughts on this, glad you enjoy it!

Daniel H.

How is the action? I'm concerned if I can get the action low enough to where I like it since the floyd isn't recessed. The action seems kinda high in the pics and videos I have seen. My rule of thumb is if I can get it low enough to where the strings are touching the frets or close enough that it is not playable then it is good cuz I can raise it right to where I want it from basically a ground zero if you will. 

Carl N.

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Glen H.

I got one of these this week. the action is on the high side (not crazy high), there is still some room to lower the bridge, downside is that you can't do pull ups with the whammy if you lower the bridge. So as an answer, yes, the action can be lowered.

Matt P.

Just got mine, and it is great. Not kidding when I say mine is equally as good as an ESP USA M-1 and my EBMM Majesty. I would definitely buy another if I were to part with one of my other guitars. The Korean factory did a great job. It's too bad this is a limited series. 

Carl N.

Thanks for sharing! 

Nathan M.

I got mine in today. Here's my review (after about 5 hours of playtime) if anyone is interested:

Wow. That was my first impression. The finish looks so cool. It has a metallic type sheen to it that is hard to photo, but looks great in person. The pickup and boost switch are a perfect match and sound AMAZING. This is my first SD Distortion pickup, but probably won't be my last. I typically prefer a JB, but this thing sounds amazing clean while split and clear/tight while under high gain. The non-routed Floyd looks and feels great too. I have a few different LTD, but this one has a bit thinner neck and wider fretboard. Not too thin like another brand, but a great profile in between. 

All in all, just super easy to play. Perfect setup out of the box, but that's probably due to Sweetwater. No uneven frets or sharp edges. It does cost a lot, but other than the lack of stainless steel frets (personal preference) and a case, I can't find anything else I would consider a flaw in mine. I've never played an E-II M1, but I've played an E-II MII and a USA shop M-I NTB (basically a dream guitar). To me, this guitar plays just as good as either of those minus the fret feel of the USA shop (again, my strong preference for stainless steel).

ESP is my favorite guitar brand because I can't find guitars from other brands that resonate with me as much, and this guitar is no exception. Maybe that makes me biased, but I love what I love and I've tried enough to know. It's cool to own something that honors and represents all the aspects that make this brand so great. 


Carl N.

Thanks for sharing!

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