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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 black metal LTD logo on the headstock. The Phoenix Black Metal puts the outstanding Phoenix shape into the Black Metal design, with neck-thru-body construction using a three-piece mahogany neck and mahogany body wings. You get great tonal variety on this guitar with its single Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker pickup that offers a push-pull control to select voicings. It also features a TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and LTD locking tuners.
Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish Black Satin
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ Stainless Steel
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge TonePros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Bridge PU Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume(Push/Pull)
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N

Hey ESP! I’ve got a Phoenix Black Metal and it is the best guitar I own! With that being said, where can I find the wiring specs for it? I want to buy the same pickup and mod my two vipers to only have one Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic in the bridge position like this but I don’t know how to wire it. 

Any chances a “black metal” 6 string viper is coming out soon? 

Austin H.

Well I’ve had this bad boy for over a week now, so here’s my more in depth review of it:


So far, it’s my most comfortable guitar i own whether i’m standing or sitting.  The weight is very nice and isn’t back breaking, the frets were flawless, and the finish is super nice.  It’s by far one of my favorite guitars I own.


now the bad,

the biggest issue was the electronics, when I first got it the battery was dead, or so I thought, so i didn’t care, shipping probably killed it, being too cold, etc etc, so I replaced it would last about 5 min before sounding like a dead battery again.  I luckily know how to swap pickups, repair wiring etc, so I opened up the cavity, no cold solder joints, wiring was flawless, opened the output jack and there was cold solder joints, wood shavings and what looked to be glue?  I don’t know why there would be glue, but after cleaning it up, resoldering the joints seems to be working just fine.

the nut was also not cut really well, but that only took about 5 min to do, so not a big deal.


after fixing these issues, it’s become again, one of my favorite guitars.  I want to buy the Arctic white version some day.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Austin, Thanks for sharing your review here and glad to hear you really like this guitar. Sorry to hear you had some trouble with the issues pointed out. If you have any more issues especially with a new purchase  please contact our customer service dept at so they can assist you.

Austin H.

Bought one on Sunday, got it today!  I’ll provide a more in depth review of it later, but so far I’m absolutely loving it.

Todd B. ESP

Hey Austin, Glad to hear it! Thanks for choosing ESP!

Joseph T.

Any chance it comes in a Left Handed version?

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at or  

julio c.

este modelo de guitarra me gusta mucho, ya llegara el momento e adquirir una guitarra así, hermosa en verdad 

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at or

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