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Guitars in the LTD 1000 Series are designed to offer the tone, feel, looks, and quality that working professional musicians need in an instrument. The EC-1000 Baritone is the extended range guitar you’ve always wanted, delivering the single-cutaway Eclipse shape in a 27” baritone scale. Typically tuned a fourth below standard, from B to B, this is the six-string guitar that lets you explore the downtuned sounds of modern rock and metal while still maintaining ideal string tension. Its darkly minimalist design pairs the look of a Charcoal Metallic Satin finish with black single-ply binding and a Macassar ebony fingerboard with no inlays…except for the glow-in-the-dark Luminlay side dots. The EC-1000 Baritone features 24 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets, a TonePros locking TOM bridge with string-thru-body, and powerful tones from a set of direct-mount Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker active pickups (alnico in the neck and ceramic in the bridge), with push-pull control to select voicings and black nickel covers.

Construction Set-Thru
Scale 27" Baritone
Body Mahogany / Maple Cap
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish Charcoal Metallic Satin
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ Stainless
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM w/ String Thru
Neck PU Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico Black Nickel *(Pull Tone for Voice 2)
Bridge PU Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic Black Nickel *(Pull Tone for Voice 2)
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Bridge Volume/Neck Volume/Tone(Push/Pull)/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL158 (.013/.017/.026W/.036/.046/.062)
Case Included N
Matt G.

This guitar is outstanding , I love it, I lowered the pickups and both voices sound amazing now.

I found that the ESP Premium Guitar Gig Bag is so well padded that this guitar's angled headstock was under pressure when zipped up, as such it would take less impact to damage the guitar at that point.

Being flat, the gig bag does not accomodate the angled headstock very well.

It's not a great fit in my opinion so i returned it. 

Alejandro H.

I finally, recently, received my EC-1000 Baritone. All I can say is "thumbs up"!  The all black satin finish, with black hardware is totally awesome. The overall quality of the guitar is excellent, and you get locking tuners!  The satin finish on the neck allows your hand to easily slide up and down; neck dimensions are very comfortable and I have average size hands. This guitar is also lightweight, coming in at about 7.5 lbs. The 27" scale length is just about right for me; I've played one with 27.7" scale length and this is more comfortable. In addition the .013 - .062 strings were a great choice; the action was set a little high in the factory, but I easily lowered the strings, while avoiding any buzz.  I'm liking the active Fishman Fluence pickups and mostly play the ceramic bridge p/u.  If you're looking for a great baritone guitar, you can't go wrong with the EC-1000. 


Love the feel and look of this guitar! My first baritone and it’s amazing

Alejandro H.

I have one on order.  When did you get yours?  I spoke to ESP at NAMM and they said they would probably ship out in May??  I was able to handle one at NAMM, for the first time, and I was impressed.  I turned in a PRS SE277 with Sweetwater, as an exchange for the ESP baritone; don't think I'll have any regrets.  Will report back when I get mine. 

Maxim Molodtsov

I guess it would be the first comment/review about this guitar. So, let's begin! I received it today and played for hours and I think I'm ready to tell a little bit about it. 

For years I wanted ESP to release a new affordable Eclipse baritone. Yeah, we all remember EC401B, but it was a long time ago. Then we saw Ben Burnley signature - BB-600 which is awesome I believe and now we have THIS!! 

1) LOOK: Guitar looks amazing and stunning. It's not your common plain matte black, it really has some structure to the color. Depending on light - it even seems like it's glittering and it's awesome! If you saw and touch Black Metal series - forget about them! This guitar beats them all. And to be 100% honest - I did not like BM series at all - very poor color and everlasting fingerprints even when touched once. Paintjob on this baritone is superb!

2) ERGONOMICS: Really well done. Classic Eclipse (or I'd say - LP-style) shape with all these contours that we all know and love. Very comfortable to play. Weight is worth mentioning too - it's very light! Lighter than my old LTD EC-1000 VBK. When you grab it - you feel comfort!

3) PICKUPS: Well, we're pumping a cherry here, because it's a very first time that I tried Fishman Fluence pups. For NOW they seem a LITTLE BIT (and I mean it - A LITTLE BIT) harsh for my taste, but maybe it's just me. I think I need to dig 'em more and find my sound with them. Anyway - all the fans of FF pups will love them I'm sure. And it's a good move to make this guitar with different pickups instead of EMGs. As for me - I'm a huge fan of SD Sentient/Pegasus combination (I felt in love with them when I bought my E-II EC7) 

4) THE SOUND: This thing can roar! I'm not a big fan of Drop Q tunings, I use baritones as they are - in Standard B or Drop A occasionally but I think you can go much lower with this scale length of 27'' if you want to. As for the push-pull switch - you can get very interesting clean sounds using it. But I didn't hear much difference using it with high gain distortion.

5) OVERALL OPINION: I love it! Plays like butter, looks very smooth and stylish. Lightweight (which is good). Awesome neck profile, would be nice for those who can't handle 7 string guitars. And I know what I'm talking about because I have ESP E-II EC7 with Evertune bridge (I love it too but the neck is kinda wide for my taste). Having locking tuners is a must. Having luminlays is cool too! So, for now I can highly recommend it if you want to explore some new high-end LTD guitars!

BTW, my guitar is 2021 Korean-made (which makes me happy), although all online stores state that this model is made in Indonesia. 

Dan H.

When did you order?

Alejandro H.

I was really considering a PRS SE 277, (have read very good reviews and the price is right), until I came across the ESP Baritone. Since this is new for ESP, not much for reviews thus far.  Overall look and style, it's ESP all the way; however, I'd like to get your opinion in case you're familiar with the PRS.  Btw, I own an ESP E II and love it.

Jeremy T.

Alejandro, I played the PRS 277 at my local guitar shop yesterday. It's not a bad guitar and the price is good. I also have an E II Eclipse and found the PRS disappointing. The fretboard on the E II is so easy and comfortable. The PRS wasn't bad -- just not as friendly as the E II. The neck of the PRS is huge by comparison. It's not just the length either -- it felt like a baseball bat. I have long fingers and I still found the PRS neck to be uncomfortably big. I know the Eclipse is more of a shredder style neck so it will always be thinner, but the PRS still took me by surprise. That said, the PRS sounded pretty good. But I suspect that if you're looking for a similar playing experience to your E II then this LTD baritone will likely feel more familiar. The PRS is also longer than this one with a scale length of 27.7. That's almost 3/4 of an inch longer than this one which makes the frets just that much further apart (which might make the PRS more suitable for even lower tunings). I have not tried this LTD baritone yet but I'm definitely leaning towards it for myself, especially after trying the PRS. 


Thanks for writing this up!  How would you describe the neck profile on this one?  I often find baritones have thicker necks, but I'm hoping that's not the case for this one?

Alejandro H.

Maxim, my understanding is that the LTD EC-1000 Baritone is a new product and won't be available until March of this year.  I already put my order in with Sweetwater.  How did you get your hands on one?