CHARCOAL METALLIC SATIN
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.
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.
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.
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.