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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. For a truly spectacular example of the MH shape, the MH-1000 delivers it with an outstanding arched quilted maple top in a transparent Black Ocean finish. White binding helps define the outline of this excellent guitar, and ties into the look of its chrome hardware. Using neck-thru construction, the MH-1000 pairs a mahogany body to a three-piece extra thin u-shaped neck. The neck features a compound radius for maximum speed and comfort. Its Macassar ebony fingerboard features 24 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets and offset white pearloid block inlays. Components on the MH-1000 include a Floyd Rose 1000SE bridge with stainless steel screws, Grover tuners, and a set of direct-mount Fishman Fluence Modern Humbuckers (alnico in the neck position, ceramic in the bridge), with a push-pull control to activate each pickup’s second voicing, and brushed stainless steel covers.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Mahogany
Top Quilted Maple
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 300-400mm Compound
Finish Black Ocean
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ Stainless
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Grover
Bridge Floyd Rose 1000SE
Neck PU Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico Brushed Stainless *(Pull Tone for Voice 2)
Bridge PU Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic Brushed Stainless *(Pull Tone for Voice 2)
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone(Push/Pull)/3-way Switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included N
Brian D.

I started playing guitar in 2002 with a ESP Viper baritone. I then shortly added the explorer…. Ex350 maybe? I was happy with them but thought the quality wasn’t the best. I ended up selling them for Gibson. I still have my gothic explorer and Les Paul to this day and absolutely love them. I ended up swearing off ESP.  

I now own 4 Gibsons (2 Les Paul’s and 2 explorers, one of which is a 83) and was itching for a 5th with a whammy bar. I was intent on Ibanez and found, and played some, that were great but nothing that “sold me” on them. So I started to cast a wider net. 

the ESP andromeda colors caught my eye and loved how the EC played- but no whammy bar. I then saw the mh1000 black ocean and fell in love with the eye candy. I wanted standard frets, other than that, this was everything I was looking for, and it had the mojo (as slash says) that I was looking for. 

I’ve owned this guitar for a little bit of time now and it fills the need that I wanted it for flawlessly. Whatever was going on in the early 00s with my experience, the thing that held me back from buying more ESPs, doesn’t appear to applicable to this solid guitar. Very happy with my choice! 


I absolutely love this guitar and it instantly became the new favorite in my collection from the moment it arrived and I got to play it. Love the quality, fit, finish, etc. This is a top notch piece! 

JP 704

Amazing!!!!  waited 6 months to get. Pre ordered from SweetWater. I had it plekked  before delivery. Definitely worth the wait. Have EMG's in my other ESP's and wanted to try these Fishman Pickups. Gorgeous.....

Scott M.

This guitar caught my eye months ago so once it was in stock I had to have it. Just delivered a few days ago and I cannot stress enough how beautifully crafted this guitar is. Flawless in every way. It plays fast and smooth and the arched top makes it incredibly comfortable. Combined with the perfect body are the Fishman pickups that makes every note resonate warm but bright when clean, crisp but obtuse when distorted. The push-pull feature gives you a little more to play with as well. By far the greatest guitar I've ever played. 

Michael Y.

I wanted this guitar when I first saw it announced by ESP in January '22. The guitar is beautiful, the photos online do not do it justice. In person it is just stunning! Fit and finish is perfect I have not been able to find a single flaw. The frets are perfect and smooth as glass. I like the look of the stainless steel screws on the Floyd. The Fishman pickups are impressive. I never heard them before and was uncertain about them when purchasing this guitar but they sound very good clean and with high gain, The neck is thin and fast and extremely comfortable to play. The guitar overall sounds and plays like a guitar cost twice as much. I have two E-II M11's this is my first LTD and I am VERY impressed overall.   Could you make this in Black Cherry also?

Luka M.

Strongly agree on the Black Cherry, would love to see more of this Black Ocean, and the Black Cherry, on the MH and M series.