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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 Phoenix-1000 EverTune marks the first time we’ve paired the smooth, flowing curves of the Phoenix shape with the EverTune constant tension bridge system, allowing your guitar to remain in perfect tune, and perfect intonation up and down the neck, in nearly any conceivable environment. This guitar offers neck-thru-body construction, with a three-piece mahogany neck and mahogany body wings. Its Silver Sunburst Satin finish is matched on the guitar’s body (front and back), neck, and headstock. Its Macassar ebony fingerboard includes white binding, 22 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets, and white pearloid ESP flag inlays. Components on the Phoenix-1000 EverTune include Grover tuners and a set of 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 black nickel covers that match the guitar’s black hardware and brushed black pickguard.
Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Mahogany / Maple Cap
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish Silver Sunburst
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ Stainless
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Grover
Bridge EverTune (F model)
Neck PU Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico *(Pull Tone for Voice 2)
Bridge PU Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic *(Pull Tone for Voice 2)
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone(Push/Pull)/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included N

The good: a beautiful Guitar, with spectacular resonance from its neck-through design. I appreciate such high-end features, such as mahogany body and neck, ebony fingerboard, and stainless steel frets. The firebird style body, with standout satin finish, is also unique. The extended scale length, with thin U fret board is nice. Of course, the Evertune bridge and Fishman Fluence humbucker pickups are central to this guitar’s appeal. This combination of features, is not offered by any other guitar manufacture, at least that I am aware of. The mid-range price was also a huge incentive.

There were a few downsides, that I have taken steps to correct, with the goal of making this a truly unique guitar. The plastic nut is totally out of place with the other higher quality features that this guitar offers, so I immediately replace it with a TUSQ nut. The assumption that with an Evertune bridge, that locking tuners are not needed is misplace, so I replaced the original Grovers with matching Grover locking tuners, all the better for stability and to allow quick string changes. Perhaps the most disappointing was the OEM Fishman Fluence pickups, that are not capable of the coil split 3rd voice. I had assumed that I would be able to add this split by wiring into a replacement volume push-pull pot, but was unaware that ESP had chosen dated OEM pickups, with 2-voice only (discovered this after an extensive internet search).  Obviously, a ploy by ESP to save money, although one wonders just how much more a newer Fishman Fluence modern humbucker set with coil split capacity would have really cost them. I replace these stock Fishman pickups, at considerable expense, with a new set of moderns, capable of the 3rd voice, with a new volume push-pull switch. With the addition of a new hard case (not included with the guitar), this brought the cost of this guitar up considerably. I guess I believed that it would all be worth it, and hope I'm correct (needs more vetting).

Initially, these upgrades have made a vast improvement, but one wonder if ESP could have made these obvious improvements with minimal cost.


Kim C.

I love my Phoenix 401...after getting her Plek'd she feels like a $2000 guitar - it's my #1


I am not comfortable with how much I want this guitar. My god it's gorgeous

jeffery c.

I bought this model recently and apart from just having to adjust to its overall size and bridge location, it’s amazing!!  Amazing guitar.