$1,149.00 with case

Few guitar players of the world merit as much respect as Alex Skolnick. Originally gaining fame as the teenage phenomenon holding down guitar duties for Bay Area thrashers Testament, Alex has gone on to tackle multiple musical genres, including sophisticated jazz playing in his Alex Skolnick Trio. With the LTD AS-1, guitarists of all styles will appreciate this amazing single-cutaway design that's surprisingly affordable considering its feature set that was created for professional players. Its contemporary set of tools include a set-neck, U-shaped three-piece mahogany neck for smooth access all the way up and down the fingerboard to the full thickness Eclipse body made of mahogany with maple cap. It comes with an excellent set of Seymour Duncan '59 (neck) and JB (bridge) pickups. Its flexible controls include individual volume knobs for each pickup, a tone control with push-pull access to split the neck pickup coil, and a pickup selector toggle. Its high-end components include a bone nut, TonePros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, Dunlop straplok, and Grover tuners. The LTD AS-1 comes in an amazing-looking Lemon Burst translucent finish over its figured flamed maple top.

(U.S. Only)
Flamed Maple
3Pc Mahogany
Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius
Nut Width
Nut Type
Neck Contour
22 XJ
Hardware Color
Strap Button
Dunlop Straplok
Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU
Seymour Duncan '59*
Bridge PU
Seymour Duncan JB
Electronics Layout
Vol/Vol/Tone(P/P*)/Toggle Switch
D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Mark C.

Hi I would just like to ask what kind of strap buttons did the older AS1 models come with. Plus they didn't come with a hard case right? The older models with the rosewood fingerboards. Thanks

Carl N.

Hey Mark, these were equipped with Dunlop strap locks.  These previously did not come with a case but now this is included.

Mark C.


Jeremy  T.

Very surprised to see that it comes with a case! No LTD I have ever ordered has come with one. What a bonus! Just ordered my AS-1 & holy shit I am excited about this one! Alex Skolnick is such an inspiration.

Carl N.

Hey Jeremy, glad you appreciate the inclusion of a case.  All of our 600 series LTD artist models are now including a case.  Hope you enjoy it!

Robert E.

I really like mine but I ordered it before they included cases. That's definitely a nice bonus.

Carl N.

Hey Robert, sorry this wasn't offered before, let me know if you need a hand getting a case.

Chris V.

I received mine last week and it’s a stunning instrument. 

The description says it’s a 3 piece maple neck, but the spec says 3 piece mahogany (I take it it’s the latter?)

Also, I’ve read and heard a lot about how heavy this guitar is and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s not that heavy. My 2014 Les Paul Classic is heavier and that has ‘modern weight relief’. Does the AS-1 have weight relief cut-outs in the mahogany body?


Thanks in advance 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Chris, I checked into this and confirmed that the AS-1FM model has a 3pc mahogany neck, and the AS1-FR has a 3pc maple neck. Thanks for pointing this out and allowing us to correct our description. There are no weight relief cuts for these models. Glad you like your instrument and thanks for choosing ESP!

Chris M.

How does the "U" neck profile differ from the "Thin U"? I assume its just bigger? More "gibson" like? I love the Thin U, but I also have a PRS with the Wide Fat neck, that is comparable to the thin U, but just feels bigger, which I also like.



Todd B. ESP

Hi Chris, the U shape is a thicker version. About 1-2mm thicker than our Thin U shape. in this case for Alex's guitar, he has a slightly wider neck (43mm) and thickness is 21mm at 1F and 23mm at 12th fret. After paint it could be slightly thicker.

evan north.

Does this guitar have a thick-ish maple top ( a la les paul ) or is it a thinner veneer like the ec 1000?

Is it still manufactured in korea or is it now made in indonesia?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Evan,

This model does have a maple cap, it's 15mm thick. Over the top of the plain maple cap there is a flame maple veneer. So you do get the blend of tone from the mahogany body on the back and the maple cap on top. Currently we produce this model only in Korea, however we make many models in Indonesia now as well and we strive on maintaining our highest quality standard no matter what the country of origin may be.

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