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Guitars in the LTD EC-1000 Series are designed to offer the tone, feel, looks, and quality that working professional musicians need in an instrument, along with the pricing that typical musicians can still afford. The EC-1000 VB is consistently one of the most popular guitars due to its combination of incredible looks and great performance. It offers a vintage looking body/neck/headstock binding and gold hardware, and includes premier components like LTD locking tuners, a Tonepros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and the aggressive punch of active EMG 81/60 pickups. It also offers set-thru construction with a mahogany body, 3 pc. mahogany neck, and 24-fret Macassar ebony fingerboard. Available in Vintage Black finish.

Construction Set-Thru
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish Vintage Black
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ Stainless Steel
Hardware Color Gold
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU EMG 60
Bridge PU EMG 81
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N
Joo C.

Just picked up a vintage black version of this guitar and I have to say I could not be happier. The guitar plays brilliantly and sounds fantastic, and it also is a beauty and inspires me to pick it up and give it a go every day.

The neck is a bit fatter than the thin neck I am used to on my Ibanez, but it plays fast and smooth. Upper fret access is good, even with smaller hands like mine. I love the fact that it has 24 frets.

The guitar also came set up well, though I did lower the action a bit to play faster.

The EMG pickups deliver clean, strong tone that sounds equally good playing clean as well as super distorted. Lead is an absolute joy to play — the notes sustain like a mofo!

Whoever recommended this guitar for anyone who wants a $1000 axe that plays and sounds like a $5000 axe is right on the money. 

This was my first ESP / LTD and certainly won’t be my last.

If you’re on the fence about getting this, do yourself a favor and just get it.

Anthony T.

Had mine for about 3 years and is hands down the best guitar I have ever owned. Traded another LTD guitar at a music store for it and couldn't be happier. Very versatile, dependable and never looses tune unless changing environments with different humidity levels than my home. If you are looking for a guitar that plays like a $5000 guitar for $1000, I would definitely get one of these. Better than any Les Paul I have ever owned or played. Keep up the good work ESP. I own 3 of your guitars and they're hard to beat.

Chris C.

Got one of these a few months ago from my local shop. They had to special order it and it came in a few weeks later. They took the time to set it up and handed it over. There were quite a few flaws in the guitar. Rough frets, a chipped and filled inlay and uneven banding. Play wise it was much worse. Heavy buzzing everywhere on the fret board primarily on the A string, and the action was much higher than your usual esp. I took it back and they changed out the string and tweaked it again. Again still buzzing everywhere. I checked the frets for level and they were all over the place. Brought it back and they explained "that's just how it is" and tried to blame the buzz on my playing. I own 2 Korean made LTD's from early 2000'sthat play with much lower action and don't play like this.

They ended up refunding be because, in their words, couldn't make me happy. There is no reason a guitar of this price should have been in such poor playability at factory specs. This is one of my dream guitars, and the whole process was a nightmare. Quality seems to have really gone down with the ltd line now that they are in Indonesia.

Spyros A.

I just recieved mine 3 days ago! It's an amazing quitar. Great build guality, great sound, perfect neck for fast playing...

But I have one guestion: Mine is made in Korea. There is no split coil pull switch  (!) . Why?

Spyros A.


Thomas M.

If you have the classic EMGs (which those do look like, probably 81, 85) then they are NOT splittable! Just pure fire breathing and beautiful clean tones. IF you are interested in splitting your EMG's for that single coil sound then look in to getting a set of EMG X, the beauty of EMGs is how truly simply they are to swap out thanks to the connecters they have patented. If you can plug in an ethernet cable to a computer then you can swap these pickups, trust me it's worth doing yourself. Hope this was of some help, absolutely gorgeous guitar and I'm a superstrat fella myself. 

nicholas c.

I've had this guitar for 10 years and it's still amazing to this day. Out of all my guitars this is my baby. I feel like this is one of the few guitars ESP has been producing the longest consecutively so its sucess is guaranteed (there are even two different pickup versions). That being said will you please make a version with a gold evertune bridge and a gold fishmans so you can take my money. Make a EC-1000VB ET please! 

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