Model

EC-1000

VINTAGE BLACK

$899.00

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.

(U.S. Only)
Specifications
Construction
Set-Thru
Scale
24.75"
Body
Mahogany
Neck
3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard
Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
350mm
Finish
VINTAGE BURST
Nut Width
42mm
Nut Type
Molded
Neck Contour
Thin U
Frets/Type
24 XJ
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
Vol/Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings
D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case
EC GUITAR FORM FIT CASE
Case Included
N
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Comments
John S.

HI i have this guitar but i would like to change the hardware for a different color; what locking tuners,  bridge and tail piece would be perfect for this guitar? I have searched on the internet and i found the tone pros tune o matic bridge and tailpiece set, but i found 2 options for the bridge, one with large posts and the other one with small posts which one does ESP install in this guitars?, my other question its about the tuners which ones would fit  my guitar? also it would be nice if I don't have to drill the headstock to install them, Thank you. 

Carl N.

Hey John, this instrument will use metric large posts, so a Tone-Pros TB3T like is on there now will fit.  For tuners you will have to do some modifications in order to install newer ones.  If you're unfamiliar with this kind of work I would take your instrument to a technician in your area to have this done.  Hope this helps.

John S.

Carl thank you very much for your response, I live in New Jersey do you know any place where I can find a esp technician or someone that has experience working with this brand? 

Carl N.

My condolences John, I used to live in Jersey myself  not sure how far these guys are from you but they're one of my favorite dealers in the Tri-state area.  Their tech Pete has been around instruments for a while.

https://www.espguitars.com/locations/1964118-the-music-zoo

Devan C.

Isn't it possible to make these kind of guitars with a more minimalist style fret inlays? This guitar is almost perfect but these inlays just don't go with anything.

Carl N.

Hey Devan, the Black Metal series will have no inlays, maybe those are more your style.

AmirParsa

but Black Metal series have only a bridge pickup!

Carl N.

Hey Amriparsa, indeed it does!

Devan C.

AmirParsa E. I agree with you, I like the Black Metal series so much that I even own the EC model but I'd like also to have this guitar for a different end.

Apparently I'm not the only one complaining about the fret inlays. And this 1000 VB model specifically is one of the most complete and affordable guitars by ESP. It looks so clean and neat except for the inlays on the fretboard that ruin the overall look of the guitar.

I remember seeing the first reviews of the Black Metal series and I've seen many of the reactions saying that "finally no inlays" on the fretboard. 

I'm not saying that this guitar shouldn't have any inlays at all, but it could be something more subtle like the LTD M-400M Natural Satin or something.

Carl N.

Thanks for your insight Devan!

Georg

I personally find the inlays just great, but I really dislike how fragile the "Vintage Black" finish is!
Gold paint is wearing off quite fast as well as described here.

Carl N.

Hey Georg, I personally enjoy the inlays too.  Satin finishes in general will be a little tricky to care for and keep looking new if you play often, that can be said for gold hardware too as gold hardware fades and oxidizes quicker than most other plating.  If you wipe down your instrument and hardware each time after use it can help lessen the effects of this but at that point you'll probably be cleaning your guitar more than playing and enjoying it.  

Jason T.

Literally the same shape as the headstock.

Donald J.

Does the vb with Seymour Duncan's have an ebony neck also? Most places list it as rosewood but looks ebony to me.

Carl N.

Hey Donald, the older versions of the vintage black with Duncans did have a rosewood board but this has since been changed to ebony following CITES regulations of rosewood.

Donald J.

Great I just ordered one 20 minutes ago and i wanted the ebony fretboard. It comes in tomorrow!!

Carl N.

Hey Donald, hope you enjoy it!

Luka S.

One different question about matte finish. I have this guitar and after significant playing as with all matte finishes I get glossy areas. I was wondering, Is it possible to use some wax, polishing compound to hand buff guitar to some sort of semi gloss finish to even the look of guitar? Is it safe to do so with matte finish LTD uses?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Luka, We don't recommend doing this because it is impossible to match the sheen across the entire surface of the guitar. You could achieve a semi-gloss look by doing this but it would take a lot of work and you would need a hand buffer or a upright buffing machine. There is something cool about the fact that your guitar shows that it has been played so that's another way to look at it.

Georg

Which nuts are used on potentiometers of this guitar? The outside diameter seems to be 11 mm, will "regular" 3/8" nuts fit?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Georg, the nuts that fasten the pots measure 10.8 so an 11mm nut driver can be used. I'm not sure if this answers your question. For the threading and size of nuts they should be metric for import pots. I don't think a regular 3/8" nut will fit. If you need any more help please contact our customer service team at customerservice@espguitars.com

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