A legend of rock guitar takes a classic reissue out for a spin, and we all win! The mighty Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), one of ESP's most longterm artist endorsees, tries out the LTD M-1 Custom '87 in Dark Metallic Blue finish (also available in Candy Apple Red and Black). This guitar is part of the LTD '87 Series... faithful recreations of the set of iconic instruments that made up ESP’s 1987 catalog. The LTD M-1 Custom ’87, based on the legendary original ESP M-1 model, offers neck-thru body construction for fast access to the highest frets. Its comfortable alder body and three-piece extra thin U-shaped maple neck are designed for speed and smooth playability. The M-1 Custom ’87 features a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge without a recess route and a single Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 pickup with a push-pull control for coil splitting, and an EMG PA-2 boost switch for when you need that extra push of raw power.

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Justin F.

Nobody has ever been able to explain to me why I'd want an LTD over an ESP. Isn't it like Squier/Fender or Epiphone/Gibson? And why would an artist endorse LTD over an ESP?

 

It's always come across as their budget line. What am I missing, and what don't I understand? 

Mario Yanez

easy

- an artist need money

- the product need marketing & publicity

You don't need explanation if you know that is better.

M911

I think we've all seen way more endorsers of LTD over the years than squire.  Maybe it has something to do with the quality of their less expensive stuff.  Maybe it has to do with specs.  At least this is why I own an LTD bass after already owning two EII guitars,  it was in the specs,  what I really wanted was the scale, the electronics, frets (etc) exactly as I preferred them and this didn't exist in another line.

meh, gtfu

G Michael H.

Fuck me.. OK. Guess after buying 1 ESP Snapper and 1 LTD SN1000FRSFL, I'll be after this one in that stunning blue. ESP is having a stellar year, but us players (me in particular) are the real winners. These are forever guitars. Infatuation has turned to obsession. ✌️♥️♥️✌️

Raff Sangiorgio

Love it!

Nathan M.

I have the red one. It's an absolute joy to play. The fretboard is a little wider and the neck a littler thinner than my other LTD so it makes for an interesting feel. I really dig it. The split coil tone out of that Distortion is also super close to a true single coil compared to a lot of my other humbuckers. You can somewhat see it in videos but the finishes are also amazing. 

Amir Hossein Veghar Farahnak

Awesome 

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