Paladin "Black Omen" Playthrough on the LTD M-1 Custom '87 Rainbow Crackle

We can't think of any better modern metal band in the world to demo the LTD '87 Series than Paladin! This Atlanta, GA-based band takes the virtuosic vibe of '80s power metal and adds in elements of thrash and progressive technical precision that lands you at the gates of shred heaven! Paladin guitarists and ESP players Taylor Washington and Alex Parra do this playthrough of "Black Omen" from their 2019 album Ascension, and are both playing the LTD M-1 Custom '87 in Rainbow Crackle finish, part of the LTD '87 Series that pays homage to guitars from the 1987 ESP catalog. The M-1 Custom '87 features offers neck-thru body construction, a three-piece extra thin U-shaped maple neck, a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge without a recess route, 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. Check out more of Paladin and get their music on Bandcamp.


I have this guitar, in blue.  I bought it in Feb 2022 after much research, especially since I only had about a grand to spend.  Since then I continue to be amazed at the craftsmanship, playability and sound, espcially with the Coil Pot and Boost switch.  This is really an amazing guitar.  I've since played other guitars even in the $1500 range and my LTD M-1 Custom '87 --well I have developed a partnership with it. Thanks ESP for this guitar.

Ian B.

Got one of those on order at Long and McQuade , can...not...f**k'n wait.