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This guitar takes probably the most well known les paul guitar body shape and gives it that unique ESP style.
This guitar is made by LTD which is basically a more affordable mass produced model over the more expensive ESP branded models.
Before going into the details first just focusing on the build and style of the guitar it features the signature viper shaped headstock taken from the higher end ESP eclipse models. The body is mahogany with a quilted maple top which looks phenomenal with the see-through paint job. You also have the signature abalone flag fret markers on the rosewood fretboard which you find on a large number of the LTD/ESP guitars available. The thing that really makes this guitar stand out to me though is the abalone binding which doesn't only go round the body of the guitar but it goes up the entire neck and round the head stock of the guitar as well.
The pickups in the model I chose were EMG 81/60 active pickups these are great pickups but more for players who are more focused on heavy rock music. I found that with cleans it would usually take quite a bit of tweaking with the amplifier in order to find the correct tone with them but when playing with lots of overdrive or distortion you definitely begin to realise why these pickups are favoured by the likes of James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Zakk Wylde, Kerry King and many more high profile rock and metal guitarists.
The neck stood out to me as soon as I played it as it was a very thin U shaped neck which instantly felt extremely comfortable. It has 24 frets and a deep cut so getting down and hitting those high notes can be done quickly and easily without too much uncomfortable stretch on your fingers.
The ESP locking tuners and Earvana nut means the guitar is very good at maintaining it's tuning even when using unusual tunings. The only issue I have found with the Earvana nut is if you prefer a heavier gauge string it does feel that it sits quite tightly which could put some tension on the nut its self.
I have owned this guitar for around 8 months now and have had no problems with it and would recommend it to anyone who prefers to play heavier styles of music.
LTD is the sub-brand of Japanese guitar company ESP.
Back in the 70's Japanese manufacturers began to make replica's of popular American guitars such as Strats and Les Pauls. They were so good that Fender and Gibson had to take out law suites to stop them. ESP were one of these Japanese brands and since then they have gone on to create their own shapes and have one of the most impressive artist rosters in the world. From Tom Araya from Slayer to Ronnie Wood from the Stones, ESP have a guitar for all styles.
The EC range is a single cut design with various woods and features depending on series. The 1000 is the premium model in the LTD range and features a mahogany body and neck, quilted / flamed or plain maple top, EMG or Seymour Duncan pickups, Earvana compensated nut, Sperzel Locking tuners, rosewood fretboard and Tone Pros bridge with abalone binding up the neck and around the headstock.
The build quality is great and demonstrates how far the Korean factories have come on. The frets are all level, crowned and shaped well with no sharp edges and the abalone inlays really set off the finish.
The controls are well laid out with a 3 way switch, one volume and two tone controls.
The tone of this guitar is aimed towards heavier styles and the EMG's have a great high output with definition, pronounced low and and screaming highs. The playability is great and the slim thin neck feels very comfortable. The radius of the fretboard is fairly flat so it will suite shredders as well as blues and rhythm players.
Overall this guitar offer Les Paul looks with a modern twist. The build quality is excellent and this is reflected well in the playability.