Product Type: ESP guitars and bass guitars
Newest Review: ... markers on the rosewood fretboard which you find on a large number of the LTD/ESP guitars available. The thing that really makes this gui... more
Outstanding les paul style guitar.
ESP LTD EC-1000 QM
Member Name: AwesomeForrest
ESP LTD EC-1000 QM
Advantages: High build quality, great rock sounding pickups, comfortable to play.
Disadvantages: Pickups struggle with clean tones, Nut tight fitting for high gauge strings
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.
Summary: Very high quality rock/metal guitar at an affordable price.