LTD EC-1000 Black
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LTD EC-1000 Black

EC-1000 Black, LP-Shaped Guitar from LTD in the Deluxe EC series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 13 reviews )
 10 reviews77 %
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Value For Money : Excellent
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nickname00908/24/2011

nickname009's review

LTD EC-1000 Black
* Set-Neck Construction
* 24.75" Scale
* Mahogany Body
* Mahogany Neck
* Rosewood Fingerboard
* 42mm Standard Nut
* Thin U Neck Contour
* 24 XJ Frets
* Gold Hardware
* ESP Locking Tuners
* Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
* EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
* Finish: BLK
* 3-Way Toggle
* Bridge Volume
* Neck Volume
* Master Tone


UTILIZATION

Great guitar, period. When it first came out I knew I wanted it, even with the nasty abalone binding all over and the hideous model number at the 12th fret, i still wanted it.

It is, and I dare to say, the most ergonomic LP shape I have ever played. Compare it to every other LP shape guitar on the market, you will not get one as comfortable as this one. Yes even the PRS ones are quite good but this just out does it with all the contours, the thinner overall body and the light weight!

Not only does this LP shape guitar have 24 frets, but it's got just enough of a neck contour to play up there!

And the stock EMGs are a great starting point for a great sounding guitar. Players used to have to modify guitars to fit them and now they come stock on almost all of ESP's line, how convenient!

SOUNDS

Great sounds with the stock EMGs. If metallica, slayer and zakk wylde can use the same pickup sets for years without troubles and still sound great then you know the pickups are worth while. EMGs have been around since the early 90s and have taken off and have now become something of a bipolar pickup, people either love it or hate it. The active thing is the hit or miss part as well. It's difficult to properly judge something like this because we, especially as guitarists are so resistant to change, we are so conservative when it comes to new innovations that are completely unique from what we're used to. Only a few of us are actually willing to go out and experiment and accept that the world today is not going to be the same as it was before.

How does this all apply to the tone of the guitar? It's a completely modern twist of a classic. ANd that's how one should take it as, nothing else. And considering the guitar in that manner, it is excellent.

The 81 is thick, raunchy distortion with easy harmonics, plenty of overtones and sustain. Great! Cleans are ok, can dirt up with hard strumming, a tad thin though.

While the cleans are also quite good on the neck pickup. The 60 being one of the cleanest pickups I've heard with such an acoustic quality to it! Sounds good distorted too, thick and smooth but not muddy!

OVERALL OPINION

A great guitar, period. Comfortable, shreddable and looks great. Minus the abalone and the logo at the 12th fret it would be a perfect guitar for me and I would've kept it for more years than I already had. I never had a problem with it aside from such and played many shows with such a beast, it has always sounded great!

ESP is a company not to be messed with, they know what they're doing and they know how to make high quality products at affordable prices! Sounds great, plays great. That's all that matters.
mooseherman10/20/2010

mooseherman's review"Disappointing, generic, lifeless-sounding guitar"

LTD EC-1000 Black
This is a guitar made by ESP, a Japanese company. However, it is an LTD guitar, which is manufactured by their subsidiaries who operate in Korea and Indonesia. This has a Les Paul style shape, so it has the two volume and one tone knob under the strings, as well as the pickup selector (three-way) in the upper left hand corner (from a right-handed guitar players perspective). There are 24 frets, two EMG active humbucking pickups, as well as a Mahogany Body and Neck. The guitar aslo features a rosewood fingerboard.



UTILIZATION

This guitar certainly has easy access to the top frets, as it has 24 of them total and a massive LP style cutaway. The frets are also HUGE, so that makes them easier to access at the top. I don't really like how big they are in general, that makes the guitar require a heavier approach that I find tasteless. It's a bit heavier than some of the guitars that I've played but It's certainly not the heaviest. The guitar that I played did not get nice sounds easily, and it didn't have a great setup so it loses points for that.

SOUNDS

I really don't like the kinds of sounds that this guitar makes. I've played the made-in-Japan counterpart, and while that guitar isn't my cup of tea either, it definitely plays and sounds better than this. This guitar sounds good for metal, but I honestly wouldn't even recommend it that highly to metalheads. This is mainly because it has almost no dynamic response, and no tone that I would even remotely call tolerable. Sure, the active pickups will help eliminate noise from the most intense, gut-punching distortions you can find, but that is a small advantage when compared to how awful the clean tones are. For a guitar that is shaped like the Les Paul, it sure sounds nothing like it. You can get a guitar that gets super-heavy without sacrificing clean tones, just look at the nicer ESP models for that.

OVERALL OPINION

I would say that unless you are a beginner metalhead avoid this guitar. The price is good but this guitar doesn't even justify that cost. Not many guitars do these days, but there are at least some benefits to other guitars. I have tried a few ESP guitars and none of them were great but this was particularly uninspiring.
MGR/T-MAN01/05/2005

MGR/T-MAN's review"ESP EC 1000"

LTD EC-1000 Black
I got this off music 123, the left handed version, which cost $850 (about £500, which when considered is less than half the price of a right handed one in the u.k! worth a trip to the u.s just to save the money, plus its impossible to get a left handed one over here)

this thing is definetly worth the trip! originally, i was looking for something with a whammy bar, a strat or ibanez rg1570, but then i saw this thing and just had to get it, whammy or no whammy. its looks amazing, brilliant colour and finish, mines the red one, the bodies butifully contoured, like a les paul, but not as heavy, and i havent even mentioned the EMGs, which gives it amazing zakk wylde like tone, a Tonepros bridge, which keeps it perfectly in tune, or sperzel tuners, which make re-stringing so easy and takes no time at all. it also has 24 frets rather than 22, and a great fast neck.

the only improvements which would be nice would be if instead of two EMG81s, they put an 85 or 60 in to give more variation. i changed my bridge one to a 60, a much deeper tonal pickup when distorted, and gives the guitar a much better clean sound, which isnt too hot with the 81s. and due to the clever people at EMG no souldering is required. all you need to connect one conector to another. they could mabee change the inlays to just normal white, but im just nitpicking

qualitys top notch, mahogany body is solid as a rock. not easily dented like my epi SG, and set neck gives it a nice solid feel also

this thing is the shit! if you like your heavy tonal sound of the likes of zakk and dime ( riff in peace brother dime), this is for you. even if you dont you need to check this out, as there is a semour duncan option availible (right handers only i think?) the best next thing to a les paul and for less than half the price.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/tim09/27/2004

MGR/tim's review"LTD EC-1000"

LTD EC-1000 Black
B-street music- 750$

its a good les paul shape, and it has a beautiful finish with good real seymour duncan pickups. (jb and 59 combo. awsome sounds and really nice abalone inlays all over this guitar.

not very much at all. basically i chaned the strap buttons that it

mahogony body and neck, seymour duncan pickups, sperzel locking tuners, and tehr styuff

9/10

really great

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/metallica KICKS ASS05/09/2004

MGR/metallica KICKS ASS's review"ESP EC-1000"

LTD EC-1000 Black
Bought it at samash for around 850. One of the best investments ive ever made!

Lets start with the pick-ups...EMG 81s!!! They are so nice and hot i love them! However the clean sounds a little processed but still not bad at all.Bodys mahogany sounds great nice and solid.It has tonepros! barely ever needs tuning.The finish is beautifal! the neck is eyepopping! its dripping in abalone inlay and white/creme binding.Mine had the black finish with gold hardware.Jaw dropping

Absouloutly nothing! Except however my one small complaint is theres only a slight variety between your neck and bridge because the 81s sound similar...however not much too make a complaint.

Simply Amazing.Built tough looks like it will last a long time.Ive had great experiences with esp in the past.Any problems would most likely easily cleared up with there customer service as any ive had have been!

If your into playing metal...thrash...its great you even pull some classic rock...blues and indie sounds ouyt of it! Definitly a keeper! go out and buy it

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
SpookieD09/08/2014

SpookieD's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent!"

LTD EC-1000 Black
Korean manufacturing.
TonePros locking bridge + tailpiece.
Channel: U thin
EMG81 EMG60 Channel Bridge
24 frets with jumbo frets.
2 volumes, 1 tona, 1 three-position selector.

Simple and well effective.
It's all here!

UTILIZATION

First surprise: the weight, I was expecting a big les paul, ec-1000 is rather light and very well balanced.
Second surprise: the quality of finish, everything is perfect! Perfection!
The abalone inlays are beautiful, the key is nice.
Jumbo frets may be surprising at first, but you get used to very quickly.
The blocantes auto mechanics are really good practices and take the tuning (I play in drop C #)
The cuts are really well placed.

SOUNDS

The pickups are very accurate, I can not find that cold. with a good set of equa on the amp and changing microphone, you can have clean sounds pretty cool even (though my conf is not worn "clean," Peavey 6505 + with bbe sonic stomp loop and on the chain just a tuner and a maxon OD808 for boost)
For the sound distortion is downright fiesta ...
The set neck allows a very nice sustain, the guitar has serious respondent, whether on large or heavy rhythmic palm mute as melodramas.
My amp plays as I think more with Bonus boost (I use a maxon OD808 reissue) is the downright blow to melt grandma :)
I like the general tone for my plsu pleased because I bought it blind ^^
and in the end I fell madly in love.
I play pop-punk with a big touch of hardcore (or even a little Alternative or post rock) and in the end it is very much the sound that I wanted to have. It is ultimately very versatile!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it only for a week, but I did a repeat of three hours in a row above.
I had several guitar mainly a strat Tom Delonge, which I tired a bit over time (SH8 Seymour, a little too fat or sloppy sometimes, even though I still love to play with).
Ben for me the value for money is excellent, I got 400 euros with strap locks, a nice strap and cover.
Some minor flaws due to the fact that it is secondhand but nothing that disrupts the sound.

Yes, I do it again this choice without hesitation. I wanted for 5 or 6 years so I happy with my choice and given the secondhand on which I fell I will not hesitate!
chavezchavez209/10/2009

chavezchavez2's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD EC-1000 Black
Made in Kore
24 frets
I do not know me look at other reviews, I have nothing to shake the bridge of the brand
Short in fact everything has been said.
J'dirais just knobs that work well in contrast to the Epiphone or the sound is the same from 2 to 10. However boring the next big bah active pickups which require to be disconnected between uses. You get used to but it's boring

UTILIZATION

The neck is super jumbo frets the ac. Touched many cut
The access to acute ... very well but access to extreme highs ... bah this is the only fault of the guitar: 23 and 24 boxes too exploitable. But good does not stop me from sleeping believe me!
Well the guitar is heavy but much less than a real Les Paul, convenient to the back. Otherwise it is well with the strap. Super scraper
Bah yeah sound very flexible and practical in some micro serious tone sound is mellow and full tone sharp micro slap it thoroughly and it's brilliant, in short it gives two different worlds. Otherwise the sound is coming from the amp j'vous learns nothing ^ ^

SOUNDS

Perfect for me as I love her very fat, very big, very in your face what <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_biggrin.gif" alt="" />
I play a Peavey ValveKing 100 is in the nickel.
Well I'm gonna to do you a demo in writing, you can imagine, this can give a high gain tube amp with EMG 81 and 60 eh. J'dirais just that on the VK 100 cleans are a bit too pops and respondents, with active pickups ca does not help.
J'préfere the distortion in general, but was called good, I'm talking not a gibson or fender's, I'm talking to a good eclipse!

OVERALL OPINION

J'l'utilise since 2 months
C'que love actually apart from the sound that I could find with many other ESP LTD is the aesthetics of this guitar is truly exceptional. Otherwise I took the EC500 with the same pickups this guitar ^ ^ Beautiful!
I just tried the Les Paul Standard from Gibson in the same store at the same time ... the portfolio has ruled.
Well the price hurts in the ass, I could pay half the pr the same sound, but for such an aesthetic, bah gotta say it deserves to be hurt in the ass ^ ^
With the experience? Well yes I would do surment the choice of a different color but otherwise I feel like going in circles. What pete crazy scratching his ass in fact: d
wardho10/12/2008

wardho's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD EC-1000 Black
Guitar-Koreen
-24 Freight emg81 bridge and EMG 60 in neck
and the rest see the other colors !!!!!

UTILIZATION

-The handle is very nice in the beginning its not slip too much on the black, non Lack, but it just after a few hours of play!
Acute-CCAA is super accessible for the guitar-shaped-paul, and then the frets are so good, I have big fingers and it happens nickel!
-The weight is between an epiphone lp and a real gibson
The adjustable-known gift is really easy to find.

SOUNDS

I play metal, thrash and heavy, influenced, metallica, machine head, etc, etc ... I will not mention all. And the sound is very round, I find this a very close gibson.Le sustain the emg 60 is wonderful for its clear.
-I play a peavey triple xxx, and it sent strong, very strong !!!!!!
Harmonics, yours is perfect, just enough time to go warm coffee, lol .... This is my fifth guitar, and my first high-end, and it is true that the difference is obvious, the sound is here and there, were going into another world with this scratch!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 weeks and I am very, very happy with the scraper, I sold my Ibanez VBT-700 for the scratch, and I do not regret.
The finish of the EC-1000, is irreparable ^ rochable, and it is especially the handle bleuff me, the quality of wood used is impeccable. Here is the difference between made in korea and made in indonesia, korea la la, is impeccable.
This is a guitar-oriented metal, but that laiise go, too, sounds blues or jazz, for calmer.
It is a small bomb, which was really seduced ......
Moisirus03/08/2008

Moisirus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD EC-1000 Black
- Made of Kore,
- 24 Jumbo Frets, EMG 81 and 60 micro (like metallica) assets,
- Fixed bridge normal style Les Paul, 2 volume pots and 1 tone and a switch,
- Channel fine and enjoyable with mcaniques Sperzel
- Pices dores made of metal and mother of pearl and abalone binding.

UTILIZATION

- This handle is a highway, we start moving his fingers and can no longer APRS s'arrter against by Access in AIGS trs is not comfortable (guitar Les Paul shape) but it did.
- It is not so heavy and trs is stable even when one moves a lot of scne
- The sound is simple, you plug pickup disto funds and then a hard neck pickup in bright or warm solo sounds and even velvet rev.

SOUNDS

- I play mostly blues and also mtal and it's great, not better.
- I have a marshall lamps and a multi-effect and nothing to say is GENIALLLLLLLLL.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had six months and I love everything about this guitar, I would say it has the advantages of Gibson (sounds hot, comfort ...) and without its inconvnients (weight, price ...) and in addition it has a handle 24 boxes and electronic active.
I would do this choice by closing his eyes.
wardho02/21/2008

wardho's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD EC-1000 Black
Guitar-koren
-24 Freight emg81 bridge and EMG 60 in neck
and the rest see the other colors !!!!!

UTILIZATION

-The handle is very nice in the beginning its not slip too much on the black, non Lack, but just after a few hours of play!
Acute-CCAA is super accessible for the guitar-shaped-paul, and then the frets are so good, I have big fingers, and a nickel goes!
-The weight is between an epiphone lp and a real gibson
The adjustable-known gift is really easy to find.

SOUNDS

I play metal, thrash and heavy, influence, metallica, machine head, etc, etc ... I will not mention all. And the sound is very round, I find this a very close gibson.Le sustain the emg 60 is wonderful for its clear.
-I play a peavey triple xxx, and sending strong, very strong !!!!!!
Harmonics, yours is perfect, just enough time to go heat a caf, lol .... This is my fifth guitar, and my first high-end, and it is true that the difference is obvious, the the sound is, well l have going into another world with the scratches!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 weeks and I am very, very happy with the scraper, I sold my Ibanez VBT-700 for the scratch, and I do not regret.
The finish of the EC-1000, is irreparable ^ rochable, and it is especially the handle bleuff me, the quality of wood used is impeccable. L is the difference between made in korea and made in indonesia, korea la la, is impeccable.
It's a metal guitar ax, but that laiise go, too, sounds blues or jazz, for calmer.
It is a small bomb, which was really seduced ......