LTD EC-1000 VB [2008-Current]

LTD EC-1000 VB [2008-Current]

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EC-1000 VB [2008-Current], LP-Shaped Guitar from LTD in the Deluxe EC series.

13 user reviews
Prices starting at $899 average price: $899

LTD EC-1000 VB [2008-Current] tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:LTD
  • Model:EC-1000 VB [2008-Current]
  • Series:Deluxe EC
  • Category:LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 10/08/2006

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LTD EC-1000 VB [2008-Current] user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 13 reviews )
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Mattfig's review"Nice axe"

LTD EC-1000 VB [2008-Current]
Made in Korea...Here's the specs..

Its mahogany body is perfectly joined to a 3-piece mahogany neck, with an ebony fretboard, that features flag-shaped inlays and an ESP insignia on the 12th fret.

•Construction / Scale: Set-Neck / 24.75"
•Body: Mahogany (VB)
•Neck / Fingerboard: 3-Pc. Mahogany / Ebony (VB)
•Nut Type / Width: Earvana Compensated / 42mm
•Neck Shape: Thin U
•Inlays: Flags (VB)
•Frets: 24 XJ
•Binding: Aged Triple White (B/H), Aged White (N) (VB)
•Hardware: Gold (VB)
•Tuners: Schaller Locking
•Bridge / Tailpiece: Tonepros T3B-T & T1Z Locking
•Pickups: EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active (VB)
•Electronics: Vol / Vol / Tone / Toggle


This guitar plays very well. It arrived needing a setup and calibration but once that was done - every fret is accessible and no buzz...PLays like a dream as I like to keep my action low...

The EMGs really crank out a hot signal and I'd be careful with sensitive amps as it can clip a clean signal at hot levels...
The sound for hi gain apps is sick! The EMGs just rip right through the mix...High end bite is crisp, lows and mids are well defined...The clarity of the notes is surprisingly clear...

The design is great, typical Les Paul type guitar...It's thin and light but solid...


I use this guitar as my jazzy clean and my heavy gain beast...It cuts through a mix very nicely with or without distortion...It takes a clean or gain boost nicely too with little noise...That one beautiful thing about this guitar, lots of signal but not much noise..Don't forget to keep a fresh battery nearby as that can affect the tone greatly...Lithium is recommended...

This thing is built for Metallica but can deliver pop, rock, jazz, blues, etc...SHape the tone with the knobs and roll off a bit of volume to get a nice crunch...


This guitar rounded out my collection as I needed a hot EMG monster...This thing more than fits the bill...It surprised me with how well it can do jazz cleans...

The value is good...Sure there's better in this price range if you are looking for something different...But overall, it's worth it and no where near a bad price...It's held its value pretty well over the years although I have no intention of selling her...

I would buy it again but would insist on a good hardshell case...

James...'s review"Les Paul for metal"

LTD EC-1000 VB [2008-Current]
Made in Korea I believe. 24 frets. 2 volume 1 tone. Rosewood fingerboard. Ebony inlays. Mahogany body. Tonepros bridge. Locking tuners. EMG 81 and 60 active pickups. The neck is a lot like a cross between an Ibanez Wizard and a les paul classic neck if you have played one of those. These are pretty simple LP style rockers.


I used to play rhythm in a prog band and we were sponsored by LTD so I went through a bunch of these. First off, they hold up really well. Reliability is killer for this price range. I almost never have a problem with them. The simplicity of this guitar = less possibility for issues. The fret access is really good for a les paul style guitar and these weigh a lot less than a les paul. If you find a les paul heavy then this is what you need. It doesn't quite have the look down, but it gets that vibe.


When I had this particular model I played it through a couple of pedals and a Bogner uberschall half stack. That was the first Uberschall not the newer ones. My pedals were just an analog delay for ambient stuff and an overdrive. Nothing fancy. Because I play mostly rhythm I stick with the EMG 81 in the bridge which might be my favorite pickup ever for "chugging". The 60 is more for solos and cleans. I like it a lot but hardly get to use it.

My only quip about this guitar is that the body wood and shape aren't really translated to the EMG's which don't carry the tone of the guitar well. That's the pickup's fault though. If you don't like it, get some non active pickups.


I think my favorite thing about this guitar and all LTD's is how well they stand up on the road. The playability isn't bad either. If you're a touring guy, these are by far the best bang for the buck. I still have my first one (really banged up) from a 2006 tour. If you want a more "hot rodded" les paul then you can't do better than the Ec1000.

iamqman's review"Not bad"

LTD EC-1000 VB [2008-Current]
ESP guitars has an alternative brand called LTD which is basically the exact same type of guitars but just built overseas. They still carry pretty good quality as compared to the ESP models but at much more budget friendly prices. They still get a good overall feel and balance and tone that you'd find in the ESP guitars as well. If you are partial to the way the ESP guitars feel and sound then this isn't that far from those characteristics.


Detailed Description


BODY: Mahogany

NECK/FINGERBOARD: 3-Pc. Mahogany / Rosewood


INLAYS: Abalone Flags

PICKUPS: EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active

ELECTRONICS: Vol / Vol / Tone / Toggle

BRIDGE/TAILPIECE: Tonepros T3B-T & T1Z Locking

BINDING: Aged Triple White (B/H), Aged White (N)

TUNERS: Schaller Locking


COLOR: Vintage Blacks


The LTD 1000 guitar is basically Gibby Les Paul style body and tone. If you've ever hung around a Gibson Les Paul guitar for any given length of time or even just picked one up in a music store somewhere and you don't pretty much exactly what you're getting get with this instrument. You get a get a thick warm mahogany based tone that will be very rich in distortion. This guitar is a guitar that you get a use during a hard rock or metal typesetting. It can also play decent cleans but nothing compared to a single coil or a lighter wood body. It is a great alternative for the ESP prices if you don't have a whole lot of money.


These guitars come in right around $1200. That is not a bad price for new guitar with EMG pick ups installed. This is a beefy guitar that sounds really good in most and all settings. I would recommend this to someone he's looking for an alternative to Gibson Les Paul guitar with many of the features of the higher and Les Paul guitars but with a much more budget friendly price.

tjon901's review"One of the best left handed guitars you can get for the price"

LTD EC-1000 VB [2008-Current]
Being left handed it is always tough to find a good deal on a guitar. Most guitars that come out you have no options on color and they carry the typical lefty mark up on them. This is one of the better lefty guitars you can get and the price is pretty good. This guitar is the lefty version of the LTD EC 1000. With this guitar you can get lefty versions in two different colors. You can get them in silverburst or you can get them in Vintage black like this model. They both have the same specs with those colors and the specs are better than some other EC 1000. These guitars have the thin single cut EC shape. The body is mahogany and so is the set neck. The fretboard is ebony which is something you do not get with all EC-1000s. Up top you get locking tuners with an Earvana compensated nut. The bridge is a locking tone pros unit. The pickups are a set of active EMG pickups. There is an 81 in the bridge and a 60 in the neck. There is a volume knob for each pickup with a master tone control.


With ESP's EC guitars you get the playability of a super strat with the classic shape of a Les Paul. The guitar is light like a super strat as well due to its thinner body. The jumbo frets and flat radius fretboard let you get a nice easy action. The Earvana compensated nut helps correct intonation up and down the neck so your notes sound more in tune with each other. The locking tuners and locking bridge should be standard on every guitar. The locking bridge prevents the saddles from falling off when you are changing strings. This can mess up your intonation. Locking tuners prevent your guitar from going out of tune accidentally like if your headstock was to hit something. The active EMG pickups need a batty and ESP was nice enough to give you a separate easy to access compartment for them so you can change the battery out with out opening up the guitar. There are EMG equipped Gibsons that do not have this basic feature.


The 81 and 60 set is a set that is used in many ESP guitars. This set gives you the best of high end crunch with the 81 and the 60 gives you great clean and bluesy tones. The 81 in the bridge is razor sharp. The pickup has a nice high end gain sound that really shreds. The high end gain sound keeps your riffs from getting muddy and it has a super thick and crunchy sound. The 60 in the neck has slightly less output but this gives it a more organic clean tone. The 60 puts out a great bluesy tone as well. The pickups are both active so you can easily mod them more even better tone. Doing the 18v mod means you run the pickups on 2 batteries instead of one. This gives you a tone with more headroom and this gives you a more organic tone overall.


It was nice of ESP to put out a lefty version with top level equipment without charging any extra for it. That is rare amongst guitar companies. With most guitars that come in lefty they are either bottom of the barrel beginner junk or super expensive to where you are getting ripped off for what you are getting. This guitar is sold as roughtly the same price as the right handed one and the righty version was a good deal already. This guitar comes with everything you need for a gig ready guitar. It has aftermarket pickups with locking tuners and a locking bridge. You do not need much more to have a great rocking guitar.

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