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LTD EC-1000 Amber Sunburst

LP-Shaped Guitar from LTD belonging to the Deluxe EC series

Hatsubai Hatsubai

« Great for the price »

Published on 05/27/11 at 17:37
The ESP LTD EC1000 FM is the flagship model of the LTD series. The 1000 series itself generally contains guitars almost on par with the Standard series but at a fraction of the cost. This guitar features a mahogany body with a flamed maple top, a set mahogany neck with jumbo frets, a rosewood fretboard, abalone flag inlays, a TOM bridge, a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge and a '59 in the neck.

UTILIZATION

The LTD 1000 series are among some of the best guitars in the LTD line up. They have features that easily rival the Standard series in the ESP line. However, there are still a few flaws. For one, the binding can be a bit hit or miss, depending on the time of day it was built. The finish itself is good, but the fretwork can also be hit or miss. Generally, the frets are pretty good and properly leveled, but there are a few out there with some low frets that can really hinder the action of the guitar. You'll notice this when you start lowering your action and bending. If the string is choking out only on certain frets, there's most likely a fret level issue with the guitar.

SOUNDS

The guitar sounds great, especially since it's loaded with Seymour Duncan pickups. The JB in the bridge has this awesome bite with some good bass and midrange. It works for most any style you can think of, and it's been the flagship model of the Duncan lineup for the past 30 or so years now. The 59 in the neck gives a nice, buttery lead tone, but it still manages to have a little bit of bite to allow you to cut through the mix without any issues. The huge plus with this guitar is that they're using quality tone woods as opposed to the lower number LTD line such as the EC50.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're strapped for cash and are looking for a guitar that performs just about as well as the Standard series, take a look at this guitar. While they can be a bit more hit or miss when compared to the Standard ESP lineup, they're still generally great guitars that are packed full of great features and cost a fraction of what the MIJ guitars cost.
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