Jul 10 2008

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Guitar Review

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Guitar

While the ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 is fully capable of a wide range of tones and playing styles, at heart this is really a metal guitar, especially well-suited to progressive metal and hardcore.

In fact, in this price range, you could make a very convincing argument that the ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 is THE metal guitar. This thing is extremely sweet, capable of a devastating crunch and some of the best metal tones we’ve heard. We played ours through a Marshall half-stack and were blown away by both the lead and rhythm tones the EC-1000 and its EMG pickups provided.

You get Genuine EMG 81/60 pickups (same ones James Hetfeild uses) on all the models except the amber sunburst model, which comes with Seymour Duncan JB/59s. EMGs are some of the best metal pickups around, so if you’re partial to that heavy EMG sound then you’ll want to avoid the amber sunburst.

The 81s at the bridge provide a bright, clear tone perfect for shredding and metal solos, with nearly endless sustain and effortless pinch harmonics. And the 60s at the neck provide the ideal thickness and crunch for metal rhythm.

Check out the following sweep-picking video to get an idea of what this guitar is capable of lead-wise:

The EMGs are active pickups, so they’re capable of huge gain, but they also require a battery to power them. The battery is extremely long-lasting and easy to change, but you should familiarize yourself as to where it is and how to change it so you don’t find yourself with a low pickup battery mid-gig.

Our copy had perfect action right out of the box, with 24 extra jumbo frets adorned with abalone flags and a beautiful vintage black finish. The TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece and Sperzel locking tuners make sure the tuning stays rock-solid, even in extreme drop-tunings.

For 840 sheets, this guitar is an amazing deal, And for metalheads, this is exactly what the doctor ordered. You simply cannot find a finer metal guitar than the ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 in this price range.

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Guitar

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  1. Sam Frederickson said:

    I bought mine from a mate for £450 :)
    Got a White Tokai USG50, and a pair of Sinn7 Zenit 5 monitors with the savings.Amazing piece of kit these.Stunning build quality.I don’t understand why anyone would pay double for a Japanese one.(EMG not LTD) Short of it coming with a free groupie I don’t see how you could improve on the LTD EC 1000 Deluxe :)

    April 1st, 2011 at 5:14 pm

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