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ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar

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The ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar is a solid rocker with impeccable credentials: set neck, mahogany body, 3-piece mahogany neck, a set of...Click To Read More About This Product

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A slammer that's been glammed.

The ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar is a solid rocker with impeccable credentials: set neck, mahogany body, 3-piece mahogany neck, a set of EMG-81/85 active humbuckers, a TonePros locking bridge, and extra-jumbo frets. The ESP LTD Deluxe Viper is also done up to the max with full neck and headstock binding (white with abalone), and abalone flag inlays and model name at the 12th fret. You get striking black nickel hardware with your Viper 1000.

FEATURES
  • Set neck
  • 24.75" scale
  • 3-piece mahogany neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 24 extra jumbo frets
  • Mahogany body
  • 42mm Standard nut
  • EMG-81 bridge and EMG-85 neck active humbuckers
  • Volume, 3-way toggle, and tone controls
  • TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • Black nickel hardware
  • White binding with abalone on neck and headstock
  • Abalone flags inlay with model name at 12th fret

A guitar that lets you show some serious style without giving up the basic sustain and power a rocker needs.

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ESPLTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Metal Machine Monster

Hands down, this is my new main and favourite guitar. If you get a good amp, this guitar almost plays itself. It may be primarily a "metal" guitar, but...Read complete review

Hands down, this is my new main and favourite guitar. If you get a good amp, this guitar almost plays itself. It may be primarily a "metal" guitar, but you can cover a lot of musical bases just as well with this (ok, maybe not so much country or jazz per se, but you get the idea!). You certainly won't fine a better quality guitar for the price range that is being offered with the Viper. This is what the SG should have been...
This guitar is absolutely amazing! I've been a Gibson Les Paul and SG player for about 6 years and a few months ago, a buddy of mine turned me onto LTD guitars, particularly a Deluxe Viper he was selling (he's more of a Jackson and DBZ guy). Needless to say, I was so impressed with it's feel and sound, I bought his Deluxe Viper right then and there. I was so impressed with it that I also found a lower end Viper 401FM and bought that as a backup to my Deluxe. Combined with my Peavey 3120 and Mesa cab, this guitar is a rip-snorting metal beast! Neck played like butter and the EMGs were punchy. My only two complaints are that the top strap peg makes the guitar seem a bit off-balance or neck heavy but after playing a big Les Paul for years, I'm no stranger to playing a guitar that cumbersome at times. The other complaint is the lack of separate volume controls for each pickup (I mean, who really uses a tone control anymore, especially in metal?!). Those issues aside, this guitar is bang on for the money and anyone who picks one up can't help but jam for hours at a time at full volume. This guitar was meant to be played loud.
Awesome craftsman ship and the flame maple finish is to die for. This guitar will last you a lifetime if you take proper care of it. The neck and jumbo frets are almost worth the admission price alone.
Outstanding guitar for the money. If Gibson put something like this out, they'd charge you an arm, leg andmore for it. LTDs may be an offshoot of ESP but the value is far overshadowed by the quality of their instruments. Those guys care a lot about good quality and also how to make it affordable for everyone.

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really good but i wouldnt buy it

i own a jackson..and my friend owns a deluxe viper 1000 and i played it and i dont like it..its a great guitar but the pick ups are battery opperated and the...Read complete review

i own a jackson..and my friend owns a deluxe viper 1000 and i played it and i dont like it..its a great guitar but the pick ups are battery opperated and the bridge is uncomfortable and for the price..i wouldnt pay that much for it

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Metal Machine Monster

By Chris Delacruz

from Detroit, MI

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

Hands down, this is my new main and favourite guitar. If you get a good amp, this guitar almost plays itself. It may be primarily a "metal" guitar, but you can cover a lot of musical bases just as well with this (ok, maybe not so much country or jazz per se, but you get the idea!). You certainly won't fine a better quality guitar for the price range that is being offered with the Viper. This is what the SG should have been...
This guitar is absolutely amazing! I've been a Gibson Les Paul and SG player for about 6 years and a few months ago, a buddy of mine turned me onto LTD guitars, particularly a Deluxe Viper he was selling (he's more of a Jackson and DBZ guy). Needless to say, I was so impressed with it's feel and sound, I bought his Deluxe Viper right then and there. I was so impressed with it that I also found a lower end Viper 401FM and bought that as a backup to my Deluxe. Combined with my Peavey 3120 and Mesa cab, this guitar is a rip-snorting metal beast! Neck played like butter and the EMGs were punchy. My only two complaints are that the top strap peg makes the guitar seem a bit off-balance or neck heavy but after playing a big Les Paul for years, I'm no stranger to playing a guitar that cumbersome at times. The other complaint is the lack of separate volume controls for each pickup (I mean, who really uses a tone control anymore, especially in metal?!). Those issues aside, this guitar is bang on for the money and anyone who picks one up can't help but jam for hours at a time at full volume. This guitar was meant to be played loud.
Awesome craftsman ship and the flame maple finish is to die for. This guitar will last you a lifetime if you take proper care of it. The neck and jumbo frets are almost worth the admission price alone.
Outstanding guitar for the money. If Gibson put something like this out, they'd charge you an arm, leg andmore for it. LTDs may be an offshoot of ESP but the value is far overshadowed by the quality of their instruments. Those guys care a lot about good quality and also how to make it affordable for everyone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE IT!

By ColtonE

from Tomball, TX

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

i have had this guitar for two years and i love it! the red is just beautiful, and i have had so many compliments on it. no complaints at all

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

NICE

By JustVisiting

from ILLINOIS

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

Quality guitar, slightly neck heavy.Pickups harmonic like crazy, and when tweaking the controls you have a distinct variety of tonesGuitar is darker than it looks like in the pictureand in the right light almost looks dark purpleCant see how a SG standard could be a whole hell of a lot better, the folks at ESP Korea certainly take pride in there work.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

:3

By JamesM

from NV

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Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is amazing, hands down. I was able to play one at my local GC, and it blew me away. I hooked up up to a Peavey 30 watt and even through the presets it was amazing. It has an awesome metal sound courtesy of the EMGs, and a decent clean tone as well. It can handle everything from As Blood Runs Black to Paramore. Buy it!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Viper Shreds

By OnKaOuStUilus

from kingston NY

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

I've owned this guitar for over 3 years now and it's held up very well. The Emgs are a definite positive if you are, like myself, playing heavier style music. I play the guitar mainly in drop a and b flat standard tunings and the pickups compliment the low end "chuggy" sound perfectly while still cutting through on the higher end. In the 3 years I've had the guitar the only real inconveniences I've encountered are the volume knob becoming loose and the metal part that screws onto the input of the guitar becoming loose. Other than that I have no complaints. If you do, or are planning on, playing heavier music I highly suggest this guitar, for the price It's a steal!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good sounding guitar

By urf

from Sydney, Australia

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

Sounds great, very responsive. The only problem I had while trying out this guitar was that I found the neck and frets to be slightly too small for my liking, my long fingers kinda got in the way of each other, but if you have smaller fingers, it'll probably be a near perfect guitar for you. Gorgeous too.

 
5.0

Love my Viper 1000

By ESPplayer5150

from Massachusetts

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

I just got myself this about a month ago and I'm impressed. The quality and workmanship are outstanding. Don't let this guitar's Korean-made status deter you, it's a great guitar at a good price, it really nails the metal tone I'm looking for and its durable enough to play with my band.Now for the bad news, this thing is a bit neck heavy. I don't mind personally, but for some people it might be too off balance.

 
5.0

A lot of guitar for the money

By Aramach

from Waterford, MI

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Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

I bought this about a year ago and I absolutely love it. It plays great, looks great and sounds great. You can tell where they cut corners - the flamed maple top is not bookmatched and you have the choice of only 2 colors. I also wish it had tone and volume controls for each pickup. Overall this has been one of the best guitars I have ever owned. Better that Gibson SG's or Les Paul's

 
5.0

Best guitar I've ever owned

By Jason-r62AW

from Redding, CA

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Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

This is by far the best guitar I've ever owned, and definitely one of the best I've played. I've both played my dad's vintage 1970 Les Paul, 1959 Jazzmaster, and played new and old SG's and this guitar is by far comparable to the old ones, and better than any of the SG's, in my opinion. Definitely worth picking up, a great value, for a great guitar!

 
5.0

worth every penny

By metalmaniac-tkv8-

from northern cali

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

I own the viper 400, now that im in the divorce process, wife wont let me have it... So i decided to upgrade instead of wait. I knew from the 400 series viper's rock,and the deluxe 1000 was even more buttery smooth and fast. I believe when my divorce is final,I' ve found my next wife....

 
4.0

esp

By ltd897

from Muskegon, MI

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Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

even tho this is the only guitar i own yet im not that rich like all the others with thier fancy gibson's this guitar is awsome just only one tone knob but thats alright i love the flamed top i would say this guitar could compet with a gibson its so sexy i love it... if you want a guitar that you cant have a gig with and throw around without having the strap fall off and everyone laugh at you then i would buy this guitar its sexy and it plays awsome!!!

 
5.0

An amazing guitar

By viperowner

from England

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

Having worked as a guitar tech for some years, I haven't found a guitar that is of a reasonable price with such awesome character. One of the most incredible guitars I have seen - I would put mine up against most guitars, I love it! The tone rolls off it, the quality of production made me so happy when I opened the box... nothing was wrong on delivery, even the intonation was fine. Value for money, I would find it hard to find a guitar which could hold its own next to the deluxe viper. Overall, an awesome guitar. Truly awesome! I got it in black as cherry was just unavailible. She is truly the most gorgeous guitar I have owned in a while.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

really good but i wouldnt buy it

By valhalla-L60Va

from cali

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

i own a jackson..and my friend owns a deluxe viper 1000 and i played it and i dont like it..its a great guitar but the pick ups are battery opperated and the bridge is uncomfortable and for the price..i wouldnt pay that much for it

 
5.0

Best Metal Guitar!

By BlackSab42

from Las Vegas, NV

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

This is the best guitar I have ever owned. I play alot of black dahlia murder and children of bodom on it and it sounds amazing. I own 3 guitars and none of them compare to this. EMG makes the best pickups for metal, I have duncans on all my others and none can touch the sound this produces. The price for the guitar is such a great value. The locking tunors are so perfect. I can put a fresh set of elixirs on and tune it all within a matter of 5 minutes, and this saves a ton of time when you need to change strings, or replace a broken one in the middle of band practice. It is a great all around guitar. No wonder all metal bands agree, esp and emg are the ways to go.

 
5.0

Better than original SG

By 18

from Orlando, F.L

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

As soon as you play through that neck, and hear them EMG's, it will blow your mind away. It does have an amaizing finish, and sounds really good.

 
4.0

Review...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

I have played this guitar a few times at guitar shops and it is a pretty good guitar. It has nice tone and locks alright. One thing I dislike about it is the look is basically a copy of the Gibson SG and most ESP guitars are copies of gibson. The guitar itself, though, is not bad. I do think it may be a little overpriced.

 
5.0

Best Guitar I've ever owned/played

By Jason-r62AW

from Redding, CA

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Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

I have to say, this guitar absolutly impresses me. My dad owns a 70 Les Paul Custom and a 59 Fender Jazzmaster, and I grew up playing those wonderful instruments. This guitar smokes that Les Paul in playability and just overall feel. The tone is of course, not as warm as the gibson pickups, but I think they sound better. The first time I played it I could not believe how solid the thing felt and how great the neck is. It was ordered from musiciansfriend and came set up, and in tune...which was quite amazing being that it was shipped quite a distance. Only reason I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 on quality is because the input jack has developed some noise, but its not really a big deal. I like how when you open up the back all the wires are tucked away and it looks perfectly clean inside...Greatly engineered instrument

 
5.0

KICK A** GUITAR!!!

By ESP=METALGOD

from Kennewick, Wa

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

I've had the viper since March and I am more than satisfied with this purchase. I got the VSB model with the Seymour Duncans, Custom 5(bridge) and a Jazz(neck). I just recently switched them out with the JB and the `59 pickups and they just make this guitar scream metal now! I've played the EMG models also and they too sound great but I prefer the Duncans over EMG's because they sound more defined to me. That's just my opinion. The only thing that bothered about this guitar was how it felt when you played standing up because the button is in a wierd place which causes the neck to feel heavy. I thought I would have never get used to it, but you do after a week or so, just a minor problem. Other than that this guitar is a metal beast; great distortion, killer harmonics, and fast neck, great bargain for all you metalheads out there. BUY TODAY!!!

 
5.0

I bought this guitar new

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

The EMG 81 actives I think are the best pickups out there and that is what this viper has. Even thought they require a 9 volt battery, they still are the best. Sustain is decent. The guitar stays in tune well. I love to feel of the neck. The flag inlays along with the body give it a nice expensive look. But overall I think this guitar is awesome and it will never get rid of it.

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By OneMoreMusician

from Southern California

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar:

Looks good... sounds awesome for all styles of music.

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