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ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar Black 

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  • Set-neck construction
  • Mahogany body
  • 24.75" Scale mahogany neck
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Make your own tradition with this potent blend of tried-and-true features and active EMG humbuckers.

The LTD Deluxe EC-1000T/CTM has that custom look that you've probably cherished. It's a classic single-cutaway mahogany guitar with a traditional body shape dressed up with top and back binding. The set mahogany neck has a sleek ebony fingerboard with 22 extra jumbo frets, and Thin U Neck contour. Active EMG-81 and EMG-60 humbuckers (Duncan Alnicos on Faded Cherry Sunburst) give you plenty of power and note definition. Gold hardware (chrome on Faded Cherry Sunburst) adds a touch of refinement.

Features
  • Set-neck construction
  • Mahogany body
  • 24.75" Scale mahogany neck
  • Thin U neck contour
  • Ebony fingerboard
  • 22 Extra jumbo frets
  • Gold hardware (chrome on Faded Cherry Sunburst)
  • ESP locking tuners
  • TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece
  • EMG-81 bridge active humbucker (Duncan Alnico on Faded Cherry Sunburst)
  • EMG-60 neck active humbucker (Duncan Alnico on Faded Cherry Sunburst)
  • Volume/volume/master tone controls
  • 3-way pickup toggle switch

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ESPLTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)
  • Good pick up (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (9)
    • Practicing (9)
    • Rock concerts (9)
    • Recording (8)
    • School bands (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    What an axe!

    Where do I start? Ebony neck? Check! Double bound body? Check! Bound neck? Check! Monster tone? Check! Outright sexy? Check!! I bought the white one, and man is...Read complete review

    Where do I start? Ebony neck? Check! Double bound body? Check! Bound neck? Check! Monster tone? Check! Outright sexy? Check!! I bought the white one, and man is it beautiful! The EMGs roar! Weight is not too heavy not too light! This plays like a dream. Craftsmanship is near perfect! I get so many compliments on this beauty! And I didn't have to pay $2000 to get all this. I've played AMERICAN made guitars that didn't have this quality! Hats off ESP! I'll be buying another soon!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Somewhat happy with the guitar

    I bought the LTD EC-1000T in gloss black, gold hardware, and ebony fret board. This is my first guitar and I only been playing guitar for a week. The reason I bought...Read complete review

    I bought the LTD EC-1000T in gloss black, gold hardware, and ebony fret board. This is my first guitar and I only been playing guitar for a week. The reason I bought is because Metallica uses the ESP brand and I couldn't justify the price of the ESP so I settled on the LTD. The finish on the guitar is very good. The ebony fret board is astonishing. It's so smooth and shiny. The three knobs on the body are ok. The is no labeling at all on the knobs so for the newbie I found them confusing and I thought one didn't work until someone showed me what it did. The finish of the knobs is ok but I don't really like the shape that much and they are mounted a little crooked. The tuning knobs on the neck are outstanding. No need to wind the strings, just loosen the lock, put the string through the hole, tighten the lock onto the string, cut off excess and you are done. The strings seem to be good, they hardly ever go out of tune in the 15 or so hours I have played it with the Rocksmith PS3 game. When I got the guitar the thickest two strings made a buzzing sound. I showed it to a relative and he said it was because the strings had to get broken in. After the buzz still didn't go away I took it to a guitar store to see if it needed adjusted. Two of the people there thought the set-up was good and it didn't need adjusting. They said I was probably not plucking the strings correctly. Another thing I noticed is if I hit the EMG pickup it pushes in on one side and then I have to press the other side to level the pickup. I find this very strange and don't understand why the pickups aren't fixed at all four corners to prevent this. It appears they attached only at the middle by design. Another thing to keep in mind is the EMG active pickups require a 9 volt battery. I didn't know this when bought the guitar. I found out later they generally last about 6 months and when the battery dies the guitar is not functional until the battery is replaced. Also, you need to unplug the guitar when you are finished playing it or the batteries continue to drain. If I had known this I probably would have gone with the Duncan pickups. Anyway, I like the guitar so far but since I have nothing to compare it do I can't say whether or not I would recommend it.

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    5.0

    BUY IT!!!

    By Iceman

    from USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • 10x Better Than My Gibson
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great feel
    • Great Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Um Playing It

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

    I sold my $2000 Gibson Les Paul and bought this guitar. I am so tired of paying $$$ for a name. This guitar blows my Les Paul out of the water!!!
    Amazing guitar! Buy it!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LTD EC-1000T with Duncans

    By GuitCo

    from Chesapeake, Virginia

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

      Let me start off by saying that I went out looking for another Gibson, and as you all know, that is a lot of duckets, nothing wrong with it, just didn't feel like spending that much. So I compared and compared a bunch of them and even tried out a few Epiphone's (which were actually pretty decent) but I kept coming back to this one. The associate at the guitar store said "listen man, you keep coming back to this one, it's just the right thing to do" (Didn't try to upsell me). I have been playing it as my main guitar for gigs for the past 2 years! Had a professional set up done on it, and changed NOTHING else. (except the strings, Ernie Ball Slinky's, use Cobalt's now). Now 2 of my Gibson's stay at home (to save on wear and tear), and my LP DC Pro is my back up, also to save on wear, and the LTD accepts dropped tuning better (1/2 step down always and sometimes D from there). I highly recommend this with the Seymour Duncan's in it. Great feel, great weight (get a 3" strap), and great sound.

      Remember, its not how much the guitar costs, it is about how you play it!

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      5.0

      Incredible Sound & Incredible Value

      By JimNiner

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fast neck
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great Balance
      • Great Tone
      • Locking Tuners
      • Seymour Duncan Pickups
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

        I have the Traditional with Alnico II Pro pickups. I happily put this up against the LP Standard in my collection and was overwhelmed at the playability, sound, and feel of the LTD. It easily plays and sounds as good or better than my stock LP Standard, and even better ... I can buy 4 LTDs for the price of one LP Standard!

        I have not found another stop-tail, solid body, LP-style guitar that matches the quality and sound of this one, especially for under 2 grand. I am reading that the Traditional is no longer being produced, and that's a shame because it's a great guitar. If you can find one used, don't hesitate to buy it.

        I will definitely be buying the CTM with ESPs soon. I'm also looking at the EC 407. I have been very impressed by the LTD line and will definitely be adding more to my collection.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Axe!!!!

        By Ren

        from Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

          If you are looking for an LP style axe and want to save some serious money, this is the axe for you. I have never been a fan of ESP because of the "metal" stigma it carries, but when I found this EC-1000T ctm Faded Cherry Burst and realized it comes with these amazing Duncan pick-ups I could not resist. I did much research viewing videos of this particular axe to hear the sound and was sold. However, once I received it and plugged it in, videos do not do it justice...I can not post any cons on this axe, everything exceeded my expectations...Solid body, great frets, amazing action, perfect neck and sounds thick and fat. From what I read ESP no longer makes this particular axe with these Duncan Alnicos pickups or color, it only comes in Black or Snow White with EMGs....so if you are thinking bout it, do not think too much...

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar!

          By MetalRob86

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Hardware Quality

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

          I recently bought this guitar in Snow White because I was looking for a guitar with a fixed bridge and in a traditional shape.

          I LOVE it! It is a gorgeous guitar, especially after I changed the black EMG's out with Gold covered ones to match the hardware.

          This is easily one of my best sounding guitars (of 3 others in the 4 digit price range).

          My only complaints are the hardware. The bridge saddle slots don't seem to have deep enough grooves. Also, the gold finish is already starting to wear off on the saddles(not even a week of playing yet) Additionally there is an allen screw that holds the stop bar on (when you take the strings off) that seems to work itself out all the time with string vibration.

          I'll add that none of these things would have changed my mind on whether or not to purchase the guitar. These are all minor problems, I would highly recommend it! I'd say 4.5 of 5 Stars

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          5.0

          GREAT LP FEELING AX

          By Lunk

          from Colorado Springs, CO

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Heavy For Sustain
          • Locking Tuners Nice
          • Nice finish
          • Nice Fret Inlays
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Control Knobs Cheap
          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Blues Rock And Metal
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

          BEAUTIFUL AX ALL AROUND. ALMOST SEEMS BETTER THAN MY LP STUDIO. ALMOST.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love This Guitar

          By Unclemeat

          from Canyon Country, CA

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Looks great
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

            I bought the faded cherry sunburst version when it was the stupid deal of the day and couldn't be happier. This thing is a breeze to play, looks beautiful and sounds beautiful through my Marshall stack. Setup was fine, although I did replace the strings. This is the third ESP guitar I have purchased, and I realy like them all. I own several guitars, Gibson's, Fender's, Epiphone's and ESP's and this guitar is as good or better than a Gibson in my opinion. Well worth the money!

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Keeper

            By Baby J

            from Aurora, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

            Amazing Guitar! The only thing I had to change was the strings. And that's only because I prefer heavier gauge strings. Absolutely amazing quality for the price. You will enjoy this Guaranteed!!

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            (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just as good as my custom les Paul

            By TACTICLY

            from Atlanta

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

                  I own gibson custom les Paul the is better or equal for a third the price and equal to my edwards les Paul I bought from Japan which is made in Japan by esp. I still love Gibsons but will only buy special models now to collect, most of my purchases moving forward will be more edwards and esps.

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                  (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  What an axe!

                  By Klyle13

                  from Dayton, OH

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Rock Concerts

                    Comments about ESP LTD EC-1000T/CTM Traditional Custom Electric Guitar:

                    Where do I start? Ebony neck? Check! Double bound body? Check! Bound neck? Check! Monster tone? Check! Outright sexy? Check!! I bought the white one, and man is it beautiful! The EMGs roar! Weight is not too heavy not too light! This plays like a dream. Craftsmanship is near perfect! I get so many compliments on this beauty! And I didn't have to pay $2000 to get all this. I've played AMERICAN made guitars that didn't have this quality! Hats off ESP! I'll be buying another soon!

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