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Open-Box ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar

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A monstrous crunch machine.Grab the ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 guitar and you'll know this beauty can do it all. It' built to crunch, with a lightweight ...Click To Read More About This Product

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(Open Box) A total crunch machine.

A monstrous crunch machine.Grab the ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 guitar and you'll know this beauty can do it all. It' built to crunch, with a lightweight mahogany body, set mahogany 24-3/4"-scale neck, and either a rosewood fretboard, or ebony on the vintage black models. The TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece ensure your tuning remains rock-solid. Sporting a flamed maple top, abalone inlays, and either a pair of active EMG-81/60 pickups, or Seymour Duncan JB/59 passive humbuckers on the amber sunburst model, this guitar looks as good as it sounds. See-thru colors all have quilted maple tops. Use the drop-down menu above and to the right to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
Mahogany body Mahogany neck
24-3/4" set neck
Thin U neck contour
Rosewood fretboard (ebony on vintage black)
Abalone flags plus the model name at the 12th fret
42mm Earvana Compensated Nut
24 extra jumbo frets
TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge
Genuine EMG 81/60 pickups (Seymour Duncan JB/59 set on amber sunburst model)
ESP locking tuners
Black hardware (gold on black and vintage black, chrome on amber sunburst)

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SPECIFICATIONS
Mahogany body
Mahogany neck
24-3/4" set neck
Thin U neck contour
Rosewood fretboard (ebony on vintage black)
Abalone flags plus the model name at the 12th fret
42mm standard nut
24 extra jumbo frets
TonePros locking Tune-o-matic bridge
Genuine EMG 81/60 pickups (Seymour Duncan JB/59 set on amber sunburst model)
ESP locking tuners
Black hardware (gold on black and vintage black, chrome on amber sunburst)
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ESPLTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 351 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (35)
  • Fun to play (34)
  • Solid electronics (33)
  • Good pick up (32)
  • Good tone (32)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (9)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (32)
  • Practicing (32)
  • Recording (30)
  • Small venues (23)
  • Rock concerts (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (6), Novice (5)

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Amazing! such a versatile guitar!

I LOVE THIS GUITAR! I have had it for 2 years now and i could not be happier. I play it through a Line 6 Spider III 75-watt and it sounds killer....Read complete review

I LOVE THIS GUITAR! I have had it for 2 years now and i could not be happier. I play it through a Line 6 Spider III 75-watt and it sounds killer. Even with the less-than-pro effects of that amp, the versatility of the guitar shines through. The bass is full but not muddy and the high end cuts through without being too harsh. It can go from heavy shredding to mellow blues to twangy country without missing a beat. It doesn't quite have the fullest tone, but it's really pretty good for a solid body. i could not recommend this guitar more

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Amber Sunburst, awesome sound, cheap quality

I give it a 6/10 for all the trouble, but a 10/10 for the sound. If your lucky and live near a music store with one in stock, highly recommend getting...Read complete review

I give it a 6/10 for all the trouble, but a 10/10 for the sound. If your lucky and live near a music store with one in stock, highly recommend getting your hands on one and making sure its okay.
The features are AWESOME on the amber sunburst model. I'm not a fan of EMG's so I went with the one with seymour duncan JB's and trust me, those things sound SO crisp and clear. I love how it sounds.
The quality however, is terrible. First one i got had uneven frets and half the notes would play out of tune no matter how perfectly in tune the guitar was. I sent it back since that shouldn't happen on a brand new guitar and they sent the next one and, well...it was a bass. This wasn't musicians friends fault, it was ESP's. After sending that back and getting my third model, everything was fantastic...except one of the volume pots is busted and you cant turn the knob all the way or else the sound completely cuts out. So I'm gonna have to send this one back as well and hopefully we can get a working one soon. I love the sound, but 3 mistakes in a row shouldn't happen, ever.
Great guitar for it's price, however...like i said i went through 3 faulties so far, possibly more down the road.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy

By ken bearden

from South Carolina

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

You want to have the sound of a Pro, you want the look of a pro but don't want to pay like a pro...buy this guitar!
Amazing how this guitar does'nt sell for more. Play a $3000 LP, a PRS Santana and then play this guitar. I puchased the amber sunurst for the Seymour Duncans. Decades of proven punch and solid tones from these pickups and I was not dissappointed. The weight and balance is perfect, can play for hours. The locking tuners...sweet.
Out of the box, I tuned and innotated, perfect. The fit and finish of this guitar is impressive. The binding and fret inlays are immaculate, I have yet to find a flaw in any aspect on this piece of workmanship. I saw a PRS with intricate ablone bird and scroll inalays in the fretwork selling for $30,000 at a guitar show last year and you could'nt touch it (in a glass case) and this piece looks better.
Go to your local center, play the best they have to offer then play this one. Let your ears and hands decide what you buy and how much you pay. 8 out of 10 will buy this guitar.

(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievable Guitar! Had over 5 years

By William Sosnoski

from PA

Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

A good guitar tech can make this guitar outstanding. I own 2, one EMG and the other Duncans. The duncan model I have the frets were alittle more jagged than the other. The inlay on the EMG one has pieces missing which doesn't affect the playability though and its almost impossible to see. You get what you pay for, everything won't be perfect but for the price you may as well call it perfect! I've had both of my guitars for over 5 years now and had no major problems with them. I usually play around 1-2 shows a week and practice just about every day. I've used the duncan model the most and it has slight fret wear and needs to be dressed and leveled to stop buzzing in some areas. The other needs some leveling just because some of the frets lifted slightly due to all the traveling and climate changing. The problems with the guitars are so minimal I don't want to take them to get repaired yet. The guitar I play the most I installed a Graphite bridge as the strings would break off of the sharp saddles from high usage. After installing the graphite bridge I have yet to break a string on the guitar in 2 years, I do change my strings around twice a month or more. I want a Gibson Les Paul so bad but after playing these guitars for so long I cannot justify spending the money on it when I like the LTD better! I cannot find a les paul I like more even the Custom! That is after reworking the guitar alittle. Both guitars were made in Korea and are equiped with Sperzel Locking tuners unlike the new models. The Duncan equiped model body is actually 1/8" thicker than the body on the one equiped with EMG's. I will never get rid of these guitars and can't wait for them to age! The finish is so good it is so hard to wear off! All I can say is maybe look REAL close at the guitar you want to buy and reject it for another with less little flaws, thats about the only differance I would have made.
You get all the looks of an expensive Les Paul Custom for 1/4 the price.
The reason for the 8 quality is I am comparing this to a 4,000$ Les paul, I'd say that is outstanding.

(9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Amber Sunburst, awesome sound, cheap quality

By taylo234

from Orange County, CA

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Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

I give it a 6/10 for all the trouble, but a 10/10 for the sound. If your lucky and live near a music store with one in stock, highly recommend getting your hands on one and making sure its okay.
The features are AWESOME on the amber sunburst model. I'm not a fan of EMG's so I went with the one with seymour duncan JB's and trust me, those things sound SO crisp and clear. I love how it sounds.
The quality however, is terrible. First one i got had uneven frets and half the notes would play out of tune no matter how perfectly in tune the guitar was. I sent it back since that shouldn't happen on a brand new guitar and they sent the next one and, well...it was a bass. This wasn't musicians friends fault, it was ESP's. After sending that back and getting my third model, everything was fantastic...except one of the volume pots is busted and you cant turn the knob all the way or else the sound completely cuts out. So I'm gonna have to send this one back as well and hopefully we can get a working one soon. I love the sound, but 3 mistakes in a row shouldn't happen, ever.
Great guitar for it's price, however...like i said i went through 3 faulties so far, possibly more down the road.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smoking ax

By Bear

from Colorado

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

    After taking a break from electric for a few years, I decided to grab one of these and start rocking again. I was torn between this ESP and a Gibson Les Paul. Luckily a buddy of mine had both, so I would get hands on before buying. I wanted to like the Gibson more, and tried to talk myself into it, but in the end the quality and feel of the ESP won me over. The weight of the ESP and the feel of the neck are great. I would still like to get a Gibson, but since I have the ESP I am in no rush. The only complaints about the ESP are that the volume and tone knob were not true, and I had to give them some nudging. Also the neck pickup needed some adjusting. I have a Fender Deluxe "Smokey Tweed" tube amp on order, and I cannot wait to plug this ax in to that!

    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    BUY IT!

    By black1222b

    from Klamath Falls, OR

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Does More Than Metal
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Quality For Good Price
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Live And Recording
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

    2012 Gibson Les Paul Studio Alpine White w/gold hardware = Muddy Sound,sticky nitro finish, very poor tuning stability, mine had bad setup, overpriced, Alternative wood products used among other issues.

    LTD EC1000 Vintage Black = None of the above plus Tone pros bridge and tail also has locking tuners.

    When I play my EC1000, a Gibson Les Paul was my dream guitar. Perhaps a standard or custom is better, I pray they are, but for you that are looking at both of these, go with the EC1000 please!!! I believe the price tags on these two guitars should be switched. 20 years experience here and very picky on quality!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing! such a versatile guitar!

    By minimason878

    from Newark, DE

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Beautiful finish
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

      I LOVE THIS GUITAR! I have had it for 2 years now and i could not be happier. I play it through a Line 6 Spider III 75-watt and it sounds killer. Even with the less-than-pro effects of that amp, the versatility of the guitar shines through. The bass is full but not muddy and the high end cuts through without being too harsh. It can go from heavy shredding to mellow blues to twangy country without missing a beat. It doesn't quite have the fullest tone, but it's really pretty good for a solid body. i could not recommend this guitar more

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfection

      By SmokeyMcPot

      from Flint, MI

      Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar can do just about anything. I have had it for about a year now and I am in love with it. Great guitar for its value!

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible Guitar!!

      By jt-uAA1_

      from SD

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      Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

      Ive had this guitar for 4 years. It sounds as good now as it did the first day i got her. It has incredible pickups, the neck is extremely playable, and the guitar is very versatile. The EMGs roar under high gain, and are warm during cleans. Ive owned some LPs and other more expensive guitars, but i would not trade this for any of them. Im planing on getting the amber sunburst with the Seymour Duncans , and the black see through with Floyd rose soon. If you have any inclination for getting this guitar you should go pick one up right now. Their is no other guitar that has this much quality and is in this price range. It is a higher caliber then even higher priced guitars.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This thing is awesome!

      By jake conrad

      from Fleetwood, PA

      Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for almost two years now, and its never let me down. I keep mine tuned down to C, and its always in tune. Its great to look at, and alot of fun to play. Metal/Hardcore musicians should look no furthur than the ESP/LTD EC-1000 deluxe.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow!!!!

      By Mark

      from KY

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

        Wow!!! Great playing guitar. Great action, very low fret buzz, great pick ups. I think this is the best value that is out there right now.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best guitar I have ever owned

        By mil182

        from Chicago

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        Pros

        • Comfy
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics
        • Stays in tune

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

          I purchased this guitar over 2 years ago and can hands down say that this is the best guitar I have ever owned. I have many guitars and have played just about everything under the sun but for me I need an ax that is versatile and a work horse.

          This is my go-to number one guitar. I have used it for live performances and it has never let me know. I also use it to record.

          It plays amazing, I love the neck and the fingerboard and what is amazing is that it stays in tune so well! I have gone from standard to dropped tunings all the way down to A to open tunings and this thing keeps in tune no matter what!

          The sound is great as well. Very full with great harmonic response. and You can always change the pickups.

          I also love how light it is and the strat style contour and thin body make it super comfortable and no tone is sacrificed!

          the finish is also very nice and quality!

          Bottom line is that this is the best bang for your buck. It beats out gibson les pauls that are more expensive! This is my go to guitar and my workhorse and I would buy 10 more of them!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Depends what you want it for...

          By VersatilityIsNumber1

          from Lancaster PA

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          Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

          Please hear me... this is NOT a bad guitar. It is actually quite well made, and frankly destroys Gibson LPs below the Traditional trimline. Even up a against a Standard, it is comparable from my experience.What you must be aware of is the sound - it is not a traditional LP sounding guitar. Obviously if you get the EMG loaded one you know that and are OK with that. But the Duncan loaded guitar (amberburst) looks like it could easily be a good LP knockoff... and it isn't.The issue with this guitar is the weight. It lacks the warmth and singing sustain that has made the LP legendary. By cutting down on the weight and the mass of the guitar, they have made the tone brighter and more SG-like.That is not a bad thing, if you know what you are getting. But if you are thinking "LP heaven", you are mistaken. I got mine used from a friend on the cheap, and sometimes use it as a backup now, but it falls behind my modified Epiphone, and way behind my Agile AL-3100, in terms of traditional LP sound and vibe. If you want a traditional LP sound, you must learn to deal with the 10, 12, and even 14 lb beasts that they are.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a Guitar!

          By Basem Salama

          from Australia

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          Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

          I got the Amber Sunburst, Flamed Maple version with the serymour duncans and its amazing! feels great ( MAYBE a little too still around the neck) sounds great with the serymours which handel a wide range of playing styles.cant wait to get my new stack connected to this bad boy.if you're on the wire - Get this. you will not regret!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good guitar for the money

          By DS Guitarist

          from Boise, ID

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          Pros

          • Good Action
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • No Strap Locks

          Best Uses

          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

          I have 2, a STBC & a VB. build quality is great. The guitar will hold its tuning well in varying conditions. After set up I haven't had to make any trus rod adjustments even with the relatively low action I play with. No fret buzz either. The guitar is light in comparison to my LP. Tone is what you would expect for a set of EMGs. Overall the guitar is versatile enough to play every thing from blues to metal.

          My biggest gripe about the guitar and this holds true with most brands. No strap locks on the guitar stock.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          really sweet guitar

          By Mutanthoover

          from Waukesha, WI

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

            This is a very nice guitar-the tone is great, it is very playable and also very nice to look at. Not as heavy as you might think. Pleased with the quality of workmanship-just changed the strings and it was ready to play. This is my first guitar with Seymour Duncan pickups-they are excellent and sound great played through a Marshall amp. One of those quintessential rock guitar sounds, IMHO.

            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            good for guys with small hands

            By shawn

            from fort bragg

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

              Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

              its a good guitar but if you have big hands I would steer away from this guitar. It had factory flaws in the binding as well

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar

              By gehenna

              from columbia, sc

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is great. The neck is good for people with small hands. Excellent price for craftsmanship and sound.

                (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Not 100% happy

                By Brandon

                from Mississippi

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                Pros

                • Good finish
                • Solid Distorted Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz
                • Lack Of Low End Sound
                • Weird Inlays

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

                I bought this guitar with the Duncan pickups. It is a beautiful guitar. However, I am disappointed that there is very weak bass in this guitar. I have had it professionally setup, so that is not an issue. Also, the extra jumbo frets are just too much. I knew I was taking a gamble, but it turns out that the huge frets just feel awkward. Lots of fret buzz, which has been eliminated by raising the action over factory specs. Another negative is all the stupid inlays on the neck. What a waste. That's the negative. The positives are the chunky distorted tone. It's a monster on heavy distortion and the finish is amazing. All in all, this is a decent guitar. We have to play what we can afford, I guess, and this will do just fine.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome Guitar

                By SIR CHEWIE

                from Madison, WI

                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 Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

                  I purchased my EC-1000 over 3 years ago, and this guitar is still playing like it was just purchased yesterday. After being dropped, drenched in sweat, and having beer spilled on it numerous times, she still rocks. Love the pickup selection on this guitar; the 81/60 combo is wonderful for metal and still sounds great for other genre's. Plays great.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great looking guitar.

                  By London

                  from Patterson, NY

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar was made with care. It's beautiful. This is my second ESP/LTD and this company make very good guitars. Materials are not cheap and the labor invested does show. I would recommend this piece to any guitar player.

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