ESP LTD EC1000FM FR in Transparent Black

Locked and loaded with Floyd Rose System & Active EMG Pickups

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Sam Beattie

The LTD EC1000 is a staple of the ESP roster; arguably one of their most popular models. With the Flame Maple Floyd Rose version, it’s easy to see why. With a dark but lavish design and lethal specs, this seductive single-cut takes no prisoners.

Body & Neck

A Mahogany body is the natural tonewood accompaniment to this style of guitar. Plenty of resonant sustain and a hefty low-end, perfect for active EMGs. A Flamed Maple top is a double-whammy; it adds a sparkly top-end to your sound, and it looks pretty darn great too.

For the set-in neck, ESP have continued the Mahogany theme. This keeps the guitar well balanced and adds to the weighty sustain. A Rosewood fretboard smooths the sound over but helps accentuate the guitar’s attack – great for modern riffing and centre-stage lead parts.

Hardware & Electronics

Arguably the stars of the show are the pickups – something of a holy grail of cutting-edge rock/metal tone. We’re of course referring to the EMG 81 / 60 set of active pickups in the bridge and neck positions respectively. These ultra-high-output monstrosities provide heaps of punchy saturated tone, perfectly accentuated by the Mahogany, Maple and Rosewood ensemble.

Next up, ESP tuners and a Floyd Rose locking bridge equips you with the necessary tools to wail and dive-bomb to your heart’s content – without a care in the world. All the hardware is finished with a black nickel style. Add the Mother of Pearl detail around the body and neck, and you’ve got a real spellbinder of an instrument!


  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Flamed Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany, Slender U Profile, Set-in
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Frets: 24, Extra Jumbo
  • String Nut: 42mm, Locking Nut
  • Scale Length: 24.75 Inches (629mm)
  • Tuners: ESP
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000
  • Headstock: ESP
  • Hardware: Black Nickel
  • Pickups: 1x EMG 81 (Bridge), 1x EMG 60 (Neck) (Active Pickups)
  • Electronics: 1x Master Tone, 2x Volume (Bridge and Neck), 3-position Pickup Switch
  • Details: Mother-of-pearl
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