ESP LTD EC-1000 Custom Guitar in Black with Maple Neck

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Jed Van Wyngaardt

The LTD EC1000 is a staple of the ESP roster; arguably one of their most popular models. With this Maple board version, it’s easy to see why. With an eye-popping design and a combination of classic design appointments & crucial attention to detail, this instrument is a true standout.

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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 the classic single-cut vibe. What you may not notice by looking at the pictures is how thin this guitar is. It's designed to be easy to play and lightweight to hold without sacrificing that glorious Mahogany warmth that you know and love.

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

Hardware & Electronics

ESP have dual-loaded this fine guitar with EMG Active humbuckers. This mirrored combo offers a powerful modern output that's perfectly suited to metal and alt rock. Expect heaps of characterful saturated tone, perfectly accentuated by the Mahogany & Maple ensemble.

Next up, the Gold hardware, including a TonePros TOM bridge and tailpiece and locking tuners, are the finishing touches. 


  • Set neck construction
  • 24.75" scale length
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Maple Fingerboard
  • 13.75" radius (350 mm)
  • 1.65" nut width (42 mm)
  • Molded nut
  • Thin-U neck contour
  • 22 Extra-Jumbo frets
  • Gold hardware
  • ESP locking tuners
  • Tonepros Locking Tune-O-Matic Bridge & Tailpiece
  • EMG 60 Active Neck Pick-Up
  • EMG 81 Active Bridge Pick-Up
  • Bridge Volume, Neck Volume, Master Tone and three-way toggle controls
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