ESP LTD EC-1000 in Metallic Gold Sunburst

The ESP take on a classic; vintage looks, vintage sounds, modern playability

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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 seductive Gold Top 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. An Ebony fretboard smooths the sound over 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 & Ebony ensemble.

Next up, the Nickel hardware, including a TonePros TOM bridge and tailpiece and locking tuners, are the finishing touches. Don’t be fooled by its old-school looks; this instrument is precise down to the finest detail.


  • Body: Mahogany
  • Neck: Mahogany, Set-in
  • Fretboard: Ebony
  • Frets: 24, XJ
  • Scale Length: 24.75 Inches (629mm)
  • Tuners: ESP
  • Bridge: TonePros
  • Headstock: ESP
  • Hardware: Nickel
  • EMG 60 Active Neck Pick-Up
  • EMG 81 Active Bridge Pick-Up
  • Electronics: 2 x volume, master tone
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