Guitars in the LTD EC-1000 Series are designed to offer the tone, feel, looks, and quality that working professional musicians need in an instrument, along with the pricing that typical musicians can still afford. The EC-1000 VB is consistently one of the most popular guitars due to its combination of incredible looks and great performance. It offers a vintage looking body/neck/headstock binding and gold hardware, and includes premier components like LTD locking tuners, a Tonepros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and the aggressive punch of active EMG 81/60 pickups. It also offers set-thru construction with a mahogany body, 3 pc. mahogany neck, and 24-fret Macassar ebony fingerboard. Available in Vintage Black finish.
Got one of these a few months ago from my local shop. They had to special order it and it came in a few weeks later. They took the time to set it up and handed it over. There were quite a few flaws in the guitar. Rough frets, a chipped and filled inlay and uneven banding. Play wise it was much worse. Heavy buzzing everywhere on the fret board primarily on the A string, and the action was much higher than your usual esp. I took it back and they changed out the string and tweaked it again. Again still buzzing everywhere. I checked the frets for level and they were all over the place. Brought it back and they explained "that's just how it is" and tried to blame the buzz on my playing. I own 2 Korean made LTD's from early 2000'sthat play with much lower action and don't play like this.
They ended up refunding be because, in their words, couldn't make me happy. There is no reason a guitar of this price should have been in such poor playability at factory specs. This is one of my dream guitars, and the whole process was a nightmare. Quality seems to have really gone down with the ltd line now that they are in Indonesia.
If you have the classic EMGs (which those do look like, probably 81, 85) then they are NOT splittable! Just pure fire breathing and beautiful clean tones. IF you are interested in splitting your EMG's for that single coil sound then look in to getting a set of EMG X, the beauty of EMGs is how truly simply they are to swap out thanks to the connecters they have patented. If you can plug in an ethernet cable to a computer then you can swap these pickups, trust me it's worth doing yourself. Hope this was of some help, absolutely gorgeous guitar and I'm a superstrat fella myself.
I've had this guitar for 10 years and it's still amazing to this day. Out of all my guitars this is my baby. I feel like this is one of the few guitars ESP has been producing the longest consecutively so its sucess is guaranteed (there are even two different pickup versions). That being said will you please make a version with a gold evertune bridge and a gold fishmans so you can take my money. Make a EC-1000VB ET please!
I have played Gibson for a long time , also played Fender . Never really thought of ESP , a good friend of mine told me I should check them out , got a LTD ec1000, satin black . I can’t put it down , getting rid of my Gibson V and getting another LTD. won’t play anything else . These guitars just feel right , perfect weight and neck is so nice to play . I’m hooked .