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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.

Construction Set-Thru
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ Stainless Steel
Hardware Color Gold
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU EMG 60
Bridge PU EMG 81
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N
Rob M.

just got this recently.  first esp/ltd i've ever owned.  will not be the last.  it is hard to believe this is a $1k guitar.  plays like a guitar 2-3x the price.  out of the box it was perfectly intonated, even when I changed to 10-52's.  no tuning issues at all.  frets were smooth.  lines are flawless.  weight and balance are perfect.  overall wow!!!  just wow!!!  i'm totally blown away.  I love the look too, kind of a cross between old school with a modern bite.  it's what drew me to this guitar.  just not into all the abalone binding.  plus the emg's are pure sonic mayhem.  some people criticize emg's, but I love them.  looks like the kids are going to be eating mac n cheese for a while.  dad needs another EC!!!


I dont think ESP has created a more popular production, non signature model than this guitar right here. This is the guitar I see every music store the most from ESP.

Todd B. ESP

Hi, yes these are very popular. Good simple combination of specs.

John H.

How can I replace the hardware on mine? I’ve tried contact customer service with no response. 

Todd B. ESP

Hi John, If you sent it recently it could be that our offices are closed on the weekends. I will pass this message to them again and ask them to respond to you. Please continue discussion with them.

Greg P.

I love my 1000vb which I've been playing hard for 6 yrs now. I would consider replacing it with the new version to get that contoured neck heel and  SS frets .... but wait...WHY NO SS FRETS??? 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Greg, Thanks for your comments and suggestions. All the newer models we have released have stainless.For now the older models continue to have the same build, but you will see more and more new models offered with stainless steel frets. Thanks again for letting us know what you are looking for.

Melchizedek J.

Since there's no serial number inscribed on the back of the headstock, how would i know the genuinity of this guitar. How would i know the one I have is an original or duplicate ?

Carl N.

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