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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
William A.

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 . 

Brad M.

Absolutely love this guitar. Had mine for over a year, and it’s still in beauty shape. Intonation, neck are all perfect. 

I have a question, what kind of nut would I use to replace this? I hear about Fender style and Gibson and LP style…. What style of nut am I looking for?

Darrell D.

Too bad the gloss black with pearl inlays only comes with Active pickups. I think all ec1000s should be purchased with either duncans or EMGs. Would have a lot more buyers. Thats the only reason I havent purchased the gloss black, would have to change pickups $$$$$

George G.
  • Superb guitar.
  • The fit and finish is just perfect.
  • The Ebony fingerboard with the fat frets are a dream to play.
  • The EMG's growl like a stack of Marshalls.
  • The neck is superb handles and feels like a Stratocaster.
  • The Mahogany body is ergonomically sculptured for your body; in 70 years Gibson failed to figure that one out. Maybe that is why they went broke.
  • I have owned many Gibson Les Paul's over the years and I have slowly but surely sold them all because of guitars like this.
  • I am already thinking about buying another one.


I was trained as a physicist and Albert Einstein proved a very important theorem for guitar players the world over:

If the number of guitars you own is X, then what is the optimal number of guitars? Simple he said: + 1!


I have had this guitar for ten years plus!! Absolutely love it. The only I changed about it were pickups. Which on any guitar in any model by any manufacturer, are the thing that can be changed the most. 


I made this YT video talking all about it with sound clips 

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