Guitar Review: ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000
This weeks review brings me to the crunch machine ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000. The first thing that caught my eye was the factory EMG pickups and quilted tops. The EC-1000 comes standard with EMG 81 and 60 pickups. The EC-1000 is very lightweight and comfortable in feel with its Mahogany body and Rosewood fret board. The metal given tone of this fine guitar will melt faces without melting your pocket book.
With its screaming high’s and deep mid’s and warm bass tones the EC-1000 will steal the show. Along with the amazing pickups, the EC-1000 houses a 24-3/4″ set neck with a thin U contour. The Rosewood fret board is sleek and fast to the touch. The EC-1000 come standard with 24 extra jumbo frets and abalone flag fret markers. The TonePros locking tune-O-matic bridge will keep you in tune through your entire set. Another unique feature of the axe is the 42mm Earvana compensated nut lending to the perfect tuning of this beastly instrument.
One unique detail about this guitar is with different colors you get different components. Such as Seymour Duncan JB/59s on the EC-1000 flame top. On the Black and Vintage models you will get gold hardware, yet on the amber burst you will get chrome hardware.
My over all opinion is the EC-1000 is a great metal, hard rock and classic rock guitar. It is very easy to play and feels great, however I would point out that due to the pickups you are limited in the variety of tones you are going to get. Don’t get me wrong I love EMG’s but certain EMG pickups are made specifically for metal playing such as the 81 and 60 models. Definitely a great rock guitar for a great price, but keep in mind that this guitar is made for metal and rock. Till next week, ‘keep on shredding.’