ESP LTD Deluxe EC1000 Ultimate Review 2023

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Review

The ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 is a versatile hard rock guitar capable of many different sounds and tones! With the Les Paul body, fantastic hardware, and electronics, this guitar is stylish. It’s a contender among the guitar masses!

Focused more on hard rock and metal music, this guitar can still obtain lower gain sounds. It’s all thanks to the split coil option that it’s designed with. ESP has an amazing guitar offering here for many different play styles.

In this review, we are going to take it through its paces and find out what it’s great for and not so good at.

ESP LTD EC-1000 Specifications

  • Solid Mahogany Body
  • Eclipse Body Shape
  • Thin U Neck Shape
  • Macassar Ebony Finger Board
  • 25″ scale and 24 Jumbo Frets
  • EMG Humbucker Pickups
  • Great Hardware

Who Is this Guitar For?

This stylish, well-made Les Paul rock machine is aimed at players who like heavier music. Metal and hard rock are easy with this guitar. It’s why players like Kirk Hammett of Metallica have used them for so many years.

Their set neck design and high-output pickups are the perfect combinations. It will provide massive sustain and a throaty, aggressive tone. All this while still being very affordable. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or have been playing for a long time. This is the perfect way to get into a great-looking electric guitar with a unique voice.

PROS

  • Nice materials and solid design
  • Many Great rock and metal sounds
  • Very fun and easy to play
  • The hardware is of good quality
  • Choose from many colors

CONS

  • Some players have mentioned that a set-up was required
  • Frets ends could have been smoother
ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Guitar Review

Guitar Body

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Body Rear

The ESP LTD Deluxe mahogany body resembles the Les Paul, but is called an Eclipse body shape by ESP. There are a few different colors to choose from and so you can get the one that best suits you and your style.

Each of the different colors looks excellent and is sure to turn a few heads. The solid mahogany provides a warm tone and wicked sustain when you really want it! And even though it’s made of mahogany, it only weighs 9.5 pounds, which is quite comfortable.

Like all LP body shapes, the cutaway is vital to the performance of the guitar type. It would not be as versatile without it, so we are happy to report that ESP has you covered.

Another great feature is the contours along the edge of the body, this makes it very comfortable. It’s then decorated beautifully by a great binding around the outer edges of the guitar body.

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 neck

Neck

The ESP LTD EC-1000 has a mahogany set neck design. This means that the neck is glued and fastened into the body and cannot be removed like a bolt-on. The benefit to this is a sustain monster and great sound! It also means there is no bulky joint on the rear of the guitar where the neck and body meet.

This also provides the incredible resonance and a very solid feeling guitar. The fretboard material is Macassar Ebony, which has a 24.75″ scale and 24 jumbo frets. The frets were not overly sharp or uncomfortable, but the edges could be polished a bit better.

The neck width is 1.65″ making it incredibly easy to play very fast! The U shape profile just adds to the playability and comfort. Finger Board inlays are great-looking and standard LTD flags.

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Hardware

Hardware

The EC-1000 is loaded with a pair of EMG humbuckers that growl on command. They are great pickups and do well on this guitar. The guitar’s controls are a master tone and 2 volume knobs, as well as a pickup selector switch. The clarity and aggression from this pickup set are awesome.

There is a 60 at the neck and an 81 at the bridge, which is a common pairing for hard rock or metal! The ESP locking tuners feel smooth and did a great job keeping things in tune. This is a pretty robust set of tuners that will last.

The ESP LTD EC-100 has a Tonepro’s Tune-o-Matic bridge and a stop bar fully adjustable tailpiece. So it’s important to keep in mind that there is no tremolo bridge on this guitar. The hardware is all gold and looks great!

Some players did complain that their output jack was a bit tight. They had to put some serious effort into plugging in their cable. But ours didn’t have that problem, and the cable was easy to plug in and remove.

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Electric Guitar

Sound

The pickups in the guitar are aggressive, raw, and brutal. Paired with the right amplifier, the sound you can get is quite phenomenal. Plugging it into a Mesa Boogie Badlander was the perfect blend of thickness and presence.

The pickups are well-balanced. In conjunction with the mahogany body and set neck, you can feel the tone in your hands. I cranked up the amp a bit and had a very tight bass response. But the highs were still very present and were enough to add that bite I desired.

The cleans were quite the same. A well-balanced sound with highs that were still pretty pristine. I had set the amp’s controls to noon, but had to add a slight bit of treble to get where I wanted in the end. But I was very happy with the way this guitar sounded.

Feel and Play Ability

If you’re digging in and looking for some thick rhythms with good attack, you’re covered. Need some seriously fast leads? That is here too!

The sustain and resonance from this guitar is so much fun. It has the right drive and growl to actually feel it coming alive in your hands. The frets are nice and tall, making it easy to bend and really feel the music. The action on the guitar was also set just right, which made it easy to get around the neck quickly and was fun to play.

Great guitar for the money and a ton of fun!

Will It Be Reliable?

After playing this guitar for a few weeks, I have come to a conclusion. My opinion on what I think about the reliability of this guitar. The set neck design and solid mahogany body are very durable and feel rigid. Even bumping it and dropping it on the ground didn’t disrupt the integrity of the guitar.

The hardware all functioned as it should and there were no funny noises when using the controls. It stayed in tune and didn’t present any issues with intonation. I also found the neck to be straight with good action, which made it easy to play.

I believe the EC-1000 will be reliable for both the gigging musician and the weekend warrior. It held up well and felt great.

  • Build Quality: 4.5/5
  • Tuning Stability: 4/5
  • Electronics: 4/5
  • Paint and Finish Durability: 4/5

Other Guitars to Consider: Alternatives

If the EC-1000 isn’t quite your thing, there are a few guitars. They are different enough to possibly be a better fit.

Jackson Pro Series DK2

jackson dk2

If metal and hard rock are your thing, then the Dinky DK2 by Jackson might be your guitar. Loaded with Seymour Duncan pickups that are versatile and articulate. This guitar is a metal machine. The neck is easy to play and perfect for shredding, but wide enough for comfortable chord work.

You also have a great Floyd Rose bridge and locking nut to keep tuning accuracy.


ESP LTD MH-203QM

ESP LTD MH-203QM

Another product by ESP, it’s more affordable and has a different configuration. The ESP LTD MH-203QM comes with a Floyd rose bridge and locking nut, it also has a different body shape. It, too, is a guitar that does metal extremely well and is truly designed for rhythm and lead playing.

The ESP LTD MH-203QM is made for beginner or intermediate players who want to give this music style a try. It sounds good, plays well, and is a great guitar to try your hand at some shredding or more aggressive tones.


Final Thoughts

The ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 is a beautiful-looking guitar that is loaded with amazing parts!

The EMG pickups and mahogany body just sound amazing. The versatility of this guitar is right on par, offering strength in any genre, from rock to metal. Cleans are a breeze here as well and sound great, full, and chime.

The fretboard is smooth and comfortable and was great for fast playing thanks to the low action. The guitar held tune with no problem.

ESP makes some great guitars and has done so for many years. Their expertise really shows in this guitar. The quality components they include always seem to raise the bar. They strive for excellence even at a lower price point.

I mean you’re still going to drop a few hundred bucks, but for what you are getting here, it’s well worth it!


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