Customer center login

ESP LTD EC-1000 Vintage Black

Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
  • 3-Piece set-in neck: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla)
  • Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros)
  • 24 Frets
  • Fretboard inlays: Abalone flags
  • Tone Pros T3B-T & T1Z locking bridge
  • Binding
  • Pickups: Active EMG 81 & EMG 60 humbuckers
  • 1 Toggle switch
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Colour: Matte Black
No JavaScript? No Audio Samples! :-(

Audio Examples

 
0:00
  • Blues
  • Metal
  • Rock
  • Show less

Further Information

Colour Black
Body Mahogany
Top None
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 24
Scale 628 mm
Pickups HH
Tremolo None
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
132 Customer Ratings
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4.7 /5
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
Total
features
sound
quality
Solid Guitar
WarL1ghT, 26.05.2019
I've bought this guitar because i needed a solid and good sounding axe to play with the band . And i've got to say , i'm not dissapointed at all , i'm actually very impressed

Pros:
- The Finish is incredible , it feels so good and you can sense the work that has been put into the instrument
- The Pickups are great , the output that they have is really good to play aggresive and punchy stuff , you can really work with the sound that this guitar offers . Me and my band are kind of a Heavy-Groovy Metal so if you're looking for a guitar to play similar stuff , this might be your way to go .
- The look of the guitar is awesome , really , It's a single cut with a matte finish and amazing decals on it , can't have anything against that

Cons:
- As you'd expect a Les Paul guitar to be , it's a bit heavy , not too bad though , so don't worry thinking it's weighting like a tank , but it's just a bit heavier than your regular standard style guitar
- I find that it's going out of tune regularly , i can't say if it's the lock-in tuners , or maybe i should've tighten the screws of the tuning keys tighter , i can't tell why is that , but it's not a tragedy considering it's not a floyd rose guitar neither a guitar with EverTune Bridge to stay in tune really really good , so i can't say it's a horrible thing at all .

Overall :
This is a solid choice , you're getting awesome sound for an aggresive and metalish type of play , the look and the finish of the guitar is just marvelous , and the cons are not even things that are impossible to work with . I recommend this guitar to anyone that's looking for a crunchy , punchy and rich metal sound . Combining this with an awesome Head amp and Cab , it will be a beast !
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
THE metal Les Paul
snakeyay, 02.10.2020
EMGs, ESP - do I need to say more? If you are browsing for a guitar, you have probably already watched countless videos of pickup tone comparison, reviews, wood type, bridge type and all other guitar geekness you could come up with.

This guitar was ordered as a replacement to my first Thomann purchase, which was an EC-1000 but with Seymour Duncans in it. The pickups kinda need more "oomph" for my taste (I'm a big metal guy), so I have decided to go with EMGs. BUT, BUT - the first guitar did arrive damaged, and it seemed as though the finish started coming off and Thomann were ever-so-generous to actually take the blame (even though it cannot be confirmed, the guitar was upheld in Customs for 3 weeks), so they have agreed to fully refund me - and this is where this metal beast came through.

The ordeal was a nightmare, but it is finally over and this guitar, it is just utter perfection.

I've played on an Ibanez S470 with ZR Tremolo bridge and my hand placement needed heavy adjusting, but the playability, the everything is just freaking amazing.

Did the guitar come with some standard faults? Yeah - there is a "nibble" where it seems the finish kinda "gathered up" and there is a bubble, but I embrace it. There are chinks in the neck, although you cannot feel it when playing it - then again, it is wood, it is not plastic.

If you are looking for a metal machine with a heavy tone, EMGs and a proper modern Les Paul - look no further, this is the one.

One of the best purchases I have as of yet.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
GeorgeTailor, 20.07.2020
This is probably the best guitar you can get for such price.
The finish of the guitar is amazing, looks gorgeous and feels nice. The back of the neck is very easy to switch positions, it does not 'stick' to the hand.

Pros:
- sound is very aggressive and deep if you play with distortion;
- amazing look;
- amazing finish;
- feels very comfortable to play.

Cons:
- 'golden' paint wears off after a while, especially on the bridge where you rest your hand if you do a lot of palm muting;
- Neck nut is waay too high, depending on the strength with which you press you can alter the sound on a single fret even by a half tone! But you can always bring it to your local luthier or lower the nut yourself if you know how to do that.
- Kind of heavy.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
features
sound
quality
Amazing experience
13.12.2015
I have played it for one month, and I must say this is a super experience: very strong and heavy. It is very confortable when I press the string, easy handling, and you can perform diverse of heavy metal, together with Boss Metalcore and Marshall amplifier.
In general, this is one of the best choice, if you want a brilliant metal sound without paying too much.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Show variations of this product
ESP LTD EC-1000 Vintage Black
(132)
ESP LTD EC-1000 Vintage Black

Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, 3-Piece set-in neck: Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Fretboard: Ebony (Diospyros), 24 Frets, Fretboard inlays: Abalone flags, Tone Pros T3B-T & T1Z locking bridge,...

ESP LTD EC-1000QM STBC
(21)
ESP LTD EC-1000QM STBC

Electric Guitar Single cut, Set-in neck, Body: Mahogany, 3-Piece maple top, quilted, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Pau Ferro, Abalone "Flags" fretboard inlays, Hardware: Black, Tone Pros T3B-T & T1Z...

ESP LTD EC-1000 Black
(40)
ESP LTD EC-1000 Black

Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, Neck: Set-in 3-ply mahogany neck, Fretboard: Pau Ferro, Fretboard inlays: Abalone 'Flag', 24 Frets, Pickups: Active EMG 81 and EMG 60 humbuckers, 3-Way...

ESP LTD EC-1000FM Amber Sunburst
(43)
ESP LTD EC-1000FM Amber Sunburst

Electric Guitar Mahogany body, Flamed maple top, 3-Stripe glued mahogany neck, Pau Ferro fretboard, 24 Frets, Abalone 'Flag' fretboard inlays, White Abalone bindings, Pickups: Seymour...

ESP LTD EC-1000 Piezo QM STB
(5)
ESP LTD EC-1000 Piezo QM STB

Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, Top: Quilted maple, Neck: Set-in three-part mahogany, Fretboard: Pau ferro, Fretboard inlays: Abalone flags, Fretboard radius: 350 mm, Nut width: 42 mm, Scale: 629...

B-Stock from $865 available
$935
The shipping costs are calculated on the checkout page.
In stock within about one week
In stock within about one week

This item is expected back in stock soon and can then be shipped immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-20
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Online Guides
E-Guitars
E-Guitars
Electric guitars are ten a penny and nowadays there are at least as many models and makers to choose from.
Online Guides
Guitar Setups
Guitar Setups
The range of available guitars and amps has never been greater than it is today, and a huge variety of sounds are easily accessible.
 
 
 
 
 
test results:
* The prices shown exclude VAT and are valid as long as stocks last. Please click here for international shipping rates. Goods subject to custom declaration; customer fees to be paid on delivery if applicable. We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind. All invoices will be issued in USD.