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ESP goes back to its roots with the launch of the LTD ’87 Series 2020

ESP LTD Mirage Deluxe '87 electric guitar
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ESP is now shipping the LTD ’87 Series of electric guitars, which faithfully recreate the instruments that established ESP as a world-leading guitar brand back in the mid-’80s.

The models’ finishes and features mirror the originals, and channel the rock and metal music of the era.

First up is the LTD Mirage Deluxe ’87, which comes in Pearl Pink and Turquoise finishes. It boasts a Floyd Rose 1000 tremolo, while pickups comprise a Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 (with original-style bobbins) and Seymour Duncan Hot Rail.

The LTD M-1 Custom ’87, meanwhile, is based on the original ESP M-1, and is available in Black, Dark Metallic Blue, and Candy Apple Red. It also features a Floyd Rose tremolo, as well as a single Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 pickup.

Nowadays, the Eclipse is synonymous with single-cut, but back in the day, the Eclipse was actually based on the TE outline - and that’s what the LTD Eclipse ’87 recreates for a new generation.

The guitar comes in a Floyd Rose tremolo version, in Black and Pearl White finishes, and a non-tremolo version, in Black and White finishes. Both come with the classic Seymour Duncan JB/’59 pickup set (with original-style bobbins).

Bassists will be pleased to hear the LTD Surveyor ’87 four-string bass also appears in the new range, available in Black and Pearl White finishes, and packing a Gotoh bridge and Seymour Duncan Vintage P/J pickup set.

“While ESP first got started in 1975 as a small repair shop in Tokyo, it was really toward the mid-’80s when our guitars and basses grabbed the attention of players around the world,” says Matt Masciandaro, president and CEO of the ESP Guitar Company.

“The new ’87 Series pays homage to those first instruments that made musicians sit up and realize that ESP was a noteworthy brand.”

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