ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000T CTM review

This classy modern update on the classic solidbody singlecut welcomes multi-voice Fishman humbuckers to the party

ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000T CTM
(Image: © ESP Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

With its “just right” combination of classic and contemporary features, the LTD EC-1000T CTM is a versatile solidbody that combines classic looks with modern playability, comfort and expanded tonal variety.


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    Classic looks and modern feel.

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    Versatile set of tones.

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    Very playable.


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The classic LP-style single-cutaway, dual-humbucker, mahogany-with-maple-cap solidbody design was introduced nearly 70 years ago, which has given guitar builders a lot of time to come up with refinements and modifications. 

The challenge with updating such a beloved classic is finding the right balance between traditional features that players consider essential and modern upgrades that many of today’s guitarists prefer. LTD strives to do exactly that with the EC-1000T, which is designed to satisfy even the most Goldilocks-like players by offering a blend of classic looks and specs with enhanced playability and versatile electronics.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.