ESP LTD Deluxe SN-1000HT Fire Blast review

Who needs a Floyd Rose when you have a turbo-charged S-style with no limits like this?

ESP LTD Deluxe SN-1000HT Fire Blast
(Image: © ESP Guitars)

Guitar World Verdict

The ESP Guitars LTD Deluxe SN-1000HT Fire Blast is an absolute flamethrower of a Superstrat that defies any limitations in speed and sound.


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    Cutting cleans and tightly percussive high-gain tones.

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    Superb playability.

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    Top setup out of the box.

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    Quality hardware.


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    Nothing, but some might prefer a Floyd on a guitar like this.

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You've probably heard the saying, “The definition of ‘insanity’ is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” And while this notion is consistently true for many common-sense things, it appears this doesn’t apply to the insane amount of Superstrat designs being churned out year after year. 

Without sounding cynical, I’m always floored as to how electric guitar builders have been able to turn the idea of a Superstrat “over and over again” on its head with undeniably impressive results. This is very much how I felt upon seeing the LTD Deluxe SN-1000HT Fire Blast, part of ESP Guitars' “New for 2022” collection of instruments. 

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.