ESP harkens back to its roots with the LTD 87’ series

These Seymour Duncan-equipped guitars are conduits of classic metal.

ESP 87 series

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ESP Guitars has launched the LTD ‘87 Series, a line up of electric guitar that recreate and pay homage to the brand’s mid-’80s instrument models. The series includes: the LTD Mirage Deluxe ’87, LTD M-1 Custom ’87 and the LTD Eclipse ’87.

LTD Mirage Deluxe ‘87

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This pastel shred-machine features an alder body paired to an extra thin, three-piece U-shaped maple neck. It comes equipped with two Seymour Duncan pickups: a Hot Rail single coil in the neck, and a Distortion TB-6 humbucker – with original style bobbins – in the bridge. In the control section, there’s a master volume knob, a push-pull tone knob to coil-split the humbucker and a three-way pickup selector. Other appointments include a Floyd Rose 1000 for dive bombing action, and all-black hardware.

The LTD Mirage Deluxe ‘87 comes finished in either pearl pink or turquoise. See the guitar in action here.

LTD Eclipse ‘87

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Like the original ESP Eclipse, the LTD Eclipse ‘87 is based on the TE archtop shape. This model sports a mahogany body, a three-piece maple neck and Macassar ebony fingerboard. It comes loaded with a set of Seymour Duncan humbuckers, a ‘59 in the neck and a JB in the bridge. Both humbuckers can be coil-split by two push-pull volume and tone knobs in the control section, which is completed with a three-way switch.

The LTD Eclipse ‘87 is offered in two versions: tremolo or non-tremolo. The former is equipped with a Floyd Rose 1000 and comes finished in either Black and Pearl White finish; the latter makes use of a Tonepros locking TOM bridge and tailpiece, and is available in pearl white or turquoise. See a demonstration of the non-tremolo version here.

LTD M-1 Custom ‘87

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This one-humbucker beast recreates the original M-1 guitars models from ESP, and features a neck-thru body construction for high fret accessibility. The LTD M-1 Custom ‘87 combines an alder body with a smooth-playing U-shaped maple neck. For greater tone variety, Its single Seymour Duncan Distortion TB-6 humbucker can be coil-split with the push-pull volume knob. For just an “extra push of raw power,” the mounted-on EMG PA-2 boost switch can be engaged to top off guitar outputs with up to 20dB of boost.

The LTD M-1 Custom ‘87 comes finished in either Black, Dark Metallic Blue or Candy Apple Red. Check out how it sounds, here.

Learn more about ESP’s LTD 87′ series here.

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