ESP announces 16 new LTD guitars and bass models for 2021

A slew of models – not all of them sharp and pointy.

ESP has announced a wide selection of new guitar and bass models making up the first “phase” of its 2021 catalogue.

These first models offer fresh takes on some classic LTD models – though nothing from the more premium ESP front has been unveiled just yet. It’s likely we’ll see them show up in phase two.

EC-1000 models

LTD EC-1000T CTM (Tobacco Sunburst and Thru Black Cherry)

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This more classic take on the EC-1000 features a full-thickness body that’s chambered for weight relief. It offers two Fishman Open Core Classic humbuckers that route to push-pull control settings for added voicing options. You can find this guitar in either Tobacco Sunburst or Thru Black Cherry.

LTD EC-1000 EverTune BB

LTD EC 1000 BB
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The BB in its name refers to this model’s extra-thick metallic silver bold binding. Equipped for modern rock, this guitar fits an EMG 60TW-R in the neck and an EMG 81 humbucker in the bridge. The former can also be coil-split via a push-pull control. There’s also an EverTune bridge to keep things in tune.

LTD EC-1000 (Gold Andromeda)

LTD EC 1000 GA
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The EC-1000 Gold Andromeda sports an eye-catching iridescent finish that emits different hues when viewed from different angles. That gets paired against all gold hardware for an elegant look.

This model also features a set of Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers – alnico in the neck and ceramic in the bridge. Its premium features are completed with a push-pull voice selector and a TonePro locking bridge set.

Black Metal Series models

LTD EC-FR Black Metal


LTD EC FR Black Metal
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The EC-FR Black Metal divebombs deeper into metal territory with the addition of a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge. This model also comes outfitted with stainless steel frets, a single direct-mount Seymour Duncan Blackened Black Winter pickup, and a push-pull control on the volume knob for coil-splitting.

LTD F Black Metal

LTD F Black Metal
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As if it wasn’t metal enough, ESP’s extreme F-shape guitar now comes in a Black Metal Series edition. This guitar features a neck-thru-body design and an extra thin U-shaped neck for playing comfort. It offers a single EMG 81 active humbucker and an EMG TKO kill switch. Completing this guitar is a Floyd Rose 1000 bridge and TonePro locking tuners.

LTD Arrow-NT Black Metal

LTD Arrow Black Metal
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This sharp guitar gets the Black Metal treatment and features a host of shred-focused features. These include a TonePros locking bridge and string-thru-body design, stainless steel frets, as well as the active EMG 81 humbucker and TKO kill switch.

Bass models

LTD M-4 Black Metal

LTD M4 Black Metal
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The M series of bass guitars gains a new member in the M-4 Black Metal, a straightforward rock rhythm machine. This model features a slab body with a pointed inline headstock. It features a bolt-on design at 34-inch scale and offers a single direct-mount EMG 35CS at the bridge position. There’s also Grover tuners, a Gotoh bridge and stainless steel frets.

LTD Phoenix 1004

LTD Phoenix 1004
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The second bass introduced for 2021 is the Phoenix 1004, which is reminiscent of another classic bird from the school of rock bass design. This model is finished in a sleek black finish and offers EMG 35P4 and EMG35J humbuckers for greater tonal variety.

MH and H series models

LTD MH-1000 and MH-1007 EverTune

LTD MH 1000
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This guitar comes in two editions: the Dark Brown Sunburst edition comes equipped with EMG 60TW-R and EMG 81 pickups, while the Snow White edition has a set of Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers. Both employ EverTune constant tension bridge for improved tuning stability and feature Grover tuners and stainless steel frets. Meanwhile, the MH-1007 EverTune Snow White is the same model with a seven-string design.

LTD Deluxe H-1001

LTD H1001
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This guitar sports a striking Violet Andromeda Satin finish that could look blue, violet or green when viewed from different angles. The H-1001 offers a direct-mount Seymour Duncan Sentient humbucker in the neck and a Pegasus in the bridge with push-pull coil splitting talents. There’s also a Hipshot bridge with a string-thru design and stainless steel frets.

TE and PS-1 series models

TE-1000 EverTune KOA

LTD TE 1000 Koa
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This guitar highlights its attractive Hawaiian koa top by pairing it with a natural gloss finish. The TE-1000 EverTune Koa combines a classic look with modern metal-focused appointments. There’s an EMG 66TW active humbucker in the neck and an EMG 57 humbucker in the bridge. The former can also be coil-split for more tones on tap.

TE-1000 Black Blast

LTD TE 1000
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Of course, the TE-1000 also comes in black. As the name implies, this one sports a dramatic sandblasted finish for an intense look. That gets paired to a roasted maple neck with stainless steel frets. It offers a different set of pickups as well: a Seymour Duncan Sentient humbucker in the neck and a Pegasus in the bridge.

LTD Xtone PS-1 in Vintage White and Pearl Pink

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The more semi-hollow LTD Xtone PS-1 gets two new finishes for 2021, Vintage White and Pearl Pink. These versatile electrics sport mahogany bodies,maple necks and a set of high-output LH-150 humbuckers, designed in-house. According to ESP, these versatile instruments should cover genres from “metal to pop to indie to jazz to reggae to just about anything you want to do musically”.

SN1-HT and Arrow-1000


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The SN1-HT is another sandblasted electric that features a straightforward design and premium features. There’s a single Fishman Open Core Classic pickup with push-pull talents for accessing multiple voicings. The guitar also has a roasted maple neck with stainless steel frets and a Hipshot hardtail bridge with a string-thru design.


LTD Arrow 1000
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The LTD Deluxe Arrow-1000 now comes in a Candy Apple Red satin finish. This metal-focused machine features a neck-thru-body design, a Floyd Rose 1000SE bridge for dive bombing action and a set of active humbuckers: an EMG 85 in the neck and an EMG 81 in the bridge. There are also Grover tuners and 24 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets.

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