ESP LTD Series Electrics to Debut at NAMM
(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-01-11)
On January 14, ESP will debut 10 new electric guitar models at the 2010 Winter NAMM show in California. The new models include two with the familiar Les Paul shape; one with modified Paul contours; several with humbuckers on a Strat-style body; two distressed Strat-style configurations, one with a Floyd Rose tremolo; an SG-style; and a couple of Firebird-like models that would be perfect for metal players. Here's a rundown:
ESP is showing six new models in the LTD Deluxe line. The LTD EC-1000 is being offered in 2010 with two new finishes: Silver Sunburst (SSB) and Metallic Gold (MGO). The guitars offer a comfortable single-cutaway mahogany body, and mahogany neck. The SSB model offers a 24-fret ebony fingerboard and EMG 81 (bridge) and EMG 60 (neck) active pickups, while the MGO model has a rosewood fingerboard and Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro pickups.
A completely redesigned version of the H-1001 and the new H-1001FR will also debut, and each has ESP’s “F Series” headstock style and black binding with abalone purfling. The H-1001 is available in Black (BLK) and See-Through Black Cherry (STBC) with flamed maple top. The H-1001FR, available in See-Through Black Cherry over quilted maple, includes a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo. Rounding out the updates to the LTD Deluxe line is a new finish for the MH-1000NT, now offered in See-Through Blue (STB).
The latest range of new LTD Standard Series models includes the 300 Series, which all use a neck-through-body or set neck design. New models include the FX-360, the H-351NT, the H-351FRB, the MH-327, and the Viper-300M. The FX-360 adds EMG active pickups and a new Padauk Brown Satin (PBS) finish. The new H-351FR is available in Black (BLK) and Snow White (SW) finishes, changes the former H-Series design to LTD’s F-Style headstock and includes a Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo, EMG active pickups, black pearl binding (Snow White model); white pearl binding (Black model). The H-351NT, with a setthrough neck, comes in See-Through Black Cherry (STBC) and See-Thru Black (STBLK) over a flamed maple top with black binding with abalone purfling. The new Viper-300M comes in a Vintage Brown Satin (VBS) finish with black nickel hardware, rosewood fingerboard and EMG pickups.
The MH-327 offers 27 frets, with a neck-thru-body design. A Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo is included as well as Seymour Duncan Hot Rail and Custom 5 pickups w/push-pull coil tap. Two finishes are available: Black (w/ White Pearl binding) and See-Through Red (STR) w/ White binding on a flamed maple top. Both models offer a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fingerboard.
When six strings aren't enough
The new 7-string MH-417 has a 25.5” scale mahogany body with a black satin finish. A maple neck, 24- fret rosewood fingerboard, Grover tuners, Earvana nut, TOM bridge with string thrubody design, and EMG active pickups complete this powerful guitar.
Supplementing the ESP line are the new ST-203 and ST-203FR guitars. Bopth offer distressed finishes: the ST-20 in Three-Tone Sunburst (3TB) with a rosewood fingerboard and three single-coil pickups; the ST-203FR comes in Black (BLK) with a maple fingerboard, and a Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo, a humbucker at the bridge and two single-coil pickups.
Xtone is now part of the LTD line
ESP has merged the X-tone hollow and semi-hollow bodies into the LTD line. The new LTD Xtone PD-1 Paramount Deluxe is a solid-body guitar that offers high-performance components such as EMG 81/60 pickups, a Set-Thru neck joint for ultimate access, a TonePros TOM bridge w/ string-thru-body design, black binding, abalone purfling, pearloid/abalone inlays, and a 24-fret neck. Three finishes are available: Black (BLK), Pearl White (PW) and See-Through Black Cherry (STBC) on a flamed maple top.
Compiled from a press release.