ESP LTD Series Electrics to Debut at NAMM

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-01-11)

ESP LTD Series Electrics to Debut at NAMM

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:

LTD Deluxe
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).

LTD Standard
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.

Classic shapes
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.

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