The ESP LTD EC-1000 Koa Electric Guitar in Natural delivers the exquisite tones, playing feel, looks, and build quality we've come to expect from the team at ESP, at a price that every guitarist can take advantage of. The superior craftsmanship of these models makes them perfect for working professionals who demand reliability alongside premium appointments.
The single-cutaway body profile of the ESP LTD EC-1000 Koa is instantly recognisable, and feels great in the hands to inspire a confident playing experience. As you'd expect with an EC-1000 series model, the body is crafted to the highest standards of quality. The body is built using solid and reliable mahogany, which gives this beauty a weighty mid to low-end energy. The addition of the figured Hawaiian koa top isn't just to create a pretty finish, but reinforces the warmth of the mahogany whilst offering a reassuring crispness and lightness. The natural gloss finish proudly displays the grain of the koa to ensure a striking visual aesthetic.
Set-Thru Neck Design
The neck construction technique employed on the EC-1000 Koa is ESP's set-thru method, which means the neck and body are joined used a tightly fitted joint combined with adhesive. The heel is then carved away, creating a closer fit as you hold the guitar against you as you play. The set-thru neck construction creates a tonally warmer character, which is emphasised by the five-piece mahogany/bubinga neck tonewoods. As well as a slimmer heel, the neck has been treated to a thin U profiles to create a fast playing feel along its generous 24.75-inch scale length.
Married to the neck is a luxurious ebony fingerboard, which is home to 24 XJ-frets with offset flag inlays. As with all EC-1000 series models, the playing feel of this beauty is solid yet responsive, giving you the freedom to run your fingers along confidently. The 350mm radius means that string bends can be performed smoothly, and making it very comfortable to roll your fingers around when performing elaborate and advanced technique.
Seymour Duncan Pickups
The EC-1000 Koa is equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups - SH-2 and SH-14 in the neck and bridge positions respectively. The SH-2 offers a clear and articulate tone that elevates licks and runs. Played clean the bright character of the tonewoods shines. Given a push with distortion, the SH-2 sparkles and sings with an enduring sustain. The SH-14 offers incredible clarity no matter how quiet or loud you set the volume level, which is excellent for both soloing or choppy rhythm playing.
The pickup combination offered means that you have a vast tonal arsenal to play with, making this model adaptable to any musical style you can imagine. Jazz purists, fusion players, country enthusiasts - pretty much everyone - will love the versatility and precise output offered by the SH-2 and SH-14. Control comes in the form of individual volume controls for each pickup, a master tone control, and a three-way pickup selector switch.
Fitted to the body is a TonePros locking tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece, which create a seamless connection between the strings and body to optimise intonation and sustain. Fitted to the headstock are LTD locking tuning machines, which uphold tuning integrity dutifully throughout each and every performance. All hardware is finished in black to complement the understated natural finish of the guitar and matching headstock.
The ESP LTD EC-1000 Koa Electric Guitar delivers everything you could want in a guitar: stunning good looks, sublime tonal palette, heavenly playing feel, solid and durable construction, and best of all, an affordable price tag. Whether you're a bedroom dreamer, a stadium filler, ESP build guitars to take on the world with, and the EC-1000 Koa is no exception to that rule.
Manufacturer ESP LTD Model EC-1000 Koa Electric Guitar Top Material Figured Hawaiian Koa Body Material Mahogany Neck Material 5-piece Mahogany/Bubinga Fingerboard Material Ebony Fingerboard Radius 350mm Nut Width 42mm Nut Type Moulded Neck Profile Thin U No. of Frets 24 XJ Hardware Colour Black Strap Button Standard Tuners LTD Locking Bridge Hard Tail Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM Bridge & Tailpiece Active/Passive Passive Pickup Configuration HH Pickups Neck: Seymour Duncan SH-2 Bridge: Seymour Duncan SH-14 Controls Neck Volume Bridge Volume Master Tone Pickup Switching 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickup Position 3. Neck Pickup Finish Natural Gloss
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