ESP LTD EC-1007 Evertune BLK

7-String Electric Guitar

  • Body: Mahogany
  • Top: Maple
  • Set-in set-thru neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Macassar ebony
  • Neck profile: Thin U
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.5")
  • Radius: 400 mm
  • Nut width: 48 mm
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Pickups: Active EMG 81-7H (bridge) and EMG 60-7H (neck) humbuckers
  • Controls: 2x Volume and 1x Tone
  • 3-Way toggle switch
  • Black hardware
  • Grover machine heads
  • Evertune bridge (F model)
  • Strings: Daddario XL120-7 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.054)
  • Colour: Black
  • Suitable case: Article Nr. 250334 (not included)

Note: Thomann Guitar case single cut (Article Nr. 172299) does not fit!

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Further Information

Colour Black
Body Mahogany
Top Maple
Neck Mahogany
Fretboard Ebony
Frets 24
Scale 648 mm
Pickup System HH
Tremolo No
Incl. Case No
Incl. Gigbag No
4 Customer Ratings
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5 /5
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Excellent value for money
Excru, 19.09.2020
TL;DR
A beautifully resonant guitar with excellent sustain and balanced, full tone; the evertune bridge is fantastic; the pickups really are the only issue with this guitar for me.

Use: This is intended for live or for studio use. The evertune system has a lot to offer in either scenario. I play extreme metal.

Sound:

The guitar is very resonant; despite the evertune bridge, single notes and chords ring out for an exceptionally long time. I was concerned over anecdotes about the evertune system hampering sustain. However, it's simply not a problem here though. It sustains far longer than my neck-through big brass block original floyd guitar, for example. Overall the tone is balanced and full.

The EMG pickups are the reason for 4 stars. I've used various EMG's in past years, 707's in the early 2000's and several 6 string 81's and 85's over the years. All that I've owned previously have irritated me with their tendency for the internal op-amp to clip. These pickups take it to the next level. Maybe it's because of the extra signal and string mass from the low B, but it was never quite this bad on my 707's. They clip, horribly, and it sounds messy and ill defined, especially on distorted barre chords. I tried a fresh battery, still no better. Some claim you can alleviate this somewhat by lowering pickup height (contra to EMG's own reccomendations) or trying the 18v mod, but it's always there to some extent. Lowering the height too much leaves you with a tone reminiscent of a low output pickup in parallel which is certainly not desirable.

If you're used to EMG's and you don't mind the clipping this may not bother you. They (the 6 string versions at least) have been an industry standard in metal since the late 80's for good reason. Your mileage may vary. I see now though why the 81-7 especially has such a bad reputation. I had a pretty good Idea I'd be swapping them out either way, so no big deal to me.

Features:

The evertune bridge is fantastic. I can't speak highly enough of it. It does everything it claims to, and is actually really simple to use, having the simplest and easiest string height and intonation tweaking I've ever experienced. String changes are as quick as any hardtail; if you stick to the same string gauge, tuning up is actually way quicker. It's a real quality of life improvement.

The tuners are of good quality, smooth and accurate. I don't feel compelled to add locking tuners thanks to the evertune.

The guitar is all mahogany. It's listed here as having a maple cap. According to ESP, it does not. It's not really a big deal, but it's worth knowing.

The guitar comes strung with 9's as advertised. Not ideal for me, but swapping to 10's was easy enough with some evertune tweaking, which is very quick and nowhere near as painful as balancing and intonating a floyd for a new gauge.

Quality:

The fretwork is excellent, I'd say by far the best I have seen on a guitar of this price point. There's not a single sharp fret end; the ends are beautifully rounded and there are no dead frets, corrosion, loose frets or anything of the like.

The binding is also probably the best I've seen on a guitar of this price. It's far from perfect, with some visual imperfections and slight scuffs here and there, but they are only discernable with very close inspection. The rest of the finish is pretty much flawless, even around the neck-body join.

Action, neck relief and fretboard condition were all fine straight out of the box.
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Gabriel Gospodinov, 16.12.2019
I'm really satisfied with this guitar.
The tone is bright, full and clear. Great for big chords and string skipping. Playability is great too. The thin U shape neck feels really good and the quality of the instrument is surprisingly good for an LTD.
Evertune bridge is just incredible. It held the guitar in tune through out the whole shipping process. Setting the bridge to the desired tuning and tension is easy and it takes little to no time. For a touring musician or any other musician that is tired of tuning constantly, this bridge is an amazing thing to have.
I will definitely use this instrument as a main guitar for live and recording.


The only downsides are:
Weird noise from only the bridge pickup and really minor binding issues.

If you've never owned a guitar equipped with an Evertune bridge, you should know that in order to have the tuning stability, some sustain from the tone is sacrificed. However, its a minor tradeoff for what the bridge does.
The bridge can also function as a traditional bridge, allowing you to detune and have the 'traditional guitar sharp/flat notes'.

It's a great investment in my opinion.
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HDWK, 11.09.2019
Erstmal gleich zu Anfang: Die Stimmstabilität ist wie versprochen!
Nach wochenlangem Spielen musste ich sie kein einziges Mal nachstimmen.
Der Sound ist ebenfalls sehr gut, auch wenn er nicht ganz an eine Gibson LP Custom herankommt (ist aber fast schon Erbsenzählerei).
Ich habe zudem dickere tiefe Saiten aufgezogen, um die Gitarre auf Drop A runterzubringen. Eine 64er-Saite für das A ist allerdings das absolute Limit, was ohne Bohren noch reingeht ;-).
Bin insgesamt jedenfalls sehr zufrieden!
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