Friday, January 18, 2013

LTD Elite Line Models From ESP

Introducing LTD Elite

A whole new range of ESP guitars and basses coming in 2013, Made in Japan

ESP is one company that listens to their customers.  One of the major issues ESP/LTD fans have been having over the years is that there are many people who would love to own as ESP, but simply can't justify the cost of a high-end instrument.  ESP's LTD product line is a more affordable alternative that offers guitars and basses of good quality without with the hefty price ticket.  The development of a more affordable product line in itself proves that ESP listens to their customers.

However, it seems that there are a group of people who found themselves wedged right in the middle. Many of these players were experienced musicians with high expectations of performance in their guitar or bass, but still werenʼt able to include an ESP in their budget. For those people, and anyone else who feels theyʼre ready for a supremely well-made instrument that sounds and plays as good as it looks, ESP has introdced the new LTD Elite range of guitars and basses.

Made in Japan by ESP Luthiers

Unlike other LTD models that are manufactured in Indonesia and Korea, the LTD Elite line is made in Japan at the same manufacturing facility as the rest of ESP's high-end models.   In fact, the makers of ESP's critically acclaimed ESP Standard Series are those who are making the LTD Elite line.  

Products are being released at NAMM 2013

While you're waiting for their release, please take a look at pictures from the LTD Elite line:

The LTD ELITE ST-1 (Duncan) and LTD ELITE ST-1 (EMG) both employ bolt-on construction at 25.5” scale, and have alder bodies with natural binding. These guitars feature high-end appointments including quilted maple tops, Gotoh tuners, and Floyd Rose bridges. The ST-1 (Duncan) comes with Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and Classic Stack Plus (middle and neck) pickups, a maple fingerboard, chrome hardware, and choices of Aqua Marine and See Thru Black Cherry finishes. The ST-1 (EMG) offers EMG 81 (bridge) and SA (middle and neck) active pickups, with rosewood fingerboard, black hardware and a See Thru Black finish

The LTD ELITE ECLIPSE-I (DUNCAN) and LTD ELITE ECLIPSE-I (EMG) are classic single-cutaway shapes with set-neck construction at 24.75” scale. Both guitars have mahogany bodies with flamed maple tops, and mahogany necks with rosewood fingerboards. They also include Gotoh Magnum Lock tuners and Gotoh TOM bridges and tailpieces. The ECLIPSE-I (DUNCAN) employs Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and ʼ59 (neck) pickups, 22XJ frets, and has nickel hardware with choices of Tobacco Sunburst and Cherry Sunburst finishes. The ECLIPSE-I (EMG) offers NEW EMG 57 (bridge) and 66 (neck) brushed steel active pickups, 24XJ frets, and black hardware in a See Thru Black finish.

The LTD ELITE HORIZON-III NT and LTD ELITE HORIZON-III FR have neck-throughbody construction at 25.5” scale, with alder bodies and flamed maple tops, and maple necks with ebony fingerboards. Both guitars feature Seymour Duncan Custom-5 (bridge) and Jazz (neck) pickups. The HORIZON-III NT comes with a Gotoh TOM bridge in Reindeer Blue finish, while the HORIZON-III FR includes a Floyd Rose bridge and See Thru Black finish. 

The LTD ELITE M-II also has neck-through-body construction at 25.5” scale, an alder body, and flamed maple top with maple neck and ebony fingerboard. It includes black hardware including Gotoh tuners and Floyd Rose bridge, and features an EMG 81 active pickup set. The ELITE M-II is offered in See Thru Black and Amber Cherry Sunburst finishes.

 ESP is more than just a guitar company. Our basses have been put into use by some of the worldʼs finest players in every genre of music. The LTD Elite series will include basses from the start. The LTD ELITE J-4 and LTD ELITE J-5 are premier quality instruments that offer bolt-on construction at 34” scale, and have chambered ash bodies with quilted maple tops, chrome hardware, and finishes in See Thru Black and Amber. The ELITE J-4 is a 4-string bass with Gotoh tuners, a Gotoh bridge with stringthrough- body option, Seymour Duncan SJB-1 Vintage pickups with ESP KH-1 2-Band EQ. The ELITE-J-5 includes a Gotoh bridge with string-through-body option, and Seymour Duncan SJ-5 67-70 pickups, also with the ESP KH-1 2-Band EQ


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