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ESP 2022 Phase 1

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I love ESP as a guitar brand, and the company has just announced its Phase 1 for 2022, which entails the release of 43 new LTD models! So if you already like the brand, or are looking try your first one, you are going to love checking out some of these new releases!

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ESP – Phase 1

Like I said in the introduction, I really do love ESP as a guitar brand. One reason for that is that whether it is a Japanese or USA Custom Shop high-end model, a Standard ESP / E-II model, or one of the LTD ranges, quality across all ranges is always superb. ESP simply makes great guitars. Phase 1 for 2022 has been announced, and contains a whopping 43 new LTD and LTD Deluxe guitars. We already covered the LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo signature model, but that still leaves a lot for us to check out.

ESP James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo

ESP LTD James Hetfield Snakebyte Camo

F Series LTD Deluxe F-1001

The LTD Deluxe F-1001 comes in a Violet Andromeda Satin finish. This model has a set-through, extra-thin maple neck, 24 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets, a Floyd Rose 1000SE bridge with upgraded stainless steel screws, and a single direct-mount EMG 81TW pickup.

F Series LTD Deluxe F-1001

F Series LTD Deluxe F-1001

ESP LTD SN Series

Four new ESP LTD SN Series models are on offer: the Deluxe SN-1000 EverTune, Deluxe SN-1007 Baritone, Deluxe SN-1000HT and Deluxe SN-1000FR with scalloped 17-24 frets. This gives you a choice of either the EverTune, Floyd Rose or a rock solid Hipshot hardtail bridge.

ESP LTD SN Series

ESP LTD SN Series

Pickups available for these models include the Seymour Duncan Hot Strat single-coils, with Pegasus humbucker, or a set of Fishman Fluence Modern pickups and Fishman Fluence Single Width pickup. All models have roasted maple necks for added stability.

ESP LTD SN Series

ESP LTD Deluxe SN-1000FR with scalloped 17-24 frets

ESP LTD TE Series

The new T-style ESP LTD TE Series includes the Deluxe TE-1000 model, with stainless steel frets, a Hipshot hardtail bridge and a set of Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers.

ESP LTD TE Series

ESP LTD TE Series

Then there are the other two more affordable TE-200 and TE-201 models on offer as well. Both are string-through-body hardtail guitars. The TE-200 comes with a set of ESP LH-150 pickups, while the TE-201 sports a single ESP LH-150B humbucker.

LTD Deluxe TE-1000 with Hipshit hardtail bridge

LTD Deluxe TE-1000 with Hipshot hardtail bridge

ESP LTD M and MH Series

The Deluxe M-1000 has a Floyd Rose 1000SE and a set of Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers, while the Deluxe M-100NT features a TonePros locking TOM bridge and an EMG 81TW. Then there is the Deluxe MH-1000 Baritone which has EMGs and TonePros hardware, and the Deluxe MH-1000, which has a quilted maple top and a Floyd Rose, and comes in a Black Ocean finish. There is also a wallet friendly M-201 feauring a hardtail bridge and a coil-splitting ESP LH-150B pickup.

LTD Deluxe M-1000 with Floyd Rose and Fushman pickups

LTD Deluxe M-1000 with Floyd Rose and Fishman pickups

Deluxe MH-1000, with a quilted maple top, Black Ocean finish and Floyd Rose.

Deluxe MH-1000, with a quilted maple top, Black Ocean finish and Floyd Rose.

ESP LTD EC Series

The singlecut shaped ESP LTD EC Series has always been popular among players. For 2022, we have seven new EC models on offer. They cover many bases, and include the standout 27”-scale LTD Deluxe EC-1000 Baritone with 24 stainless steel frets and a set of Fishman Fluence pickups.

There are also three Deluxe EC-1000T CTM guitars with TonePro locking bridges, extra-jumbo stainless steel frets, a  full-thickness mahogany body, and available in a choice of tops. You can get these with Fishman Fluence Open Core Classic pickups as well.

Then there is the See Thru Purple Sunburst Deluxe EC-1000 with EMG humbuckers, and the wallet friendly LTD EC-201 with a single ESP LH-150B humbucker and a push/pull coil-splitting volume knob. You can also opt for the higher-end EverTune bridge-loaded Deluxe EC-1000T CTM EverTune.

ESP LTD EC Series

ESP LTD EC Series

ESP LTD Viper Series

The ever-popular ESP LTD Viper Series gets the Deluxe Viper-1000 Baritone, Deluxe Viper-1000 EverTune and Deluxe Viper-1000M models. Available with either EverTune or TonePros locking TOM bridges, and a set of Fishman Fluence Open Core or EMG humbuckers.

ESP LTD Viper Series

ESP LTD Viper Series

With the baritone model you get a 27”-scale, 24 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets, a TonePros locking TOM bridge and a set of EMG 60TW-R and EMG 81 pickups.

ESP LTD Viper Series

ESP LTD Viper Series Deluxe Viper-1000M

ESP LTD H and H3 Series

The ESP LTD H and H3 Series comprises of the LTD Deluxe H-1000 EverTune, which has an EverTune bridge, 24 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets, and a set of Fishman Fluence Modern humbuckers. Then you have three H3 models, which include the See Thru Black Cherry LTD Deluxe H3-1000, and the Deluxe H3-1000FR, with either a TonePros locking TOM bridge or the Floyd Rose 1000SE locking trem.

The H3-1000 has the Seymour Duncan Sentient neck humbucker and Pegasus bridge pickup, while the H3-1000FR comes fitted with EMGs instead. The seven-string Deluxe H3-1007 Baritone has a 27”-scale length, a flamed maple top, and is loaded with the Seymour Duncan Sentient neck humbucker and Pegasus bridge pickup.

LTD Deluxe H-1000 EverTune

LTD Deluxe H-1000 EverTune

See Thru Black Cherry LTD Deluxe H3-1000

See Thru Black Cherry LTD Deluxe H3-1000

ESP LTD ’87 Series

The ESP LTD ’87 Series consists of the LTD M-1 Custom ‘87, which comes in either Dark Metallic Purple or Metallic Gold. Then you have the LTD Mirage Deluxe ‘87  available in either a Snow White or a Metallic Gold finish.

LTD Mirage Deluxe ‘87

LTD Mirage Deluxe ‘87 Metallic Gold

ESP LTD Arrow Series

There are four new versions in the ESP LTD Arrow Series for this year. Each one has a compound radius fingerboard, neck-thru design and a set of the Fishman Fluence Modern active humbuckers. With options for Floyd Rose 1000SE, TonePros TOM, and EverTune bridges, so something for everyone, if you like a V-style instrument.

ESP LTD Arrow Series

ESP LTD Arrow Series

ESP LTD EX Series

There are two of these, with the first you are getting a seven-string EX-7 Baritone Black Metal loaded with a 27”-scale length, ebony fretboard, a set-thru maple neck, and a TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece. Then there’s the LTD EX-201 which is an affordable single pickup model fitted with the coil-splittable ESP LH-150B humbucker.

ESP LTD EX Series

ESP LTD EX Series

ESP LTD Phoenix Series

Three new Phoenix models are in this year’s release. The Phoenix-7 Baritone Black Metal with seven-strings and a 27”-scale length, or the Deluxe Phoenix-1000 EverTune and Deluxe Phoenix-1000, each with neck-thru body construction. You have a choice of either an EverTune constant tension or TonePros locking TOM bridge, plus a choice of Fishman Fluence Modern or Seymour Duncan Phat Cat/Custom pickups.

LTD Deluxe Phoenix-1000 EverTune

LTD Deluxe Phoenix-1000 EverTune

ESP LTD TL-6

Finally, there is the ‘spangle-tastic’ ESP LTD TL-6 in an eye-catching Purple Spark Burst finish. This one is a a chambered transducer electric guitar with a GraphTech NuBone-XB nut and saddle, and the Fishman Sonicore pickup and TL-3 preamp one board.

ESP LTD TL-6 

ESP LTD TL-6 with Fishman Sonicore pickup and TL-3 preamp

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