ESP Guitars (Summer NAMM booth 1232) announced two new LTD Deluxe “1000 Series” guitars at Summer NAMM 2015. The new models are the EC-1000 KOA and the M-1000 KOA, and they make use of exotic Hawaiian koa wood tops.
The new koa models will have limited availability through select ESP dealers and international distributors.
“Koa is a beautiful tonewood that is as well known for its distinctive look as its articulate effect on a guitar’s sound,” says says ESP president and CEO Matt Masciandaro. “We’re happy to offer a new choice to ESP customers with these three new LTD Deluxe guitars.”
Koa is native to the Hawaiian Islands, and has a well-deserved reputation for its recognizable grain pattern and natural reddish tint as well as its balanced sound, adding brightness to tone without taking away from a guitar’s warmth.
The LTD EC-1000 KOA provides a koa veneer top on a mahogany body, with set-through construction at 24.75” scale. It offers a 5-piece mahogany/bubinga thin U-shaped neck with a 24-fret ebony fingerboard, and black hardware. It includes a set of Seymour Duncan Custom 5 (neck) and Jazz (bridge) pickups.
The M-1000 KOA adds a koa veneer top on to its mahogany body, with neck-through-body construction at 25.5” scale. Its 5-piece maple/bubinga neck has an ebony fingerboard with 24 extra jumbo frets, and adds a Floyd Rose tremolo as well as DiMarzio ST-2 custom passive pickups.
More information on the new LTD koa wood models is available on the ESP Guitars website at espguitars.com.