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2010 marked the 35th Anniversary of ESP guitars, quite possibly the most revered manufacturer of heavy metal guitars and basses. ESP and its LTD brand are the first stop for many heavy metal Bass Icons, including Tom Araya of Slayer and Jeff Walker of Carcass. ESP and LTD have also become the choice for a new generation of metal bassists such as Henkka T Blacksmith of Children of Bodom and Fred Leclercq of Dragonforce, proving that ESP is continuing its heritage as one of the best brand of instruments for heavy metal bassists. Consistently a best seller for ESP, the EC-1000 LTD Deluxe is built to rock. The Mahogany body and neck are robust yet very playable, while a set of EMG's (an 81 in the bridge and 60 at the neck) are incredibly clean at low volumes and nasty when cranked up. Addtional pro-grade highlights include rock-solid ESP Locking Tuners, TonePros bridge with stoptail, and an Earvana compensated nut to improve intonation.