Tear up the stage with ESP’s LTD Viper-1000 EMG solidbody electric guitar! This wickedly aggressive double-cutaway guitar doesn’t just look mean, it sounds like an absolute beast. That’s because ESP stepped the tried-and-true metal guitar up a notch or two when they built this axe. first, they began with their ultra-cool all-mahogany Viper body style, which gives you lightweight comfort and warm fundamental tone. Next, they slapped on a set of EMG active humbuckers, pushing the LTD Viper-1000 EMG’s tone well into metal territory. Finish the picture with a rock-solid Tonepros TOM bridge assembly, and you know you’re going to get the sound and stability you demand from your ESP LTD Viper-1000 EMG.
One of the most popular EMG’s, the 81 is the one that started a revolution. Utilizing powerful ceramic magnets and close aperture coils, the tone was designed with detailed intensity, incredible amounts of high end cut, and fluid sustain. Traditionally used in the bridge position of your guitar, this humbucking pickup will make your leads slice right through even the densest mix. When used in both neck and bridge positions the sound can only be described as blistering. Other recommended pairings include the classic 81/85 setup and the versatile 81/60 combo.
The 85 is one of EMGs first pickups and is the slightly more sophisticated and well rounded half of its famous brother, the 81. Featuring close aperture coils loaded with Alnico V magnets, the 85 is a powerful guitar pickup with exceptional tone and versatility. The Alnico magnets of this model provide a muscular growl and smooth lead tones enabling you to play everything from the blues to the most extreme metal. Although often used in the neck position, make no mistake, the EMG 85 sounds great as a bridge humbucker thanks to its exceptional smoothness and soul. This pickup pairs well with just about every other EMG humbucker.
ESP Company, Limited is a Japanese guitar manufacturer, primarily focused on the production of electric guitars and basses. They are based in both Tokyo, Japan and Los Angeles, California, United States, with two distinct product lines for each respective market. ESP Company manufactures instruments under several names, including “ESP Standard”, “ESP Custom Shop”, “LTD Guitars and Basses”, “Navigator”, “Edwards Guitar and Basses”, and “Grassroots”. www.espguitars.com