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Old 04-11-2013, 10:46 AM   #1
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Question LTD EC-1000 Deluxe for low tunings?

After finding out that the ESP Eclipse-II is practically impossible to acquire as a left-handed model where I live, I downgraded to (what I believe would be) the next best thing: a LTD EC-1000 Deluxe.

I want to use this guitar exclusively for low tunings, mostly drop C. With the right strings and the guitar set up properly, would this be a good choice? How far could I tune it down from let's say drop C before things get ugly?

Also, I'm very much open to suggestions for other models.

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Old 04-11-2013, 11:00 AM   #2
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As long as you set the guitar up correctly, it should be fine. I tune my EC-1000 down to Drop C on occasion and it works fine.

The only downside is that it's a 24.75'' scale, so the strings might feel a bit 'loose' compared to a guitar with a 25.5'' scale. That might just be because I often switch between the two though, not sure.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:20 AM   #3
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Google guitar string tension calculator. You can just use heavier strings that will give roughly the same feel as whatever you'd using in E standard. I'm using ernie ball "not even slinky" (12-56?) in C standard and find them a little loose. Probably would work great on the LTD in D standard or drop C.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:10 PM   #4
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If I only played in drop C, I'd probably go for something like 11-58, but I only play in D standard so 11-54 works just fine. I play a Gibson Les Paul and I don't find the scale to be a problem at all, just need thicker strings.
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Old 04-11-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
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I have my EC 1000 tuned down to B for a while (parkway drive days lol). no issues just use a string calculator to pick the right size strings or you can get a proper setup.
Plus the ESP Eclipse is a waste of money in my opinion. I played them both for a while and find that there is really no difference between them but the look of the guitar.
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Old 04-11-2013, 03:21 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by DarthV
Google guitar string tension calculator. You can just use heavier strings that will give roughly the same feel as whatever you'd using in E standard. I'm using ernie ball "not even slinky" (12-56?) in C standard and find them a little loose. Probably would work great on the LTD in D standard or drop C.


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I kept mine in C Std for a long time. It's in D Std now. It doesn't really matter what you tune to as long as you compensate with proper string tension.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies, I will go for it then.
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