#1
So I wanted to buy the ESP LTD ec-1000 in vintage black, and was wondering if it is a better idea to save up the extra $500-600 for the ESP Eclipse. They look almost exactly with same and feel pretty much the same, so is it worth it?
#2
No, the best idea is to get a Eclipse second hand fo rthe same money as the EC. The real ESP's remain alot better then the LTD's.
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Difference is like Gibson/Epiphone. They're not necessarily bad instruments, but the build procedure, quality, and parts are usually different.
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#4
ESP way better then LTD
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#5
It's usually worth it, yes. But it has to be worth it to you. If the two instruments look, feel, and sound the same to you, it might not be worth the extra cost just for the name. At the same time, you might buy the cheaper one and in a few years come to regret your decision when you realize that the small differences in quality and construction actually make a big difference in the long run. Just judging from the LTDs and ESPs I've played, I'd save up for the ESP.
#6
Ok thanks, I've been looking for used ESP's, they're kind of hard to come by.
#7
You'll still pay a premium for a used ESP and on some models can still be way more than a brand new LTD. I'm a ferocious bargain hunter and the price I paid for a used ESP STEF B-7 is way more than the similar and brand new LTD SC-607B. There are differences as mentioned but they can be pretty small as far as tone and playability are concerned (referring to the used STEF B-7 and used SC-607B I have).

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So I wanted to buy the ESP LTD ec-1000 in vintage black, and was wondering if it is a better idea to save up the extra $500-600 for the ESP Eclipse. They look almost exactly with same and feel pretty much the same, so is it worth it?

I personally think the ESP looks a lot better. The binding on the LTD 1000 series is gaudy for my tastes, and I think the ESP's are a bit thicker, aren't they? Either way, if I was that close, I'd get the ESP personally.
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ESP LTD uses cheaper woods and labor to build their guitars. A real ESP is leaps and bounds ahead.
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#10
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Difference is like Gibson/Epiphone. They're not necessarily bad instruments, but the build procedure, quality, and parts are usually different.

This. Quality in wood, parts, etc. will be a little ways apart, and I'm pretty sure they're made in different factories.