I've been looking at ESP's LTD Ec series. I was wondering if anyone could give any insight on what the differences between the Ec-500 and the Ec-1000. To me it seems like the major difference (other than price) is just aesthetic? So could anyone explain what makes the Ec-1000 better?

The 1000 is probably made with better wood quality.
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Quote by SuperSamuraiGuy
Locking tuners, and a different nut, the rest is in the looks

Is that worth the $230 + price difference?
The 1000 is built to a slightly higher standard with better quality parts. $230+ worth more quality, entirely up to you on that one. The 500 series is in no way bad, its a quality guitar for a reasonable price.