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NGD: ESP LTD Deluxe Phoenix 1000 (vintage white with Duncans)

Guitarjon

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Hey everyone!

I bought a new guitar a couple months ago and finally found time to make a NGD post here. It's an ESP LTD Deluxe Phoenix 1000 in vintage white with Seymour Duncans. Definitely one of the more unique looking guitars I've ever owned but as soon as I saw the release pics of this guitar, I just knew that I HAD to have one! So I finally got one and I'm super happy with it!

ESP now makes their LTD guitars both in Korea and Indonesia. So these days it's sort of a gamble if you get one of the guitars. It will either be made in Korea or Indonesia in a lot of cases. Until now all my LTD guitars were made in Korea and overall I've had very positive experiences with those guitars. The reputation of the factory in Korea is just great tbh. I knew that this time there would be a big chance that my guitar would be built in Indonesia and I won't lie, I was slightly nervous about that. It's just new terrain for me I guess. No one likes quality issues on their brand new guitar and I had read some mixed stories about guitars from Indonesia. Luckily this guitar is flat out AMAZING! Seriously, in terms of quality it's right up there with my other LTD's (or the ESP's I've had or played honestly).

The guitar looks great with no flaws, the wood is good so it's nice and resonant, also unplugged. It's not a lightweight guitar but I like that because it tends to contribute to a good and solid tone. Just something that I prefer. The neck feels nice and smooth and the frets are leveled, polished and rounded off really nicely so pretty flawless! Overall the quality is just super high, so based off this guitar I'm not really afraid anymore to get LTD's (or PRS SE's) that were built in Indonesia. Quick note: I recently watched the PRS SE factory tour in Indonesia and it was REALLY impressive... So I really want an Indonesian built PRS soon!

The Seymour Duncan Custom and Phat Cat pickups are great too and they definitely contribute to the gorgeous and versatile tone of this guitar! The Phat Cat does sound nice and fat and the custom is a great allround pickup for any genre. A huge plus was also that the coil-split on the Custom sounds really convincing!

I did make a little demo/review video to supplement this post, just so you guys can hear how the guitar sounds through a couple of tube amps (Orange Tiny Terror, Marshall JCM 800 Studio SC20H, Hughes & Kettner Grandmeister Deluxe 40 and EVH 5150 III EL34 50W):


Does anybody else here own a Phoenix? How do you like it? Also, where was it built and how is the overall quality? Cheers!
 

Beto

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I tried a Phoenix-1000 back in 2012 and still regret not purchasing it (even considering that I wouldn't have been able to bring it home with me).

One like yours has been on my wishing list since it was released.
 

Guitarjon

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I tried a Phoenix-1000 back in 2012 and still regret not purchasing it (even considering that I wouldn't have been able to bring it home with me).

One like yours has been on my wishing list since it was released.
For some reason these models have always flown under my radar. What type of pickups did that one from back in the day have?
 

rauchman

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Fantastic looking guitar. Was perusing Sweetwater or Guitar Center one day and came across this. Yup, that one caught my interest. If I were looking for a Firebird type guitar, this would easily be in the contenders.

Guitarjon, congrats! Looks to be a fantastic guitar. Looking forward to seeing you use that one in some of the fantastic amp videos you do so well.

By the way, I never do this, but I have subscribed to your channel. Great stuff!
 
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Guitarjon

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Fantastic looking guitar. Was perusing Sweetwater or Guitar Center one day and came across this. Yup, that one caught my interest. If I were looking for a Firebird type guitar, this would easily be in the contenders.

Guitarjon, congrats! Looks to be a fantastic guitar. Looking forward to seeing you use that one in some of the fantastic amp videos you do so well.

By the way, I never do this, but I have subscribed to your channel. Great stuff!
Thank you!

Ugh man I REALLY want one of these, especially in that colour. Just can't justify it right now as I can't try one in person.
If there is anything you'd like to know about this guitar, let me know and I'll try to help!
 

PaisleyWookie

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Hey everyone!

I bought a new guitar a couple months ago and finally found time to make a NGD post here. It's an ESP LTD Deluxe Phoenix 1000 in vintage white with Seymour Duncans. Definitely one of the more unique looking guitars I've ever owned but as soon as I saw the release pics of this guitar, I just knew that I HAD to have one! So I finally got one and I'm super happy with it!

ESP now makes their LTD guitars both in Korea and Indonesia. So these days it's sort of a gamble if you get one of the guitars. It will either be made in Korea or Indonesia in a lot of cases. Until now all my LTD guitars were made in Korea and overall I've had very positive experiences with those guitars. The reputation of the factory in Korea is just great tbh. I knew that this time there would be a big chance that my guitar would be built in Indonesia and I won't lie, I was slightly nervous about that. It's just new terrain for me I guess. No one likes quality issues on their brand new guitar and I had read some mixed stories about guitars from Indonesia. Luckily this guitar is flat out AMAZING! Seriously, in terms of quality it's right up there with my other LTD's (or the ESP's I've had or played honestly).

The guitar looks great with no flaws, the wood is good so it's nice and resonant, also unplugged. It's not a lightweight guitar but I like that because it tends to contribute to a good and solid tone. Just something that I prefer. The neck feels nice and smooth and the frets are leveled, polished and rounded off really nicely so pretty flawless! Overall the quality is just super high, so based off this guitar I'm not really afraid anymore to get LTD's (or PRS SE's) that were built in Indonesia. Quick note: I recently watched the PRS SE factory tour in Indonesia and it was REALLY impressive... So I really want an Indonesian built PRS soon!

The Seymour Duncan Custom and Phat Cat pickups are great too and they definitely contribute to the gorgeous and versatile tone of this guitar! The Phat Cat does sound nice and fat and the custom is a great allround pickup for any genre. A huge plus was also that the coil-split on the Custom sounds really convincing!

I did make a little demo/review video to supplement this post, just so you guys can hear how the guitar sounds through a couple of tube amps (Orange Tiny Terror, Marshall JCM 800 Studio SC20H, Hughes & Kettner Grandmeister Deluxe 40 and EVH 5150 III EL34 50W):


Does anybody else here own a Phoenix? How do you like it? Also, where was it built and how is the overall quality? Cheers!
I don’t own one, but have played it quite a bit. Normally I don’t go for shapes outside the usual Strat/superstrat/Tele variety, but this one, particularly in the vintage white with gold hardware, looks amazing. It sounds and plays extremely well too. Definitely a great guitar!
 

Guitarjon

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I don’t own one, but have played it quite a bit. Normally I don’t go for shapes outside the usual Strat/superstrat/Tele variety, but this one, particularly in the vintage white with gold hardware, looks amazing. It sounds and plays extremely well too. Definitely a great guitar!
It's definitely unique but that's why it was so appealing to me. Most of my other guitars are the usual Les Paul / Tele / strat shapes so this felt really fresh! :)
 
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I like Firebirds, but I'd have preferred one with an OFR & made of the stuff EVH's Ibanez Destroyer was made of. Or better yet, Korina! Mahogany is overdone but still popular. P90s or mini hums would've been a cool in another model. I love that it rings acoustically. Indo's are better today just due to more experienced crews & higher demands of quality. SKorea to me are as good as MIJ & MII is at MIK levels in the 00s.
 

rauchman

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A local guitar store had the wine red version of this with the Fishman active pickups. Absolutely fantastic guitar that I'm now obsessing about.
 
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