LTD Eclipse EC-50

Take the EC-50; it's way more than the sum of its parts. At this price there are going to be a few concessions to the spec. That's OK. LTD knows where to trim and where not to.

Firstly, like the Squier, the body is made from basswood. Unlike the Spear, LTD has bolted a thin U-shaped maple neck onto the body.

The neck is slim enough to accommodate those flash bastards who dash off speedy arpeggios while sticking their tongue out like a dog in heat.

When you consider the ESP LH-150 pickups, warming the bridge and neck positions, then the Eclipse EC-50 must have a bit of tonal wallop.

With such a sartorial debt to the Les Paul, the EC-50 would be forgiven for being a dowdy wee copycat. But it's no clone.

Both tonally and ergonomically the EC-50 has a real feel of its own. The back is contoured and, in a brave concession to modern rock guitar playing, the upper fret access is fantastic – the cutaway is contoured allowing even the chubbiest hulk of a mitt up there.

The LH-150 pickups are spunky little brutes: in the bridge position there is plenty of aggression; in the neck, as you'd expect, things warm up and some fantastic piano-esque clean tones will prove that you're not just a reprobate.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Tonal variety, great comfort.

Cons

Fingerboard is a little dry.

Verdict

A versatile rocker.

Country of Origin

UK

Available Controls

2 x Volume 3-way Pickup Selector Volume

Available Finish

Two-tone burst, burst cherry, black, original white

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Guitar Body Material

Basswood

Hardware

Chrome

Inlays

Dot

Neck Material

Maple

Neck Profile

Thin U

Year of Origin

2008

Pickup

2x ESP LH-150's (neck & bridge)

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