I purchased the vintage black ESP 1000 about 3 years ago because I liked the sound of the active pickups. This is a well-made guitar, but it's important to keep the batteries fresh (I date mine)because the sound dies by degrees. Sometimes I think it's by far my best sounding guitar, but it has finicky intonation with the Earvana nut - especially on the lower strings starting at the 12th fret. Also, I think the sustain may be stronger on guitars with passive pickups. For clarity, this guitar is number #1. Beautifully made, and a fine instrument - every guitarist should have one of these just for the active pickups and Earvana nut because they are unique in their tonal qualities. I would buy another in a minute - in fact I may do just that.
white plains, ny