+1 on using ESP logo instead of LTD.
Also while I think it's a great idea to use "ESP" on all products, maybe on their behalf they want to build the LTD brand name, too. I know Fender and Kaman have a ton of names under their umbrella but they keep the names (many of them at least) separate.
I know for a long time Epiphone was always
the less expensive brand of Gibson and their products never crossed over into the Gibson price territory. But now with LTD Elite approaching ESP prices and in some cases matching them (ESP M1 for example), maybe they are going to make LTD lines go well into ESP price territory like Epiphone/Gibson in their blurring of prices in last few years. The Epiphone John Lennon Casino special edition is the most expensive guitar in the Gibson and Epiphone catalog save the Gibson Super 400, and the Epiphone Coronet custom shop model is more expensive than most Gibsons.
Even though there is little evidence to uphold the USA superiority theory anymore, people still think that made in USA is always better. We know better here on jemsite, but maybe a Japanese maker like ESP who knows that their exclusive headstock decal at least equals any American made Fender or Gibson by most players assessments may want to keep the ESP mystique alive. But with Ibanez, it would have to be a signature model or Ibanez J-Custom or Prestige to always been seen as good as USA Fender and Gibson. But ordinary Ibanez and GIO Ibanez don't have the same reputation as USA guitars so maybe Ibanez has downgraded their own name by letting lower priced models hold the Ibanez moniker.
This is the argument for making only $2000 dollar ESPs and Ibanezes and Yamahas have the flagship logo with "another" logo, like Cimar, representing budget models.
That being said USA models like the Fender American Special and Gibson faded series has intruded on the budget market that non-premium/prestige models of the Ibanez line belong to. So it's all business and different naming conventions in order to spur sales. I think LTD Elite could have been called "ESP Professional", like "Jackson Professional" meaning it's still a pro level instrument but designed for the working musician.
It could easily be:
"LTD Elite" for the 1000 Series LTDs
"ESP Professional" instead of the current LTD Elite title