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ESP LTD EC-400 Archtop Electric Guitar   

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The ESP EC-400 Archtop Electric Guitar gets its musicality from a resonant mahogany body. A 3-piece, 24-3/4" scale, mahogany neck with rosewood fretb...Read More

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A hellaciously good guitar for an affordable price.

The ESP EC-400 Archtop Electric Guitar gets its musicality from a resonant mahogany body. A 3-piece, 24-3/4" scale, mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard decorated with flag inlays and the model name at the 12th fret give the EC-400 eye-appeal. For pickups it has a set of Seymour Duncan JB59s. Controls on the EC-400 guitar include 2 volumes, a tone knob, and 3-way toggle. Fully bound in creme. Chrome hardware with an Earvana Compensated nut, Grover tuners, a Tune-o-matic-style bridge with stop tailpiece and 22 XJ frets complete the EC-400.

FEATURES
  • Resonant mahogany body
  • 3-piece mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • 22XJ frets
  • Flags inlay and the model name at the 12th fret
  • Set of Seymour Duncan JB59s
  • 2 volumes, a tone knob, and 3-way toggle
  • Fully bound in creme
  • Chrome and Earvana compensated nut
  • Grover tuners
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stop tailpiece
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4.8

(based on 42 reviews)

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Amazing Guitar

This guitar is nearly flawless. ESP has always been a quality brand that my bandmates and I have trusted, and this guitar is no exception. I pulled it out of the box and...Read complete review

This guitar is nearly flawless. ESP has always been a quality brand that my bandmates and I have trusted, and this guitar is no exception. I pulled it out of the box and the setup was pretty good. I did have to raise the action to get rid of some string buzz, but that was no big deal. The sound is amazing and blows away any Fender or Epiphone that I have played. The distortion is awesome out of the JB, and the '59 gives the best clean sound I have ever heard from a humbucker. I thought the upper fret access would be bad, but it is actually better than my Strat, and the neck flows really smooth and fast, making it perfect to solo on. And the arch-top is much more comfy to play than a flat top.I knew I was getting a quality guitar, because it is played by some really big names. Everyone from "Silverstein's" Neil Bosshart to "Madison Apart" plays these things. That's because it sounds almost as good as a Gibson, but at a 1/4 the price.Mine actually had a faulty switch when I got it, but customer service has been really good to me about it. The only thing I dislike about this guitar, and the only reason I didn't give it perfect 10's all around, is that it doesn't have ESP's beautiful Flamed Maple top. But sound is much more important than looks, and the EC-400AT sounds beautiful, whether I play out of a practice amp or my half-stack.

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Pretty good , but no cigar

I picked up one of the EC 400AT Black w/chrome and was not impressed by the factory set up. It took 2 adjustments and some new strings to get it playable. It feels...Read complete review

I picked up one of the EC 400AT Black w/chrome and was not impressed by the factory set up. It took 2 adjustments and some new strings to get it playable. It feels good but the JB/59 set did not sound convincing. I even pulled the pickups to make certain they were the real SD set. Anyway, it plays OK now and the compensated nut is nice but the pots must be poor quality because the pickups have little or no bottom end. When selected individually the pickups sound OK but together they are very muddy no matter how I try to blend them. BTW, the closest volume pot is for the bridge pickup so that is different and sensible for playing live. You just have to remember it. All in all it is better than an Epiphone but I was left feeling like there was something lacking in the tone and overall mojo of the instrument. I have a Dean Czech evo w/ a set of Gibson 490R 498T that has way more balls and tone. I have had the JB 59 set before so I know what to expect tone wise and it is not all there. The build quality of the guitar is very good and the balance is good. Overall weight seems a little on the light side to me. Maybe the JB59 set is not up to snuff in the one I got. I have always like the Seymour Duncan products myself. Not a terrible instrument by any means, just not blowing my mind. Kinda disappointed. I'll probably sell it this summer and continue my search for another Les Paul body guitar. This is not a bad instrument so I won't give it a bad review. It seems like maybe swapping the volume pots will be the answer.

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5.0

sick guitar...

By cmtyson1

from Mechanicsburg, PA

This is an amazing guitar... Easily one of the best LP clones you can get. The true Seymor Duncans sound incredible, unlike cheesy "Duncan Designed" pickups. Some people have said there's no low end, but I have to disagree, it sounds so rich and creamy. Such a full sound, if a LP is a 10, this is a 7. If you are experiencing no low-end, you've probably cranked the tone knob, and duh that's gonna happen. Awesome guitar, awesome value... I recently got mine coil-tapped and it sounds amazing, single coil or humbuckers...I Also play live a lot, it's very versatle. Totally get it.

 
5.0

Beats an Epiphone any day!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Top quality. Resonates better than any Epi which is whats its all about. LPs resonate & project in combination w/ good pups. This gtr can do it.

 
4.0

Praise from Gibson Lover

By Fix3890-uYpQX

from San Francisco, CA

I love Gibsons. I really do. I play a 335 mostly. But this is an excellent LP clone. Good build quality; a cut above most other imports. Good quality parts and very good pickups. Doesn't have the too-shiny overdone look of some of the others. You'd pay nearly three times the money to equal this in a Gibson. An excellent buy.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Pretty good , but no cigar

By Meathead

from Newark Ohio

I picked up one of the EC 400AT Black w/chrome and was not impressed by the factory set up. It took 2 adjustments and some new strings to get it playable. It feels good but the JB/59 set did not sound convincing. I even pulled the pickups to make certain they were the real SD set. Anyway, it plays OK now and the compensated nut is nice but the pots must be poor quality because the pickups have little or no bottom end. When selected individually the pickups sound OK but together they are very muddy no matter how I try to blend them. BTW, the closest volume pot is for the bridge pickup so that is different and sensible for playing live. You just have to remember it. All in all it is better than an Epiphone but I was left feeling like there was something lacking in the tone and overall mojo of the instrument. I have a Dean Czech evo w/ a set of Gibson 490R 498T that has way more balls and tone. I have had the JB 59 set before so I know what to expect tone wise and it is not all there. The build quality of the guitar is very good and the balance is good. Overall weight seems a little on the light side to me. Maybe the JB59 set is not up to snuff in the one I got. I have always like the Seymour Duncan products myself. Not a terrible instrument by any means, just not blowing my mind. Kinda disappointed. I'll probably sell it this summer and continue my search for another Les Paul body guitar. This is not a bad instrument so I won't give it a bad review. It seems like maybe swapping the volume pots will be the answer.

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Rick

from Topeka, KS

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Went to the grand opening of the clearance center in Kansas City. What a mob on the first day! It was great, waited in line for 45 minutes. It was worth the wait. This guitar was supposed to have a flaw in the finish but I couldn't find it. The set up was great and was in tune. The nut on the input jack was loose, that's all.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

It isnt a bad guitar but...

By Jordan-XXDri

from dalton,Ga

It isnt a bad guitar but it isnt a true les paul! in my opnion if you are going to spend that kind of money on a les paul go ahead and order epiphone or ever the extra bucks and get Gibson! it isnt bad it just felt cheap to me maybe it was just the one i played! but ive never felt a cheap Gibson!

 
5.0

Best guitar I have ever played

By ltdleedguitar

from somewhere, WV

I bought this guitar from a local shop and it has to be the best decision I ever made. I thought that as soon as I strapped it on during a gig it would way me down, but I adjusted very quickly. They seymour duncons on my goldtop are awesome and have a much better sound then my older pickups. Great for anything from metal to classic rock.

 
5.0

Sweet Guitar...A Must Buy

By XTommyXGunzX

from Peru, IN

I have owned this guitar for a while now and i tell you what, it has not let me down once. I absolutly love this thing and i recommend you buy it.

 
5.0

Great allaround tone_monster

By buffalo

from T for Texas

I played the EC_400AT at a local music store andjust had to have one. When I got it and plugged it in, it sang so beautifully, with articulation and clarity, it was amazing. The best buy, for me,bar none. Get one, do yourself a favor...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than The Big Name!!!

By Butch Frable

from Clarks Summit, PA

I have always loved the tone and playability of a Les Paul, but could never get by the fact that the knobs are so far away from the bridge on the Gibson. When I saw the EC 400 Archtop I grabbed one fast!!! The guitar will not dissappoint, tone for days with the original Seymour Duncan JB and 59, and the knob placement is great for quick volume swells and onstage control... I got one before the price went up, but still you will never get a Les Paul for under $800, and this thing souds just as good, and plays just as good...

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