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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

Better than The Big Name!!!

By Butch Frable

from Clarks Summit, PA

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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...

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By David-C6Wr3

from Florida

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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.

 
5.0

Wicked Axe

By Codemeisterr

from Reno Area

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I've played one of these a few times down at the guitar shop. It's awesome. The neck is thinner than a Les Paul Custom neck, but fatter than an Ibanez or Jackson. Very fast and comfy to play. I own an LTD Viper, and I play it more often than my Gibson Gothic SG, because the neck is superb. The worksmanship is great on this guitar. IMO, it kills pretty much any Epiphone LP you will play of the same price. I think it might even compare to Gibson Les Paul Customs in terms of quality and playability. Sound is groovy too. Just go play one.

 
5.0

Very Cool

By MikeThePoorMan

from Sodus, NY

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I just got this guitar today from a local music store and it is awesome. This is my first electric guitar, but I have played my friends alot so I have some experience. My friend has an epiphone les paul and this ia way better. The Semour Duncans sound awesome even through my 10 watt Drive amp. You turn the gain up and it roars!

 
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

This guitar kicks ass

By Mikey-PGL_U

from South Bend, IN

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I have owned this guitar for little over two weeks and have to say this fits anything and everything. I play rock, metal, punk and it works for all. The picups are amazing and youll never have feedback and the body is beautiful. It plays as good as it looks and isnt quite as heavy as a gibson Les Paul.

 
1.0

Go Schecter

By AXEWHEELER

from MN

I know I am the odd man out on this one. I have owned Ibanez, Fernandes, Washburn, and the ESP EC-400. By far it was the worst money I have ever spent on a guitar. On first impression I thought it would play real smooth (I even waxed the neck) but it was actually real slow. I was like everyone else who wanted an ESP, but now I know better. There are other guitars out there for less money with better features. Oh yeah, the good stuff. It is a great looking guitar and very solid. No doubt it could take some abuse. Either way I sold it within two months after the purchase. This is why I am going with Schecter.

 
5.0

This axe rocks!

By RoxYROcker

from NY

I love the finish of this guitar, it's comparable to a PRS. With Seymour Duncan pickups it sound as good as PRS singlecut. It's as good as a Gibson Studio, if not better, although that's a great guitar. It blows the rest of the competition (the ones in it's price range) away. I love this guitar!

 
5.0

Best guitar in it's price range

By COBfan696

from Arnold MD

This guitar is great, ive had it for about 1/2 a year now and have had no problems except that the input jack was loose once, but that only took tightening it a bit. The only reason i didnt say it was perfect, is cause im a guy who likes whammy bars, and the painted neck somewhat bothers me.

 
5.0

Amazing Guitar

By Ec 400 AT

from Thousand Oaks, CA

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I was looking for a new guitar and had always liked the ESP product line. I didn't have too much to spend and this was right in my price range. Now the music I play ranges from jazz/emo to hardcore, so I needed a guitar that could sound like a dream on clean and tear it up on heavy. This is that guitar. The finish looks really nice and the creme goes really well with it. I've never had a problem with 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.

 
5.0

A touch of Gold

By Giles-.7TwB

from Rapid City, SD

The first time I played the Arch-Top model was in a local store where I live. The moment I picked it up I was a littel sceptical about the weight, but as soon as I plugged her in I new I had to own one. I am proud to say that I own one and It is worth every cent. The tone is spectacular and the moment you touch one comfort is placed in the palm of you hands...best purchase I've ever made

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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

Sweet Guitar...A Must Buy

By XTommyXGunzX

from Peru, IN

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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...

 
5.0

Excellent guitar

By Frank-y9qtc

from Pasadena, TX

I have been playing on this guitar for about a month and a half now. Needless to say it has become my main guitar. I also own a BC Rich Warlock and a BC Rich Bich guitar and this one sounds, plays, and feels superior to either. The big body style took a little getting used to but once I dialed in I was able to shred just the same. The JB pickup screams while the 59 offers some bold acoustic sounds through my Digitech pedal. Nothing negative to say about this guitar. Would recommend ESP guitars to anyone.

 
5.0

THIS THING IS A MONSTER!

By 25FragsInc.

from Louisville Kentucky

I was perusing through a music store and found this guitar. Normally I don't like Les Pauls or lookalikes, but something said that this was different. The neck, construction, weight, and playability is SOOO much better than any Gibson Les Paul that I have EVER played! The action was stellar. The Seymours gave incredible output for arpeggios, shredding, and tapping. The Black finish was deep and inky and the fretboard did not buzz at all. This ESP is an incredible piece of quality craftmanship for the money. I recommend it to anyone looking for a guitar that has it all. This guitar is up there with the ES-335. It's good for country, punk, garage, R&B, metal, and anything else.

 
5.0

ESP 400-ArchTop

By Darik

from Blanchester, OH

This guitar is one of the best guitars I've ever played. Although most people try to compare this guitar with Gibson Les Pauls, I believe that this guitar is in a category of it's own. For the price, you really can't beat it. It has amazing tonal variaton, and the neck is really easy to play on. The jumbo frets give great access, and the weight is not overbearing. The features of this guitar are crazy for the kind of price that it sells for. If you are considering buying this guitar, go out and play one, and I am sure you will soon be walking out of the store with it.

 
5.0

amazing deal, beautiful guitar.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this guitar at a store in Massachusetts. It was actually not the one I intended to buy. I was looking at the EC-400 with EMGs, but it had a very synthetic sound, so the store owner recommended I try this instead because it has a more deep and soulful sound with the Seymour-Duncans. I fell in love at first sight. It is comparable to an Epiphone Les Paul and maybe even a Gibson, but I can also get a Strat-like twang out of it. It is a great guitar, very easy to play, and nice and light. The neck is very comfortable. I am in love.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Jimmy-tx4Yp

from Maryland

This guitar is great. It's worth every bit of money you spend. I had the option of either getting this or a Gibson Les Paul and I am so happy I got this. I'm going to be playing ESP's for a while now.

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