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Classic design features with modern improvements. ESP™s LTD EC-401 guitar is constructed with a set mahogany neck on a single-cutaway mahogany body. ...Read More

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Modern appointments enhance this classic rocker's playability.

Classic design features with modern improvements. ESP™s LTD EC-401 guitar is constructed with a set mahogany neck on a single-cutaway mahogany body. The neck™s sleek U-shaped profile and 24 extra jumbo frets make the LTD EC-401 an incredibly fast electric axe. Equipped with dual active humbuckers - an EMG-60 in the neck position, and an EMG-81 at the bridge, for incredible gain and tonal articulation. Also features an Earvana compensated nut for enhanced intonation, and black nickel hardware.Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 1.65" (42mm) Earvana compensated nut
  • Thin U Neck contour
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Grover Tuners
  • Tune-o-matic-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • EMG-81 active (bridge position) /EMG-60 active (neck position) pickups
  • Two volume controls/one master tone control, 3-way toggle switch
  • Case not included
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ESPLTD EC-401 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Deal

Overall I love ESPs as I learned what I liked as musician by playing my first guitar, and others...I've learned what I liked in guitars which is why I bought the EC...Read complete review

Overall I love ESPs as I learned what I liked as musician by playing my first guitar, and others...I've learned what I liked in guitars which is why I bought the EC 401 one after having tried an EC 1000 at a store. I was offered a two year service plan, this is separate from the warranty, I say take it if you can because it is a notable expense. So far I am really enjoying playing this guitar, it sounds so great even naked I usually don't plug in when practicing scales. This is not a Les Paul knock off by any stretch of the imagination, I can't stress that enough. This guitar is its own thing.
Now most comparable to this guitar in the line up is the EC 1000, while it doesn't have a lot of things that are standard on that model, it is still a great guitar by anyone's standards even professionals. Things like no lock in tuners may not mean much against the quality of the built and and pick ups which are the same in both models.
Even without an initial setup and playing naked with no amp this guitar sounds great, if you are able to get 4 notes straight it will make you think you sound better than you actually are. It is the quality of the wood and and built alone. Now LTDs do not have a a longer drying time to the wood than standard series, taking this under consideration; The sound you get is really high end you would not have guessed it.
Now by high end guitar standards this is isn't expensive, but by real life CURRENT economics standards, IT IS. What you have to remember is this guitar looks and plays like it is more expensive, and quite frankly it is pretty much a one time expense for your average play one club a week giging musician like me. I think it is a good alternative for pros, either way completely worth it if you ask me.

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Not Worth The Price

I've been a Guitarist since I was 6 years old. I'm almost 17 and I've used everything from 7,000 dolla Gibson SG to 50 Dolla First act Guitar. I Actually LOVE The look of...Read complete review

I've been a Guitarist since I was 6 years old. I'm almost 17 and I've used everything from 7,000 dolla Gibson SG to 50 Dolla First act Guitar. I Actually LOVE The look of this guitar. BUT I picked this over an SG and now I wish I never did. The pickups are too muggy and I like even EMGS. The fretboard is thick and wide but still not too bad. I own an Ibanez RG370 And thought this would be a great complementary guitar for it. I was wrong, the guitar has a tangy sound too it and it never stays completely in tune for more then 6 hours. Its a good practice guitar and plays better with low gauge strings. But for the Price I wasted my money and that's the bottom line. If you want a nice guitar thats well made then buy either an RG350 Or an RG370 Both made my Ibanez and play like gold and have great fretboards. Btw there in the 300-500 price range.

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5.0

It's a hot lil number!!

By Putt

from Sumter, SC

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

    I've had LP copys for years and this was my first "real" guitar. weird havin to keep batteries around all the time and miss the passive pu's but the thing sounds and looks awesome. I love mine!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely one of the best out there

    By Vinnayyyyy1

    from DC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

      I love everything about this guitar. Had it for years and have experienced ZERO problems with it. Great tone and beautiful design. 10/10 for this one.

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      5.0

      Monster

      By Jake

      from Atlanta ga.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

      Very comfortable the way my picking arm rests on the body and where my hand is in relation to the bridge. Excellent Palm muting. Neck is so smooth. Took time to dial in the eq and gains. This is a very sensitive and hot guitar bc of the emgs, but the range between clean to full blown distortion is amazing.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice!

      By niceguitar

      from Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

        I bought this because I have heard good things about ESP LTD Eclipse and picked one up a bit and thought I would get my own, and I am tired of all the white guitars with GOLD hardware!Were not all from the seventies, the music is great from then, but the gold was not, in my opinion. Neck is skinnier than my Gibson and makes it nice to move around on. Would recommend this guitar. Very nice.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        LTD EC-401

        By Electric Weedeater

        from Pittsburgh PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

          Solidly built guitar, quality components, excellent craftsmanship. Feels like a guitar that will last you many years - the sound and playability are up to the same standards. I would recommend this guitar to just about anyone looking for a solid value rock/metal/heavy blues instrument. That's what I use it for anyway, and it works just fine for me.

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          (2 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not Worth The Price

          By My Band "Convertible Wednesday"

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

          I've been a Guitarist since I was 6 years old. I'm almost 17 and I've used everything from 7,000 dolla Gibson SG to 50 Dolla First act Guitar. I Actually LOVE The look of this guitar. BUT I picked this over an SG and now I wish I never did. The pickups are too muggy and I like even EMGS. The fretboard is thick and wide but still not too bad. I own an Ibanez RG370 And thought this would be a great complementary guitar for it. I was wrong, the guitar has a tangy sound too it and it never stays completely in tune for more then 6 hours. Its a good practice guitar and plays better with low gauge strings. But for the Price I wasted my money and that's the bottom line. If you want a nice guitar thats well made then buy either an RG350 Or an RG370 Both made my Ibanez and play like gold and have great fretboards. Btw there in the 300-500 price range.

          Comment on this reviewHelp Icon

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a Guitar

          By Lakeman

          from Lake Waccamaw N.C.

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • This Guitar Plays So Good

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Sound Is What You Want

          Best Uses

          • It Will Do It All
          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar for a friend but he backed out so I keep it for myself. I am glad he backed out. I have Fender,Strat & Tele GibsonLes Paul, 335 and acustic from both campanys but this Esp LTD stands up to them all you can run it throught anything and it tops it out any music on stage or in the studio. I love the ways it feel and plays and sounds. BUY THIS GUITAR YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT EVER.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          the perfect guitar!!!

          By gulfkid

          from gulfport, ms

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Rockin
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • I Play Metal
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

          I own the black one and I love it.It is everything you can ever want in a guitar. The Cleans are so tonal and the dis will rumble your brain out. the sustain is crazy good. I play on 11g and in drop C and it holds together so well! love it had it for about a year now and every band member has said it sounded amazing so GET IT NOW!!!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best Les Paul style guitar you will play

          By Chaz

          from PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Huge Bang For Buck
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

              No guitar for this price has a closer feel to a high end LP than this one does (in my experience.)
              The EMGs sound awesome, just how you expect them to. The feel of the guitar is what you will fall in love with though. Just sweet.

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              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Deal

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

              Overall I love ESPs as I learned what I liked as musician by playing my first guitar, and others...I've learned what I liked in guitars which is why I bought the EC 401 one after having tried an EC 1000 at a store. I was offered a two year service plan, this is separate from the warranty, I say take it if you can because it is a notable expense. So far I am really enjoying playing this guitar, it sounds so great even naked I usually don't plug in when practicing scales. This is not a Les Paul knock off by any stretch of the imagination, I can't stress that enough. This guitar is its own thing.
              Now most comparable to this guitar in the line up is the EC 1000, while it doesn't have a lot of things that are standard on that model, it is still a great guitar by anyone's standards even professionals. Things like no lock in tuners may not mean much against the quality of the built and and pick ups which are the same in both models.
              Even without an initial setup and playing naked with no amp this guitar sounds great, if you are able to get 4 notes straight it will make you think you sound better than you actually are. It is the quality of the wood and and built alone. Now LTDs do not have a a longer drying time to the wood than standard series, taking this under consideration; The sound you get is really high end you would not have guessed it.
              Now by high end guitar standards this is isn't expensive, but by real life CURRENT economics standards, IT IS. What you have to remember is this guitar looks and plays like it is more expensive, and quite frankly it is pretty much a one time expense for your average play one club a week giging musician like me. I think it is a good alternative for pros, either way completely worth it if you ask me.

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