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ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge

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Classic design features with modern improvements and a Floyd Rose tremolo. ESP' LTD EC-401 guitar is constructed with a set mahogany neck on a single...Click To Read More About This Product

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Modern appointments enhance this classic rocker's playability.

Classic design features with modern improvements and a Floyd Rose tremolo. ESP' LTD EC-401 guitar is constructed with a set mahogany neck on a single-cutaway mahogany body. The neck' sleek U-shaped profile, 24-3/4" scale length, and 24 extra jumbo frets on a rosewood fingerboard make the LTD EC-401 an incredibly fast electric axe. The fretboard is graced with abalone flags and the model name at the twelfth fret.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. Whammy pyrotechnics are no problem, thanks to the Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge and locking nut. The guitar sports a gorgeous gloss black finish, and the body, neck and headstock feature multi-ply binding. Black nickel hardware complements this guitar's stunning looks. Case not included.

FEATURES
  • Single-cutaway body
  • Set-neck
  • 24.75" scale
  • Mahogany body
  • Mahogany top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 13.77" (350 mm) fingerboard radius
  • Locking nut
  • 1.65" (42mm) locking nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 24 extra jumbo frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge
  • EMG-81 (bridge) / EMG-60 (neck) active humbuckers
  • Volume/Volume/Tone controls with a 3-way toggle
  • Case sold separately

Own a guitar with classic styling, modern tones and outstanding playability.

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ESPLTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge
 
4.8

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Jamming (5)
  • Small venues (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really Nice

I've been playing guitar for more than 25 years and I've generally used Gibson SG's and Les Pauls played through Marshall amps... A few years ago I decided to give ESP's a shot...Read complete review

I've been playing guitar for more than 25 years and I've generally used Gibson SG's and Les Pauls played through Marshall amps... A few years ago I decided to give ESP's a shot and I was disappointed. The guitar was well-made but the good craftsmanship was wasted on some frikkin' awful pickups so I sent it back.
Then I heard that they were using real EMG's in their guitars so I gave ESP another chance. I've been happy ever since. It did need a setup after I changed the strings, but it wasn't that hard. It's played as smooth as butter ever since. The black finish is beautiful and tasteful. The EMG pickups roar and sing. The action is quick and the neck is comfortable. The electronics aren't cheapo. The Floyd Rose Special is a slight step below an Original Floyd Rose, but I think it is solid and will do the job for a few years. It's worth noting that getting an ESP case for it will cost a few extra bucks since it won't fit in a budget Les Paul-style case.
Overall, I say that this guitar is worth the price. Two thumbs up!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Feel / Bad Quality Control

I'll start with some positives.

The guitars neck feels absolutely great to play on and the finish is gorgeous. I'm a sucker for deep red finishes like this, and the cream...Read complete review

I'll start with some positives.

The guitars neck feels absolutely great to play on and the finish is gorgeous. I'm a sucker for deep red finishes like this, and the cream colored binding just makes it look incredible.

The guitar came pretty poorly setup. Frets 5-12 buzzed on the low E, Open B buzzed, and fret 9 was dead on high E.

My local guitar tech did his best, but informed me that the neck itself is slightly warped in the middle.

I also found the EMG81/60 pickups to be either way too bright, or extremely muggy. As if no what I did with my amp it was going to sound over the top, or like it was coming out of a shoebox.

I hope others had better luck with their guitars, but I'm gonna return mine.

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best of both worlds

By ILYA BRUSOVANIK

from NYC

Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

10
Take a slim Les Paul with 24.75 super comfortable neck and a cutaway midsection.
Add a couple of frets to the total of 24.
Slap on a Floyd Rose that keeps it all in tune.
Top off with a pair of nice quiet EMG humbuckers.

On top of that - she's got the look: sleek, sexy, minimalistic design.
I am one of those painfully picky people. I truly mean it when I say that the quality is impeccable. I would say that it probably beats my brother's Korean made ESP LTD Deluxe EC-1000 FR.
Not the cheapest, but perfectly acceptable.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really Nice

By Raw Cooter

from Oxford, MS

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Buyer

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 with Floyd Rose Bridge:

    I've been playing guitar for more than 25 years and I've generally used Gibson SG's and Les Pauls played through Marshall amps... A few years ago I decided to give ESP's a shot and I was disappointed. The guitar was well-made but the good craftsmanship was wasted on some frikkin' awful pickups so I sent it back.
    Then I heard that they were using real EMG's in their guitars so I gave ESP another chance. I've been happy ever since. It did need a setup after I changed the strings, but it wasn't that hard. It's played as smooth as butter ever since. The black finish is beautiful and tasteful. The EMG pickups roar and sing. The action is quick and the neck is comfortable. The electronics aren't cheapo. The Floyd Rose Special is a slight step below an Original Floyd Rose, but I think it is solid and will do the job for a few years. It's worth noting that getting an ESP case for it will cost a few extra bucks since it won't fit in a budget Les Paul-style case.
    Overall, I say that this guitar is worth the price. Two thumbs up!

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth the money.

    By Zach Barnes

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

    I'd probably buy another one if they made them in an oil or blonde finish. If that says anything.
    I've had this guitar for a few weeks now, and I can't complain. For the price, you get all the goodies that a versatile guitar needs. The Floyd Rose Trem is great. I've had many. The pick ups are actual EMGs, not the lesser variety. I love a Les Paul body style, especially with a locking system, and especially in black. The neck feels great - slim, quick, nice proportional frets - fairly large ones. Not quite as heavy as an actual Les Paul, but feels similar. The body and neck are not as thick, but the carved top makes for a great looking guitar. It will need adjustment when it gets to your door. The action is silly high. If you aren't comfortable adjusting it yourself - Learn - it's easy. After I adjusted my trem and pick-up height, it played beautifully. The EMGs are of course considered high out-put, and really push your signal. Very crisp sounding electric guitar, plays fast, and plays anything well. Like I said, for the money, it's well worth it.
    Looks and plays nicely. Feels comfortable.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Guitar!!

    By Mucker

    from Hagerstown, MD

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    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

    Got this guitar about 2 weeks ago. I've been playing it non-stop since. Extremely great playing guitar. Very easy to play. Nice fast neck. Great sound from the EMGs. Floyd Rose trem is stiff but very forgiving. I've been a Gibson man since I started playing 15 years ago and I thought I'd give the ESPs a chance because I've heard great things about them. They are all true. I don't want to compare this guitar to a Les Paul because the only thing that's similar is the body style. They are 2 very different guitars. If you just like the Les Paul look, get this and save $1500. Do not hesitate to buy this guitar.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Buy For the Buck!

    By Hawker

    from MS

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Balance And Weight
    • Great See Through Black
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

      I use ESP/LTD & Michael Kelly Guitars and can tell you that this little gem is right up there with my EC400VF, PD1, PS1, PB401FM, Viper256 P, and Patriot Variants. Great Wood, Great See Through Black Finish, Great Tone Great Feel & Playability, Great Solid Instrument. I purchase through MF and Take to my Luthier for setup and fine tooth comb. Never Ever Had a Bad product from ESP/LTD, Michael Kelly, or MF.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Never gave ESP/LTD a shot before I bought this.

      By AmazedbyLine6

      from Florida

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      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

      I ordered this guitar on a whim, to be honest. I've never really considered owning an ESP or LTD, I've always been a Jackson man myself- but that's changed now. I love this guitar, the pick ups give you true to the bone metal flavor, along with nice crisp clean tones. The Floyd is a nice little extra too, this is my first Floyd so I'm still getting used to it. The neck is thin, and the playability is amazing. All-in-all, I would be this guitar every time over others in this price range.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Build Quality

      By Spatch33

      from Maine

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Excellent Set Up
      • Excrement Finish
      • Thin And Fast Neck

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

          I got this guitar on a Black Friday special for about 350 off normal street price, which was a smoking deal. The build quality is excellent. Fit and finish mirror that of a much pricier guitar. Out of the box the set-up was perfect. The neck is thin and fast. I normally am not a tremolo guy, but the Floyd Rose on this is pretty nice. One thing that is important to understand before buying this guitar: it looks like a Les Paul, but it is not and was not intended to be. It's lighter and set up to shred. The active pick-ups take some getting used to. I've seen reviews and comments here and other places that knock the EMG's, but you can get a good sound out of them, I had to take some time to tweak my amp settings from where I normally am with my Les Paul Studio, but after a bit I figured it out. I would be curious to see what this guitar would sound like with traditional PAF's. I had seen a YouTube video that a large music store did comparing all the versions of the ESP Eclipse line, while playing blind folded. The cheapest model had cheaper PAF's and had the best sound. The reviewer thought this was this was the most expensive model because of the set up and playability. Which I totally get. Overall it's worth the time to find your sound with the pick- ups because of how well it plays and the overall quality. Highly recommend.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great guitar

          By rsnsol31

          from okla

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

            great guitar for the price range. very fast action , neck is not thick and bulky, nice axe.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            EC-401 FR

            By Greg

            from Panama City Fl.

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

            Great guitar. I have twelve other guitars ranging from Gibsons to Deans and more and this one is awesome. EMG 81 and 60 have really good tones and the Floyd Rose is really smooth and operates well. Guitar came set up very well which is a nice change, however it comes with 9's on it so if you're like me and play 10's or 11's, the guitar will need to be set up. I did it myself in twenty minutes. Very nice guitar....

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Great Feel / Bad Quality Control

            By LGM

            from Oregon

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

            I'll start with some positives.

            The guitars neck feels absolutely great to play on and the finish is gorgeous. I'm a sucker for deep red finishes like this, and the cream colored binding just makes it look incredible.

            The guitar came pretty poorly setup. Frets 5-12 buzzed on the low E, Open B buzzed, and fret 9 was dead on high E.

            My local guitar tech did his best, but informed me that the neck itself is slightly warped in the middle.

            I also found the EMG81/60 pickups to be either way too bright, or extremely muggy. As if no what I did with my amp it was going to sound over the top, or like it was coming out of a shoebox.

            I hope others had better luck with their guitars, but I'm gonna return mine.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            ESP LTD EC-401 FR better that Gibson Les Paul

            By benpeterson1

            from Bowling Green, KY

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

            My friend recently purchased this guitar, and, after being allowed to play it, I fell in love. It has great sound quality, and the two active pickups are awesome. I wish I could afford it though, as it is a little expensive, but it is a great guitar for the money.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I loVe IT!!!

            By dewell JoHns

            from florida

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

            i absolutely love this guitar i got this guitar yesterday through the mail.. its pretty much a versitile guitar i mean you can play anything on this guitar and it'll sound good... the floyd rose bridge is awsome i'm not easy on my tremelo arm lol and it stays in tune no matter how much i dive with it... the pick ups first time ive ever used emgs but i have to say they are amazing i dont think i wana move away from them... fantastic chunky,very clear sound the distortion...WOW!! they have a major bite and crunch i love this guitar i recomend this guitar to anyone /m/ (-__-) /m/

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My New Metal Guitar

            By Jamen316

            from Philly

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

            I recently took a chance by buying this guitar online from this site but I am glad I did because this has become my new metal guitar. I have long been a Gibson LP man and while I could play some decent chops on my Studio, I was really looking to get some active EMG's and a Floyd Rose which can be rare in most Gibson LP's. I played the regular ec-401 in stores and felt confident enough to order it. The neck is thin for shred but beefy enough to play some chordsand riffs a la Metallica. The Floyd Rose Special may be a budget version of a FR but still pull great dives off while keeping it in tune (which is not something I can say about all locking trems). The simpler finish versus the ec-1000 is actually in my opinion more elegant than the overdone abalone trimming on the 1000. Grover tuners are a nice plus. Just beware when comparing 401's like I did of how different the 401VF was, which is more Gibson like, but not what I was looking for. I am really happy to have gotten ahold of this guitar for such a sweet price.

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Travis H

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

              I bought this guitar to learn to play. Overall very happy with the purchase.

               
              5.0

              This Guitar plays great!

              By SJK5150

              from Columbia, MD

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge:

                This Guitar plays great. Very well made and feels great. Low action and I love the Floyd Rose on this beauty. Sounds awesome and has a great finish. Highly recommended for this price. Want to buy another one in a different color. Not a big fan of EMG's though. EMG pickups needs batteries for some reason. Swapping them out for a few EVH humbuckers.

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