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ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose Bridge Black 

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The ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar has a set mahogany neck on a single-cutaway body with a mahogany back and top in a elegant gloss black finish. The...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Modern appointments enhance this classic rocker's playability.

The ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar has a set mahogany neck on a single-cutaway body with a mahogany back and top in a elegant gloss black finish. The rosewood fretboard has 24 extra jumbo frets and is adorned with abalone flags plus the model name at the 12th fret. The thin U-shaped neck contour and the 24-3/4" scale make the LTD EC-401 an extremely playable electric guitar. Loaded with active EMG-81 (bridge position) and EMG-60 (neck position) pickups this ESP electric guitar has plenty of gain and tonal articulation. Get wacky without fear of tuning problems with the LTD EC-401 guitar's Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge. The guitar body, neck and headstock are highlighted with multi-ply binding. Black hardware complements the LTD EC-401 guitar's good looks. Case sold separately.

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
 
5.0

(based on 14 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (5)
    • Jamming (4)
    • Small venues (3)
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    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.

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      5.0

      Excellent Build Quality

      By Spatch33

      from Maine

      About Me Experienced

      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.

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          5.0

          This Guitar plays great!

          By sjk5150

          from Columbia, Maryland

          About Me Professional Musician

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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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            (4 of 4 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.

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              (1 of 1 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.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Really Nice

                By Raw Cooter

                from Oxford, MS

                About Me Professional Musician

                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!

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                  (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best of both worlds

                  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.

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                  (4 of 5 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.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

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

                  By AmazedbyLine6

                  from Florida

                  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.

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                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent Guitar!!

                  By Mucker

                  from Hagerstown, MD

                  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.

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