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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. ...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. 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 25 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (4)
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    • Experienced (8)

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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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Deal

By Miguel Angel Reina Espinosa

from Los Angeles

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.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Les Paul w/EMG's

By jkjgiants26

from CA

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Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

i saw the ec-1000 online for $100 more and liked it but wanted to pay a little less and i saw that my local music shop carried ESP's and had them both in stock and when i went i played both and they felt the same and sounded the same and really loved the feel of both. theyre les pauls with emgs but has a better metal sound i love it! cant put it down!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a Guitar

By Lakeman

from Lake Waccamaw N.C.

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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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Buy

By Lorne Parks

from Sacramento,CA

Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

Good buy for the price. Recommend it for all syles of play, regardless of experience.
The features on this guitar are great. The emgs sound awesome and make lead and rythm parts shine. The hardware looks and works great too.
Good quality guitar. The stock strings werent that great but I replaced them with D'Addarios and it deffinatley worked.
The value of the guitar is deffinatley worth the price. It plays smooth and the emgs make it sound amazing.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely one of the best out there

By Vinnayyyyy1

from DC

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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.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LTD EC-401

    By Electric Weedeater

    from Pittsburgh PA

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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

      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.

      (4 of 4 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!!!

      (4 of 4 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.

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Guitar

          By Dukkskull

          from WV

          See all my reviews

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

          I have just recently bought this ax. I ususally play Gibsons, but wanted to change it up a bit. I was not disappointed. This thing delivers. It has an amazing sound, and plays very well. Take if from a "Gibson Through a Marshall" guy, this Guitar will not let you down. Buy it!

          (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good guitar

          By Tyler Conte

          from Concord, N.H.

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          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

          Good souding guitar! I am very impressed with sound and playability however it doesnt stay in tune very well at all. Also my pickup 3 way selector doesnt always work the best. Ive owned the guitar for 11 months and already running into these small issues. The nickel hardware doesnt hold up either. If the pickup selector wasnt cutting out and it stayed in tune alittle better i would give it a 10 out of a 10.

          (2 of 49 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not Worth The Price

          By My Band "Convertible Wednesday"

          from Maryland

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          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.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great guitar

          By MonsterSteve

          from Windsor Locks, CT

          See all my reviews

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

          I recently purchased an Ibanez Artist 600 but exchanged it for a black ESP LTD EC-401. The overall feel of the EC-401 is better than the Ibanez especially the neck. The Ibanez has better sustain hands down but comes at a cost of weight. The sustain on the EC was just right (Goldie Locks Style) The build quality of the EC was better than the Ibanez, the picks are superior without question. The Tuners on the Ibanez were better but what tuners arn't better than standard Grover tuners. I already have a set of Sperzel Locking tuners on there way. The finish on the EC was perfect and flawless. The only complaint I have about the EC would be a slight buzzing in the first few frets but nothing a setup can't fix which should be done on every guitar. I did mine myself and it's fine now. This guitar is considerably lighter than the Ibanez and very comfortable to play, not like a traditional Les Paul replica. To summarize, I highly recomend this guitar or brand to anyone looking for a quality guitar they can grow into at an affordable price.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid

          By Dchylde

          from Indiana

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

          I recently purchased this guitar (see-thru black) and have to say that I'm blown away by it. Bright, solid and lightweight, it easily rivals other guitars I've played that cost 2-3x as much. The see-thru black finish is actually much darker than it appears in the image. Also, mine came with grover tuners instead of esp. You won't hear me complain! This is truly a guitar you can fall in love with.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

            (1 of 2 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.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              KILLER

              By cdedgar@27

              from Warrenville,SC

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              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is great. When you pick it up it feels like it didnt just come out of a machine but was put together very carefully. The tone is incredible as a result of the mahogany body and set neck. The EMGs only add to to it giving it plenty of sustain and a great crunch with distortion. I play it through a BOSS ml2 and Line 6 spider and it is truly a great instrument for any player.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing

              By Anonymous

              from Undisclosed

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

              Ive been looking at this guitar for about year, deciding between this and a Dean Soltero. I decided on the ec and just picked it up from the store this morning... I made the right choice. Its super thin, the neck is fast and smooth, and the EMG pickups give me the sound Ive been trying to get forever. Theyre amazingly clear even with high gain and the pinch harmonics sing. The sustain is unbelievable and its sooo easy to play. The higher frets are a little tough to get to, but that comes with just about any les paul shape. If youre thinking about this guitar, dont think anymore...just buy it. You WONT be disappointed.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              WOW

              By Protestingthehero10

              from Louisville, KY

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

              This guitar is FANTASTIC. Just buy it, you will not regret it. Action, finish, pickups, everything is great. Better than a lot of instruments three times the price. The pickups are sooo good. I was having a lot trouble with feedback at high volumes with passive pickups, and the EMG's have helped soo much to eliminate that. I bought mine in white, and it looks amazing. Like I said, BUY THIS GUITAR YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              totally worth it!!

              By MetalFTW

              from Canada

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar:

              I've used the EC 401 many times at a local music store. I've even its predecessor, the EC 500, which is the same model, but made in a different country.If you're looking for a good guitar that has a balanced tone for any genre, this is the right guitar. It has a comfortable neck, thanks to the thin U contour, and the EMG's help with those hi gain tones, making it suited for metal. and it also stays in tune very well.Your search stops here, this guitar will not disappoint you.

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