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ESP LTD EC-401 Electric Guitar   (Used)

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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. The thin U-shaped neck contour and 24 extra jumbo frets make the LTD EC-401 an extremely playable electric guitar. Loaded with active EMG-81 (bridge position) and 60 (neck position) pickups this electric guitar has plenty of gain and tonal articulation. Includes an Earvana compensated nut for improved intonation, and black nickel hardware.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or 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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (4)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
    • Rock concerts (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (4)

    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.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 18 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 review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a Guitar

      By Lakeman-cV3Fw

      from Lake Waccamaw North Carolina

      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.

      Comment on this review

      (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!!!

      Comment on this review

      (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.

          Comment on this review

          (8 of 8 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.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good guitar

          By Tyler Conte

          from Concord, N.H.

          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.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 5 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.

          Comment on this review

          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Les Paul w/EMG's

          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!

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Guitar

          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!

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