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ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar

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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--the perfect combination for low end and sus...Click To Read More About This Product

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Modern appointments and classic looks on a singlecut shredder.

The ESP LTD EC-401 electric guitar has a set mahogany neck on a single-cutaway body with a mahogany back--the perfect combination for low end and sustain. The thin U-shaped neck contour and 24 extra jumbo frets make the LTD EC-401FM 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, finished with black nickel hardware.

FEATURES
  • Set-neck construction
  • Mahogany body with flamed maple top
  • 24.75" scale mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • EMG 81 (bridge) / 60 (neck) active pickups
  • 42mm standard nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • TOM bridge & tailpiece

Own a guitar with classic looks and modern playability.

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ESPLTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

Most Liked Positive Review

 

quality guitar for the price

just got this guitar with the see thru black sunburst finish august 21 2012 tuesday.this guitar looks awesome.the finish is just good on this guitar.im not gonna say outstanding,and the guitars playablity seems like...Read complete review

just got this guitar with the see thru black sunburst finish august 21 2012 tuesday.this guitar looks awesome.the finish is just good on this guitar.im not gonna say outstanding,and the guitars playablity seems like your holding a 1500 - 2000 dollar guitar in your hands.the EMG does make it sound a little bit thin though,like it lack a bit of the mid range.the mahogany body on this one gives you an even tone,while the maple top gives it a little bit of brightness which is hardly noticable.my only complain about this guitar is the yellowish binding and very scratchy binding on the neck.like someone filed the binding badly,which is for me,could have been better based on its price compared to PRS guitars of the same price range.but if your looking for a solid playing performance all around guitar.this one is worth a try,and maybe youll decide to make it the ONE.i just found out this one is made from china too.just a little heads up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

NOT THAT GREAT!

Don't waste your money! It has cheap dull sounding emg pups and the overall quality is no where near what it should be for this price range of guitars. I own a 08'...Read complete review

Don't waste your money! It has cheap dull sounding emg pups and the overall quality is no where near what it should be for this price range of guitars. I own a 08' model Rogue HH guitar from M.F. and it's a much nicer playing, sounding, quality guitar for 80% less money. For the price you pay go with the Gibson Les Paul Studio. I own a '09 model and it makes the LTD EC-401 look and sound like a toy guitar.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a solid metal axe with range

By minifrag

from augusta, GA

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Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

this is my first emg/ltd. i play thru a marshall jvm. tone between the 81's and 60's is a nice mix. i have several other guitars but mostly play a '95 les paul standard, a prs se torero, and this one. i like the 60 in the bridge more than the 85 of my torero. neck is thinner than prs, overall lighter than my les paul but enough girth to feel solid. overall, play one and i'm sure you'll be happy to bring it home.
so i saw the reindeer blue in a music store and had to have it. man it looks sweet. 3 knobs - volume bridge, volume neck and tone, 3 way switch for pickups so can turn volume down on a pickup and use as kill switch. no locking tuners but doesn't seem to be a big problem so far.
no complaints here: finish was good, very nicely set up. a little string buzz. innotation seems on
maybe a little pricey for what you get but then again the emg's probably push the price up some. for <$100 more you can get an ec-1000 - which i thought about getting, but it didn't see the locking tuners being worth it on top of getting a color i didn't like as much

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

quality guitar for the price

By earlmendoza24

from miami,FL

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

    just got this guitar with the see thru black sunburst finish august 21 2012 tuesday.this guitar looks awesome.the finish is just good on this guitar.im not gonna say outstanding,and the guitars playablity seems like your holding a 1500 - 2000 dollar guitar in your hands.the EMG does make it sound a little bit thin though,like it lack a bit of the mid range.the mahogany body on this one gives you an even tone,while the maple top gives it a little bit of brightness which is hardly noticable.my only complain about this guitar is the yellowish binding and very scratchy binding on the neck.like someone filed the binding badly,which is for me,could have been better based on its price compared to PRS guitars of the same price range.but if your looking for a solid playing performance all around guitar.this one is worth a try,and maybe youll decide to make it the ONE.i just found out this one is made from china too.just a little heads up.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great quality shocked me

    By RamblinWreck

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy sliding on neck
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Roommate hates me

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

    I consider myself an intermediate player. Better than average but no rock star status. Since I didn't have thousands to spend, this guitar for the price was unbeatable. This LTD is a great guitar, and for me it was either this or an epiphone and I'm extremely happy with my decision. Great quality and sound. I haven't had an outrageously expensive guitar in my possession so i can't give direct comparisons to guitars of that tier. However, I'm very pleased with this guitar and it will cause me to stick to buying ESP

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Black Cherry Sunburst: An Awesome Guitar

    By Microglyphics

    from Chicago, IL

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Hot EMG Pickups
    • Looks awesome
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Confusing Volume Knobs

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

    The ESP LTD EC-401 with EMGs is a rock guitar. The active pickups are super hot, so not so good for Jazz. If you are looking for super-clean, keep looking; but if you want a solid rock guitar, look no further.

    This arrived factory set up perfectly for standard tuning (though detuned a half step for shipping). I just plugged it in and played. Very low action, ESP LTDs cannot be beat for the price.

    I am an ESP convert. I have owned several Gibsons over the years, and this feels just as good—for 1/3 to 1/4 the price. It has a short scale like a Les Paul, but it is not as heavy, so you don't have to endure shoulder pain for long gigs.

    The only downside—if you can call it that (unless you are looking for a clean tone)—is that I would have preferred that the volume knobs (one for each pickup) be placed in the opposite position—top for neck position and bottom for bridge position to match the toggle (instead of matching the pickup placement). Hardly a big deal, and I am not going to rewire. I'll get used to it.

    (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great guitar

    By chris hill

    from Virginia

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    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

    definatly my next guitar
    the pickups scream and the grovers keep it in tuned
    feels very solid
    definatly worth the price

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By bobbywrong

    from georgia

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

      Plays well. Sounds great on a practice amp and a nice stack. great feel. Light weight.

      (2 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      NOT THAT GREAT!

      By S.D.O.T.D. Lover!

      from Alabama

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      Pros

      • none

      Cons

      • Pricing
      • Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Boat Paddle

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

      Don't waste your money! It has cheap dull sounding emg pups and the overall quality is no where near what it should be for this price range of guitars. I own a 08' model Rogue HH guitar from M.F. and it's a much nicer playing, sounding, quality guitar for 80% less money. For the price you pay go with the Gibson Les Paul Studio. I own a '09 model and it makes the LTD EC-401 look and sound like a toy guitar.

      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One of the GREATEST guitars I have EVER held!

      By Dana Goggin

      from illinois

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

      this guitar plays amazing, it feels amazing, it sounds amazing, looks amazing, its just overall amazing!! Pinch harmonics on this thing are CRAZY good!!! A MUST get guitar!!
      This guitar is light weight, and the neck is just sooooo smooth! It plays like your hands are made of butter (which is a very good thing for those who like speed) and Ugh the emgs in this guitar! EXTREMELY worth every penny you would spend!
      this guitar has the best sound I have ever heard in a guitar. It has crazy sustain and it doesnt disappoint! you like rock? this is your guitar! you like to play it clean? this is your guitar! metal? YOUR'S! blues??? YOURS!!!! this guitar is PERRRFECT for any genre!
      well think about it, a good guitar that has a lot of work put into it will cost something, and believe me, this guitar is worth the price! it is just amazing!!! it plays like its worth more!!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty decent guitar

      By BillC

      from Rockville, MD

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Finish flaws
      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

      I've had this guitar for about 3 years now. It has a great solid feel overall with a smooth neck. It stays in tune well and was easy to set up. Overall, it feels like a guitar twice the price. It's definitely a great option for someone looking for a Les Paul style guitar. My main concerns is that the EMG pickups sound thin and tinny. I thought it was just the nature of EMGs until I got another EMG equipped guitar and there was a huge difference. Also, sometimes the pickup selecter switch does not work. If I flip the switch, it won't change between pickups unless I flip it back and forth a few more times. It works normally most of the time though. The guitar is definitely a solid build, and feels like the quality is better than many other guitars in the same price range.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "Great Guitar"

      By nyokiecutz

      from Philippines

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

        This Guitar is Great. Just Got a new one last week. I think I'll use it on my next gig. I usually play a PRS Custom 24 and when i got this and tried it on, I love the feel of this guitar, to shred, the thick sound, the tone. I can really compare it on my PRS. I can't say any negative comments on this guitar. Try it, I can promise you wont regret it. GREAT GUITAR!!!

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