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ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar Black Aqua Sunburst 

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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...Read More

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OVERVIEW

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

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)

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    (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

    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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    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Pretty decent guitar

    By BillC

    from Rockville, MD

    About Me Experienced

    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.

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    4.0

    Great guitar, slight fret buzz

    By Cody

    from Greenbay, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

    Picked this guitar up used from MF for a nice price. Loved the finish of the black aqua sunburst. An eye pleasing guitar for sure. EMG pickups top it off for a really great hard rock metal tone. A bit too much bite for doing great singing cleans. Rolling back on the volume helps clean it up too get it close to a "nice" clean, but not quite excellent.

    Guitar felt nice in the hands, smooth, great action n such.

    Had a bit of fret buzz out of the box and intonation was way off, but a trip to a luther for a proper set up cured all issues making it as close to perfect as a guitar can get for playing loud and fast.

    Pick it up used(discounted), get it set up properly and you will love this guitar for a long time.

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    (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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      5.0

      Great guitar

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401FM Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar, killer sound! Not heavy. Great neck. I usually play a strat, but this is becoming my favorite guitar. Would recommend this guitar!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By bobbywrong

      from georgia

      About Me Experienced

      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.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        NOT THAT GREAT!

        By S.D.O.T.D. Lover!

        from Alabama

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

        Comment on this review

        (5 of 5 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.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great quality shocked me

          By RamblinWreck

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          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

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          (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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          Verified Reviewer

          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.

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          (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!!

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