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ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar   

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The ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar has a set mahogany neck on a single-cutaway body with a mahogany back and a beautiful flamed maple top. The thin...Click To Read More About This Product

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With modern upgrades to a classic electric guitar design.

The ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar has a set mahogany neck on a single-cutaway body with a mahogany back and a beautiful flamed maple top. The thin U-shaped neck contour and 22 extra jumbo frets on the 14" radius fretboard make the LTD EC-401VF an extremely playable instrument. Loaded with Seymour Duncan JB (bridge position) and '59 (neck position) pickups, this electric guitar has a full range of tones from vintage smooth to rough and ready. Includes an Earvana compensated nut for improved intonation, ESP-style pearl inlays, and chrome hardware.

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FEATURES
  • Set-in mahogany neck
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Mahogany back
  • Flamed maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 14" fingerboard radius
  • 1.65" (42mm) Earvana compensated nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 22 XJ frets
  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • Tune-o-matic-style bridge and stop tailpiece
  • Seymour Duncan JB (bridge position)/'59 (neck position) Pickups
  • Two volume control/one master tone control, 3-way toggle switch
  • Case not Included

Own a guitar with classic styling and modern tones. Order yours today!

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ESPLTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
  • Small venues (6)
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    • Experienced (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great bargain

With guitars i have discovered after over 25 years of playing that, they are like shoes..... when you put on a well made good feeling pair, you know when you have...Read complete review

With guitars i have discovered after over 25 years of playing that, they are like shoes..... when you put on a well made good feeling pair, you know when you have a winner.... same thing applies with guitars to me, when you get a good one in your hands and play it, you either love or hate it. i have owned MANY brands of guitars over the years, from "beginner" guitars up to guitars, all of various styles. the esp ltd ec401vf in tobacco burst guitar is my 1st ever from the brand, and was listed on musicians friend as in mint condition and at a GREAT price as well. for a guitar with a mahogany body, flame maple top, earvana nut, grover tuners seymour duncan pickups, how they make it with these parts at this price confuses me... nonetheless, it arrived with what i can only assume was VERY heavy gauge strings and fret buzz all over. fit and finish was perfect all over and trust me, this was my 1st time buying used gear here and am very impressed. after a good string change to some ernie ball 9s and leting it acclimate to normal temps (it was a high of 20 degrees the day it arrived) i played it. then played it some more.... now my hands hurt alot... because i cant seem to keep them off this thing. in a world full of les pauls that this guitar was designed to compete with, you would have to pay well over $2000 to get the features,feel, and sounds this guitar emits. this is not my first rodeo, gibsons are wonderful instruments, but this guitar proves, you dont have to pay over $2000 for a properly built professional guitar that can easily cover any style you play. the pickups are incredible and the guitar performs flawlessly. i play everything from light jazz to black label society and it has no problem keeping up. pickups are very responsive. these things are in the used category now as esp has updated them with dimarzio pickups this year, get one of these used before they are gone! yes they are that good. cant say anything wrong about this thing, esp and china made guitar factories have proven they have outdone usa made guitar companies with instruments like these. if your brainwashed by brand names, blindfold test it, bet youll be surprised. im a fan of buying american made goods, but not a fan of overpaying, if your like me, check this thing out before they are gone.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It'd be nice if it worked

I bought this guitar reading all these great reviews and knowing that esp is a reliable brand but out of the box the guitar fret buzzed louder than a hive. It was too much,...Read complete review

I bought this guitar reading all these great reviews and knowing that esp is a reliable brand but out of the box the guitar fret buzzed louder than a hive. It was too much, the action was okay but still a little out of shape it got me really ticked off so I ended up selling it.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bargain

By JZ1973

from The Commonwealthof Viginia

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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-401VF Electric Guitar:

    With guitars i have discovered after over 25 years of playing that, they are like shoes..... when you put on a well made good feeling pair, you know when you have a winner.... same thing applies with guitars to me, when you get a good one in your hands and play it, you either love or hate it. i have owned MANY brands of guitars over the years, from "beginner" guitars up to guitars, all of various styles. the esp ltd ec401vf in tobacco burst guitar is my 1st ever from the brand, and was listed on musicians friend as in mint condition and at a GREAT price as well. for a guitar with a mahogany body, flame maple top, earvana nut, grover tuners seymour duncan pickups, how they make it with these parts at this price confuses me... nonetheless, it arrived with what i can only assume was VERY heavy gauge strings and fret buzz all over. fit and finish was perfect all over and trust me, this was my 1st time buying used gear here and am very impressed. after a good string change to some ernie ball 9s and leting it acclimate to normal temps (it was a high of 20 degrees the day it arrived) i played it. then played it some more.... now my hands hurt alot... because i cant seem to keep them off this thing. in a world full of les pauls that this guitar was designed to compete with, you would have to pay well over $2000 to get the features,feel, and sounds this guitar emits. this is not my first rodeo, gibsons are wonderful instruments, but this guitar proves, you dont have to pay over $2000 for a properly built professional guitar that can easily cover any style you play. the pickups are incredible and the guitar performs flawlessly. i play everything from light jazz to black label society and it has no problem keeping up. pickups are very responsive. these things are in the used category now as esp has updated them with dimarzio pickups this year, get one of these used before they are gone! yes they are that good. cant say anything wrong about this thing, esp and china made guitar factories have proven they have outdone usa made guitar companies with instruments like these. if your brainwashed by brand names, blindfold test it, bet youll be surprised. im a fan of buying american made goods, but not a fan of overpaying, if your like me, check this thing out before they are gone.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ESP Does It Again

    By Cuzo

    from NJ

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    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

    This is my fourth ESP LTD guitar and it didn't disapoint. I was able to pick this axe up for a song in the used section on MF. In my opinion MF could have sold this as new because of the almost non existent defect they specified. Anyway, the guitar looks and plays fantastic. The Duncans are a favorite of mine. I use them in most of my gutiars. I don't care for EMG's at all. In fact I removed them from the V401 I have. The neck is fast, action is low as can be and it performs great. I have a couple bands and one plays metal and the other classic rock covers and this guitar can do both very well. The flame top is beautiful, frets dressed properly and the grover tuners provide worry free tuning. I have 2 Gibson LP's, 76 Explorer and a 85 V so I think I am qualified to say the bang for your buck is with the ESP LTD line.The chunk you get from a Paul is there with this guitar. Though a cranked Marshall this guitar could inspire many a riff writer. ESP plain rules....

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Esp Rocks!!

    By Tumbleweed axeslinger

    from Great state of Texas

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    Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is amazing value for the money, believe me, I've owned just about everything. This one is equal to any Gibson out there, with WAY better grover tuners, much better flame top, the quality is fantastic. Gibson is way overpriced, all you're buying is a name! I've owned the EC 1000 as well,(4 of them), and they are great too. This one has a nice thick body without the belly cut, and the sustain with the Duncans is killer. Buy this before they figure it out and raise the price!!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just awesome

    By drawingonscars

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

      If you are looking for a les paul style guitar without shelling out two grand, this is the guitar to buy. The pictures do not do this item justice. The build quality is superb. Flawless out of the box. The JB provides plenty of saturation and bite, but still comes through clear. Gibson quality at a budget price.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      best guitar I've ever owned

      By BoTcHEDboy

      from spokane wa

      About Me Experienced

      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-401VF Electric Guitar:

        Just a kick-butt guitar all around, I love the jb/59 combo. I sing and play heavy original music in a gigging band. One of the greatest things about this guitar is just how solid and well built it is. The pickups have the power at hand to tear it up - without all the feedback and noise from knockoffs. Buy it,if I lost mine, I would buy it all over again!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Forget Gibson... you need this guitar

        By S-banger

        from CANADA

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        Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

        I own an ec 401vf in with the TSB finish, and i must say it is amazing. crazy sustain, awesome tones/harmonics, and the most versatile pickup combo I've seen. I play everything from metal to shred to church music, and with a quick adjustment, you can play w/e you want. combine it with the 300 watt line 6 hd147 head and cab, and you have an amazing combo. that, and you don't have to be a cookie cutter guitar player and own an over priced 'gibson' or epiphone. as far as playing it for metal, it might be a stretch, i prefer my other ESP's with EMG combos, but for ANYTHING else, this guitar will leave everyone satisfied and smiling. The mahogany body sounds THICK and full bodied, especially when you turn up the gain. playing up on the neck is easy, and with the S.D. pickups, its super clean, and full. You will not get a 'tinny' cheap sound out of this thing. Plus the grover tuners and earvana are awesome. icing on the cake.bottom line: its fast, dirty and clean at the same time, and it looks awesome. DO NOT waste your cash on a gibson or fender. ESP and LTD's quality far surpasses.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        EC-400 VF

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

        I own the ec-400 vf...same guitar as this ec-401....great guitar...would recommend to any friend...even after my small issue...when i got my guitar, the pick up switch was junk...contacted Musicians Friend and they sent me a new one, and i soldered it in my self...super silky smooth finish, great, great, tone...the more and more i read about guitars, and my experiences...i'm starting to believe Gibson is all in the name!!!Peace

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        DON'T HESITATE, GET IT NOW !

        By FearMyThoughts

        from Freehold, NJ

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        Pros

        • Fantastic Guitar For The
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Price

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

            I first ordered a Schecter Hellraiser Special - Great looking guitar, set up did not impress me. The sound despite EMG's was horrible, so it went back. Next I tried a Dean ML, as I liked the shape of the Explorer. I found it to be top heavy and the pickups were so-so, and it went back. Now the return shipping was taking it's toll on me. I own a 70 Les Paul Custom and while I was looking for something different I saw the LTD 401VF. I wanted to preserve my Les Paul and have another guitar that I could use daily. Let me say that I was not disappointed. Third time was a charm! Excellent pickups, even better that my Les Paul. Great finish and of course a well balanced guitar. I am more than pleased and I am sure you will be as well.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome

            By klaymaster

            from Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Poor Out-of-box Setup

            Best Uses

            • Anything
            • Metal
            • Rock

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

            This is among my favorite guitars I've ever played. I honestly prefer this guitar over some Gibsons and other Les Paul style guitars. The EC-401VF features Seymour Duncans instead of the active EMG pickups in the EC-401. Both sound great but you can typically get a little more variety with these pickups.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome guitar

            By Guitarzar

            from Henderson ky

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is great it really is plays great out the box did some recording with 6505+ sounds amazing it is a heavy guitar get one you will love it I play mostly classic rock it great for that

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