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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...Read More

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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 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) Standard 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)

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    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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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)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • 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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5.0

Great used guitar at a fair price!

By 

from CT

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Nice Slim Neck
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Good Quality Guitar
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

For the price this is a great guitar, if you like a thin neck and not the rounded Les Paul this is for you, good for hard rock and rock.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great bargain

By 

from The Commonwealthof Viginia

About Me Professional Musician

Ask me a question

Verified Reviewer

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.

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    5.0

    Just awesome

    By 

    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.

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      5.0

      Great for the price

      By 

      from TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Action
      • Great for the Price
      • Great Pickups

      Cons

      • Some Binding Flaws
      • Some Finish Flaws

      Best Uses

      • About Anything

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

      For the price, you can't beat this guitar. Great pickups and action. There will be some minor flaws. There will probably be minor binding flaws and some finish lapping over the binding in spots (just a tiny tiny bit). None of this is noticeable from more than a couple of feet away, and you'd have to be looking for the flaws. Nothing that will affect playability at all. It sounds great and I'm amazed that I got this kind of guitar for just under 4 bills on sale a while back. Granted, there are better and more precisely made LP style guitars out there, but I haven't seen any that give this much bang for the buck. For reference, I've owned and played Gibsons. The quality in workmanship is pretty close to what you'd find on LP studios and SG standards these days. The fretwork and inlay is actually better than my late 90s LP Studio. Also, I'm fond of the knob configuration. The bridge volume is closest to where your hand is, so easy to manipulate with your pinky.

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      5.0

      Excellent option without spending a ton.

      By 

      from Virginia

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Beautiful Top
      • Crazy Good Pickups
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Very Good Feel

      Cons

      • Inlays Were A Bit Messy

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

      Very good feel, excellent pickups, earvana nut, intonation spot on, beautiful top, great tuners, superb action without fretbuzz, great sound.

      I have owned many Gibsons(les pauls, an explorer(all time fav), and multiple sgs), Vintage Fenders, and others. This guitar is as well built as any (minus the inlays, I am being VERY picky). It may not say ESP on the front of the headstock, but the sound and feel of the guitar makes you think it does.

      The fret ends on the neck are not covered by binding as with some of the higher end gibsons, but are rounded enough that you do not notice them. The neck is smooth and easy to play. It is wide like an explorer with plenty of room to bend.

      The flame top is not as thick or three dimensional as some others, but is beatiful nonetheless. The finish was great as well.

      The tuners are substantial and do a great job of staying in tune. They also feel very nice without any slack.

      The pickups in this guitar sound awesome, full of sustain and resonance. They overdrive nicely through my tube Peavey and sound clear and bell-like when clean.

      This is the nicest guitar I have tried anywhere near this price and above. I will not be replacing this with another. It will stay in my collection.

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      5.0

      DON'T HESITATE, GET IT NOW !

      By 

      from Freehold, NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      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.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome

          By 

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          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.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome guitar

          By 

          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

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Unbelievable value and great sound

              By 

              from Payson, UT

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

              Right out of the box this guitar was in tune despite having been shipped across the country to my doorstep. The low strings were a little too low and were buzzing a little bit but I fixed that with a quick adjustment of the bridge and now it is really slight but playable. I may raise it up a little higher but I don't want to ruin how it plays. Great looking guitar, better than any Les Paul I have picked up and it sounds great.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Excellent Les Paul alternative

              By 

              from Wisconsin

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Great Pickups
              • Lighter Than A Les Paul
              • Smooth Fast Varnish
              • Stays in tune well

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-401VF Electric Guitar:

              I have been playing for 35 years, and have had numerous guitars.After selling my 2000.00 Les paul, I was still longing for that great Les Paul sound.I had an EPI, Michael kelly, etc..But something was elusive.It's the big chunk of mahogany and the right pickup that matches the wood.This will do Zep, Jazz, GNR,or decent metal.
              Plenty of push and clarity. More comfortable and affordable than my Les Paul, and GREAT workmanship on mine.I leave it out on the stand, and it stays in tune.This is the best bang for buck, and a good addition to my strat and tele.I can now play any style as soon as my talent catches up with my gear.I use a tone bone hot british and AC15 C2 my best sound ever with this guitar.I buy from MF all the time, and they are Fast,and efficient. I recommend them as well.

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