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ESP LTD FM-418 8 String Electric Guitar   

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The ESP LTD FM-418 8-string electric guitar has unique styling with the body of an ESP "M" Series guitar and the headstock of an ESP "F" Series. This...Read More

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A stealthy 8-string with 24-frets, hipshot bridge, and EMG pickups.

The ESP LTD FM-418 8-string electric guitar has unique styling with the body of an ESP "M" Series guitar and the headstock of an ESP "F" Series. This bad boy features a basswood body with neck-thru-body construction. The maple neck has a thin ESP "U" neck contour. A rosewood fingerboard is dressed with 24 extra-jumbo frets. A longer 26" scale brings out the ESP guitar's extra-low notes without feeling too different than a standard 6-string. A Hipshot fixed bridge gives you brighter highs and more resonant lows. Other features on the ESP LTD FM-418 guitar include black hardware, Grover tuners, and a graphite nut.

EMG 808 active humbuckers feature Alnico V loaded wide aperture coils to beef up that Low B tone and at the same time provide a more responsive super tight overall sound. Whether you are ringing out Opeth-style jazzy chords or playing palm muted death chugs, even with the amp set to "kill", these pickups will articulate every note, harmonic and squeal you ask of them.

  • Model name: ESP LTD FM-418 8-string guitar
  • Model number: LFM418BLK
  • Number of strings: 8
  • Body style: M
  • Scale length: 26" (660mm)
  • Body wood: basswood
  • Finish: polyurethane
  • Color: black
  • Headstock Inlay: LTD logo
  • Tuners: Grover
  • Nut: graphite
  • Nut Width: 55mm
  • Neck: maple
  • Neck profile: thin "U" neck contour
  • Neck joint: neck-thru-body construction
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Number of frets: 24
  • Fret type: extra jumbo
  • Fingerboard inlays: dots with model number at the 12th fret
  • Hardware plating: black nickel
  • Bridge: Hipshot fixed
  • Neck Pickup: EMG 808 active humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: EMG 808 active humbucker
  • Controls: volume, tone
  • Pickup selector: 3-way toggle
  • Strings: 0.010 “ 0.068
  • Tuning (low to high): F#, B, E, A, D, G, B, E
  • Case: sold separately

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Good value, suggest changing your tuning.


from California

The ESP-LTD FM-418 8 string guitar is a quality instrument, and a great value. The active EMGs that come stock are a decent high-output pickup with balanced frequency response, though they are a little unresponsive through the entire dynamic range (this is typical for active EMGs). You can't tell from the picture, but this is a set-neck design, and feels very solid. It comes tuned(from high to low) E-B-G-D-A-E-B-F#. The low F# is well within the lower register of a bass guitar, and my amps didn't respond well to some of the lower notes. I retuned the guitar (as I originally planned) to A-E-B-G-D-A-E-B (using a .007 guage string for the high A), which is a fairly standard lute tuning, and I like it much better that way.This guitar has the shortest scale of available 8 strings and lends itself well to the high A tuning. If you are dead set on having a low F# I suggest you take a look at either Ibanez's or Schecter's 8 strings, as those feature a longer scale length and hopefully will give you more definition on the low F# string.

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