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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.
Explore new sonic territory with an exciting 8-String electric guitar.
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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.