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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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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.