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ESP LTD PB-401FM Electric Guitar
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The ESP LTD PB-401FM electric guitar features set-thru construction with a mahogany body. The mahogany neck has a thin ESP "U" neck contour and a ros...Click To Read More About This Product
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An ESP guitar with ergonomic styling and Seymour Duncan P-Rail pickups.
The ESP LTD PB-401FM electric guitar features set-thru construction with a mahogany body. The mahogany neck has a thin ESP "U" neck contour and a rosewood fingerboard that is dressed with 22 extra jumbo frets. Other features include Tune-O-Matic bridge with a stopbar tail, Grover tuners, an Earvana compensated nut, dot inlays, and chrome hardware.
The ESP LTD PB-401FM electric guitar comes loaded with Seymour Duncan P-Rails. This is a full-size humbucker that splits into either a full-size P-90 or a special Alnico-powered single-coil Rail pickup. The humbucker sound is full and expansive, owing to the mis-matched coil configuration. The P-90 is a super fat. And the Rail coils, when used together, sound like the "2" and "4" positions in a great Strat. Perfect for a wide variety of styles including country, pop, surf, jazz, blues, classic rock, and heavy rock. Controls include master volume and tone, 3-way selector switch, and a 3-way mini-switch for rail-full-split.
- Model name: ESP LTD PB-401FM
- Model number: LPB401FMDBSB
- Body style: ESP PB
- Scale length: 24-3/4"
- Body wood: mahogany
- Finish: polyurethane
- Color: dark brown
- Headstock Inlay: LTD logo
- Tuners: Grover
- Nut: Earvana compensated
- Nut Width: 42mm
- Neck: mahogany
- Neck profile: thin "U" neck contour
- Neck joint: Set-thru construction
- Fingerboard: rosewood
- Fingerboard radius: 13.77" (350mm)
- Number of frets: 22
- Fret type: extra jumbo
- Fingerboard inlays: dots with model number at the 12th fret
- Hardware plating: chrome
- Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with stopbar tail
- Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan P-Rail
- Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan P-Rails
- Controls: volume, tone
- Pickup selector: 3-way selector switch, 3-way mini-switch for rail-full-split Function
- Case: sold separately
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I?ve wanted to try the Seymour Duncan P-Rail pickups for a while. I planned to order a set, buy a 3-way toggle and have my tech mod my Gibson LP Studio. But then I saw the price on this ax and figured once I bought the P-rail pups and toggle and paid to have the LP modded, it would be about the same price as buying this guitar, only I?d still have the LP with it?s sweet Burstbuckers. I made a good decision. The PB-401FM is one hell of a fine instrument. For comparison, here?s my arsenal: the LP; a Deluxe Ash U-neck Tele w/S-1 (a blues beast!); an Am Standard Tele w/SD Hot Rails in bridge; a MIM ?72 Thinline; an Am Deluxe V-neck Strat w/S- a set-neck HH Custom Tele; an Ibanez AS7 a Gibson Blueshawk. This ESP model is as good or better than any guitar I own, for a better price. The P-rails let me dial in more tones than any one guitar I?ve ever used. The neck is thin and Gibson-like, but access to the upper frets is much better than an LP, more like a PRS. Plus the tone pot actually has a lot a range and adds even more color to the different pup settings. I?m partial to the Beano-era Clapton and Green/Kirwan-era Mac tones and this beauty nails them all - Clapton?s ?60 LP, Green?s reverse-polarity LP, and Kirwan?s P-90 LP Goldtop. Plus, the Strat tones are really rich, I guess due to the Gibson neck scale and mahogany body. I know ESP cut some corners somewhere to let this guitar go for such a low price, but I can?t see, hear or feel where they might have done it. Those Indonesian luthiers are doing an outstanding job. Well-dressed frets, Grovers, handsome finish. I like the one volume, one tone control setup rather the LP two volume, two tone setup - just a personal preference. A couple of minor quibbles, though. I?ve been playing for close to 40 years and this is one of the heaviest guitars I?ve ever strapped on, over ten pounds, so you?ll have to man-up if you play four or five sets a night. Also, MF does not sell an ESP case which fits this model. The universal ESP case does not work. I had to order a PB model ESP case from another company. That said, I love this ax so much, I?m thinking about buying a spare just because I?m convinced they?ll discontinue the model and I won?t have access to another one when I wear this one out.
This guitar is really a joy to play. I've had mine for about 2 years with no trouble. This thing has high quality pick ups & hardware for the price. It is a bit on the heavy side. I had to order a cushioned strap. It has a nice,warm tone...especially with the humbucker & p-90 settings. The strat coil tones aren't bad, but a mahagony guitar don't sound like one made out of alder....does it? It plays better than my American strat & DK2. I will never sell it. EVER!