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ESP LTD Viper 400 Electric Guitar

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The ESP LTD Viper 400 Electric Guitar's set neck and EMG-81/85 active humbuckers generate huge sustain and a more focused tone to cut through dense m...Click To Read More About This Product

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A Viper for the working stiff, replete with active electronics.

The ESP LTD Viper 400 Electric Guitar's set neck and EMG-81/85 active humbuckers generate huge sustain and a more focused tone to cut through dense mixes. The mahogany neck has a bound rosewood fretboard featuring extra-jumbo frets and flag inlays. Simple controls on the ESP Viper give you volume, tone, and a 3-way selector. The contoured upper side of the mahogany Viper 400 body offers supreme playing comfort.

FEATURES
  • Set neck
  • EMG-81/85 active humbuckers
  • Mahogany body
  • Bound maple neck has a rosewood fretboard featuring extra-jumbo frets and flag inlays
  • Volume, tone, and 3-way selector
  • Extreme contour on the upper side of the body provides playing comfort
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4.9

(based on 119 reviews)

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Viper-400

The Viper-400 is one the best guitars i have ever played. Its sustain is amazing. The electronic are great(beside their configuration). The Emg 81(b)/85(n) are good pickups...Read complete review

The Viper-400 is one the best guitars i have ever played. Its sustain is amazing. The electronic are great(beside their configuration). The Emg 81(b)/85(n) are good pickups but I switched the 81 up to the neck and put the 85 down at the bridge the tone quality is so much better. When you do that you lose some base but if you know how to use the EQs on your amp correctly, which you should, you can make it sounds nice. If you are into metal and rock and you want to get a quality guitar, go with the Viper or really any ESP. Most people think an SG is so much better than the Viper by visuals but if you ask any guitar tech that has played both of them he or she would tell you that the Viper is so much better. Vipers are made extremely well. The one I have owned for over a year now hasn't presented to many problems(besides trying to install an Emg Afterburner). An Emg Afterburner is an upgrade tone circuit knob that boosts your gain stages of you actives, if you have actives, and makes open coils boosts their output and raise the signal. On my Viper I believe Esp made an error when soldering the wiring to the pots and that's what made it difficult for me to install it. Take it from a skilled guitarist, if you want a guitar that you are going to play constantly go with a Viper.

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Looks can be decieving.

It showed up at the door. I opened it, and it was beautiful. As time went by I realized it is not even staying in tune. So I contact ESP in california....Read complete review

It showed up at the door. I opened it, and it was beautiful. As time went by I realized it is not even staying in tune. So I contact ESP in california. Ship it out to them and they ship it back the same way. This wouldnt even hold a standard E tuning for one minute. Its sad but true. So i smashed it, because i would have felt guilty selling it to an unsuspecting cust. my advice is to buy a jackson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

viper400

By Troy-eazoY

from new york city

Wonderful neck, wonderful pickups, great action, great electronics, terribly awkward to play standing. I switched the strap button to where an sg has it, and its still hard to deal with, I'm trading mine in for an eclipse 500. Love the guitar, but if you wanna play standing up, get an eclipse.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Viper-400

By rockforever573

from Ludlow, MA

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The Viper-400 is one the best guitars i have ever played. Its sustain is amazing. The electronic are great(beside their configuration). The Emg 81(b)/85(n) are good pickups but I switched the 81 up to the neck and put the 85 down at the bridge the tone quality is so much better. When you do that you lose some base but if you know how to use the EQs on your amp correctly, which you should, you can make it sounds nice. If you are into metal and rock and you want to get a quality guitar, go with the Viper or really any ESP. Most people think an SG is so much better than the Viper by visuals but if you ask any guitar tech that has played both of them he or she would tell you that the Viper is so much better. Vipers are made extremely well. The one I have owned for over a year now hasn't presented to many problems(besides trying to install an Emg Afterburner). An Emg Afterburner is an upgrade tone circuit knob that boosts your gain stages of you actives, if you have actives, and makes open coils boosts their output and raise the signal. On my Viper I believe Esp made an error when soldering the wiring to the pots and that's what made it difficult for me to install it. Take it from a skilled guitarist, if you want a guitar that you are going to play constantly go with a Viper.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Nice looking sounds weak

By adagost1

from Portland Maine

I bought this guitar, having heard that it sounds better than the gibson sg, and man that couldn't be further from the truth. The guitar sounds weak, like blankets are wrapped around it. Plays nice, but if you buy one save money for new pickups. I own a gibson les paul and sg and sold my viper after plugging it in once.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Looks can be decieving.

By slug-63OWy

from slc, ut

It showed up at the door. I opened it, and it was beautiful. As time went by I realized it is not even staying in tune. So I contact ESP in california. Ship it out to them and they ship it back the same way. This wouldnt even hold a standard E tuning for one minute. Its sad but true. So i smashed it, because i would have felt guilty selling it to an unsuspecting cust. my advice is to buy a jackson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Viper 400.

By Rusty Shackleford-xS2oS

from California

I've had this guitar for about a month now, and I was hesitant at first to get it. I got the see-thru cherry left-handed version of it, but it's basically the same thing. It sounds great, looks great, but most importantly, it feels great. I've seen some reviews on here that say the neck is a bit on the heavy side, but there is absolutely no problem there. I also like how the neck slims out towards the body, and that the cutaway is deep in there, allowing full fretboard access. The only downsides to it is that the frets do stand a little tall, but it just takes a little getting used to. Also, I'd rather prefer the availability of individual volume and tone knobs for each pickup as opposed to single master volume and tone knobs, allowing for more tonal opportunities. Other than that, this guitar is awesome. If you are thinking that this guitar is a bit sketchy, don't. It's great, and unless you are thinking of getting either this or an EC-1000, get this.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

owned for over 2 years

By MECHANICALjim

from ohio

Ive used this guitar for over 2 years now. Played Metal mostly. It's hard to play anything else now. Its very comfortable, not to heavey. Ive played a couple friends guitars at concerts to try to mix it up a bit(les paul custom, fender strat). But every guitar i play doesnt even compare. Great price for a Great guitar.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Set MAPLE NECK, NOT MAHOGANY!

By SoHowYouDoin3581

from Millsboro, DE

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Neck bends easy, not worth the money. Buy a viper 50 and change pick-ups and controls and you have a guitar that sounds just like the viper 400. DON'T BUY THIS GUITAR!! I'm returning this and getting the Schecter C-1 HellRaiser... ALL MAHOGANY BABY!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best mahogany/set-neck for your buck

By The name is just an identifier of the flesh.

from Orlando

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These Vipers blow away a real SG for playability and even tone. I'm in the process of modding mine with chrome hardware, a stetsbar tremolo system, some locking tuners, and maybe new pickups. However, as is, these guitars blow away Gibson SGs (except for the lack of a traditional vintage vibe). The bodies are solid mahogany and full of tone, the necks are slimmer and faster. The standard pickups, in my opinion, rip compared to the one-dimensional sounding SG stock 498T. I never thought I'd say that because the 498T sounds great in Les Pauls. The Gibson SG sounds muddy compared to this these. For practicality, playability, and tone--this guitar is the way to go. The best SG-styled guitar, hands down.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP Viper 400

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This guitar is beautiful. I own the white with gray pearl inlays and it looks and plays amazing. The EMG Active 81/85 combo is perfect for metal and still sounds amazing clean. I play through a Line 6 head, crate half-stack and a Digitech DF-7. The variations are endless, and the results are always great. For the price, it's the best option out there.

 
5.0

Wow just wow!

By Shredmonster234

from Undisclosed

I played this guitar in a music store the other day and I have never been so happy with a guitar, I was looking for a metal guitar that i could tune down to like C# and stuff with and this one worked like a charm, I own an ibenaz s series with a floyd rose which is a amazing guitar as well but I wanted to get away from the the whammy bar and this is the best u could get for an awesome price.

 
5.0

A great gem, no regrets!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

After playing it at my local music store, I soon after put a down payment on it. I was so excited to get this baby home and plug it in. The neck feels great, it has a good tone and the EMG's make it roar. It reminds me so much of a Gibson SG but alot better and so much more in my opinion. I play a lot of Blues/Hard Rock with this guitar and it sounds really good. Just because this is an ESP guitar and has EMG's doesn't mean you cant play the blues with it. It has such a Vintage vibe to it. However, I removed the ugly/heavy volume/tone knobs and replaced them with vintage Fender black tophat knobs which gives the guitar alot more class and a more Vintage look. NO REGRETS!

 
5.0

Gibson SG step aside and take some notes.

By The Man that followed the trail to hell

from New Orleans, LA

Due to their similar looks the only thing that seperates the SG from the viper is its wide range of musical styles that can be played on it.The SG might have sum pretty good tone to it but if you want hard, heavy, aggressive metal look no further than the Viper400. The EMG dual 81's are sick on it. But I would prefer putting and 85 for better low end. If you plus if you got a good amp and a distortion pedal your bound to get your neighbors calling the police for a noise complaint. This is truly worth evry cent. Looks are top notch, but its pretty heavy on the neck but thats nothin a few rearrangments cant fix. ROCK ON!!

 
5.0

absolutely amazing

By TheMythOfMan2000

from Lexington,KY

I own the LTD Viper 400 and I fell in love with it from the second i picked it up. It has incredible sustain and pulling pinch squeals isso easy all due to the active EMG's. The mahogony body is beautiful especialy in sunburst but the weight took some getting use to , I play in a grind core band an that involves alot of stage presence including guitar throws and after being hit in the back of the head with it a couple of times I adjusted to it real quick. Overall this guitar is great it holds tune forever , sounds great , and is overall a SWEET DEAL!!!! Don't pass this thing up....you will be disapointed if you do.

 
5.0

This guitar is awesome!

By Combat8510

from Pompton Lakes, NJ

I really like this guitar. I just recieved the white one today and it is crazy looking. I play it through a Peavey Valve King 212 and it sounds amazing. I would definately recommend picking one of these up for the price.

 
4.0

Solid mid-level guitar

By Western Filet

from Seattle, WA

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I've owned this for just over a year now, and have been very happy with it. The sound and active EMG's are awesome. I wish the balance was better and it stayed in tune longer, but other than that, it has a great feel and is perfect for the music I play - Metal.If you're looking to move up, or like the Gibson SG's but not the price, this is a great guitar to get.

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar

By Blair Green

from San Antonio, TX

I just bought the ESP Viper 400 and it's just plain awesome. I tried it out on my Marshall MF350 and you can't ask for a better sound for the price. It gave me the bottom end I wanted. And with a different set up and thicker strings, it sounds great detuned to drop C, i haven't tried any lower than that yet, but I bet as long as you use the right setup it would sound just as good. So for anyone looking for an awesome, affordable guitar to play detuned with, this is the one for you.

 
5.0

Shred Machine!

By MusicBiz123

from Phoenix, AZ

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Love this guitar. I purchased it a while ago when they were slightly cheaper. Craftsmanship is unmatched. Super fast neck. Great features. Grover tuners stay in tune forever! Pickups are super hot with great harmonics and sustain. One of my favorite guitars!

 
5.0

hey yo

By Odius Diffuzed

from Monterey, CA

I've had this guitar for 3 years now, and it's never failed me...i've played almost everything with this thing; jazz, metal, alternative, classical, techno, country, you name it! Although its an awesome guitar i wish i would have bought it a lil later so that i could have the emg 81's, but i got a pair and put em in neway. This guitar is a deffinatly awesome playing axe equipped with low action and crazy pickups, it can do low tuning great too...ps the guitar can match alot of jimmy page's fast playin almost anyday.

 
5.0

ESP LTD Viper 400

By Igloo/Iguana

from Big Lake, MN

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I am very pleased with this guitar. This guitar is Beautiful & I Love to play it. I prefer a guitar with EMGs! The neck through construction is awesome.I used to exclusively play Jackson guitars...I installed my own EMG 81/85...but the quality of Jackson guitars nowdays is Very Poor. Probably since Fender is in charge.I would Love the VIPER 400 even more if ESP decided to install (2) volume & (2) tone knobs.

 
5.0

My Favorite Axe

By ownx

from Dallas, TX

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This is one of the best ESP/LTD guitars I've played and my absolute favorite at the moment. I picked up the Vintage Sunburst model with the Seymour Duncan pickups and I couldn't be happier with it. It was worth the extra $.The Duncan pickups are a bit more versatile than the EMG in the other models and are great for anything from Blues to Metal. Not knocking the EMG, they are perfect for metal and blistering leads, but I like to play a lot of different stuff.Everything on this guitar is top quality. The hardware is great and the finish is beautiful. The only thing I had to change was the bridge but that was only out of preference.I went with a Wilkinson B32 black roller bridge with locking studs. I set it up myself and the action is perfect with a set of D'Addario EXL110 strings.Other than that all I had to do was put on a set of Schaller strap locks to complete this baby.With the smooth finish of the set neck in my palm and the sweet tone of the Duncan pickups I can play it for hours at a time.Highly recommended.

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