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ESP LTD Viper 400 Electric Guitar  

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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

    This is the lowest-price active setup in the series and a fantastic bargain . . . order it TODAY!

     
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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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    5.0

    Best mahogany/set-neck for your buck

    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.

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    (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.

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    5.0

    owned for over 2 years

    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.

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    5.0

    esp rocks!

    By onfrailwings5

    from scranton, PA

    My first real guitar was a viper 200 fm, great guitar! About a year ago I invested in the 400 it is the best guitar anyone can own period. I play though a mesa half stack, the combo is the best for metal, hardcore, etc. Don't listen to anyone that says its awkward to play if you have an oz. of strenght you'll be fine. But at first I can see it being a little werid. DO NOT change the strap button! The button saves lifes. BUY THIS GUITAR!!!!

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    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By ViperRocks

    from Kansas

    I got mine a year ago and have loved it ever since. Totally awesome quitar! Craftsmanship is much better than my Fender Strat even though my strat is great too!

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    5.0

    I LOVE IT!

    I bought this guitar this previous summer, it is amazing.-the pickups are brutal -the neck is so easy to play on-it looks amazing-I would buy this guitar if you like to play progressive metal hard rock or any type of metal its perfect.I play it through a line 6 spyder 111 112 watt amp with a boss ML-2 metal core peadal its very nice.

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    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.

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    5.0

    AWSOME

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I got this guitar about six month ago and when it come to me in the mail i was not impressed with what i had got. i got it the bridge was way to high and alittle top heavy becasue i was playin a Fender jagstang but the pick ups are unbelievable for the music that i play and now that i ajusted the bridge and got it stright i am happy and glad that i got this guitar

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Viper-400

    By rockforever573

    from Ludlow, MA

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Viper 400.

    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.

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