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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
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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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(2 of 2 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 2 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(2 of 2 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.

(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 1 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!

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