Price paid: € 577
Purchased from: thomann.de
Sound — 10
I play this axe trough my Line 6 75w amp, I mostly play metal and this guitar suits perfectly for it. It has pretty good clean sound and very nice metal tone. Pickups are not noisy at all, suits perfectly for playing at high volumes. This guitar gives you almost crystal clean clean sound and very nice metal screams.
Overall Impression — 9
This guitar has been made for metal and hard rock players so it's smooth to play that kind of music with it. I've been playing over 2 years now, I own also that Ibanez I allready told you before. This guitar would be good for a beginner or pro (maybe too expensive for beginner). If it were stolen I would buy I would buy it again. With this guitar I love those cool pickups and exploder shape. The neck is not as thin as my Ibanez's so its not as easy to shred but what ever:D Maybe it could be better with thinner neck but who knows.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar will absolutely withstand live playing just like my Ibanez RG 1570 both awesome guitar. I don't know how long will hardware last, 'cos I've had this guitar for only few days now, but I think it will last for long time. I didn't try even those original strap buttons because my Ibanez once dropped when I used its original ones so I changed strap locks for it. Because I have 2 guitars I wouldn't gig with it without backup but I would if I wouldn't have 2 guitars. Finish is very great! I have allready banged this guitar few times, and the finish seems like it was new.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Guitar was well set-up, no buzz'es at all. It wasn't at tune when I got it, but it was delievered in +30'c degrees for about 1000 kilometres. Pickups didn't rock my hands, so they was set up well. There was nothing wrong with Top or Bridge. There was no flaws in that guitar when i got it and there is not any flaws now either.
Features — 9
ESP LTD EX - 401, a hell of a guitar. It has rosewood fretboard wich has 22 frets, 3 piece maple neck, exploder shaped mahogany body, Tune- O- Matic bridge, active electronics, EMG 81 and 60 humbuckers, 1 volume and 1 tone knob, 3-way selector, non locking tuners. No accessories.