LTD MH-400 review by ESP

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.9 (131 votes)
ESP: LTD MH-400
5

Purchased from: Music123

Sound — 10
Unfortunetaly, I use a Spider II, which has a pretty digital sound, but the EMGs make the distortion better, the 85 makes it pretty smooth, and the cleans are fantastic. Unplugged, this guitar actually has some natural reverb because if you put your ear near the neck joint as you are playing, you can hear the notes ringing. For this guitar can also get a pretty good bluesy tone by sliding back on the tone knob and having a little bit of overdrive on.

Overall Impression — 10
By and by, this guitar is amazing, especially since I paid $660 for this thing, it's a steal. I've played Gibsons and Ibanezes that play this good and sound this good. If this guitar got stolen, I would hunt down the person Who stole it and kick their ass. Or just buy a new one. This guitar is highly recommended for any level of expertise of guitar players.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is solid, from the construction of the entire thing, to the stabiliy of its parts, it isn't very fragile and can take a beating. I would still use a backup just because it uses a Floyd Rose and a string break can totally mess up the night, but a backup guitar is all you need. Other than that, this thing can go on for ever.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar does look phenomonal, with its stained blue quilted maple top, the binding, and the inlays are all perfectly done and not a single blemish or flaw. The guitar also feels nice when sitting down or standing up because of the mahogany body. The guitar is lightweight and the neck isn't all too heavy considering its a maple neck. This thing truely plays beautiful. The action is as low as it can go without buzzing, and all frets are accessible thanks to the set-thru neck construction, which actually gets rid of a lot of the heel. The tremelo on this guitar is another high point. I can do dive bombs, harmonic drops, and Jack Owens all day and not go out of tune. Even though the bridge is recessed, it isn't by very much, but it still can go a good bit, more than 2 frets of a bend or 3.

Features — 10
2006 version, made in Korea. - Set-thru neck construction - See-through-blue finish w/quilted maple top - Mahogany body - 3-piece maple neck - Rosewood fingerboard - 24 extra jumbo frets - Licensed floyd rose bridge - Locking nut - 25.5" neck length - Natural (wood) binding on body & white binding on the neck & headstock - Offset block inlays w/MH-400 at the 12th fret - EMG 81 in the bridge and EMG 85 in the neck - Black hardware - Grover tuners.

91 comments sorted by best / new / date

    SGStrummer61
    It doesn't matter where it is made. I could make a guitar that sucks balls, but say that it was Made in the US and people would think that it is better than the ESP since it was made in the US.
    hessian101
    Oops. Some DIPSH!T at the guitar store told me it was a schaller liscenced floyd (which I dont think it is). Regardless, the trem is awesome.
    shredfester1
    All the higher end esp ltds are made in Korea, and im pretty impressed. Over 10 yrs ago, ibanez S prestige guitars were made in Korea- at least some of them were.
    Eddie's'Waitor
    ShredNotsDeads Get on with the review, why are you on the defensive. Noone with gives a **** that you are 14 as long as you're a guitarist...
    camc1214
    just got this new for 479 i cant wait....i looked for a kick ass guitar WITHOUT a floyd rose (imo they are the worst things on earth) and i found it!
    Arnthor
    3 days grace14 wrote: I will be getting the non trem version I campared it to a real FR and it didn't begin to compare
    Wait are you saying the FRversion didn;t compare to the NT version meaning the NT version is better?
    Arnthor
    Just unloaded 600 for one of these and 200 for a spider III 75watt amp, quite a upgrade from a Marshall MG (ewww shitty muddy tone) and a Vintage SG and A.X.L Badwater. The guitar! oh my god it feels like im playing on ice its just so smooth, my fingers glide across the fretboard Ive never experienced quality like this before! I even tried a hand made USA Gibson les paul in wine red, and call me stupid if you want (i don't care) but in my opinion the MH401QMNT is just as good, and plays better.
    3 days grace14
    I will be getting the non trem version I campared it to a real FR and it didn't begin to compare
    dreadwitfear
    ahh man, just bought this baby!! it's a truely awesome guitar, the action is amazing, the tremolo just doesn't go out of tune even if you are really really really roughly with it. This guitar is truely built to last. Totally love the finish and the EMGs are superb!! The clarity of the clean and distortion is the best that i've heard from any guitar.
    guitarfreak222
    PISS wrote: i own the mh-400nt, which is the same as this model, except with no tremolo (NT). i paid $900 canadian for it. its the best guitar ever. if you dont like this guitar, then you can suck my left nut and then die!
    Take a chill pill dude, you should take the time and respect other peoples opinions.
    maleksamman
    hey everyone,i`d like to take ur opinion ... i was goin to buy this guitar and i`m still thinking of gettin it until i saw this guitar: it`s Michael Kelly Hex Deluxe Electric Guitar http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/M... -Hex-Deluxe-Electric-Guitar?sku=515961 it has EMG85/81 pickups , ORIGINAL floyd rose , neckthru,,,and everything just like the MH-400 , but with an ebony fretboard " i haven`t try ebony fretboards before , wat do you think of it ? is it fast like the rosewood or,,,wat`s the different between them?" so wat do u think guyz? shall i get this michael kelly guitar or just stay with ESP LTD guitars"u kno brand name" and some1 has wrote somethin bout the original floydroses , so i`m afraid that the original floyd rose that michael kelly guitar has is crap or something,is it the same one of the ESP guitars? hope u write guy ASAP cuz i`m gettin the guitar after this weekend,,,i`ve been thinkin from years and now it`s the time to get a kickass guitar and rock the stage... btw if i had more money i`d get the MH-1000 because of the original floyd rose ,,,that`s why i`m thinkin of michael kelly
    treem
    i already owned this guitar and it's like any other guitar. the emgs pickup ( 81 and 85 ) are the best pickup i ever played with... i paid like 1000 bucks in canada but it absolutly worth it
    ellucifere
    what annoys me is how nobody ever includes an estimated price so i can compare guitars, i'm getting and ltd tho
    free.music.free
    sorry to say guys, but im pretty dissapointed in this guitar. Ive had it for almost 2 years and i regret buying it. - tone is too thin and cold - floyd trem doesnt stay in tune at all. - shit palm muting.
    Carrot
    CustomCustom wrote: its nice only the trem bothers me slightly
    You can get the non trem guitar like i hav =] ITS AMAZING i love it so much and if anyone is thinkin of getting this guitar or the MH 400 NT (which i hav) go for it its worth it
    !Schecter!
    The lead guitar player in my band plays this guitar and I'm so jealous of him even with my ESP EC-1000! it plays so nice and i would willingly trade straight up
    vhdude923
    i haved used this guitar alot, and i'm planning on getting it over the summer. the floyd stays in tune well, but it's a hassle to change tuning with so i suggest to tune it to what you use the most and leave it there. the guitar feels and sounds incredible. i use a line 6 spider III and it sounds ok on clean but the EMGs make the distortion amazing. the neck feels amazing and it's easy to shred on. it's a great guitar, and it's only $700 at musiciansfriend.com
    andy_h04
    i tried one of these on a peavey xxx amp and cab, pickups were to touchy, lovely guitar to play, just mighta been the stack.. the guy in the store had it down low
    theadvice
    PAY ATTENTION: LICENCED FLOYD ROSE vs ORIGINAL FLOYD ROSE. both functionally work exactly the same. the difference is that the metals they use in the licenced floyd is cheap and tend to wear down alot faster than the metals found in a original floyd. THe best original floyd would have to be the german made schaller floyd. warning other companies like ping make "original floyds" and they suck crap. getting back to the main point, there is nothing wrong with this trem. sure i a couple of years the blade edge will wear down and it won't stay in tune but until that day it will work just as good as a original...and by that time i'll have enough money to buy a new (original)floyd or new guitar. !!!!!ESP!!!!!
    luisjarj
    I ask for suggestions at Musik-Produktivin Germany and they told me the best option between Jackson (Dinky models), LAG (Arkane 1000), and ESP-LTD (the MH400) was this last one. But I had a problem: I can't find any MH400 LEFTHANDED. Could you help me, please, to find any MH400 lefty, new or secondhand? Many thanks, Luis from Spain
    Quinlan
    The M-400 has a flat top. The MH-400 has a sorta arched top. Other than that I think they're about the same. I love mine, but I'm really starting to want a better amp. Some kind of all-tube combo would be nice...
    CapGunRoulette
    I have to say that i own this guitar and i love it. It is very well built,has an amazing action and has a floyd rose system that actual works.I play the guitar in D-Standard with my band and it has always done me goog CHEERS TO ESP!!!!!
    TitoKK
    I have this guitar. A friend of mine has the actual ESP (not the LTD) that looks just like this one and we tried to find the differences, physically and sonically and we just couldn't. Sure, maybe some of the woods used on this one are different but honestly I couldn't see or hear the difference between this LTD model and the higher end ESP one. Same EMG pick ups, same tremolo, even the same finish. The only differences are that his is made in Japan and this one in Korea and (obviously) the price! I have a Gibson Les Paul Studio (which rocks) but in all honesty this ESP LTD is way smoother and faster and the crunch is unbelievable. In all fairness, they should cost more but it's nice to see ESP making affordable yet top notch guitars. It doesn't happen with Gibson/Epiphone and they could learn a trick or two from ESP!
    axe_man
    Should be able to afford the non trem 401 after my birthday its guna be sweet.
    Quinlan
    I bought this one with a floyd and have now blocked it off and am much happier with it. (Personal preference. The trem was fine, even though it is starting to tarnish)
    guitarguru48
    I have the same model that the guy at the top looked at (2006 model). I love it so much. I've had a bit of a problem with the floyd, but after i blocked it off it has become my favourite guitar to use. The pickups sound fantastic with distortion, and surprisingly even better with a clean tone. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who wants a semi-pro guitar.
    jean_genie
    Jsteele1408 wrote: jean_genie wrote: Gotta' pipe up ... I really don't like these guitars. I'm not really a fan of anything that comes with EMGs stock. I admit that objectively speaking, EMGs sound cleaner and better than high-output passives. But objectively speaking, CDs sound better than records too. The ESPs I've used all seemed to lack a certain amount of 'grunt' that a lot of Gibsons, Jacksons, and other companies that favour passive pickups have. I think that's why a lot of active-using artists mix the bass tracks way back, almost into the guitar tracks: to make the guitars sound like they have that low end presense that is lacking from these pickups. For leads, this guitar is great. For powerchording and other rhythm work, I strongly recommend one of the previously mentioned Jacksons. You are aware that ESP doesn't ONLY make guitars with EMG pickups, right? I bought the MH-1000NT Deluxe with Seymour Duncan JB/59 passives and it's easily the best guitar I've ever played.
    And you are aware that Fender makes Stratocasters without single-coils, right? But what do almost all Fender guitars come equipped with at least one of? Not all ESPs are active, but they're all designed for that sort of sound. Which I don't like. You can feel free to have your own opinion, but don't try to make me sound like an uninformed ass just because you don't like mine.
    Jsteele1408
    jean_genie wrote: Gotta' pipe up ... I really don't like these guitars. I'm not really a fan of anything that comes with EMGs stock. I admit that objectively speaking, EMGs sound cleaner and better than high-output passives. But objectively speaking, CDs sound better than records too. The ESPs I've used all seemed to lack a certain amount of 'grunt' that a lot of Gibsons, Jacksons, and other companies that favour passive pickups have. I think that's why a lot of active-using artists mix the bass tracks way back, almost into the guitar tracks: to make the guitars sound like they have that low end presense that is lacking from these pickups. For leads, this guitar is great. For powerchording and other rhythm work, I strongly recommend one of the previously mentioned Jacksons.
    You are aware that ESP doesn't ONLY make guitars with EMG pickups, right? I bought the MH-1000NT Deluxe with Seymour Duncan JB/59 passives and it's easily the best guitar I've ever played.
    Shib
    played one today, ammazing.. but for 979 its kinda expensive..
    jean_genie
    Gotta' pipe up ... I really don't like these guitars. I'm not really a fan of anything that comes with EMGs stock. I admit that objectively speaking, EMGs sound cleaner and better than high-output passives. But objectively speaking, CDs sound better than records too. The ESPs I've used all seemed to lack a certain amount of 'grunt' that a lot of Gibsons, Jacksons, and other companies that favour passive pickups have. I think that's why a lot of active-using artists mix the bass tracks way back, almost into the guitar tracks: to make the guitars sound like they have that low end presense that is lacking from these pickups. For leads, this guitar is great. For powerchording and other rhythm work, I strongly recommend one of the previously mentioned Jacksons.
    ibanez77
    yeah, good point about the korea thing, i love evrything about this guitar except for im having trouble with the palm muting its very weak. keep in mind i dont have my ernie balls on it yet, is there anything you know of that coudl fix this weak palm muting problem?
    GunLeatherGuy
    You know...you cant compare it to an Ibanez "rg"..to general. Thats like saying an ESP LTD...which one? Ive got prestige, rgt neck through trem and non trems, s series and 3 LTD's to compare them too. I love the neck on the MH and GL I have...but not anymore than the Wizards on the IB's. Great guitar but the trem is a korean made Floyd..very much like the Ping on my Charvel. Great floyd but this one wont stay in tune. Just ordered a ping to replace it with...other than that its as good as anything Ive got. And USA does make some killer guitars but so does japan and korea also.....we all have great stuff and we all make crap. Ironic!
    ibanez77
    Put a downpayment on the 2008 model of This ESP MH-400 a coupla days ago, it is like nothing ive played before and a huge step up in my opinion from the Ibanez RG, if you are looking for a great guitar to shred and play metal with, please go to your local shop and plug this baby in
    eastern_riffs
    I just got this guitar today. One of the best guitars I've played in my life. I think this and Jackson DKMG are easily the two best guitars below $1500 (and also a lot better than some of the $2000+ models). The sustain is amazing, very high gain, awesome reverb, and nothing beats the EMG 81-85 set. Beautiful looks. While the DKMG has a slightly better trem, the mh-400 beats it with it's awesome sustain and reverb. If you have 700 bucks, get this guitar. I think I should do a review on it now lol.
    craig-sansum
    PISS wrote: i own the mh-400nt, which is the same as this model, except with no tremolo (NT). i paid $900 canadian for it. its the best guitar ever. if you dont like this guitar, then you can suck my left nut and then die!
    rofl xD yea i might get this guitar
    laklok
    Im thinking of buying a new axe soon. This is definitely one of the guitars im going to try out. But ill try the NT version. I just like playing a lo of tunings.
    3 days grace14
    Arnthor wrote: 3 days grace14 wrote: I will be getting the non trem version I campared it to a real FR and it didn't begin to compare Wait are you saying the FRversion didn;t compare to the NT version meaning the NT version is better?
    srry bout that. No i meant the licensed FR wasn't as nice as the real deal
    Hanger 17
    How low can you get the action on these things, and does the floyd stay in tune or is it a shit one?
    ShredIsNotDead.
    to save confusion, many of you may have bought the older version, as many places still have that in stock. the mh-400 was update at the beggining of this year. also, as many people are getting confused, the binding is natural (ie the wood is not stained) on the body, and white on the neck and headstock. also, if you're wondering why on the esp site it says the hardware is "black nickel", it doesnt mean that the hardware is black in colour. black nickel is the type of metal used. i hope this helps if youre confused.
    x_themetalfan_x
    SGStrummer61 wrote: It doesn't matter where it is made. I could make a guitar that sucks balls, but say that it was Made in the US and people would think that it is better than the ESP since it was made in the US.
    SO true. American made shit has terrible quality control because they depend on the fact that it's not oriental to sell it (unfortunately, that usually works).