• Izzy

    ESP 400 Series

    Hi guys, I bought this 400 Series, the owner claims to be from 1983 but i only found guitars like this in 1984 catalogs, can somebody tell more about this guitar, where it was made and a year perhaps and how much it cost now? Thank you very much

    http://imgur.com/a/uSmvX 

    • Izzy

      Can somebody help me pls

    • Matthew B

      Any pics? Those are nice guitars, I had a tele shaped one that was outstanding. 

    • jt76

      Nice guitars,  I have owned 3, I sold the black one regretted it and bought the cream colored one.  

      If you are comfortable taking the neck off, they often have a date writen on the neck heal, and neck pocket. 

       

    • Izzy

      Sorry the link was off, I still need the info if somebody knows more about this guitar.

      The owner claims to be from 1983 but i only found guitars like this in 1984 catalogs, can somebody tell more about this guitar, where it was made and a year perhaps and how much it cost now? Thank you very much

      Pics:

      http://imgur.com/4EhLVTL

      http://imgur.com/5iSrHVm

      http://imgur.com/GcJogr6

      http://imgur.com/a9if4eO

      http://imgur.com/TPy0EVK

      http://imgur.com/xYe2aYv

      http://imgur.com/5ZO6Aqy

      http://imgur.com/ikHneb1

    • jt76

      It is an early model, the slightly more rounded or V shaped headstock tips on your guitar and the cream one that I own. 

      Compared to the later models,  the Red Tele and the Black ST

      Impossible for me to give you an exact date or location of manufacture from external pictures.

      would be made by ESP japan and either assembled by them and imported by a distributor, or 

      shiped as parts and assembled in the 48th shop in New York.   Mid 80's

      should have information writen on the neck heal and possibly neck pocket.

       

      neck heal

      picture from the maverick discussion also in past models section 

       

       

      These are very nice, they are not particularly rare, easy to find if you know where to look,

      They very undervalued in the market at the moment. 

      Would probably value yours around $600 - $650 US as it appears to be in very good condition.

    • Izzy

      Really? that's really low.., I bought this one and is in really excelent condition in 900 US, I didn't get it in the US that's why probably cost me more. I got it in Southamerica (I'm from Chile).
      The guy also claims that it was from the shop in NY. I will have to look at the neck heal or neck pocket. 

      Thank you very much for the information it was very helpfull  

      PS: Im not planing on selling this guitar because it's really awesome, sounds amazing, I love it and also smells old  haha. But I was hoping to have made a good deal for it. Maybe in a couple of years will cost more  

    • jt76

      They are usually market NY and a date if I remeber off the top of my head if they were assembled in the 48th street shop.

       

      The quality of the guitar definitely supports that $900 price.   I am suprised they sell as low as they do. 

      The low prices on the older ESP guitars is most likely due to that lack of information available about them.

      Were you are in the world will definitely affect the availability and the price also.  

       

    • CLT-ESP

      They are usually market NY and a date if I remeber off the top of my head if they were assembled in the 48th street shop.

       

      The quality of the guitar definitely supports that $900 price.   I am suprised they sell as low as they do. 

      The low prices on the older ESP guitars is most likely due to that lack of information available about them.

      Were you are in the world will definitely affect the availability and the price also.  

       

       

      jt76 is absolutely right! $900 guitars, but they can be found on a regular basis between $400 and $600 due to the lack of knowledge. I have an '83 which was labeled "Series" and I have a later "400 Series" like yours. I bought them both because they were so cheaply priced, and both were bought for under $500. It is what it is. 

    • Hassle

       I've just picked one of these up in seafoam green with a standard strat headstock. Unfortunately there is nothing written in the pocket or on the heel to help me date it, only the serial number on the plate.

      Seems like a lovely guitar though!

      • Izzyspi

        Hi Josh. Can I be cheeky and ask what you paid for this please? I'm in the UK and have just been offered a 400 in cream with rosewood for £1k. Doesn't look like a 48th job, or custom shop as no markings on neck heel, so curious as to what it is worth.

        Thanks in advance for your help.

      • Hassle
        Izzyspi wrote:

        Hi Josh. Can I be cheeky and ask what you paid for this please? I'm in the UK and have just been offered a 400 in cream with rosewood for £1k. Doesn't look like a 48th job, or custom shop as no markings on neck heel, so curious as to what it is worth.

        Thanks in advance for your help.

        5 magic beans

    • Hassle

      You're welcome

    • Jeremy D.

      I've got a 48th St Customs branded strat that would be very similar.

      Picked it from eBay for about $200 and put a little love into it.

      Awesome guitar. These were sold at 48th St for around $700 new in the very late '90s/ 2000s before they closed up.

      Replaced the bridge on this one. Generic Zink block vintage, half rusted out from sweat and sounded terrible. Managed to find a MANNMADE (PRS trem maker) steel and brass vintage trem that dropped directly into it. 

      Keeps tune far better and sounds amazeballs.

      Love the split-post Kluson style tuners. They hold tune really well!

    • Steve S.

      Hi guys - I have posted similar query today - please look at my pic and can someone tell me an approximate value as it is on Ebay right now and people are asking me for buy it now prices but I have no idea.  Thanks

       


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