(U.S. Only)

LTD's "400 Series" guitars are designed to offer great quality and reliability for recording and touring musicians, while still remaining affordable enough for the typical musician. The EX-401 is the perfect example, with a design that looks as powerful and aggressive as your music sounds. The EX-401 is a set-thru design, with the neck of the guitar extending into the body cavity for smooth and fast access to the highest frets. It has a mahogany body, a three-piece thin U-shaped maple neck, and a pau ferro fingerboard with 22 extra-jumbo frets. You get pro-quality components with the EX-401FR, including Grover tuners and an enviable set of EMG 60 (neck) and EMG 81 (bridge) pickups, providing an array of tones from buttery to edgy, in-your-face power. Available in Black or Snow White finishes.

Construction Set-Thru
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish BLACK
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Grover
Bridge TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU EMG 60
Bridge PU EMG 81
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N
Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index) on the LTD EX-401

Mark Kloeppel (Misery Index) on the LTD EX-401

Mark Kloeppel of Maryland-based death metal band Misery Index talks about his reasons for choosing ESP and LTD guitars... specifically, the aggressive EX shape that looks as brutal as it sounds. You also get some details on...
Cesar A.

Is it possible to purchase an anodized aluminum diamond plate top for this guitar?
Just like the ones used on a LTD EX400BD.

Carl N.

Unfortunately these were not sold separately from the instruments they came equipped on.

sid t.

How heavy is this guitar approximately? I wonder because I hear that mahogany bodies are much heavier than other woods. It might just be a rumor, but I still would curious how heavy it is...

Carl N.

Hey Sid, about 8lbs, hope this helps!

Billy R.

What is the quality difference, if any, from the LTD EC-1000?  I own an FX Japanese model and it’s my main guitar but I haven’t had any luck finding another. I did however see one of these in Sam Ash the other day and it got me wondering about that. I guess it’s the number (401 series) that has me wondering. 

Carl N.

Hey Billy, different series of instruments will be made with differing qualities of parts and equipment.  Tuners, hardware, and woods used on 1000 series instruments can be seen as an upgrade from 400 series models.  If you saw this in a store recently I'd recommend checking it out for yourself, you could listen to what I have to say all day but in the end it will be your tastes and preferences that dictate how you feel about the quality of an instrument.

Billy R.

Thank you for the quick response.

Carl N.

I do what I can 

Max J.

What’s the difference between the EX-401 and the EX-200

Carl N.

Hey Max, about $300! 

Besides the construction differences, these will have different hardware along with electronics.  While they may seem like subtle differences, the 401 will have an increase in overall quality which can be felt when comparing the two side by side.  Either are good choices, just depends on your level of playing and budget.

Jani H.

7- string, 25.5" scale, in line headstock and its perfect.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Jani, Thanks for your suggestions.

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