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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-401, 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 Snow White
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...

Anybody knows the size of the tuners licenced by esp from an ltd ex-360? 16:1 or 18:1. I wanna change them by Gotoh or Grover. Please I need help

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at customerservice@espguitars.com or https://www.espguitars.com/pages/support 

Mike B.

I have a spaled maple version of this. Bought it for $200 with a clean headstock break. Fixed it up and its as good as new.

Not usually a fan of active pups, but that 61 is awesome for rhythm work.

Carl N.

glad you could get it up and running again, thanks for sharing


Oh how I wish you guys would bring back the FX version of this with standard colors instead of the burl top like the FX-360&400 models had. I love the EX design but hate the pointy 6-in-line headstock. I have an ESP Standard Series FX that is the absolute best guitar I own and would love to have something in black or white that that was an E-II or 1000 series.


Carl N.

Thanks for the recommendation!!

Chris M.

Would love to see a model based on 80's and 90's James Hetfield Explorer style, where the pointy edges are more round curves instead of a sharper point and w/ choice of EMG 81/60 or 81/85 set.

Carl N.

thanks for the suggestion

Cesar A.

Hi, where can I buy one online brandnew? I’ve been told the EX series are now discontinued?

Carl N.

Here are all of our current EX models, which can be ordered through our site or any authorized dealer


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