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The LTD MH Series takes the carved-top body and neck feel of the ESP Horizon, and combines it with the edgy in-line headstock of the M Series. The MH-417 is a monster 7-string metal machine that has all the high-performance features you want, including a neck-thru-body design, Grover tuners, a mahogany body finished in Black Satin, and a fast 3 pc. maple neck with 24-fret pau ferro fingerboard. Taking advantage of the extended 7-string range, the MH-417 employs EMG 81-7/707 active pickups.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Pau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 48mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black Satin
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Grover
Bridge TOM w/ String Thru
Neck PU EMG 85-7H
Bridge PU EMG 81-7H
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110-7 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.059)
Case Included N
LTD MH-417 Demo by Francesco Fareri

LTD MH-417 Demo by Francesco Fareri

Italian shred stallion Francesco Fareri does a demo of the LTD MH-417 where he rips through some original progressive metal, and then shows off the clean tones of this versatile guitar. The MH-417 offers neck-thru-body...
Mark C.

What year did they switch out from rosewood to pau ferro?

Carl N.

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Bruno D.

5 years since I have this guitar already and I'm a fan of ESP guitars (have also a 6-string bass). I can start with the conclusion that the price of an instrument does not influence its sound. MH-417 sounds much better than many other twice-pricier 7-string guitars I have tried from any brand. I've been recording with the MH-417 for quite a while, but I did slight modification of the pickups as I don't like the 81-7 (or 81 in 6-string guitars) on the bridge. The 81 is moved on the neck and I bought from EMG an 85-7X that I put on the bridge. One of my industrial metal albums has half of the songs recorded with this guitar - the sound is unprecedented and playability of the guitar is excellent! The final mastered same song from the previous link.

Carl N.

Glad you enjoy it and thanks for sharing!

Zachary W.

What country are these models made in?

Carl N.

These are currently made in Indonesia and Korea, hope this helps!

Tyler E.

I've owned and played this guitar for around 2 years now and feel it would be beneficial to share pros and cons about it.  The guitar is beautiful, and plays incredibly well. I'm a big fan of satin finishes. The neck is smooth, and feels great. The major downside for me was the volume knob placement. I had to remove the knob to keep my hand from hitting it while playing. This should be a simple fix. The next downside was the the nut seems too low on the low strings. Regardless of being setup correctly, the strings will rattle against the first few frets when played open, and have a large amount of fret buzz while playing across the board. This could be mine in particular, not really sure. Finally, the gear ratio in the tuners seems to be really low. A very slight tweak causes a substantial change in tuning. Despite the cons, the guitar is great, and I've recorded many tracks with it. I'd give it a solid 7.5/10.

Todd B. ESP

Hey Tyler, thanks for your review. We always love hearing from our customers and it really helps to know what you like as well as what you don't like. If you need any help with your guitar's setup or technical help please contact our customer service team at .

Gregory H.

Please, do not make guitars with a matte finish. It is terrible to maintain. All large guitar brands do this, but that's not a good idea.

Carl N.

Thank for your suggestion Gregory, good thing we have plenty of glossy models to please you for the time being.

Gregory H.

It is true. No producer making metal guitars has as many instruments in a glossy finish as LTD. Maybe I'll add a few dollars more and buy MH-1007 instead of MH-417. Best regards.

Carl N.

Hey Gregory, not really sure I can confirm or deny this, there are a lot of manufacturers out there producing instruments in gloss and satin finishes.  Hope you enjoy whatever instrument you end up with!

James P.

Some of us such as myself prefer matte models and would rather ESP keep making them.

Carl N.

Thanks for sharing James!

marco o.

Just buy a glossy guitar, Gregory. Personally I own just 3 glossy guitars, that I keep because I like them nonetheless, but in the end I got rid of everything without a satin finish. Thank heavens guitar makers stopped making everything glossy and shiny years ago. However you see it it’s always good to have a choice, isn’t it?

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