Well, today I did something that just a while back I thought would never be possible… I bought a Korean made guitar! Believe me, it surprised me too, but you just can’t argue with quality, and quality is a feature that ESP’s got in spades.
So exactly what is this instrument that made me slip on over to the dark side?
It’s ESP’s slick new LTD EC-400AT Archtop, a guitar with the classic good looks of a Les Paul Goldtop, a solid mahogany body & three-piece mahogany neck, and a pair of real Seymour Duncan humbuckers (a JB & a ’59) – not those cheaper Designed By Duncans you see on a lot of guitars in this price range.
I’m a long time Gibson fan, and I even owned an ES-335 for many years, but lately I’m finding myself more and more frustrated with the exorbitant prices that Gibson charges for some of their instruments. The price tag for real LPs has me really turned-off, and that got me looking at alternatives… which led me to ESP.
Now, don’t get me wrong – I have no illusions that a $600 guitar made in Korea is going to match a $2,000 American made Les Paul Standard, but the reality is that a lot of guitar players are raving about ESP, and hey, I’m more interested in tone & playability than I am with a “brand” name. So, what the heck?!
The ESP LTD EC-400AT Archtop Features–
- Solid Mahogany Body
- Three-Piece “Set” Mahogany Neck
- 24.75“ Scale Length
- Rosewood Fretboard With 22 Frets
- Flag Inlays
- Dual Seymour Duncan Humbuckers (JB @ Bridge, ’59 @ Neck)
- Dual Volume Controls & Single Tone Control
- 3-Way Pickup Switching
- Grover Tuning Machines
- Earvana Compensated Nut
As you can imagine I’ve done my homework, and for this price range I don’t think you can find a better outfitted guitar out of the box – in fact, many are saying that the EC-400AT beats out a Gibson Les Paul Studio, which will cost you easily twice as much.
You can expect a full hands-on review in the next few weeks.