Traditionally ESP have been known for their super expensive signature editions (i.e. Kirk Hammet Signature model) and uber metal guitars with locking tremelos and serious metal finishes. They are however starting to produce some more classically oriented guitars that offer both versatility and a classic look.
Along with the EC-401VF the PB-401offers a double cutaway in glossy black or White and Gold. In conjunction with the pearloid binding around the top, neck and headstock it creates a striking look that oozes quality.
Perhaps what makes this guitar so versatile however is the Seymour Duncan P-Rails pickups which allow you to switch between humbucker, P-90 and single coil tones from a single pickup unit, This is controlled via a three way mini toggle switch between the main volume and tones knobs.
With 22 jumbo frets, a tune-o-matic bridge and egonomic body the guitar whilst heavy (approx 9lbs) is perfect for emulating the full range of classic Gibson Les Paul tones. The Pâ€“Rails also allow you to tap into those brighter sounds thast are typically found with Fender Stratocasters and telecasters.
All in all this is a very versatile instrument that could handle anything from metal through to jazz, country and funk. Itâ€™s priced sensibly at just under Â£800 although not all guitarists will be satisfied with an Indonesian made guitar you would be hard pushed to find better build quality and features at this price.
- 24.75â€ Scale
- Mahogany Body
- Mahogany Neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- 42mm Earvana Compensated Nut
- Thin U Neck Contour
- 22 XJ Frets
- Chrome Hardware
- Grover Tuners
- TOM Bridge & Tail
- Seymour Duncan P-Rails Bridge & Neck Pickups with 3-Way Mini-Switch for Rail-Full-Split Function
- Finish: Black
Colours: Black, White, Gold