The ESP LTD Viper 400 Electric Guitar delivers the incredible sustain and tone of a set-neck guitar loaded with EMG active pickups in an affordable instrument.
ESP has paved new territory by delivering the best features and quality at prices that are so low, you almost have to check them twice. The set-neck Viper 400 with EMGs has an EMG 81 in the bridge position, and an EMG 85 in the neck, plus Grover tuners and the ingenious Earvana Compensated Nut for outstanding tuning consistency. Other features include a mahogany body, 3-piece mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, 24 XJ frets, black hardware, and binding on the headstock and body. Other specs include 24-3/4-inch scale length and flag neck inlays.
Earvana Compensated Nut
ESP is proud to feature Earvana's innovative nut, which compensates each guitar string's length for more exact intonation across the neck. Your guitar will now be in tune wherever you finger a chord - and you will have achieved earvana.
High-quality Grover tuning machines are well known for their precise gear ratio, tuning stability and durability. They make a great complement to the other upscale features of ESP's 400-level instruments.
Double Action Truss Rods
All ESP/LTD guitars and basses feature a double-action truss rod design. Unlike a normal (single) truss rod, this one is adjustable in two different directions. This means that you’ll never run into a situation where the neck has run out of adjustment. Regardless of which ESP model you choose, you’ll get years and years of playing enjoyment.
There truly is no comparison between active EMG's and conventional pickups. EMG's frequency response is shaped much differently. Conventional pickups typically exhibit a dry peaky frequency response, while EMG's have a much broader bandwidth that's better for harmonic pull-offs and chord definition. Individual notes have better presence and are dynamic. Playing styles are more pronounced and different techniques can be easily accommodated.
The EMG-81 is a high output pickup designed especially for the lead guitarist. The 81 is at its best for high volume overdrive and amps with a master volume. Whether you're playing power rock and roll, or overdriving your amp, there's a razor sharp attack, and incredible sustain for brilliant soloing. When you're looking for exceptional qualities in a rock pickup, the EMG-81 is the one.
Although the EMG-85 has more measurable output than the 81, its frequency response and string interface are different. The 85 uses two Alnico magnet loaded coils with a wide aperture to maintain a beefy lowend and a fatter top end. Because of a more natural tone, it works great as a rhythm and blues pickup because it has loads of output but isn't muddy. Itís a perfect choice as a rhythm pickup in combination with an 81 in the bridge, which is the same pickup combination used by Zakk Wylde.