ESP Series 400 Stratocaster

ESP Series 400 Stratocaster

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Series 400 Stratocaster, STC-Shaped Guitar from ESP.

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ESP Series 400 Stratocaster tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: ESP
  • Model: Series 400 Stratocaster
  • Category: STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 11/22/2004

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ESP Series 400 Stratocaster user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
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 1 user review33 %

nickname009's review

ESP Series 400 Stratocaster
This is an 80s, I believe, strat by ESP made in Japan.

maple neck
rosewood board, 22 fret neck
2pc ash body
vintage style trem
3 awesome single coils
1 vol, 2 tone, 5 way switch.

this one's in a sunburst finish. It's pretty much an exact strat, just made by another company other than Fender.


Like a strat, it's very ergonomic with the body contours. Minus the bolt on neck with a huge hump, if you can get over that then upper fret access isn't too difficult however for most players it's a bit of a burden. Though everybody that has played strats is probably used to it.

The neck is also very nice. I'd say it's quite similar to any standard AM strat from fender. C compound radius-type. Comfortable to play.

The trem is decent as well though I don't use it often, I would recommend using it for just slight vibrato, nothing crazy.


The sounds are quite decent. Most ESP strat owners I've found don't really change the pickups, they keep it old school and stick with what came in the guitar. No, they're not noiseless but neither are fender AM strats on certain models. But they sound quite good on clean. You get the typical twangy and glassy cleans with the 2 and 4 positions.

Again they're not noiseless so you do have to compensate if you were to kick your amp into overdrive. Everything is old school with this guitar, you have to settle with the noise and play through it or work with it somehow.

But this is 2012. Noiseless pickups have come a long way and I am a big user of noiseless single coils so I do believe that one doesn't have to compromise anymore with the 60hz hum and can be satisfied with noiseless pickups that sound just as great as regular single coils. Thus the rating.


Great guitar. A perfect strat for half the price of an American Fender. I would definitely go for one of these over an american fender anyday. The build quality is on par, the pickups are too. The hardware is also decent though I don't use the trem a lot myself and if I were I would just use it for slight vibrato to avoid detuning the guitar. It doesn't have locking tuners so you can't do crazy on it. It's your typical traditional strat at half the price. Not much to complain about!
Mr Fern10/17/2006

Mr Fern's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

ESP Series 400 Stratocaster
Guitar ESP 400 series copy of the Fender Stratocaster 1962 Series L. Has this copy made in Japan in 1982 for 20 years in the stratum model 62.
Alder body
Alder + rosewood handle. Channel al.

Channel C typical profile of the sleeves Fender
Start Mcaniques standard type.

Diapason Start, 22 frets, 3 vintage Start pickups simple type.

Start with normal vibrato bridge.

6 position selector, neck pickup, neck + central, central single, central + bridge, bridge alone.

The finishes are beautiful, the pearl again, the key sublime, the sunburst really Russia it is rst in the red orange / black and yellow did not become pissy like some more strats Chres today.

C'tait a good job for a copy. Trs's rarely seen I must say ....


Channel super comfortable and really cool action, although low. Key super enjoyable. Ergonomics is top. This is an excellent copy of which strat ...

The sound is what is most surprising: it is really like vintage. I must say that is pretty vintage Submitted.
He is a strat Typica, sounds the most ASCRS and funky riffs with 60's on 5 and 6mes strings. Trs versatile. Sublime sounds clear and punchy sound and crunch and blues distos trs.


This guitar should trs many styles of music. Today APRS over 20 years of loyal service, it enters the CATEGORY guitars that have aged really well. So, del sound strat she's grain vintage particular, a little "enrouquot; intermdaires positions in and above it is absolutely incredible extreme positions: acute or severe with the tonal 3 6, it is in the spirit Fender 60's no problem.
You can spend a big fat well its a super sharp in two movements.


I use this for 20 years scratching all round this year.
I prfre is its sound and its ergonomics. It is lgre is very well balance. The sound is remarkable.
The least: it would be the vibrato a bit steep I got. But I am used to surf guitars from Fender and it flexible so the rev ...
This is an opportunity to know the average price recorded in 1000 euros (it was worth dj francs between 4000 and 5000 new beginners 80) to afford a vintage Start that really does. Well, no real strats concurencer dezs sixties means, but no problem competing with those of the same era, 80's. APRS even better test, some Fender. This guitar is wanted in the USA trs, trs her for her warm. Eh! so Japan could make guitars as in the 80's. As we know, but it verifies all the better since these guitars took the bottle and they really bluffing us today.
Cactus Deville10/17/2006

Cactus Deville's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

ESP Series 400 Stratocaster
Start mcaniques copy of the bridge. Made in Japan. Nickel finishes.
Bought new 4500 francs to 85/86 I remember well. Mine is a beautiful red.
Fern, sr are you that your neck is al? Mine is screwed.
Ronnie Earl, a bluesman in vogue in the 80's played on the MODEL or on vintage strats!


I never had a Start, I can not compare,
but this guitar is super enjoyable to play and endearing trs.


I have long played on an old Princeton 12 watts, to a kind of blues.
The combination of the two nickel silent!


She does dTRON from a DeArmond Starfire Special which is more what I want, but still a super skyscraper.
In fact, write the opinion given me the desire to highlight

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