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The ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar is a classic-looking rocker perfect for gigging on a budget. It's a stage-worthy performer with its set-neck const...Click To Read More About This Product

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A sturdy rocker in a cool finish with a set neck and coil-tapping.

The ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar is a classic-looking rocker perfect for gigging on a budget. It's a stage-worthy performer with its set-neck construction and maple top over an all-mahogany body. The rosewood fingerboard has 22 XJ frets accross a 24.75" scale length and is designed for speed and comfort. The EC-256 sports two powerful ESP humbucking pickups with a 3-way toggle switch, independant volume controls for each pickup and one master tone control with push-pull coil tap. ESP die-cast tuners and a tune-o-matic bridge add to the reliability of this affordable workhorse.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Set-neck construction
  • 24.75" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 42mm standard nut
  • 22 XJ frets
  • Chrome hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • TOM bridge & tailpiece
  • ESP LH-150 (B & N) pickup
  • 3-Way toggle
  • Bridge volume
  • Neck volume

Choose a guitar that'll pay for itself in just a few gigs. Order today.

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ESPLTD EC-256 Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Solid electronics (11)
  • Good pick up (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Practicing (15)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Rock concerts (10)
  • Recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (7)

Reviewed by 18 customers

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive!

By markm

from CT

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    There are not too many reviews out on this guitar so I thought I would throw a quick one in.
    You will not be disappointed if you are looking for an LP style guitar for a bargain price.
    In my opinion and after owning some of the other lower end guitars this one is way above the pack.
    It does not come across as cheap in any way. It feels good, sounds great even with these stock pickups. The push/Pull feature really expands your tones on the fly.
    I can't speak of longevity yet, but if this guitar doesn't start falling apart it will be one of my best gear purchases ever.
    If this is an indication of the entire LTD line, I think I just found an affordable line of guitars to start collecting!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best guitar for the money.

    By GuitarKiller82

    from Lake Station, IN

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

        I've played this guitar a couple dozen times at my local GuitarCenter and absolutely love it.It is a massively versatile guitar doing excellent ranging all the way from Kenny Wayne Shepard and Lynyrd Skynyrd to stuff as heavy as Metallica, Godsmack, and Lamb Of God with surprising ease.It has great balance and in my oppinion is much more comfortable than a Les Paul and only a fraction of the price. My only complaint is that the top hat style knobs make it a bit awkward when splitting the coils but this is a very simple fix. Still I cannot wait until I have the extra cash to pick one up for myself.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Guitar for any skill level

        By Clarky

        from Leitchfield, KY

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

          I bought this guitar because I thought it was beautiful. I had no idea how much fun it would be to play. I own a Gibson les paul, a fender strat, fender tele and such as well. But I love to play this thing. It looks great. The finish on it was high quality. The fret work was great as well. The pickups sounded great in humbucking mode. I was prepared for them to sound awful split, but they sounded great. My les paul is split as well, but doesn't sound as good split as this one does. I can use this guitar and get a usable strat sound and tele sound as well as a good Les Paul sound. I highly recommend this guitar to any one. You won't be disappointed.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          VERSATILE

          By daveyjones

          from San Jose, NV

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

            I recently picked up this guitar from the used wall at my local Guitar Center. I now own the LTD EC-256 MGO (which stands for Goldtop.) The color is the only feature of my guitar that is different from the guitar seen on this website. When I first picked up the guitar, I noticed that the tone knob and push/pull pot on my guitar were ineffective. No big deal for me, as it's a pretty simple fix. And GC was nice enough to knock off 10% of the price because of it! The fact that the tone knob didn't work indicated that the wiring maybe isn't the best, but the guitar is pretty dinged up, so I don't know what it may have been through in the past. I love this guitar. being the versatile instrument that it is, I play this thing in a hardcore band (think Code Orange Kids, Full of Hell, etc.) and I also play it in an indie pop band. In my own spare time, I like playing experimental jazz. It delivers great clean tones as well as gnarly heavy ones. Plays very very well. Intonation is spot on. There is very minor fret buzz on the third fret of the low E string, but one cannot hear it through an amplifier, so it's really no issue. This thing is built like a tank. At shows, specifically hardcore shows, things tend to get thrown around some. This guitar holds up great! The ONLY things that I'm not a huge fan of are the pickups. They're just a tad bit lacking in the tone department, but like I said, they still sound pretty decent. For this price range, the guitar as a whole is definitely a steal. I may be replacing pickups soon, but that is the only thing I desire to change.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            unreal value

            By Tuneman

            from Lancaster, Ohio

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

              Don't let the lower price-point turn you away from checking out this guitar. It is a "player" in every sense. Comfortable neck, excellent fretwork, great intonation along the entire neck. Lightweight, easy on the shoulder but the best surprise is the coil-tap feature. I played this through a Fender Twin at the store and not only does it provide beefy humbucker tones but the tap ability gives up a sweet Strat-like quack. This is a SOLID gig-worthy working tool. You won't be disappointed.

              (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very happy with this instrument. Sounds good, nice feel.

              By toolhead

              from Philly to Jacksonville

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Solid guitar for the price.

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

                Having fun, teaching my daughter to play.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The best value out there for an excellent guitar.

                By 80's Hippie Rocker

                from Nebraska Cornfield

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

                  This ESP has the fit and feel of a much more expensive instrument. The finish is striking, the hardware is excellent quality and it plays wonderfully. I have owned many guitars over the years but this is my first ESP. It was such an awesome sale price right before Christmas I thought I would buy one and check it out.
                  I am happy I did! I am truly amazed at the quality for the price. It looks, feels and plays like guitars in a much higher price range. I have paid much more and gotten less in the past. Truly a great value. This guitar is much heavier than I expected which is a good thing. It has a nice tone and plays easy.
                  The only thing I have done is lower the action a bit and raise the pickups. The intonation was spot on even after lowering the bridge so that was awesome.

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I would buy this again

                  By guitarcrazy36

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

                    I have been playing guitar for over 30 years! heavy metal/hard rock! I picked this up for my kid and was really surprised at how well this guitar played and felt in my hands. Craftsmanship is really nice. I got this one used and it had EMG Pickups in it already but i did compare it to a new one with the original pickups. Still sounded very nice only chose the used one because it had upgraded pickups already and was still less than a new one. I would recommend this guitar to anyone starting out to an intermediate guitar player. This axe is ready to play in the band!!

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    LTD EC 256

                    By RON F

                    from NC

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics
                    • THIS GUITAR IS AMAZING ,FOR THE PRICE ,I LOVE IT

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

                      I TOKE A CHANCE ON THIS GUITAR ,I WAS LOOKING AT THE IBANEZ ARZ 200 FM, BUT I LIKE THIS ONE MORE BECAUSE IT HAS THE EXTRA JUMBO FRETS AND THE COIL TAPS .IT HAS A GREAT FINISH AND IT HAS TONS OF SUSTAIN GREAT GUITAR!

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Awesome but...

                      By J Barkan

                      from Hemet california

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play

                      Cons

                      • Flat Sound
                      • Poor Pick Up

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Rock Concerts
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

                      Second one I bought first one came damaged they replaced it fast .. pickups are junk tone gone not warm at all my advice is to replace the junk pickups with Duncans or something with bite and tone . Second the intonation is off by miles needs to be set the action was ok but I lowered it it's much better now ..
                      The body is nice looks like a expensive guitar feels like it too awesome deal tuners are nice too the coil tap is useless with the junk pickups I'm sure once I add new ones it will be sweet .. right now it has little bite and sounds cheap no tone no warmth ok

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