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ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar 

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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.

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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

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ESPLTD EC-256 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

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5.0

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

By toolhead

from Philly to Jacksonville

About Me Experienced

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.

     
    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!!

       
      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!

        (2 of 2 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.

           
          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

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best guitar in the price range

          By Mike

          from Northern Michigan

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

            Couldn't afford a real LP but there lower models are utter trash. So after playing some other brands that make an LP I went with the LTD 256. Love the color. Its on the heavy side but I like that. Gonna want to change the tuners and pickups. I did and now this thing SCREAMS. The frets will need a little sanding down. It will buzz if you put anything lighter than 10s on it. Sanding then down a little did the trick. But for 300, then like 200 for customizing, it will be a better guitar than any LP at the 1000 range

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Awesome but..

            By J Barkan

            from Hemet california

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

              Awesome Ax.. and a lot cheaper then a 200.00 guitar
              Sounded Sweet felt nice played great out of the box but I would lower the action a bit.
              Other then it being sent damaged with a crack in the finish on the back its a really nice guitar ..
              If you can't afford a 2000.00 Guitar this is the next best thing .. it's a Les Paul Copy ok .. Simple as that .. the good thing is they aren't Gibson pickups lol..

              (1 of 1 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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              Verified Reviewer

              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.

                (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love this guitar

                By Guitarpmc

                from Oregon

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                Pros

                • For not American made, this is great for the pri
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

                  I want a blue one !

                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good to go out the box

                  By TheSicknezz

                  from Tanpa

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Feel

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

                    Can't beat the ax for the price .

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