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ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar

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The aging treatment on the honey burst (with flamed maple top) and vintage black finishes gives it the look of a well-traveled and dearly loved axe. ...Click To Read More About This Product

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An LTD counterpart to ESP's popular "aged" models.

The aging treatment on the honey burst (with flamed maple top) and vintage black finishes gives it the look of a well-traveled and dearly loved axe. ESP LH-150 humbuckers with coil-splitting give you complete tonal domination. The 24-3/4"-scale, thin U-neck contour, extra-jumbo frets, and Tune-o-matic-style adjustable bridge provide full-blown pro playability.

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FEATURES
  • Set-neck
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Mahogany body
  • Flamed maple top (aged honey burst)
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 42mm standard nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 22 extra-jumbo Frets
  • Nickel Hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Tune-o-matic-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • ESP LH-150 (B & N) humbuckers
  • with push/pull coil-splitting on tone control
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ESPLTD EC-256 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 39 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (3)

Cons

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

highly recommend

I bought mine used for a great price.

The installed pickups are best described as weak sounding. They are G and B electronics from korea. I swapped mine for a set...Read complete review

I bought mine used for a great price.

The installed pickups are best described as weak sounding. They are G and B electronics from korea. I swapped mine for a set of duncans, pearly gates and 59. Replaced the pots and got rid of the coil tap.

I absolutly love these guitars. They have a very comfortable neck and board, very light and resonant. Minor neck adjustment, replaced the nut, crowned 2-3 frets lightly, swapped the electronics and now its been my go to guitar for several months.

Shortly after purchasing this one I bought the EC1000 model and Im equally as impressed with that one. I own fenders, gibsons, ibanez and heritage guitars to name a few and while they are all different and have different qualities, I do not judge this as cheap guitar. Inexpensive, but not cheap, and a lot of fun to play.
Love it.
The output jack broke within a week. cheap fix with a soldering iron. Otherwise, I would have rated 10.
I believe that these ESP LTD guitars are about the most bang for your buck you can get.

There are a lot of different products coming out of asia that are of ouststanding quality and I have not tried them all, but of the ones I have used or own, these are second to none.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Really Worth It

When I received the guitar in the mail it was set up badly. So after fixing fret buzz and leveling the neck, i plugged it in. The pickups sounded awful clean, they were...Read complete review

When I received the guitar in the mail it was set up badly. So after fixing fret buzz and leveling the neck, i plugged it in. The pickups sounded awful clean, they were way too trebly. Distorted they were extremely muddy. (they were played through my VK112, great amp) That's not all though, Upon closer inspection I noticed the frets were cracked and dinged everywhere. I sent the guitar back because i do not accept such poor quality instruments. Save up for an EC-401VF or EC-1000 instead.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

highly recommend

By Trevor Gilbert

from houston

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Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

I bought mine used for a great price.

The installed pickups are best described as weak sounding. They are G and B electronics from korea. I swapped mine for a set of duncans, pearly gates and 59. Replaced the pots and got rid of the coil tap.

I absolutly love these guitars. They have a very comfortable neck and board, very light and resonant. Minor neck adjustment, replaced the nut, crowned 2-3 frets lightly, swapped the electronics and now its been my go to guitar for several months.

Shortly after purchasing this one I bought the EC1000 model and Im equally as impressed with that one. I own fenders, gibsons, ibanez and heritage guitars to name a few and while they are all different and have different qualities, I do not judge this as cheap guitar. Inexpensive, but not cheap, and a lot of fun to play.
Love it.
The output jack broke within a week. cheap fix with a soldering iron. Otherwise, I would have rated 10.
I believe that these ESP LTD guitars are about the most bang for your buck you can get.

There are a lot of different products coming out of asia that are of ouststanding quality and I have not tried them all, but of the ones I have used or own, these are second to none.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Build of Character

By Mel-pOUC9

from Lakewood, WA

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Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

For the amount features with a Mahogany body you really can't ask for more. You would not waste your time purchasing this guitar. I let a local band use it and had a hard time getting it back. The guitarist liked it so much he played the rest of the gig with it.
The features on this classic looking axe is excellent plus some. I absolutely love the finish on the gold model. The push/tap is an excellent complement to bringing out that vintage sound. I couldn't ask for more features than what it comes with, especially with the neck through body design.
There is only a couple of items that are adequate but can be upgraded quite easily. The stock pickups; they are pretty good, but me being a Michael Wilton (Queensryche) enthusiast I really appreciate the sound of the JB bridge and '56 neck pickups in my ESP guitars. The tuners do their job, but I would pay the extra money for Grover tuners.
The value is awesome and left me room to purchase the ESP EC hard case. Thanks ESP.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet guitar, a thing to know though

By William Scarbrough

from New Jersey

Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is great, I bought it today (awesome price for what it is). Something important, or at least to me, is that each color has a different weight. I bought the Gold Top one which I just weighed at 10 pounds, the black one weighed nothing!! and the sunburst models were somewhere in the middle. I can handle the weight through a gig, but if you play a lot of shows, then ten pounds gets to be heavy by the end...just something to keep in mind. And also there was a difference in playability and tone between the gold and black. Love the feel of this guitar. It plays just like my Gibson LP studio and the single coil switch is a sweet nicety. I do a lot of fingertapping as well and the way it came set up was perfect and it handles my weird tunings prefectly. Definitely recommend.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

pretty good :) esp,ltd 256

By Andrew Saviers

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

i have been playing for 18 years now ,played alot of guitars. and i have to say this is a good 1 .
it has what you want in a single cut les paul like guitar.
iv seen worse and iv seen better .
worth every penny .

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Big Fan

By CarbonGuy

from San Angelo, TX

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Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar about three months ago, and I can not put it down. I have owned a Les Paul, and I would choose this Guitar over a Les Paul any day.The body is lighter than expected and the contour on the back makes longer periods of play more comfortable. The neck is really smooth and playable.I have found that the quality of this guitar is far better than you usually get for the money. I have been playing in varying weather, and the guitar is not its intonation at all.The most impressive thing that I have found in the guitar is the pickups and pickup tap. I, like so many others that have reviewed this product, planned on replacing the pickups, however the pickups that come standard are pretty rocking. I will be able to invest that money in other gear.I have the black version, and I was not a big fan of the finish, but I figured it was going to end up looking that way anyway so it is really not a big deal.I would suggest this to any of my friends that were in the market.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar for $399!!! WOW!!!

By BradLom

from North Carolina

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Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

Hey guys, got the ESP LTD EC-256 guitar about two weeks ago. Let me say it is an awesome guitar for the price. Pushing it through my new Peavey Vyper 30 and it is sounding amazing. I wouldn't say it is better than a Les Paul like I heard someone say. If you can't afford to pay the big bucks for an LP this guitar is the right way to go. It will get the job done!! Give it a try! You want be disappointed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gold tops...

By Bama bluesman

from Alabam

Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

I went looking for an epiphone les paul standard and found this little monster instead. I tested the epi and th EC-256 in aged vintage gold (gold top) together and the ec just felt better. I have had it for 6 months and play it every day. she does as intended. The push pull coil splitter is useful for clean bluesy playin. I tseems really well made. The only thing u didnt like was the paint on the binding Oh well, nothing a razor blade cant remove. ;). If u want a good playin, nice sounding les paul like guitar, go for it. Rock etal blues, it will do it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Player!

By Cuzo-DyVLu

from New Jersey

Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

I have plenty of guitars and this one is one of the best if you go by value. I have two Gibson Les Pauls, one of which I purchased last year (Classic) and for the money this blows it away. This thing came ready to rock. Could use a little relief in the neck but otherwise perfect. It's amazing that ESP can have such good Quality Control in China and an American Made Gibson comes off the wall setup poorly IMO. No American's seem to take pride in their work anymore. I have 27 years of club gigging experience and find this guitar will fit right in to my guitar rotating. I won't worry as much about beating the snot out of it like the Gibsons. The neck is fast, thin and I love the frets. You can wail on the 19th fret b/c of the thickness of the guitar. Something that is hard for me on a Paul. The neck binding work and fret nubs were set nice. Can't say the same about my $2000 Classic. The pickups sound pretty good for stock but might change them out. I use Seymour Duncans in most of my gear but too early to tell on this. Haven't gigged with it yet. This is my first ESP but don't think it will be the last. My GAS is never ending. Ask the wife.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice build, mediocre setup

By Manifold Sky

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

  • Decent Hardware
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Body
  • Well-constructed

Cons

  • Faux Wear Patterns Cheesy
  • Intonations Way Off
  • Poorly Set Up

Best Uses

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    While this instrument is well-constructed, with decent hardware and a nice, solid body, as shipped, it requires major setup. While all instruments need some setup to be at their best, the intonations were so far off that the instrument was unplayable as shipped, which really is not easy to overlook.
    For the price, however, this instrument is a good value, especially if you can do the setup yourself.
    As for specifics, the body is solid and somewhat heavy, which is important in transmitting decent tone to the pickups (light weight bodies tend to cause the body, and thus the pickups, to resonate in the same frequencies as the strings, somewhat diminishing the magnetic field fluctuations at the pickups).
    The tuning pegs were solid and serviceable, and tight, not loose and wobbly like many cheaper instruments.
    Likewise, all knobs and switches seemed solid, with tight travel.
    I have not had much chance to play through amplification, but so far the instrument sounds decent, if constantly out of tune, due to the intonation issue above. This should be fixed once I finish setting up the bridge.
    Aesthetically, the artificial wear patterns are a bit silly, and come off as damage to the instrument, and in the end are unnecessary cosmetic details that would have been better left to occur on their own with time. Outside of that, however, the finish was well done, and attractive.
    Overall, I am satisfied with the instrument, assuming I can get the intonations under control.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Value

    By LWP

    from Chicago

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      Played a few in past few years, ordered from MF, prompt delivery, arrived in good condition. ESP builds these in Viet Nam but don't let that put you off, build on this and others I've played is better than Chinese Epi Les's and ESP does the set up in U.S. prior to distribution. I've owned some high and mid-range guitars, in terms of build, playability, pups/electronics and range, it's a great value, very close to a PRS SE Singlecut but the coil tap expands it's voice.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar for the money!

      By Espreviwer

      from Kansas city

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar for the money awesome sound,with the push pull coil tab makes it so much nicer bringing in not only two humbuckers (which are spectacular for any type of hard rock, or metal) but splinting the humbucker into a single coil pick up if you want to get a bright clean tone. over all this is a spectacular guitar for this price range! if your thinking about geting this guitar just do it! its worth every penny!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent guitar at this price

      By Don-NZYSe

      from Texas

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      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is solid, very playable, and ought to be very durable. In short, probably one of the best guitars at this price point. Mine is the aged honey burst model, and the finish actually looks rather nice, if not authentically "aged". I bought mine used - abused, actually - and was immediately impressed by the overall feel of the instrument despite its obvious rough handling by a previous owner. The stock tuners are o.k., not great (one of mine was actually broken - replaced with Gotohs). The stock pickups are usable - the neck pickup was especially good for nice, warm jazzy tones, the bridge could have been a little punchier but really not bad at all. I replaced the pups with Seymours (Jazz Model neck, Custom 5 bridge - mainly because I wanted to learn how to solder) and this axe now sounds as good as some that cost quite a bit more. The neck is very playable - the satin finish on the back of the neck is very smooth. Really like the extra-jumbo frets, which are finished out nicely. One minor peeve was the cheesy plastic knobs, a cost-cutting measure on most inexpensive guitars. I'm replacing them with some nice Q-Parts dome knobs (also available here at MF). Then it will look as classy as it sounds!In short: I really like this guitar, especially for the price. I'm actually looking for one in aged vintage black as my next project guitar. Yeah, I like it that much. :-)

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Versatile LP

      By timdonderevo

      from Milwaukee, WI

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      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      Just got mine by mail from Musicians Friend, and I'm REALLY in love with this guitar. I work in commercial audio and need a versatile axe to get a bunch of sounds out of my Pod X3 - this guitar has it all.I was only expecting a coil-tap in the bridge position, but both pickups are split (controlled by a single knob) giving you 6 tone options vs the traditional LP 3. The humbuckers really sound vintage and growly with plenty of high and low frequency response. In single-coil mode they cut like a knife. With tons of distortion the single-coils lose a lot of that broken-up humbucker muddiness and the tone tightens, but they still have all the grunt you need to rock out. Clean, the single-coils sound great - not like a fender, but then this is an LP copy, right? I was surprised how jazzy I could make the EC-256 sound on the neck humbucker - and surfy with the bridge single-coil. The overall quality seems great - the finish is perfect and the neck/frets well finished. I bought the black model. I really love the satin-finish on the neck. NOTE: If you're into PRISTINE-looking guitars, the satin finish shows up smudges etc. Personally, I bought a 'distressed' finish so that I could get it dinged up without feeling bad!WARNING! This guitar has XTRA JUMBO FRETS!!! That means that the fret wire is VERY deep. Consequently if you play an open E chord and push the strings all the way down to the wood - the chord is badly out of tune. This style of LP is designed to be played VERY LIGHTLY - with a light touch its perfect. The XTRA JUMBO FRETS give tons of ultra-bright sustain and tone to the guitar. Mine came with pretty heavy strings (which compensate for the deep fret wires) - it took a few hours to get used to - but its worth it. To me, the neck doesn't play like a vintage LP - but it sounds a lot like one!Machine heads seem really solid (they're ESP grover-style) and the tune-o-matic-style bridge is really comfortable.The EC-256 is way lighter than any similar Gibson/Epiphone archtop - but is pretty well balanced. If this got stolen today - I'd buy another tomorrow.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      oh yeah

      By BrrBlack

      from No-Wheresville P.A.

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      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      second esp, my first was a 401-vf- i got this at a local gc second hand. they never took the plastic tape off the pick-ups- like new! put 10's on tuned her down a hole step - sounds thick.the back of this guitar is just as beautiful as the front- i have the honey burst- the pictures here dont do it justice -think i like it more than 401-vf.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Ec-256

      By Diller

      from nj

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      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      Just got one of these beauties in aged vintage black. Great guitar is really all I can say about it. It's got some weight to it so it doesn't feel like a toy in your hands, yet light enough not to break you back. What ever you throw at this guitar it takes it and throws it back at you better then when you played it. Plays nice and clear when in clean, but it was made for distortion. Esp really out did themselves on this. I can't think of a better guitar in this price range. If you buy this guitar you won't be disappointed.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wow, a lot of guitar for the money

      By Aramach

      from Waterford, MI

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      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      I purchased this guitar without having high expectations. Completely surprised! Bottom line is that it plays great and sounds very good. Pickups are not the best but at this price you can replace them with something better

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Looks better in person

      By David Morgan

      from Illinois, USA

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar! And for this price, you can't complain about anything.
      This guitar is very versatile tone-wise, and the coil-tap feature only adds to this.
      Great quality, the aged finish looks very realistic. The guitar feels solid as do all the switches and knobs. I have to say that the finish looks a lot better in person.
      This guitar is a steal for the price.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gibson what?

      By The Joker

      from Coos Bay, Oregon

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      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      I stumbled upon this guitar at a local shop and was blown away by the playability. The one I played had a Seymour Duncan '59 pickup on the neck, and a Seymour Duncan SH-13 Dimebucker pickup on the bridge. Also with Sperzel locking tuners and TonePros bridge with Graphtech saddles this guitar puts any Les Paul to shame. I have mine in the honeyburst (looks great with the gold-plated 59' neck humbucker). Next to my Pheonix 2 and Parker, this guitar is always on the road with me. You can't go wrong with it. Buy it. You'll love it

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not Really Worth It

      By Nate-cQR8W

      from CA

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      When I received the guitar in the mail it was set up badly. So after fixing fret buzz and leveling the neck, i plugged it in. The pickups sounded awful clean, they were way too trebly. Distorted they were extremely muddy. (they were played through my VK112, great amp) That's not all though, Upon closer inspection I noticed the frets were cracked and dinged everywhere. I sent the guitar back because i do not accept such poor quality instruments. Save up for an EC-401VF or EC-1000 instead.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Potentially the best guitar in this price range.

      By Some guy who's stupid name you just looked at

      from The Great White North

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      As the title says, this is probably the best guitar in this price range. I've been playing for quite some time and have tried many guitars, and this one could easily go for over $1000. It has a push/pull pot that I don't know what I would do without, a sleek mahogany neck and body, two volume knobs that can make a great killswitch, and a great tone. It's incredibly versatile, and could do everything from black metal to country. It feels great to play, and is really reliable. The only little problem I had was the aged effect on the finish could've been done better, as it looks unrealistic and a little stupid, but I digress. You can put some EMGs in there if you want for a better output, but the stock pickups are pretty great by themselves. I highly recommend this to someone on or even off a budget. Incredible value, you will not be disappointed.

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