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A sturdy rocker with a flamed maple top, a set neck and coil-tapping.

The ESP LTD EC-256FM 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 flamed maple top over an all-mahogany body. The rosewood fretboard 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-split. ESP die-cast tuners and a tune-o-matic bridge add to the reliability of this affordable workhorse.

FEATURES
Mahogany body
Flamed maple top
Mahogany neck
Set-neck construction
24.75" scale
Rosewood fingerboard
42mm standard nut
22 XJ frets
Chrome hardware
ESP tuners
Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece
ESP LH-150 (B & N) pickup
3-way toggle
Bridge volume
Neck volume
Master tone with push-pull coil-split
Case not included

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ESPLTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 58 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (43)
  • Fun to play (41)
  • Good tone (40)
  • Solid electronics (28)
  • Good pick up (21)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (8)
  • Poor pick up (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (47)
  • Jamming (46)
  • Recording (34)
  • Small venues (31)
  • Rock concerts (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (35), Professional musician (14), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Head (stock) to toe BETTER!

I ordered this guitar out of pure frustration from the past 3 guitars I've purchased, setting out to find a guitar that wouldn't cost me a kidney but would stay in tune, ALWAYS #1...Read complete review

I ordered this guitar out of pure frustration from the past 3 guitars I've purchased, setting out to find a guitar that wouldn't cost me a kidney but would stay in tune, ALWAYS #1 as you can change the pickups if you don't like 'em.
I bought a middle of the road "I've been had" for MUCH MORE than this only to have it fall apart during a recording session that cost me 1/2 as much as the guitar for that weeks sessions.
Next I bought a well known up & coming guitar brand that is getting alot of buzz in the metal world *Used from competition only to be shuffled around & find out the guitar had been a factory second with MAJOR neck issues.
Third I bought another guitar (See "I've been had")liking the neck of the first one, but not the Licenced Floyd on it. It held up good but was snapped in 2 by a drunken studio hand.
I will give Ibanez S series a thumbs up for making a comfortable guitar that sounded good, however, it don't compare to the LTD EC-256.
Upon receiving the guitar(EC-256 see through black model) I noticed that the neck felt comfortable for a guy like me who don't have those "yard-stick fingers" it felt like I was finally home from a vast wasteland of guitar malfunctions, misreps from other music gear sites, & sloppy seconds.
The pups rang out very similar to a LP although not as "singy" on the neck. The push/pull pot was a cool bonus that gave me options I never knew I needed for recording, but found spots for right away on my first recorded song within hours of unpacking at my home studio.
Tuning was forgot about because I took it out of the box, tuned it, & didn't HAVE TO give it a second thought!
There was no fret buzz, no flaws in the finish, & I was surprised at how well the hardware felt. It was more like hardware from a guitar that costs MUCH more & felt solid & durable. I was VERY surprised that there were only TWO reviews on this guitar as it handles just as well as my LTD EC-1000 & is intonated BETTER than I've been able to get the 1000.
To finish up this review I would like to add that anyone who has that ear that picks up on guitars that sound great while playing, say an Eb minor, then sound out of tune when you shift to a D chord need to give this one a whirl. Finish is amazing too. My ONLY complaint is the input jack had a loose nut on it which I fixed in 5 minutes flat. If you are on the fence as I read on another review, go for it! you will certainly be glad you spent less money for a much more solid instrument than any other NEAR this price range. 1 last note - I play Metal, Hard Rock, & a little blues on the side. Works great for all although the pups are passive they are CLEAR & you can boost the distortion if you need more Ummph, & I love the way I can hear the notes with more definition than w/ active pups. I 100% would recommend this to my friends,family.
My only regret is that I didn't deal with MF FIRST.

VS

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LTD Review

Will make it short....Guitar is awesome looking, great finish and craftmanship is tight. Sounds great and would recommend it as a cost effective entry level intrument. Might just be mine,...Read complete review

Will make it short....Guitar is awesome looking, great finish and craftmanship is tight. Sounds great and would recommend it as a cost effective entry level intrument. Might just be mine, but have tweeked it multiple times and the tuning just doesnt last long if you do alot of bends. It's a relatively heavy instrument and if you like sitting while you play, the ergonomics aren't very comfortable, at least not for me. For the price, it is what it is so would give it a 3-4 based on the above.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Head (stock) to toe BETTER!

By Scottcat74

from Apalachin, New York.

About Me Professional Musician

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

    I ordered this guitar out of pure frustration from the past 3 guitars I've purchased, setting out to find a guitar that wouldn't cost me a kidney but would stay in tune, ALWAYS #1 as you can change the pickups if you don't like 'em.
    I bought a middle of the road "I've been had" for MUCH MORE than this only to have it fall apart during a recording session that cost me 1/2 as much as the guitar for that weeks sessions.
    Next I bought a well known up & coming guitar brand that is getting alot of buzz in the metal world *Used from competition only to be shuffled around & find out the guitar had been a factory second with MAJOR neck issues.
    Third I bought another guitar (See "I've been had")liking the neck of the first one, but not the Licenced Floyd on it. It held up good but was snapped in 2 by a drunken studio hand.
    I will give Ibanez S series a thumbs up for making a comfortable guitar that sounded good, however, it don't compare to the LTD EC-256.
    Upon receiving the guitar(EC-256 see through black model) I noticed that the neck felt comfortable for a guy like me who don't have those "yard-stick fingers" it felt like I was finally home from a vast wasteland of guitar malfunctions, misreps from other music gear sites, & sloppy seconds.
    The pups rang out very similar to a LP although not as "singy" on the neck. The push/pull pot was a cool bonus that gave me options I never knew I needed for recording, but found spots for right away on my first recorded song within hours of unpacking at my home studio.
    Tuning was forgot about because I took it out of the box, tuned it, & didn't HAVE TO give it a second thought!
    There was no fret buzz, no flaws in the finish, & I was surprised at how well the hardware felt. It was more like hardware from a guitar that costs MUCH more & felt solid & durable. I was VERY surprised that there were only TWO reviews on this guitar as it handles just as well as my LTD EC-1000 & is intonated BETTER than I've been able to get the 1000.
    To finish up this review I would like to add that anyone who has that ear that picks up on guitars that sound great while playing, say an Eb minor, then sound out of tune when you shift to a D chord need to give this one a whirl. Finish is amazing too. My ONLY complaint is the input jack had a loose nut on it which I fixed in 5 minutes flat. If you are on the fence as I read on another review, go for it! you will certainly be glad you spent less money for a much more solid instrument than any other NEAR this price range. 1 last note - I play Metal, Hard Rock, & a little blues on the side. Works great for all although the pups are passive they are CLEAR & you can boost the distortion if you need more Ummph, & I love the way I can hear the notes with more definition than w/ active pups. I 100% would recommend this to my friends,family.
    My only regret is that I didn't deal with MF FIRST.

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best bang-for-the-buck guitar ever.

    By VEEDUBZ

    from Man, WV

    About Me Experienced

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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
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

      Wow!!! I already own the "real deal", an ESP Eclipse II Standard. To me that guitar seems too nice for someone like me to play out with. I was afraid to get it beat up. I thought this would make a nice workhorse. Now that I have it and see how beautiful the Lemon Drop is in person, I don't wanna hurt it either. It really is so nice. Came setup great right from the box. No tweaks necessary. Just did the usual fretboard conditioning and new Dunlop Pure Nickels. This thing rocks! It plays so nice. I honestly can't see anyone justifying paying a higher price for the upper models. I have a new go to guitar. If you're on the fence, just jump on over. It will not disappoInt you.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      LTD EC-256FM

      By BigpawPat

      from Poncha Springs, CO

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Big Frets
      • Coil Tap
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Neck
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Maple Top
      • Pups With Punch
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

        I like this axe! The tiger striped maple top is very nice. It's well balanced weight is an improvement over my Les Paul. But it is not a Les Paul. The PUPs have a different voice. I won't mod them as yet, because I want to see what they can really do. I played tis guitar through my 1964 Twin, and it had lots of voice. The coil tap does not turn it into a Telecaster and weakens the volume (I'm not a coil tap guy- just buy a Stratocaster and turn it up). I love the neck, the fret board and the big frets. No fret buzz on mine, BTW. For the SDOD price, it's win, win, win. I'm 67 years old, been playing since 1957 and have handled lots of great guitars. I think this little black cherry tiger stripe will keep me in heaven for quite a while.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great instrument, incredible value!

        By Todd Weller

        from Topeka, KS

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Perfect Setup
        • Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

            Excellent build quality. Had very good intonation right out of the box. Action was perfect. Absolutely zero fret buzz, yet incredibly fast action. For the money there is no other guitar that comes close. The finish was flawless and the turners stay in tune! As a professional working musician who has played just about everything out there, I'm blown away at the value of this guitar. I own another more expensive LTD and this one seems to have the same build quality as my more expensive LTD. IMHO, LTD makes VERY good guitars.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing action w extra jumbo frets

            By Sssteeve

            from Bay Area, California

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Good Tone
            • Incredible Action

            Cons

            • Pickup Not Great

            Best Uses

            • Good for everything

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

            ESP LTD has these guitars made for them in Vietnam from a very slick design that they have come up with. I already have 2 of the EC256P models which use P-90 frame pickups. I started with just one but the neck and action were incredible- much better than any of my Gibsons so I got another. I ordered the EC256FM from MF so that I could install regular Gibson-frame humbuckers.

            These guitars come with extra jumbo frets which is one upgrade a lot of guitarists have done with their Les Pauls. Gibson uses the Plek process on their high end guitars to make the neck and frets perfectly level; I'd have to say that whatever process the factory in Vietnam uses to level their necks and frets is almost as good as that- amazing for a guitar that sells for such a low price.

            The body is thinner than a LP with a deeper cutaway sculpted on the backside for better access to the highest frets. The upper bout is sculpted on the backside, too, so it doesn't dig into your stomach.

            Sounds too good to be true? Well, the LF-150 pickups that come with this guitar are the only weak point I see. Not a bad decision on the part of ESP LTD since a lot of guitarists (like me!) prefer to use specific pickups and would replace them anyway. The stock pickups do work and get the job done but are nothing to write home about.

            My EC-256 was delivered earlier today and it is built with the same quality as their EC-256P. The flamed maple top (hence the FM suffix) is very beautiful, especially in the black cherry sunburst. So nice that I just ordered a second one. (These guitars are literally the smoothest-playing guitars I have ever tried in 49 years.)

            I'm getting a second one because I want to put SD Seth Lover pickups in one for a vintage humbucker sound and a set of DiMarzio EJ Custom pickups in the other for a very clear strat-like tone in a real humbucker that kicks butt when you crank it up. (I am amazed at what those guys at DiMarzio are coming up with!)

            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Stupid deal ain't so dumb

            By ClayStrider

            from South Carolina

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              I got this as a "Stupid deal of the day". I have wanted a single cut away, mahagony body electric with a maple top. For the price I figured why not. I am very pleased. The fit and finish of this instrument is very high quality. I did have to lower the TOM bridge some as it was kind of high. The pickups are not the best but work fine for 90% of what I need it for. These frets have taken some getting used to. You will want to play one before buying as they can be off-putting. The neck is not set for very much relief so a proper set up is in order. The tone you get through the neck pick up with the split on is pretty frickin cool. Through my old Fender tube amp I am able to emulate Pearl Jam tones easely. You won't find a better guitar for the price. If you like tinkering with a guitar this one will work for you. It is a nice solid platform with the potential to be an impressive guitar.

              (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              LTD Review

              By MAJ S

              from Bristol, TN

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              Pros

              • Awesome Look And Finish
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Tuning
              • Uncomfortable Lap Guitar

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              Will make it short....Guitar is awesome looking, great finish and craftmanship is tight. Sounds great and would recommend it as a cost effective entry level intrument. Might just be mine, but have tweeked it multiple times and the tuning just doesnt last long if you do alot of bends. It's a relatively heavy instrument and if you like sitting while you play, the ergonomics aren't very comfortable, at least not for me. For the price, it is what it is so would give it a 3-4 based on the above.

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              ESP 256fm see thru cherry

              By Jim

              from Hampton

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None I Can Find

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Plays Everything Well
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              Im amazed a set neck guitar that is this good a quality that plays equal to my 2003 Gibson LP studio plus.

              The guitar is a xmass gift for some one so i made sure it was ok when delivered , i must get one for myself now asap.
              I read the user reviews everywhere and found the word fantastic does apply , but you know how owners brag abit.
              In this case its happily a fact and the vietnam factory craftsman produce excelent quality now !

              Im getting another 256fm soon !

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar and Amazing Value

              By fpeding

              from Syracuse NY

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Better Than My Lp

              Cons

              • Packaging

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              Let me start with I have owned a Gibson LP Standard 03, Fender Strat 40th anniversary, Gibson flying V, and many others. When I was much younger I was really bent on "Made in USA". As I have gotten older my bank account got bigger so I would buy all "Made in USA" guitars. This guitar was the right price because I purchased it as a used guitar and I made a great choice. I can say with all the guitars I have owned this plays the easiest. I wont say this is better than a LP.....I will say I personally like this guitar more than any other I have owned. It has a amazing neck and the fret board radius is great. This guitar has changed my mind set 100% on cost of a guitar. I play this 100 times better than any other guitar I have owned. Lets be honest if a guitar sounds great but you play it like junk whats the point? This guitar sounds good easy to play and is much lighter feeling than my Gibson LP felt. This guitar has made me want to go deep dive into more esp guitars. All I can think is the eclipse series as a hole are one heck of a guitar. One last thing I hate signature model guitars....I think the idea is really lame really but honestly looks wise this reminds me a real lot of the slash signature model.....I would never ever buy a different guitar. My others will not come out the cases much anymore.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good deal, I am happy

              By Evel Knievel

              from Detroit, MI

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Gorgeous finish
              • Nice Inlays
              • Tonal Variety

              Cons

              • Lots Of Setup Needed

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              I struggled with giving this 4 or 5 stars. I am basing my rating what I paid, two fifty as a DOTD. For two n a half, this is a sweet guitar. I didn't think guitars of this quality were coming out of VietNam, but they are. I really like the finish, binding, inlays, etc. It is a really nice looking guitar. The pickups and coil tap provide great sound and a decent amount of variety in what you can do.
              This guitar is exactly like a Les Paul, just a little thinner and lighter. Solid mahogany with flame maple cap. The neck is really good, thin, wide and comfy. I really like the GIGANTIC fret wire used. The frets were sort of rough, but with such big frets, it was easy to give a crowning & polishing and still have large frets, which I like.
              I suppose I spent about 5 hours setting this guitar up, but to me that is not ridiculous. Especially for two fifty! I let them hang for a week or two, to adjust to climate/humidity/temp before I mess with them.
              With just standard set up and fret job, I now have a sweet looking, sweet sounding and sweet playing guitar.
              If you're a fender guy and want to check out the Les Paul side of things, this guitar would be a good place to start, and you can still get a decent single coil sound. If you're a Les Paul guy and have never tried an ESP (as I was), this guitar is also worth adding to your stable, and I do like the variety the coil tap provides.

              (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              EC-256FM

              By Jim

              from Hampton

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • No Faults

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              I am very surprised to find this quality neck at this price and the tried and true tone woods used in the body and neck can not be better!

              A good neck makes a good guitar,the XJ frets are true and plays in tune and the nut is cut perfectly low with no buzzing.
              I had to tighten the truss rod a little and I put slinky 10-46 on and adjusted the tom bridge and raised it 1/16" so you can feel the strings some what.

              I bought it to give as a gift and MF sent a v/well made guitar on the stupid deal of the day price that was dirt cheap !
              The cherry finish seems very durable and beautiful as I hoped.

              Switched too single coil sound and it was much better than I expected and gives some sweet rythem tones.
              The 150 pickups were a good choice frankly,because high gain is easy to get with amps and pedals these days.
              I may buy another ec-256 for me,or a ec-1000 if I can find a deal!
              If you want a guitar that does lead work and to fret true on chords especially this does that in spades.
              I think the multi-wood piece necks will stay strait many years so this is a one piece walnut so keep it out of rain and weather events I would say.

              The price and perfect playability beats any brand of my knowledge for this price.
              I had a hard time believing the user reviews but here is a guitar that can play great stuff ,and that's not brag its fact.
              Fact is the glued neck tenon sounds better than a neck thru body design also.
              The strong fundamental LP like tone is in the 256fm.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              More will be revealed!

              By Scottcat74

              from Apalachin, New York.

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Nice finish
              • Solid Electronics
              • Solid Tuning

              Cons

              • Hardly

              Best Uses

              • Doing Lessons
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              I decided to write another review as my EC-256 has revealed even more to me since writing the last one. I noticed that the strings felt exceptionally tight but blew it off for the first week of owning the guitar as these factory strings that come with the guitar are supposed to last 3 to 5 times longer & are corrosion resistant.
              *Side note: The guitar does NOT come with a manual or warranty card. You have to download them from the ESP website. I called my warranty registration into the ESP California location & they did it right on the phone!
              I learned from the website that ESP ships a regular (Non-Floyd, Non-baritone) guitar with .10 strings on it so I decided to put .09's on it to see if the action/ playability would get a bit smoother & WHOA! did it ever! I never experienced such a drastic change in action & overall neck relief so to speak than once I put some Blue Steel .09's on this bad bear!
              I thought the tuning would suffer because there was such a relief on the action with the thinner strings but nope!, once I stretched them out for a bit, re-tuned & played it sang & played even better than before if that was even thought possible.
              With all this being said I would like to add that I am a professional musician / guitar instructor that just couldn't afford to shell out another grand for an American made guitar, but needed a reliable instrument that I could play in either a gig or lesson setting & have the guitar be solid, & reliable. With this guitar I got BOTH for a great price with no hassles, Thank you MF!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice solid player

              By fingers

              from Can

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                I got on SDOTD you can't go wrong with the price. First one I got had scratches under the lacquer, there is a growing trend of poor quality inspection of these import, people are taking shortcuts to match demand. The replacement one I got was a MINT condition one. Instead of a new one I wanted it to be physically inspected so I wouldn't have to return it again. The mint condition one was absolutely flawless and was in tune right out of the box, I couldn't be happier.

                Import inspectors have to stop taking short cuts, and be held accountable. This is the second guitar (different guitar) I have sent back in less then a month. It's easy hold the guitar to the light then angle and search for scraches before you add paint and lacquer.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great buy.

                By Riffmaster.

                from Tennessee.

                About Me Experienced

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Flat Sound
                • Poor Pick Up
                • Sharp Frets

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                I bought this guitar with the intent of replacing the pickups. The pickups are very muddy. The frets are very sharp. I filed them down and the neck feels great now. The guitar is well balanced and feels great. It looks beautiful. It had perfect intonation. Stays in tune well. I own fender, Gibson, and scheduler guitars. This guitar is as good as any of them, other than the sharp frets and poor pickups.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                READ THIS

                By Joe D

                from Houston, Tx

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • School Bands
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                  Ok, there are a couple reviews claiming a problem with fret buzz. Now mine had it too but it is 100% adjustable and fixable. Mine happened to need the truss rod adjusted (which will be the case 95% of the time). There are other ways to adjust string height, ext. You've got to imagine these guitars get thrown around in shipping and you're lucky it came in one piece. So a simple adjustment is the least of you'r worries. The finish is amazing and a great way to try out a guitar with humbuckers if you are use to single coil pick ups. you can never have too many guitars so pick one up.

                  (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Sent it back

                  By DW

                  from Saint Joseph, MO

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                  I bought this guitar because of it's looks and price and the reviews. Mistake. I never have had good luck purchasing an instrument online. On this guitar, the bridge pickup did not work, so I could not give it a very good test, except for the neck position. It played fine for that. I would have kept it, except for the pickup. You just can't beat testing an instrument in your hands before you buy it. Thank goodness Musicians Friend has a good return policy.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Susie

                  from NY State

                  About Me Experienced

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Fret Buzz

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                  You can not beat this guitar for the price! I needed something to use for gigs that include small venues and parties without spending a lot of money. (Tight budget!) This guitar fits the bill. I am very pleased with it, and others who have played it also think it is a great buy. I recommend it.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing guitar at an affordable price

                  By Jake

                  from Gentry, Ar

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Performing
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                    I did some research before buying this guitar and what drew me to this one was the overall good reviews this guitar received from a wide variety of people. When I first got the guitar I was quite impressed. It feels and plays like a much more expensive guitar. I'm very pleased with my purchase and would definitely buy it again. The guitar STAYS in tune, even after the first tuning. The tuners FEEL solid and well designed. The body is lightweight and very smooth. Fretboard isn't a fat neck like some strats but a leaner smooth feeling in your palm. The tone that I can get out of this is quite impressive. If you're debating on this guitar then stop...buy it, you'll be glad you did.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Just Pure Awesomeness

                    By dream rocker

                    from Tri-City NY

                    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-256FM Electric Guitar:

                      I have 6 other guitars ranging from differenet manufacturers, and have been playing for years. This by far beats them all. Solid sounds, and sustained notes, with great action. This by far is a great guitar for any music style, any level of a musitian. Over all, GREAT BUY.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A Good Deal

                      By Crotchwallader

                      from So Cal

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                      Pros

                      • Fun To Play
                      • Good Feel
                      • Good Tone

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                        This guitar was impossible to beat on the Stupid Deal. I upgraded with Pearly Gates and a Fred. Tweaked and adjusted the action to stop breaking strings. Better than my more expensive Epis. It is now one of my favorite guitars.

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