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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
  • Nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • TOM bridge & tailpiece
  • ESP LH-150 (B & N) pickup
  • 3-way toggle
  • Bridge volume
  • Neck volume
  • Master tone w/push-pull coil-split
  • Case not included

Choose a guitar that'll get the job done gig after gig. Order today.

 
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ESPLTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (19)
  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Solid electronics (14)
  • Good pick up (13)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (19)
  • Jamming (18)
  • Recording (17)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Professional musician (5)

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.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great buy.

By Riffmaster.

from Tennessee.

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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.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great instrument, incredible value!

By Todd Weller

from Topeka, KS

About Me Professional Musician

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.

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      (2 of 2 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.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Sent it back

        By DW

        from Saint Joseph, MO

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

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          Cons

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              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.

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              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              LTD Review

              By MAJ S

              from Bristol, TN

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              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.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar at an awesome price

              By Rob

              from Nanuet,NY

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              This is a lot of guitar for the price. The black cherry finish is flawless and gorgeous. Plus it is less expensive than the other colors. Being a novice I really like the extra jumbo frets and thin neck. It is obviously heavier than my little basswood starter guitar but I believe it is still ligther than a L.P. The pickups have a nice tone and the sustain is great. The setup seems pretty good but I get some buzz from the low E when fretting the 5th fret. At this price, I can't imagine a better guitar. Buy it!
              The ordering process was easy at Musicians' Friend and the shipment was prompt and well packaged.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Finally, Amazing Quality For Less Money!

              By Gnarlydudecore

              from Virginia, VA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Intonation
              • Mahogany Body
              • Mahogany Neck
              • Neck-thru
              • Passive Pickups
              • Playability

              Cons

              • Hard To Think Of One

              Best Uses

              • All-purpose
              • Classick Rock
              • Jamming
              • Non-trem For Fast Tuning
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              I must say I was at first looking at some Epiphone's but when I saw these for sale my mind was changed instantly. ESP Ltd's are rocking guitars, and finally there's one that screams Gibson Knock-off. Obviously if this were a Gibson, it would have a 4-digit price-tag. I find the LTD EC-256 to be a better shape than a standard Les Paul Studio, and from what I have heard it's lighter. Out of the box once you start playing it you'll love it so see for yourself. The mahogany body and neck-thru design is wonderful for playing. You can get amazing sounds out of this instrument with no doubt could you record with it, or play live. Think twice before getting a cheap Epiphone Les Paul, have a good look at this and its features, you just can't beat the price. Other Thoughts: The 22-fret design is actually kind of awesome, the binding gives it a vintage allure to it's modern style. The push/pull coil-tap gives you versitile tones. Also you'll find that this model is 2013 year in case you are wondering.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Love it!

              By Susie

              from NY State

              About Me Experienced

              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.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very high quality, excellent tonal range

              By Dano

              from Delray Beach, FL

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                Out of the box, this guitar needed no adjustments. Intonation was spot on. Holds tuning very well. All hardware is excellent quality. I was surprised at the amount of sustain it has even though it is much, much lighter than my 74 Les Paul Custom. This is a good thing as I can play this guitar for hours standing up, where the LP kills me after awhile. Really nice range of tones with the coil tap, but I will be switching out the pickups for a set of EMG actives as this guitar was bought specifically for hard rock and metal style playing. It is a great counterpart to my Strat in terms of giving me a wide range of tonalities with which to play. Action is great, no fret buzz even with drop D tuning. Fret feel took me a bit to get used to as it is very different from my Strat, so I'll need a few weeks to really give a good overview, but no negatives to report. Beautifully made and gorgeous in the See through sunburt black cherry. I pick it up for less than 300 brand new, and it is a killer value for the money. I dont think anyone will be disappointed with this guitar for the price...honestly, the neck feel and playability I rate as better than the $1200 Ibanez JS1000 I had ( and sold. Did not like that neck at all ).

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great guitar for the price!

                By Dissection1776

                from Baltimore, MD

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                  I've been playing guitar for 15 years or more and took a break last year. I sold all of my instruments and finally got the itch to play again and I was looking for a decent, cheap guitar to start playing again. I saw this ESP on sale. The first thing I noticed was the packaging. It came in packed super tight, flawless, not one scratch, dent or mark and set up and ready to play.

                  I was worried about the sound of the stock Pups but they have great tone for metal. They chug nicely and lead tones sounds decent. Not as good as some high end pups, and I might switch them out at a later time but they do have a good sound for the price.

                  The neck feels pretty good and has a decent feel. It reminds me of playing a Gibson. The bridge is perfect once you find the sweet spot. My hand always feels comfortable resting against it when I really dig in with palm muted triplets.

                  All in all, a solid piece of craftsmanship for the astonishing low price. I would recommend it for just about anyone in any situation; recording, live events, jamming, practice, ect. Just invest in a hard shell case for it, since it doesn't come with one.

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