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ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar  
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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
  • 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

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

 
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ESPLTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (28)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Fun to play (26)
  • Solid electronics (20)
  • Good pick up (16)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (5)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (33)
  • Jamming (31)
  • Recording (25)
  • Small venues (23)
  • Rock concerts (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Professional musician (10), Novice (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

 

It's just okay

This was a good buy, but I wouldn't pay too much more. I purchased one earlier that had faulty wiring, only the neck pickup worked, and sent it back. Everything worked fine...Read complete review

This was a good buy, but I wouldn't pay too much more. I purchased one earlier that had faulty wiring, only the neck pickup worked, and sent it back. Everything worked fine on the second unit. I did have to raise the strings and re-intonate it, but that's minor. I have an LP Agile copy, an American Strat, and an SX Tele copy. The ESP is no where close to tone on the Strat, but it is comparable to the Agile and SX. I had to do ALOT more work on the SX and Agile to get them sounding good. This would be a great starter guitar, as is, and perhaps an outstanding guitar if the pickups were changed. But then you'd have a more expensive guitar with new pickups, and I would probably get an Agile or SX guitar instead.

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5.0

A Good Deal

By Ratmonger

from So Cal

About Me Experienced

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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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    3.0

    It's just okay

    By dsully

    from Saint Josep, Missouri

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Looks good
    • Solid Build

    Cons

    • Pickups could be better

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

    This was a good buy, but I wouldn't pay too much more. I purchased one earlier that had faulty wiring, only the neck pickup worked, and sent it back. Everything worked fine on the second unit. I did have to raise the strings and re-intonate it, but that's minor. I have an LP Agile copy, an American Strat, and an SX Tele copy. The ESP is no where close to tone on the Strat, but it is comparable to the Agile and SX. I had to do ALOT more work on the SX and Agile to get them sounding good. This would be a great starter guitar, as is, and perhaps an outstanding guitar if the pickups were changed. But then you'd have a more expensive guitar with new pickups, and I would probably get an Agile or SX guitar instead.

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    5.0

    What a Sweet Guitar!!

    By GAMH

    from Anguilla, Caribbean

    About Me Experienced

    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:

      This guitar sounds so sweet even on my cheap little amp. It has tight smooth tone. And it is such a beautiful See-thru black.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      good price for good guitar

      By lucky

      from Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

        Good buy and a good player.I played on it for a couple weeks before I even plugged it in an amp.As far as playing and sound goes,It's comparable to my lp's,strat's,prs's,and all the others.It's a keeper.

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        (2 of 2 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.

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          (3 of 3 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.

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            (3 of 3 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.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Poor quality N. Vietnam prdt

              By Flash

              from Chicago Northern Suburbs

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Great Firewood

              Cons

              • Bad electronics
              • Flat Sound
              • Poor Pick Up
              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
              • Scratches Mostly On Back

              Best Uses

              • Firewood

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              Poor quality from North Vietnam. Light scratches mostly on back . Electronics stop completely while playing . Very flat sound . Pickups poor sound . Strings very hard. & stiff , not flexible .

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A good value

              By NewPlayer

              from Pembroke PInes, FL

              About Me Novice

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                This guitar is a lot lighter than I expected when I saw its Les Paul styling, making it pretty comfortable to handle. The tone is very rich--a bit deeper than my more expensive Fender strat. That deeper tone just sounds richer and more expressive to me. It's a joy to play. I can't attest to how well it holds a tuning as I'm always changing mine for various songs, but it holds up for at least a few bends. No buyer's remorse here!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best LP Style guitar for under 500 clams

                By Fearuvthedark

                from Springfield, OR

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Fret Job
                • Fun To Play
                • Gigging
                • Good Feel
                • Neck Feel

                Cons

                • Loose Hardware
                • Poor Pick Up

                Best Uses

                • Gigging
                • Jamming
                • Makin' Me Happy
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                So the deal for a long time has been if you're buying an LTD guitar that's anything under a 400 series, buyer beware. Honestly, this is still true. But I can say that this EC-256 model arrived yesterday and blew away my expectations. Frets are PERFECT, first time this ever happened, regardless of the brand! The finish is gorgeous (Black Cherry Burst) and it really is a very comfortable guitar. Blows away Epiphone anything by a mile. Now I knew the pups were not too good, had a Crunch Lab waiting to go in so no worries. Found out that a DiMarzio F-spaced pickup fits EXACTLY in this guitar, string spacing is exact at 52mm. Great buy, I'm totally happy and pretty surprised, it really is a great axe. And like many, I've had almost every guitar under the sun and playability wise, this guitar rivals them all. If you're overly concerned with aesthetics, go for the 401 series and up. But if you're a modder like me, I HIGHLY recommend giving this axe a try. I got lucky and did the "Stupid Deal of the Day" and got 200 clams off this gem. I'm VERY happy with this purchase!

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