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ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar   

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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 con...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
 
4.5

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (37)
  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good tone (34)
  • Solid electronics (26)
  • Good pick up (19)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (41)
  • Jamming (40)
  • Recording (31)
  • Small venues (28)
  • Rock concerts (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (12), Novice (6)

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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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

I would buy this again and highly recommend this product

By Pepperman

from Cherry Hill, NJ

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

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:

    I am a long time player of most guitar styles and have taught guitar. I'm kind of a snob about guitars and own Gibson, Fender, Taylor, and established quality guitar makes. I was knocked out at the quality of this guitar. Yes, its a Les Paul design or knock off, but for the price it out does guitars at far more costly. The intonation is perfect. Frets are smooth, and detail workmanship is of the highest quality. It is a bit lighter than a Les Paul, and I like that. The ability to switch from single coil to humbucker sound at the pull of a switch is so cool that its like two guitars in one. This one was manufactured in Vietnam, and the quality is flawless. The tone is beautiful and neck and action set up needed no adjustments. You will not find a better quality guitar for the price. I'm sold on this guitar. Even at a much higher price I would have given this guitar 5 stars. Super value.

     
    3.0

    You get what you pay for.

    By Spurs Kreep

    from San Antonio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

      I received this a day early which was nice. Upon opening the box and inspecting the guitar I couldnt help but notice the imperfections with the finish. There were also a few dings on the guitar. I could have sworn it was a new model but maybe you just get what you pay for right? I bought some EMG's to put in this guitar so I will write another review about the tone when that is all taken care of.

       
      5.0

      so nice I ordered a 2nd one

      By joemag

      from finger lakes New York

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • none so far

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

      I am in awe each time I open a esp-ltd guitar. This one was so beautiful I ordered a 2nd one.I constantly look for good deals on them.The back of the beautiful lemon drop is see thru herritage cherry,just like the gibson sg.10 isn't high enough for it.

       
      5.0

      awesome appearing guitar

      By joemag

      from finger lakes New York

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      Verified Buyer

      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:

        esp-ltd makes some beautiful guitars.The front burst is awesome.I watch for deals on them continuously

         
        5.0

        Absolutely love it

        By Jake

        from Arkansas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

          Moving from a strat to an LTD/ESP was a great choice. I love the feel of this guitar over my strat. It also has some amazing tones...and even though the pickups could be better I've been able to get some awesome sound out of this beauty. I'm not an expert by any means but I can tell good tone when I hear it. Overall the look, the feel and the sound present an awesome package at a reasonable price. If you're debating...just get it.

           
          4.0

          Awesome

          By Guitars name, Willow

          from USA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • All around good sound

          Cons

          • Only complaint, two rusty screw heads

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

          First time I bought a guitar without playing it first. Great ax for price

           
          5.0

          Awesome Guitar For the Money

          By rock melody

          from Newton,Alabama

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is way underrated.Out of the box this guitar was perfectly setup.Fit and Finish were excellent.I have no complaints at all.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            LTD ESP-256FM

            By Stix

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

              Got it for Fathersday, love the sound. Neck has a good feel to it.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Deal

              By Billy

              from Atlanta, GA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                These pickups are too dark as humbuckers, although the coil tap sounds are fine. Mine has no fret buzz and looks great. I love the feel of the neck. I'm a studio musician and have had good luck with it using an EQ to take out some of the low mids, but I'm thinking P-rails on this in the near future.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I love it

                By Rob

                from Nanuet, NY

                About Me Novice

                Ask me a question

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Master Tone Control

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar:

                This is a beautiful guitar. I have the See-through black cherry and the finish is flawless. The setup was perfect right out of the box and it stays in tune. The tone is sweet and the sustain is long. The neck is fast and the jumbo frets are easy to play - and no rough edges. I also like the fretboard inlays. No issues with the electronics - coil tap is nice to have but I like the humbucker sound. I bought it during a sale at Musicians Friend and consider it a steal at two-ninety-ninety.

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