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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...Read More

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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 43 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (32)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Good tone (30)
  • Solid electronics (24)
  • Good pick up (18)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Practicing (36)
  • Jamming (35)
  • Recording (28)
  • Small venues (24)
  • Rock concerts (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), 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

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.

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    (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.

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      (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.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I love it

        By Rob

        from Nanuet, NY

        About Me Novice

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        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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        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.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Good Deal

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          By Coochmonger

          from Freedom, CA

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          Ask me a question

          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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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (1 of 2 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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                (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.

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