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ESP LTD FX-260 Spalted Maple Electric Guitar   

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ESP rocks you once again with the drop dead gorgeous LTD FX-260. The FX mahogany body style is the perfect stage to showcase its spalted maple top: a...Click To Read More About This Product

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Eye-popping looks, smooth playability, and EMG firepower!

ESP rocks you once again with the drop dead gorgeous LTD FX-260. The FX mahogany body style is the perfect stage to showcase its spalted maple top: a tonewood that requires just the right amount of ravaging by nature to get an amazing variety of alluring colors and patterns. A thin, U shaped, 5-piece mahogany and maple set neck and 22 Extra Jumbo frets make playing an absolute dream. ESP LH-301 humbuckers with coil-splitting provide you with tons of punch and crunch. The great looks are finished off with abalone dot inlays and black nickel hardware.

FEATURES
  • Set-neck
  • 24.75" scale
  • Mahogany body
  • Spalted maple top
  • 5-piece mahogany-maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 42mm Earvana compensated nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 22 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Tune-o-matic bridge
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4.7

(based on 16 reviews)

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One amazing guitar

I had to wait about a month to get this because it was backordered, but it was way worth the wait. It's a lot lighter than you'd think an explorer shaped guitar would...Read complete review

I had to wait about a month to get this because it was backordered, but it was way worth the wait. It's a lot lighter than you'd think an explorer shaped guitar would be. It's a bit neck heavy, but not as much as a Gibson. The neck is a tiny bit thinner than the Viper 400's neck. It's perfect for both lead and rhythm. The finish is beautiful! The most stunning guitar in my collection. Ever since I got this, I haven't played my Esp Ltd Viper 400. The bridge pickup sounds a lot like active 85 emgs. The neck isn't bad, but I might switch it out for a emg 60 or 81. With coil tap, the guitar sounds just like an acoustic. It couldn't be cleaner. You get the smoothest tone out of it. You can go from death metal to smooth jazz on this. The only flaw about I can think of is it goes out of tune about twice a week, but I also yank the strings ^_^ It's definitely worth every penny spent on this guitar.

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Spring for the fx400sm

Basically this is a well built guitar structurally but the PUPS and tuners are definetely lacking. I ended up putting grover lockers on it because it would not stay in tune for more than...Read complete review

Basically this is a well built guitar structurally but the PUPS and tuners are definetely lacking. I ended up putting grover lockers on it because it would not stay in tune for more than 5 minutes even after several pro setups and the pickups while respectable will not keep up with EMGs like some posters have suggested. I have put EMGs in this guitar now and it was a night and day difference.This is a good beginner guitar but if your expectations and taste are more refined then spring for the fx400sm and save yourself the time of replacing parts. The overall costs ends up being about the same if you did the mods that I did.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By OldSchoolJax

from Jacksonville, FL

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I have been collecting guitars for about 20 years and have everything from Gibson 335, les pauls to old fenders to Ibanez classics like an original Iceman and this guitar is well built has good pickups and the coil tap feature is awesome. Came set up well out of the box and plays very well. The spalted maple is really cool (the reason I bought mine) and has a great neck. All in all a beautiful axe.

 
5.0

THIS GUITAR IS SWEEEET!

By ForShizzleDizzle

from Indiana

I had to wait almost a month to get this guitar because it was backordered. When it finally arived I was totally blown away by the looks of this guitar. Maybe I was just lucky but the spalting on the maple looks like a demon skull. Everyone that I show this to is amazed by it. As far as staying in tune after my band broke up this stayed in the case for almost 6 weeks, when I finally took it out it was still perfectly in tune. The pickups may not be the greatest in the world but I have never been ashamed of any of the sound that I can get from this guitar.

 
3.0

Spring for the fx400sm

By mantis

from Topeka, KS

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Basically this is a well built guitar structurally but the PUPS and tuners are definetely lacking. I ended up putting grover lockers on it because it would not stay in tune for more than 5 minutes even after several pro setups and the pickups while respectable will not keep up with EMGs like some posters have suggested. I have put EMGs in this guitar now and it was a night and day difference.This is a good beginner guitar but if your expectations and taste are more refined then spring for the fx400sm and save yourself the time of replacing parts. The overall costs ends up being about the same if you did the mods that I did.

 
5.0

ESP RULES

By PillarsofSamson

from PA

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This guitar has nice responsive pickups a slick neck and its amazingly beautiful. I just wish it had the standard pointed headstock!!! ESP PUPS RULE BY THE WAY, Dont be fooled I have an Ec-1000 deluxe and these keep up with my EMGS. People have also been complaining about the strings that came with this....you do know you are supposed to change strings regularly ....Right?

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2.0

Not Sure What You Guys Got....

By StringsAttached

from Olympia, Wa

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I played this guy today in a local music store more to get the feel of the EX series in general. Right off the bat it was horribly out of tune, and the shop is usually really good about that, so when tuning is off its usually bad tuners. Nice thin neck and honestly good features for a 400 dollar axe. Looks cool. Felt cheap. Didn't even bother to plug it in, ESP-branded 'buckers always suck.

 
5.0

Just picked this up yesterday..

By J-Hemy

from NH

I bought one of these bad boys brand new yesterday, and it was fortunate for me because the shop that was selling it already had swapped the pups to an EMG 60 in the neck and a EMG 81 in the bridge which was EXACTLY what I was going to do to it. This thing is AWESOME. I love the finish on it, and the neck is very smooth. My only negative thing is that the frets seem to be a little too wide for the neck and im sort of scratching my fingers on it, but nothing a little careful sanding can't fix. BUY THIS!!

 
5.0

ESP LTD FX-260

By Tomdude392

from North Carolina

I bought the LTD FX-260 off of this website, and since then have been playing it every day. Before I have been playing an '88 studio Les Paul, and I feel that this guitar is overall better than my Gibson. It sounds great distorted, the pickups have right much crunch, and when toned down they have a good blues feel. I love how the guitar sounds clean, and the coil tap on a clean setting just sounds amazing, almost like a real acoustic guitar.The action was great right out of the box, it shipped here and came in great shape, and it looked stunning. The spalted look is really nice, and it looks different on every guitar I've seen. Mine was particularly beautiful, but all I've seen are very nice. I would definitely recommend this guitar.

 
5.0

Rockin guitar for any guitar enthusiast

By mantis

from Topeka, KS

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I bought one of these from my local music store about 2 weeks ago. Mine has everything you read here but the finish looks more like fx 400 picture which I prefer anyway. Let me just say this guitar is great for the money. It plays wonderfully and is surprisingly balanced. I believe it is a touch smaller than what a standard explorer is as well.I will be changing out the bridge pickup for probably either an 81 or a SH-5. I'm still being wishy washy about that. Not that the pickup that comes in it isn't fine I just want a touch more balls out it. But i would gig with it the way it is. Great deal, great guitar.

 
5.0

Can't be beaten for the price

By Brackforce

from NC

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I was about to order a Gibson SG 61 reissue (which I did) and saw this guitar featured in a Guitar World review. I thought it looked cool and I didn't have an explorer type guitar. It got a great review from Guitar World so I thought "why not get this one too while I'm spending 2 grand?" It was a very wise decision. I have an ESP EC-50 that I got to use while deployed and couldn't believe the quality for the price so I thought this one might be pretty good too. Not only does it look extremely nice, but it plays and sound great especially for the price. I honestly don't think you could get a better deal for $400 bucks. If you're looking for a cheap starter guitar, a nice looking collection piece, or something to use in a show this is your guitar. It's plays and sounds as good as some of my guitars that were twice as expensive. I highly recommend the FX-260.

 
5.0

Their so great, so is the guitar

By guitarman-s

from Texas

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I bought a blem one of these. The box was really beat up, but the guitar only had a couple microscopic dings. Later I found out the neck had a warp in it and there was some buzzing I couldn't fix. I emailed about a return and maybe giving me 10% off a new one. They're exchanging my blem model for a new one at no additional cost. Can't beat that. I've owned thirty-four guitars in ten years and this is my favorite. Comfortable to play and sounds excellent. Buy this guitar, and buy it from here.

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