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ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar  

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The ESP LTD Viper 256 Electric Guitar offers vintage looks, modern playing comfort and a versatile sound. It has a mahogany set-neck construction for...Read More

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Get bitten by the sound and feel of this special ESP guitar.

The ESP LTD Viper 256 Electric Guitar offers vintage looks, modern playing comfort and a versatile sound. It has a mahogany set-neck construction for maximum sustain in a beveled mahogany body with dual cutaways and a familiar look. The thin-U neck is super comfy all the way up the 24 XJ fret rosewood fingerboard that features ESP inlayed position markers. ESP pickups deliver everything from warmth to twang to classic rock sounds. A tune-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece make string changes and intonation adjustments rapid and easy on this affordable rocker.

FEATURES
  • Set-Thru Construction
  • 24.75" Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • ESP Tuners
  • TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
  • ESP pickups

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ESPLTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (7)
    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (5)
    • Small venues (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    LTD 256P hum fix

    NOTE: to all complaining of hum noise, check your bridge ground ! These have a lot of gold plating on the bridge & post so use a meter to check and sand the...Read complete review

    NOTE: to all complaining of hum noise, check your bridge ground ! These have a lot of gold plating on the bridge & post so use a meter to check and sand the gold of the bottom and so it can't be seen and using a thin file scratch off the string slots on the bridge too. Also I switched the wires coming from pickups, the ones that are taped off need to be switched with the ones on the toggle. Do these things and your guitar will SCREAM ! I got this on the deal of the day and cannot be happier ! I was going to just flip it for a profit but it's staying in my herd for a while. Scarf one up before they're gone !

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Pickups are the worst of both worlds.

    First thing I noticed when I pulled this out of the box was the quality of the wood. This guitar is made with some nice chunks of mahogany. Second thing I noticed was some...Read complete review

    First thing I noticed when I pulled this out of the box was the quality of the wood. This guitar is made with some nice chunks of mahogany. Second thing I noticed was some slightly sloppy work on the neck binding, but it didn't bother me too much.

    Then I plugged it in, and was quickly disappointed. These guitars have stacked p90's, which are supposed to eliminate hum. However, this guitar hums louder than my Gibson with single coil p90's. The sound doesn't have that P90 "bite" to it either; the pickups sound pretty dull and lifeless, like a cheap humbucker. According to ESP, "the new Viper-256P offers two ESP LP90S pickups, which provide all the bite and high output you want while avoiding all the hum that you don't."

    That's backwards; they eliminate all the bite you want, while providing all the hum you don't.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LTD 256P hum fix

    By Dr. LaRrY

    from Winston-Salem,N.C.

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      Cons

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          Comments about ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

          NOTE: to all complaining of hum noise, check your bridge ground ! These have a lot of gold plating on the bridge & post so use a meter to check and sand the gold of the bottom and so it can't be seen and using a thin file scratch off the string slots on the bridge too. Also I switched the wires coming from pickups, the ones that are taped off need to be switched with the ones on the toggle. Do these things and your guitar will SCREAM ! I got this on the deal of the day and cannot be happier ! I was going to just flip it for a profit but it's staying in my herd for a while. Scarf one up before they're gone !

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ESP has got a winner!

          By Sabhead67

          from Massachusetts

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Some Pickup Hum

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

          What can I say that hasn't already been said. This guitar is worth every penny and more. With a solid neck through the body design, and action to die for. The gold hardware alone sets this black beauty apart from other axes in the same price range. Sure there is some pickup hum, but that's what noise gates are made for. I will tell you that I own a Gibson Les Paul that is every bit as noisy. Slap a NG on it and it purrs like a kitten. Monster tone from the P90's that will growl when needed and sing softly during that dynamic change in the song you are playing. This is my first ESP and I'm sure it won't be my last. I am compelled to pick this up and play it whenever it catches my eye and I own seven different gitters. This one hugs you warmly, just like a Viper wrapping it's coils around you.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Versatile Guitar at Low Price!

          By MZ

          from Maryland

          Verified Buyer

          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 Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

            I own another LTD guitar and I have been impressed with the quality of these affordable guitars. Like other reviewer said, this one feels like an expensive guitar with attention to details. Solid wood, decent hardware, P90 pickups, stays on tune and sounds great unplugged too.

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            LTD Viper 256P

            By Jersey Dog

            from Blind in Texas

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

                This is a great product. I have alot of high end gear but had never owned anythign with p90 style pups. It feels like an instrument in a higher price bracket. It plays like butter and I haven't put it down since getting it. p90's come with a little extra noise to wrestle with but they produce such great tone its worth it. I won't turn my nose up at the LTD line anymore....this is something you can get for someone that you won't have to worry about them out growing. It only needed one very minor adjustment to the bridge out of the box and it was golden. If it were lost or stolen I would purchase it again or buy one of thier higher end models

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing value! Exceeded expectations

                By John W.

                from Connecticut

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to play
                • Fun To Play
                • Glad I Purchased It
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Great quality
                • NICE SOUND
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

                  I was happily surprised with the quality of this guitar. I love the SG style, and am having alot of fun working with this instrument. No adjustments needed; played great out of the box.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  LTD Viper 256 P90

                  By Axemoron

                  from Marietta, GA

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                  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 Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

                    After reading some marginal reviews of this guitar I wasn't sure what to expect when it arrived. I don't know about the guitars the other reviewers received but mine is very nice. Excellent build quality, nice attention to detail, nice appointments, etc. The P90 pickups are some of the best sounding I have owned. They are much closer to a humbucker than a single coil and have plenty of output. I would highly recommend this guitar for the price. I got it on teh Stupid Deal of the Day which was an incredible price but it is worth the standard MF price. Nicer than the comparable Epiphone SG.

                    Comment on this review

                    (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Looks can be deceiving!

                    By timmax9

                    from San Diego, CA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play

                    Cons

                    • Flat Sound
                    • Fret Buzz
                    • Poor Pick Up

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording

                    Comments about ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

                    The reason I give this guitar 2 stars is the sound and performance of this guitar.

                    But let me start with the pros. When I pulled this guitar out of the box, I was blown away. This is absolutely one of the most beautiful guitars I've seen. Absolutely stunning, it just looks solid. I love the finish, the binding, the wood, the hardware, everything just looks great!

                    Then I plugged it in...right away I thought something was wrong. I actually thought that I didn't turn the tone up...but no it was up. The pick-ups are really dull...like really. There's no high end, no bite, no nothing. Also, the hum that these pick-ups create is absolutely horrible and beyond worse than any hum I've ever experienced from a guitar. It even hums on a clean channel.

                    Another con, is that the neck is heavier than the body so the guitar tends to lean down...but I notice that problem on Epiphone SG guitars as well.

                    Another con is the horrible fret buzz...its pretty bad. I can probably tweak it but it just shows you horrible set up on this guitar.

                    So, in any event, I would say be weary about buying this guitar. Like I said, it looks beautiful, so if you're willing to adjust and even replace the pick-ups and make some tweaks, you'll probably have a great guitar...if not...look somewhere else. I honestly suggest going with Ibanez or Schecter, two brands that honestly have not let me down, even on their lower end models. ESP did not win a customer with this guitar.

                    Comment on this review

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    The Best Stupid Deal of the Day Ever

                    By Chief

                    from Ellis, Kansas

                    About Me Novice

                    Ask me a question

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

                        Love the Mahogany wood grain with the see thru Black Cherry. Neck feels great, easy to play all the way up and down. Volume and Tone knobs are solid. For the Price it Sounds Fantastic! I was a little Leary about buying it without playing it,Glad I did.

                        Comment on this review

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        IMHO Five stars

                        By Rickaz1

                        from Tucson,Arizona

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Ask me a question

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Any Size Venue
                          • Blues
                          • Country
                          • Jamming
                          • Old Timerr
                          • Practicing
                          • Rb
                          • Recording

                          Comments about ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

                          Almost in tune OTB.Slick finish applied flawlessly.I wanted the red,but the Black/gold combo is killer.Couldn't find a single thing to complain about.This is my 2nd ESP.Have a Vintage Series Tele I can honestly say all the above about.Everytime I gig with the Tele someone offers to buy it,true story. Last,got a killer price from MF.

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                          (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Pickups are the worst of both worlds.

                          By bdanbassman

                          from ATX, USA

                          About Me Experienced

                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel

                          Cons

                          • Flat Sound
                          • Poor Pick Up

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about ESP LTD Viper 256 P Electric Guitar:

                            First thing I noticed when I pulled this out of the box was the quality of the wood. This guitar is made with some nice chunks of mahogany. Second thing I noticed was some slightly sloppy work on the neck binding, but it didn't bother me too much.

                            Then I plugged it in, and was quickly disappointed. These guitars have stacked p90's, which are supposed to eliminate hum. However, this guitar hums louder than my Gibson with single coil p90's. The sound doesn't have that P90 "bite" to it either; the pickups sound pretty dull and lifeless, like a cheap humbucker. According to ESP, "the new Viper-256P offers two ESP LP90S pickups, which provide all the bite and high output you want while avoiding all the hum that you don't."

                            That's backwards; they eliminate all the bite you want, while providing all the hum you don't.

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