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LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar Aged Honey Burst

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The aging treatment on the honey burst (with flamed maple top) and vintage black finishes gives it the look of a well-traveled and dearly loved axe. ESP LH-150 humbuckers with coil-splitting give you ... Read More

Overview

The aging treatment on the honey burst (with flamed maple top) and vintage black finishes gives it the look of a well-traveled and dearly loved axe. ESP LH-150 humbuckers with coil-splitting give you complete tonal domination. The 24-3/4"-scale, thin U-neck contour, extra-jumbo frets, and Tune-o-matic-style adjustable bridge provide full-blown pro playability.

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Features
  • Set-neck
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Mahogany body
  • Flamed maple top (aged honey burst)
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 42mm standard nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 22 extra-jumbo Frets
  • Nickel Hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Tune-o-matic-style bridge and stopbar tailpiece
  • ESP LH-150 (B & N) humbuckers
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4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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More than meets the eye...

Just received this guitar today. It's better in hand than in the pictures. I own 8 guitars and 4 (including this new one) are (ESP) brand. I have never been let...Read complete review

Just received this guitar today. It's better in hand than in the pictures. I own 8 guitars and 4 (including this new one) are (ESP) brand. I have never been let down by this brand. I had plans on switching out the pickups right away with EMG's. But soon after I played it, weather I was playing clean, or distorted. No matter what, it sounded great. This LTD matches the same play and feel as my ESP Explorer Custom. Don't think just because it's a (LTD) brand that it won't match up to high dollar guitars. For this price tag it's a steal. As for me personally, I think it's pretty close. I'd chose ESP/LTD over any brand any time, any day.

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ehhhh

when i first got it i played it and it had an awful lot of fret buzz. the coil tap knob was loose. but other than that is a good guitar im having the...Read complete review

when i first got it i played it and it had an awful lot of fret buzz. the coil tap knob was loose. but other than that is a good guitar im having the frets filed down so theres no fret buzz and i tighten the knob with a wrench not a big deal.

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5.0

playin' hard

By steven baker

from sacramento, ca

i listen to everything ranging from extreme death metal to blues and jazz. i am also in a garage punk band and this guitar hold up to my hard playing and jumping around the place. i don't tune real low on this guitar. the lowest i go is drop c# and i also have the esp ltd h-100fm for all my baritone tunings. the point is, this guitar hold up to hard hitting players who get way into the music like i do

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Les Paul look out.

By Jared Frantz

from Warsaw, Indiana

I own an Epi Les Paul Standard, and this EC-256. I love my les paul, but I love this guitar even more....It shreds the les paul in every aspect, here's why. The LTD is lighter, and has much better action. The pickups are actually worth keeping vs epi stock pickups. Coil tap brings a whole new level to this guitar, tone wise. The extra large frets brings clearer notes. The sustain is the same as a les paul, but the guitar weighs have as much. The only problem I have with it is....you will need to change the bridge pickup if you play down tuned FYI. So if you are debating between this or a epi les paul....get this....you won't be sorry you did.

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5.0

Going to the ESP side...

By Joe Voodoo

from Sacramento, CA

I recently got a no longer in production ESP LTD EC-400AT Goldtop. It's my first ESP as half my collection is Ibanez and other Epiphone. THIS Guitar blows everything out of the water! So... need a good ESP backup and found the vintage black. Really no significant differences except for the tone (which is good to have a alternative tone than a duplicate, yay!) and hardware choices (pickups, tuners, nut, but still quality). The split coil is a nice feature which allows for more tone options! Again I am floored by ESP LTD's playabilty, hardware and looks! Now what to do with my other guitars? Maybe sell them for a ESP Phoenix?

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love it

By s

from al

this guitar looks and plays great. avb is the one i got. i agree with another review on the action being to high but once the nut was filed down and bridge lowered it made all the difference in the world. it sounds great. playing through a vox vt20+ tube amp and wow they go good together. this guitar is great glad i went with it.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

the best

By chase vanhaften

from grand rapides michigan

this guitar with awesome looks and its playing for a great price i could not belave the way it played and every one says les pauls are the best but there not they cost to much and there all most just as good but you get what you pay for so if i was youi would buy it and it is aforded bull so buy it up

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar for an awesome price

By Ryan

from Milledgeville, Georgia

I was lucky to find one of these models (I'm sure it was the VB one) and played it. HOT DANG! :D It plays really nice like my Gus 200. The pickups aren't the greatest in the world, but I can change that. The neck fits my hand perfect and I feel like I can go all Zakk Wylde on it (which I did a little haha). Thankfully it's not like a Les Paul weight wise because it's significantly lighter. If you're gonna play metal with this like I do, get some EMG's or SD Blackouts. If not, don't worry. This guitar is worth keeping. Nice job ESP!

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gorgeous blend of vintage and modern appointments

By Tosh Savage

from St. Charles, IL

I've always been a Les Paul fan, and I've played hundreds of guitars accross multiple brands, but ESP has never let me down. I bought this in the Chicago GC in a limited edition Goldtop finish that caught my eye. When I plugged in and set the tone and volume to my preferences, I found the guitar to be warm and rounded with both pups on a clean channel, and razor sharp with the lead pup on high-gain distortion (both pups are coil-split). The quality of the construction is very high, has tons of sustain throughout my extrme note bending, and she's simply eye candy for any guitarist. My only complaints are that the lead pup gets some feedback at high volumes and extreme distortion, and the tone knob popped off when I pulled it up, but thats nothing some sparingly placed super glue cant handle. All and all, she has the playablity and construction I love from more modern guitars, and the sound and feel of a vintage. Personally, I'll never day dream about owning a Les Paul ever again.

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Far better in person

By Tim

from Phoenix, AZ

The images on this site do not give this guitar justice. It is amazing to see in person. I picked this up in person after playing a Tele, Epiphone LP, and an Ibanez RG. Though the site does not say so, you can find this in a Goldtop. Unless you own a Gibson, this will be your go-to guitar. This is by-far better than the Epiphone. The fast neck allow shredding not normally seen on Les Pauls, but the bright pickups will allow those crisp clean notes to shine through. The strings that come with it are fairly heavy gauge, and you may want to restring based on your preference. I have no problems. If all you play is Thrash Metal and the like, buy the RG if your willing to spend the time tuning and re-stringing. If you play any other genres, this is the best guitar in the price.

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(0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ehhhh

By Nick

from fort lauderdale, Florida

when i first got it i played it and it had an awful lot of fret buzz. the coil tap knob was loose. but other than that is a good guitar im having the frets filed down so theres no fret buzz and i tighten the knob with a wrench not a big deal.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great guitar for the price

By blame it on the blackstar

from V-Town, NJ

i just got mine a week ago. i got the goldtop, which isn't being offered anymore. the finish on the guitar could be a little better, slight blemish in the paint near the bridge and the binding could be a little neater. that being said the guitar feels great. the neck is fast and the jumbo frets are great for bends and vibrato. the pups aren't bad either. tone controls are very responsive. the action is a little high for my tastes, but i've seen worse. i plan on taking it to my tech to fix that. overall good guitar for the price. 4 out of 5 stars due to the finish issues and the high action.

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