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The ESP LTD EC-256 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 maple top over an all-mahogany body. Th... Read More

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The ESP LTD EC-256 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 maple top over an all-mahogany body. The rosewood fingerboard 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 tap. ESP die-cast tuners and a tune-o-matic bridge add to the reliability of this affordable workhorse.

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Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple top
  • Mahogany neck
  • Set-neck construction
  • 24.75" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 42mm standard nut
  • 22 XJ frets
  • Nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • TOM bridge & tailpiece
  • ESP LH-150 (B & N) pickup
  • 3-Way toggle
  • Bridge volume
  • Neck volume
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ESPLTD EC-256 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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5.0

Excellent Value

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from Minnesota

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    Bought it for a friend. I have the LTD EC-1000 and, honestly, there's hardly any difference in playability even though there's a big difference in price. Beautiful finish, wonderful tone and easy to play. Use this guitar as your everyday player or take it anywhere. You won't be disappointed.

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    4.0

    Small price for big tone

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    from somewhere ,louisiana

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Upgrade The Strap Buttons

    Best Uses

    • Great All Around Player
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    ok here we have this ec-256 LP style guitar. I have owned many LP style guitars in my 29 years of playing guitar. This thing is awesome so I got it home and a few tweeks here and there and its great the sound is smooth and fat the feel is very playable. I would have to get down to some real nit-picky stuff to say that something is "wrong" with this guitar for it's price it's just awesome. Someone that can do a good setup on this guitar and your ready to go it has coil tap in the tone pot very cool. So if your looking for your first guitar or you need a ready to rock 2nd 3rd or 104th backup guitar this one is a nice budget friendly pick

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    4.0

    Great guitar for the money!

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    from Austin, Texas

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    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    Good looking guitar that is very easy to play. Plays and looks like guitars that sell for 3x more. At such a bargain price I don't mind gigging with it knowing it's gonna get dinged. Very good quality build and finish. Really like the pickup arrangement. It can really growl when needed. Perfect finish front and back.

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    5.0

    Plan on spending 3 times as much for a better guitar

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    from DFW Texas

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    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    Bottom line is this; If you're not a Made in USA fanboy, there's very, very little to fault this guitar with. In my 20 plus years playing, If I've learned anything it's that the words 'Made in USA' don't guarantee anything. In other words, though the EC-256 is no Les Paul Standard, it easily rivals a couple LP Studios I've owned over the years, as well as a 60s Tribute SG I recently had and I love Gibson so hey, go figure! Out of the box, the LTD was set up surprisingly well. Nut was professionally carved, not cheaply 'plek'd' like 'other' guitars. Action was nice and low, a little too low for my taste actually so I just relieved the neck a bit & lowered the bridge a tad and voila. Plays beautifully. Still amazingly low action, no buzz, good sustain. Frets are nicely dressed and consistent. Nice rosewood fret board. The neck on mine is fairly beefy, which I happen to like. On an older used model they had in the store I did notice the neck on it was significantly smaller so I don't know if it's luck of the draw or intentional on newer models but it's worth noting. Tuners do their job just fine as long as you know how to properly string a guitar. the finish is more than you could reasonably ask for at this price point. Unplugged, it's not all that resonant, but neither are a lot of guitars with a maple top. Plugged in, it's very versatile thanks to the coil split. The LH-150 pickups are on the brighter side, though not a bad thing. They have harmonically rich mids and nice, full bodied bass, especially on the neck position. Splitting coils on the bridge pickup yields some very usable Tele-like tones, minus the ice pick factor. Doing so on the neck gives some truly awesome, single coil-like gritty blues tones. The coil split doesn't turn the LTD into a Fender but it gets you pretty close and it really makes this guitar that much more appealing to me. LTD wasn't even on my radar when I went shopping. I was leaning toward another MIM Tele or perhaps a PRS SE. I've owned a couple LTDs in the past, which I liked, but I guess I just forgot about them until I picked up the EC-256. I was immediately impressed at the quality, comfort, and versatility and I haven't regretted taking it home one bit since. If you're like I was once and you're still hung up on the 'USA only' mantra, I'm here to tell you after years of buying, selling, and trading American, Asian, and Mexican guitars; unless you're dropping well over a grand, you aren't going to find a significantly better guitar than this LTD here.

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    5.0

    Great Intermediate Guitar

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    from Kansas City, Kansas

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for a few months and I must say, I've been pleasantly surprised. I'm constantly finding new usable sounds. Great feel overall. The body is way more comfortable to me than a Les Paul. I don't take this guitar as a copy, but more of an improvement.

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    5.0

    A Gibson man now has changed to LTD

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    from Southbridge Mass

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    I'm a Gibson guy, but I saw this and just had to have it. I ordered it online, came in about 4 days. Right away before plugging it in, it felt "right". I can't believe the quality for the price. You'd pay $1000 easy for a Gibson like this. LTD makes a hell of a guitar. Great neck, coil split is great, pickups are good, stays in tune, killer finish job. GET THIS GUITAR!

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best bang for the buck in the EC line

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    from San Mateo, CA

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing my dc-256 for a couple of months now and I find it very solid. The craftsmanship is perfect which for a guitar in the lower end of the line is rare. You're paying $100 more than the cheapest in the EC line and you're getting $300 in quality. If you're looking at EC-50 or EC-100, DO NOT be tempted by the lower price. These models are still good but stepping up one step with the EC-256 buys you a set neck, more solid mahogany body, quilted top, bound fretboard with cool inlays, bound body, coil tap, etc. And of course all this is 1 step up in crafting quality than ec-100 or ex-50. The last feel like plastic toys compared to EC-256 which has the looks and feel of a professional instrument.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awsome guitar for the price, especially the neck!

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    from Glendale, NY

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar almost as much as my new Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro. The Les Paul is definitely my main guitar but I needed a backup guitar. I purchased mine from Guitar Center for only $249.99 brand new, they had it on special that day for some reason,(It was my Lucky Day), normally it costs about $400.00. I was pleasantly surprised with the overall sound and looks beautiful as well. Great sustain and sound clarity, I especially love the fast slim neck, body shape, and the light weight. Very easy and comfortable to play. Comes with nice stock pups for the price, it sounds like a much more expensive guitar. I'm extremely picky when it comes to purchasing guitars, so if I love it so much, I think you will too. This guitar is definitely a keeper for me.

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    4.0

    Pretty good...

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    from Southington CT

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    Just bought this guitar. First thing I noticed is that it looks great. Although, the body doesn't have as much contrast in color between the edges and center as it does in the picture. Still looks great though. Very solid guitar. It is also very thin, light and easy to play. HOWEVER, mine came with and enormous amount of fret buzz which can be fixed but is annoying to do so. Also, the stock pickups are only OK. Low, highly distorted notes are muddy and fast hard rock/metal riffs lack clarity. If you replace the PUPs it would be an amazing guitar. Overall though, good guitar for the money.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME

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    from Raliegh, North Carolina

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    I have had this guitar for about 3 months and i am LOVING IT. I used to have a Squier, but now switching, I can say that ESP LTD has outdone itself. I can do many different styles of music (Mainly jazz and classic rock).Even my music teacher was impressed. PROS: great sound, attractive, orange sunburst. CONS: you haven't bought it yet

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