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
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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Reviewed by 12 customers
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
First off, i just want to say that i passed up getting a Schecter Tempest goldtop to get this guitar. Its just that good. Ill start out with the looks- they are absolutely stunning, perfect, flawless; whatever word that can be used to say this is beautiful, then that's what it is. The neck is fast and sleek, and very smooth. It has no neck dive while standing up. Its not thick like a Les Paul, but its not thin like an Ibanez. Its really all its own. I love how the set neck looks and plays, too. The humbuckers sound fantastic clean or with a mild overdrive through any Fender or Vox I've ever played it through, or with insane amounts of distortion(i.e. A7X, Four Year Strong, ADTR, etc.) when playing through my Peavey 6505+. My favorite part about the sound is the coil tapping ability. It wont make it sound like a Strat, or even like a Tele, but you can absolutely tell that it has its own unique sound, and it does it so well. Its so good for clean jazz licks, or even SRV type solos. The placing of the pickup selector is going to take a little bit to get used to, as i have only had guitars with it towards the bottom, by or, in the middle of the knobs. It seems like it will stand the test of time, my Ec-10 lasted me 4 1/2 years before i traded it in for this work of art. I got this wonderful guitar on special for the price of a used one, so i got to save a few bucks and get the guitar of my dreams, or one of them at least. Hope this helps.
The ESP LTD EC-256 is a great instrument, I just purchased mine for 249.99 and let me tell you don't be fooled into thinking just because it has such a low sale price that it's no good, The action is smooth, it sounds amazing, it's very light weight but it holds a good sustain, when you flip the switch you can really hear the difference in the tones, the nut is a little higher than the nut on a Epiphone Les Paul which gives you better sound but it's not high enough that it's interferes with playing up on the first fret area on the neck, all the frets line up even and I used a credit card to check the height of the frets and they are all set in even, you can get a good solid crunch out of this guitar modern or classic....and a beautiful clean sound the push pull coil taping works great and distortion as well. The three piece neck is very solid and comfortable in my hand, it has a nice flat fretboard which allows me to reach strings easier, if you buy this for Rocksmith it works very well but it sounds especially good through a real amp. I don't know what else to say except that you need to try this guitar out and get one while the sale lasts, in a week this guitar will be about 500.00 bucks again and at 249.99 your getting every bit your money's worth, I love this guitar!
I bought this guitar a few weeks ago and cannot put it down. I always liked the Les Paul look but they can be crazy money. This has it all. The looks, the sound, the quality. I have 3 other very nice guitars ( Jackson, Wolfgang and Charvel), so I didn't need to buy another one. I couldn't resist this guitar and can't stress enough how great it is. Try it, you'll buy it and have a blast playing it!! By the way, I took a little heat for buying "another guitar" when I got home. So glad I got it. All the best to Guitar Center for carring LTD. Now...stop reading these reviews, get to GC and buy this guitar :)
I was looking for a single cut/ LP looker and played this one at my local GC. I have a few high end guitars and for the price, fit and finish, tone etc. this one is hard to beat. The set up was perfect out of the box. I seem to pick this one up first when I plug in. I have checked out lower end Gibson LP,s triple the price and this EC stands tall IMO. Enjoy.....
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