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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
  • Chrome 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
 
4.9

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (4)
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Reviewed by 21 customers

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5.0

Best guitar ! Good price !

By jay

from santa maria ca

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar! i have two ec-256. one for work one for home.
    i had gibson les paul studio for a long time. but i met this guitar.
    it's almost same feels and tone. it's like a gibson les paul.
    i have aged cherry sunburst and regular cherry sunburst.
    only bad thing is i ordered june 2016, but they send me a 2015 model.
    i expected 2016 color but it is nice too.
    fingerboad has fish smell..bad smell but it is fantastic guitar for the money !

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    5.0

    Best bang for the buck

    By Dylan

    from Toledo

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

      I went through a couple guitars that I wasn't quite happy with around the price range. I compared it to a epiphone les Paul I owned and it just all around feels and sounds better. The coil tap is a nice feature especially with clean tones. Overall it's a pretty versatile guitar you can get great metal and rock tones but also sounds great for blues and clean tones. It plays great right out of the box, it really didn't even need a set up. The fret work is great the neck feels thin and smooth and the little details like the head stock matching the flag inlays make it look gorgeous. I've owned Jackson epiphone and Ibanez but I'm sticking with esp and prs guitars from now on. I wouldn't think twice about this purchase I've read all the reviews and they don't lie it's a great guitar.

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      5.0

      Amazing Guitar

      By SeatacG

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Great Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

        This is my first guitar and I was looking between this and the Epiphone LP. I felt like for the price point and features this was the way to go since I was originally looking at the LP studio. The guitar came out of the box and ready to play aside from tuning it the setup was good to go. I would definitely buy another ltd guitar in the future.

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        5.0

        Buy it ~ you'll love it!

        By Tommy Page

        from Madison, WI.

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • High quality at a low price
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is an incredible value - plays like a Gibson Les Paul Studio - I spent a couple hours of quality time with my new ESP LTD EC-256 last night - set up from factory was pretty good - only needed a little tweaking - solid mahogany/maple body gives it a great feel all the way around - best guitar for the money - hands down!

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          5.0

          Tried all set necks, this IS the best bang for your buck!

          By Repo33

          from Alpharetta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Draws the neighborhood girls
            • Hard to put down
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

            I've tried all sorts of guitars over the last few months, Gibson, Gretsch, Schecter, etc... Don't get me wrong, all great guitars. But this is also just as good and wont take all your tax refund. Get it while you still can. Now. Go.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Value

            By Old MNRocker

            from Minnesota

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Small price for big tone

              By mick

              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!

              By Frets

              from Austin, Texas

              About Me Experienced

              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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              (22 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Plan on spending 3 times as much for a better guitar

              By Cody

              from DFW Texas

              Site Member

              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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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Intermediate Guitar

              By Jonathan

              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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