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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 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Good pick up (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

Remarkable for the $

By Peer Pressure

from Kuna, ID

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD EC-256 Electric Guitar:

    So nice to have a hardtail that can perfectly intonated... sounds fantastic in humbucker and coil split for that Hendrix or country twang!

    I may eventually upgrade the tuners to a Gotoh Delta Locking 21:1 for super fine tuning and maybe the pickups to Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates, but at this price I can afford to make those modifications.

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    5.0

    Excellent Guitar

    By J

    from ATL

    About Me Professional Musician

    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:

      Excellent guitar I use at venues with my bands. From metal, to jazz, to church- this axe is versatile and superb in ALL aspects. You won't be sorry.

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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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