ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar

Mahogany body + flame maple top + set neck = classic! With the EC-256FM, ESP delivers iconic looks, tones, and rock 'n' roll attitude for a killer price.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
Flamed maple top Premium wood grain with bright, projecting tone
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
Mahogany neck Great sustain, strength, and warm tone
Jatoba fretboard Strong midrange presence and punch

The ESP LTD EC-256FM electric guitar gives you as much visual flair as it does sonic force. This axe features a dark and warm mahogany body cut into a stylish single-cutaway contour, a sturdy mahogany neck, a smooth rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets, ESP LH-150 bridge and neck humbuckers, a confident Tune-o-Matic bridge and tailpiece, nickel hardware, and a push/pull tone pot to give your output an edgier single-coil bite whenever you want it. Though this the EC-256FM shines as a rock or metal instrument, it yields a pretty dynamic and powerful sound to fit other genres and styles as well.

Hear the LTD EC-256FM in action with this video:

Comfortable and Warm Mahogany Body

This ESP axe delivers that classic look and rich resonance, thanks to its dark-sounding mahogany body and gorgeous flame maple top. Mahogany will push the low and middle frequencies of your notes and chords, offering a dark, heavy output with a solid amount of sustain. The top edge of this body features a slightly beveled curve that fits snugly against your front. A sleek single-cutaway shape gives off a cool look as well as easy access to those higher frets for when you want to let your fingers fly.

Mahogany Set Neck in Thin U Contour

Spanning 22 XJ frets in length is your ESP LTD EC-256FM's sturdy mahogany neck. This melodious appendage is cut into a comfy thin U contour that fits in your hand like a glove. Each fret offers a nice and tight action, and a smooth rosewood fingerboard plays like read more butter. The mahogany neck adds a pleasant darkness to your performance, while set-neck construction delivers a serious dose of sustain.

Set of ESP LH-150 Humbuckers

Your pair of ESP LH-150 bridge and neck humbuckers give you a wide range of sonic output to traverse -- from well-articulated clean tones to some serious rock-infused distortion. These passive pickups are dark-voiced, but a few tweaks of your tone control will brighten things up when you need that extra high end. A three-way pickup selector switch gives you three pickup combinations to switch between during your set.

Push/Pull Tone Pot for Coil-Splitting

A nice extra feature on this ESP is its push/pull tone pots. Coil-splitting is a great assist for those times when you want your signal to really cut through the mix -- awesome for licks and solos. Using this feature in conjunction with your three-setting pickup selector switch gives you essentially six different pickup settings to play around with. That's a lot of tone from a single axe!


- Single cutaway body shape
- Warm mahogany body
- Mahogany neck in thin U contour
- 22 XJ frets with close action
- Smooth rosewood fingerboard
- EC-256 inlay at the 12th fret
- ESP LH-150 bridge and neck humbuckers
- Two volume control knobs
- Push/pull tone pot for coil splitting
- Scale length of 24.75"
- Tune-o-matic bridge and tailpiece
- Nickel hardware
- ESP tuners
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- Set-Neck
- 24.75" Scale
- Mahogany Body
- Flamed Maple Top
- Mahogany Neck
- Roasted Jatoba Fingerboard
- 42 mm Standard Nut
- Thin U Neck Contour
- 22 XJ Frets
- Nickel Hardware
- ESP Tuners
- TOM Bridge & Tailpiece
- ESP LH-150 (B & N) p.u. w/ Push-Pull Coil Tap on Tone Control

Please Note: This model is currently made in multiple countries. Country of origin cannot be guaranteed.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Cobalt Blue
Shipping Weight: 11.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 17 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LEC256CB
Dark Brown Sunburst
Shipping Weight: 10.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 44 x 19 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LEC256DBSB
Vintage Natural
Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 42 x 18 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LEC256VN
Candy Apple Red Satin
Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 17 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LEC256CARS
Vintage Gold Satin
Shipping Weight: 10.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 17 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LEC256VGS
Blemished, Vintage Gold Satin
Shipping Weight: 10.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 17 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LEC256VGS

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-423-8388

ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar

A single-cutaway 24.75 inch scale guitar with aged treatment, the ESP LTD EC-256FM Electric Guitar gives a classic vibe with cool retro looks.

The ESP LTD EC-256 features a mahogany body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, and nickel hardware. ESP tuners, a Tune O Matic bridge, and a set of ESP LH150 pickups with push-pull coil tap on tone control. The EC-256 sings with sustain, has an incredible depth of tone on chords and bends and vibrato are easy to execute on the perfectly set up neck.


- Single-cutaway body
- 24 3/4 inch scale
- Aged treatment
- ESP LH-150 pickup set

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (39 ratings)
Submitted July 30, 2010 by a customer from

"A LP for those of us who can't afford over 2 G's..."

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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This guitar will remain in my stable permanently- along with my other three ESP/LTD's.

This is my fourth ESP/LTD guitar (I also have the M100-FM, EC-200QM, ST-203FR). Have been in love with the ESP/LTD line since '03. I've always loved the LP look and style and wanted to get that vintage look ala Page or Slash. I've got the honeyburst and the worn look is great. The coil splitting is nice and allows for some real versatility. Thin body and fast neck (slimmer than 60s LP- IMO) makes this a dream to play. Classic rock tones through a Marshall. It really doesn't get much better than this for the money.

The coil splitting is a nice feature, as is the slim, fast neck. The worn finish is cool and the guitar is a dream to play. Pickups are solid, not too harsh or bright.

Ease of Use
Plug it into a Marshall and wail away. The knob for the coil splitting may be difficult at first to get used to, but well worth it.

All my ESP/LTD guitars have been spot on. For the price, these guitars are hard to beat. I use them regularly for gigging and haven't been let down. I've gotten numerous compliments on my live sound. I use the ST-203FR and EC-256 for classic rock and the M100-FM and EC-200QM for metal. Got all my bases covered...

ESP/LTD guitars are the best "bang for the buck" guitars...period. There isn't read more anyone making such great guitars at these prices. I'm not rich/famous nor do I have an endorsement deal, so gig money needs to go a long way.

Manufacturer Support
I had to call ESP once, a couple of years ago to register my EC-200QM as I didn't get the warranty card with my purchase (local guitar dealer). ESP called me the next day and sent an email as well. Pleasant, prompt and professional on the phone. Class act.

The Wow Factor
It's practical and delivers the goods.

Musical Background:
Hobbyist, Semi-Active Musician

Musical Style:
Classic Rock, Metal, Rock
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