844-ZZOUNDS (844-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 20C-F3J3
close [x]
Hours of Operation (EST)
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri 7:30AM - 11:30PM
  • Sat, Sun 9:00AM - 10:00PM
Free shipping on every order: no minimum, no exclusions. Fast 2-day shipping: free on 90% of orders.

Rating and Reviews: ESP EC-256P Guitar

Feel the power of an ESP EC guitar with a vintage flair.

User Ratings
Ease of Use
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
| | |

"Wowzers what a cool guitar. " submitted November 18, 2012

By Dan P in Plano, TX
Ease of Use
Manufacturer Support
The Wow Factor
Musical Background: Musician since Highschool, I play Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, Vocals.
Music Style: Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Electronic, Trip-Hop, Lounge.
Back to Product Information
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us.
Overall: So I ordered this in Metallic Gold on a whim because I like P90's and I figured it'd be a nice cheapo to jam on, etc. Well I pulled it out of the triangle box and took all the wrapppings off and it was like whoa, this is a cheapie? Here's the thing. If you took the 256P off the fretboard and handed it to someone who knows guitars, they would most likely be way impressed like its an $800 (or more) guitar. I've have Gibson's, Fender's PRS's, and many more and this guitar still blows me away. If you like anything but metal, you'll dig this guitar. Metal pretty much requires Humbuckers, or Singles and P90's are such a different animal. If you know P90's then you know this but if you don't then here's my take on them and this is my 3rd guitar with 'em. P90's sound similar to single coils on clean so they work for Blues, Country, Jazz, Rock but they react to distortion/fuzz different than 'regular' pickups. It doesn't take as much distortion/fuzz as the regular pickups to get 'em going. Also they sound different than you remember your pedals sounding on regular pickups so its like you get to explore all your gain pedals again and your favorites may not be your favorite with P90's but one's you didn't like so much before may sound just right with these. P90's sound great playing classic rock also because early guitars often had these before Humbuckers came out or got popular. Some people call these pickups 'soapbar' pickups but P90's are the real name I'm thinking. Another thing is since P90's are single coil's I switch to both pickups when using distortion and that 'bucks' the hum if you knowhatamean. By the way, the attention to detail is seriously superb on the one I received. The classic looking knobs look great and have that expensive dampened feel when turned and they don't touch the guitar's finish like some I've seen. Also the gold metallic flake top is very beautiful and the cherry looking wood sides and back are equally gorgeous. it was made in Vietnam and that's fine with me as it truly feels solid, has some weight to it and the look & sound is extraordinary to my eyes & ears. These seem to be hard to find so If you are wanting something like these, then I would get one. I almost got the black but I hate gold hardware and I'm so glad I got the metallic goldflake finish. I've got way too many guitars but If I only had this one I would have just as much fun. This plays easier than my Hansen Cigno St that also has P90's. The Hanson has a 50's style baseball size neck & this has the 60's style slimmer one, yeah!
15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful. Did you?
Thanks for your opinion!
close [x]

Thank you. Your vote has been counted. Could you briefly tell us why the review was or was not helpful?

BizRate Customer Certified (GOLD) Site
Questions? Our gear experts can help!
844-zZounds (844-996-8637)
When you call, mention priority code 20C-F3J3. Llame Gratis en Español: 844-432-7449
Lunes-Viernes de 9AM a 7PM EST
Customize Search Results for Your Location
Follow zZounds on:
Shop with those who respect your privacy — we do. Copyright © 1996-2018, zZounds Music, LLC. Terms of use apply.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]What is this?
A temporary customer reference number is assigned to each customer only while they are shopping on zZounds.com. If you call our customer service department for assistance, this number makes it easier for us to answer any questions you have about products, services or purchases.
close [x]

1. zZounds offers the industry‘s most musician-friendly payment plans

zZounds offers a variety of Play as you Pay® installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as you Pay® plans.

zZounds payment plans details »

2. zZounds guarantees the lowest price

Seen it for less somewhere else? Get it for less at zZounds. Simply click the “Seen it for less?” link on any product page and as long as we‘re not losing money, we‘ll beat any legitimate competitor‘s lowest price, usually within two hours. Want our best price even faster? Call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637), and we‘ll provide you with a lower price on the phone. Also, if you purchase from us and later find the product for less elsewhere, call or email us within 45 days, and we‘ll refund you the difference.

zZounds.com price match details »

3. Nobody Beats zZounds‘ Fast & Free Shipping

At zZounds, we know you want your gear fast, and shipped to you free of charge. That‘s why we have absolutely free ground shipping on every single order shipped within the continental United States. This includes heavy and oversized items. No minimum purchase required. No exclusions. We also ship over 90% of our orders with FREE 2-day shipping. We pull it all off with our strategically placed, coast-to-coast warehouses.

zZounds.com shipping details »

4. zZounds makes returns super easy

Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

zZounds.com return details »

5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

zZounds.com customer service »
close [x]
Available on
orders $59+
learn more

Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

Fast approval.
We approve everyone, with very few exceptions, as long as we can verify your identity.
No interest. Ever.
It's just as if you paid the whole amount up front!
No paperwork. Nothing to track.
No application to mail or fax, no bills to pay. We automatically charge the payments to your credit card.

We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

When you checkout, just click the Play as you Pay® checkbox to indicate which installment plan you wish to use.

close [x]
no minimum

learn more

Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
No hidden charges or hassles on returns.
Fast, reliable delivery
We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
Only NJ residents pay tax during checkout.
close [x]

A guarantee so solid, you never have to worry about price when shopping at zZounds

We'll beat any price
Simply click the Seen it for less? link next to the gear you want or call us at 844-zZounds (844-996-8637)
Got a coupon from another site?
Use it with us - we'll beat those prices, too!
Find a better price after buying from us?
No problem. We'll refund you the difference for 45 days, so you'll never regret buying from zZounds.

You'll still get the trustworthy service you've come to expect from zZounds, without paying more for your gear!