The EC-256FM is the perfect evidence that a great guitar doesn't have to be prohibitively expensive. A classic shape that's excellent for all musical styles and genres, the EC-256FM is available in multiple finishes and offers features that you normally associate with high-end guitars, like a flamed maple top, binding on the body, neck, and headstock, and set-neck construction for fast and easy access to the highest frets. The EC-256FM also features a mahogany body, a comfortable three-piece thin U-shaped mahogany neck, and a roasted jatoba fingerboard with inlays and 22 extra-jumbo frets. This guitar features our acclaimed ESP Designed LH-150 humbucking pickups that offer great tone for all genres of music, and the tone flexibility of coil-splitting controlled by a push-pull switch on the tone knob.

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Top Flamed Maple
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Roasted Jatoba
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU ESP LH-150N
Bridge PU ESP LH-150B
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone(Push/Pull)/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N
Dominic S.

The EC Series are great guitars. I have the 256FM and with a good setup it’s a great player. Fretwork is very good for a guitar in this price. Pickups are a bit thin and raspy for me so they will get changed. 

This guitar plays on par with my Gibson Les Paul Traditional which really surprised me. It’s got a couple of higher frets but nothing serious and does not buzz at all with a medium low action and very little neck relief. 

The nut action is set well, but the nut itself appears to be plastic and is roughly contoured with sharp edges and a lot of material above the strings. It will get changed to a bone or tusq nut and get a fret level and dress. 

Overall a great guitar, especially at this price point. 


Bought this guitar in see through purple, it’s very quickly become one of my favorite guitars to reach for in any situation. I was looking at Les Paul studios and this guitar outperformed all of them. Will probably buy the 1000 series in the same colorway when I have the money.

Rustam Ishmuratov

Just bought this guitar one week ago, absolutely amazing!

Jeffrey H.

I just bought one in the cherry burst. Mine will arrive tomorrow. Boy are my fingertips going to be sore a while. I haven't played in several years but the hiatus is over! 

Francois V.

Received my EC-256 two weeks ago and pleasantly surprised with the quality of this instrument. Flawless finish, nice job on the frets that are rounded and leveled but the polish could be better. Very comfortable to play thanks to its neck that stands somewhere between U and D, and very good sound from the stock pickups. Thanks ESP Keep up the good work on those affordable guitars !

Sebastian M.

Are these the normal ESP thickness body or are they the 'traditional' thickness? I really want an EC that has the thinner (i.e. non-'T') body but 22 frets, not a 24.

Carl N.

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Iliana B.

I think the EC256 has a thin body. You can search it on youtube for better angles!

Jeffrey H.

That's what these are. The thin version with 22 frets. 

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