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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 Designed LH-150N
Bridge PU ESP Designed 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
Doll Berkowitz

I just got my guitar in the mail and loving it! It's a beautiful blue and the sound is awesome great for blues and rock! And Austin with customer service was great at answering my questions.

David  B.

 David bloom  very cool guitar    need    seymour duncan pickups   rtm  and 59 

Gary N.

Bought a EC-256 LTD cobalt Blue recently....great guitar for the money..Question? ...its not staying in tune very well, has anyone encountered this and/ or is there an easy/ cheap fix 

Im afraid to gig with it going out so quickly......any advise PLEASE

Todd B. ESP

Hi Gary, Glad you like your guitar.

Any guitar may experience tuning issues from time to time. We recommend a professional setup to address any issues. Usually tuning problems can be addressed by new strings, tightening any parts the strings come in contact with, adjusting the neck and stretching strings. These are pretty standard points that can be addressed.

You can also find our general setup specs and guidelines in our owner's manual on our website support section here: 

Please keep in mind that most players have their own personal preferences when it comes to things like string action and relief, so we recommend you start with our general guideline and tweak it from there to meet your playing needs.

If you would like more help, please contact ESP Customer Service at


If replacing pickups, would the bridge pole spacing be 50 or 53mm?

Todd B. ESP

HI, you would use a standard pole piece spacing pickup. Please note that every pickup manufacturer may be slightly different. 50mm is closes to the string spacing at the bridge pickup.


Hey, just looking at upgrading the pickups to either Seymore Duncans or bare knuckles, was wondering what the current pickups are, e.g. alnico 2, alnico 5? is there anything I need to consider when switching the pickups? Will make sure they are splittable


Todd B. ESP

Hi, either pickup will work fine for you. Current pickups are ceramic. It's up to you what you want to put in there, just make sure the new pickup you put in is 4 conductor wiring so you can split them.

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