EC-256FM

COBALT BLUE

EC-256FM
$549.00
(U.S. Only)
NOTE: Due to ongoing challenges in the global supply chain, instruments purchased from ShopESP that are not currently in stock may take an extended time frame to be delivered.

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
Finish COBALT BLUE
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 EC GUITAR FORM FIT CASE
Case Included N
Comments
Nicholas M.

I just purchased this guitar as a new little upgrade project.  A few review notes:

1. The color of it is very different from what is shown on this page, so I highly recommend googling additional pictures of this specific guitar to verify it's what you want.  I did exactly that, and purchased this model based on those pictures alone, as I'm not at all a fan of the shade of blue shown on the ESP website.  That being said, in person the guitar is much more of a pale blue/green, somewhat like a tropical ocean color.  It's absolutely beautiful, but again, I would look up additional images to verify it's a color you would like.   

2. I bought mine from a 3rd party retailer, and while it overall arrived in excellent condition, the fretboard itself was in not-so-great condition, as if the guitar had been sitting in a warehouse for some time before being shipped.  The strings were clearly very old, the fretboard was extremely dirty/grimy, and the frets were tarnished - causing any bends to feel like they were grinding against cheap plastic.  Of course, this is all easily fixable with some standard cleaning and treatment, so if you're reading this and yours arrived in similar condition, it just needs some routine cleaning and new strings.  But I advise against judging the quality of the guitar before getting it properly cleaned up.

3.  The stock pickups aren't actually too bad, they're quite balanced and versatile.  They're a bit muddy of course, but the neck pickup actually has some decent clarity and bite to it that I've enjoyed noodling around with.  That being said, I will be upgrading to some Seymour Duncans to beef it up a bit.

Overall, I was actually surprised at how high quality this model is.  Outside of some fretboard dirtiness (I blame the retailer), I couldn't find any damage or signs of lazy construction whatsoever.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new guitar in this price range, you won't be disappointed. 

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: https://cdn.connectsites.net/user_files/esp/site_assets/000/000/436/original.pdf 

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 customerservice@espguitars.com

YabbieBell

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.

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