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.
Just picked one of these up. Was really by accident to be honest. Never would have expected the build quality from a lower tier LTD like the EC-256 to be THIS good. I couldn't help myself from buying it. I was literally blown away by the quality especially in the little detail areas. Neck is perfect. Good fretwork. I don't think the shop would have done any setup on it before hanging it on the wall, so if that's truly the case, it was setup perfectly right out of the box. Pickups also to my surprise sound really good. No desire to swap them. Top looks killer too. Love the color!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org