Model

EC-256FM

COBALT BLUE

$449.00

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 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, a roasted jatoba fingerboard with inlays and 22 extra-jumbo frets, and great-sounding ESP Designed LH-150 pickups. Available in Dark Brown Sunburst, See Thru Purple Sunburst and Cobalt Blue finishes.

(U.S. Only)
Specifications
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
Vol/Vol/Tone(P/P)/Toggle Switch
Strings
D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case
EC GUITAR FORM FIT CASE
Case Included
N
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Comments
YabbieBell

Meh, I’m thinking of doing a subtle mod to the guitar, I was thinking for the coil tap to change the knob on top, just to make it more to my liking, is there a certain size/ shape which works that I should know about. Also any recommendations that would look cool and feel nice, like making it silver, or more like a strat knob?

YabbieBell

*hey

Todd B. ESP

Hey Yabbie, There are a lot of different knobs out there. They all should be the same size. You don't need anything special. There are knobs with set screws on the size (for metal dome knobs). Look online or at your local retailer, they should have a few options for you. It's all up to your personal choice. If you want a strat knob they just push on like the knobs you have. be careful when putting them on and taking them off, as you don't want to push our pull sideways, only up and down. you don't want to break the shaft of the internal pot.

YabbieBell

Hi ESP

I’m thinking of changing the pickups and tuners to my ex-256 cobalt blue, I still want humbuckers with the coil split, but I want the humbuckers to be pretty versatile, cause I play classic rock, to grunge, to metal.

and my strings keep on getting out of tune, and I would love locking tuners, recommend  any that won’t damage this guitar?

 

thanks

YabbieBell

*ec 256

Todd B. ESP

Hi Yabbie, Any Seymour Duncan pickup with 4 conductor wires will allow you to keep the split coil feature. They have a lot of pickups to choose from. I suggest you go on their website or forums to ask around. Think about the way the current pickups sound. Which direction do you want to go from the current sound? Do you want a higher output? Warmer tone? These are some things to consider. Our pickups are about medium output, not considered a hot output. Typically for lots of gain most players prefer a hotter output, however, when you have a pickup that has a really high output , the tone is not so clear. Many excellent players I've met and worked with over the years prefer a lower output pickup which keeps their signal pure or clean from the guitar. Beyond that it's up to the amp and effects to create your distorted sound. Switching to any type of Alnico pickup would give you a "rounder" or "warmer" tone if you're looking to go in that direction. For upgrading to locking tuners, I would suggest either Hipshot or Ratio by Graphtech, but there are also other brands out there that work fine.

Fraser C.

Hi esp, I was wondering, because my g tuning peg keeps going loose and makes the string go out of tune everytime I play my guitar, what locking tuners would you suggest I buy. I have always wanted to upgrade the tuners but I have been scared of damaging the guitar like what I did by putting strap locks on the guitar as it shredded the threading in the wood. I would most likely take it to a shop to have them put them on but was wondering what brand/model you would recommend.

Thanks, Fraser

Todd B. ESP

Hi Fraser, You can tighten the hardware and mounting screw on your current tuner, that should help you with your current issue. If you want to upgrade to replacement tuners, you will not always find a brand that fits our mounting hole exactly. Some locking tuners including our own version use pins located under the housing, so there is no mounting screw "leg" like current tuners. I would recommend either Hipshot or Ratio tuners from Graphtech.

Fraser C.

Hi there, I have one of these guitars and it is the Chinese model of it having the ec 256 on the truss rod cover. I was wondering how I could find out what year the guitar was made as the serial number is: RS18051589 

Thanks

Fraser C.

these are the photos

 

Fraser C.

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YabbieBell

It’s the same year mine was made, I’m interested now!

Fraser C.

Hi Yabbie, I was wondering, if your guitar is the same year as mine, do you have any clue as to what year it was made. Thank you.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Fraser, Your guitar was produced in 2018. Please email our customer service team for more specific requests such as this as we prefer those inquiries go to our customer service team. Their email is customerservice@espguitars.com .

Fraser C.

Thank you Todd B. ESP, that lifted stress on finding the year, thank you. - Fraser

 

Todd B. ESP

Hey Fraser, Glad I could help!

Afit W.

Hi, i am from indonesia.

Where i can buy this guitar? Thank you 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Afit, Nice to hear from you. Please check our list of international distributors on our website and you should be able to contact them to find out where you can buy this guitar. Here is a link to our distributor page: https://www.espguitars.com/locations?categories=intl-distributors

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