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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 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

I've had one of these in brown burst for 5 years now.  I got it free thru a rewards program at a company I used to work for.  I instantly took a liking to it, being a strat/superstrat guy. 

The pickups were muddy and the frets were dull. Despite those 2 things, I liked it enough to grab an ec401v. This 256 went to my daughter as her first guitar, based solely on the price I got it for. 

Well, I traded an ibanez rg3xxv to get it back. I swapped a set of full shreds (great in short scale mahogany) in it and polished the frets.  It's an absolute beast now! 

The jatoba board darkened a bit, and really compliments the brown color. This is one sexy looker too.  I'd say it's my favorite fancy topped guitar. The flamed veneer is 5a quality on mine.  The back has the nice ribbon quality that African sapele gets.

To express how good these guitars can be, I am selling my 401v.  I also really want an ec1000, but can't justify the money when this guy is so good. Factor in the point that I got it free and it makes it that much better.

It's a keeper for sure now! 

Brian J.

I own 2 the cherryburst and the white one. Love them both, i swapped out the puck up with dragonfire screamers. They sound and play better the my lead guitarist paul reed smiths. People always wanna play my gear. Its funny

George V.

I own the ec 256 dbsb for 4 years now. On left handed version. It's my nr 1 guitar and I'm in love with the color, the feel and the quality of the guitar. Although I wasn't happy with the fretboard at the beginning, after a fret dressing and a good setup, the guitar became much better. The pickups are decent, but if you put a set of SD pickups and locking tuners, like I did, you have an ec 1000, with less money than the original. Another happy it...recommended

Hi I'm from Indonesia. My EC-256 was made in Indonesia. Couldn't be happier with this stunning guitar  

Todd B. ESP

Hi, Glad to hear that and thank you for choosing ESP!

Eduardo S.

these pickups are either normal size or f-spaced,tks

Carl N.

yes, those would be the kinds of spacing we use on our instruments, this one will be standard spacing 

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