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Extended range guitars don’t have to cost an arm and a leg to be great. The LTD EC-257 (seven-string) and EC-258 (eight-string) guitars are affordable for just about any musician, and allow you to explore the depths of lower pitches for today’s modern sounds in metal, progressive rock and more. The EC-257 features a set of acclaimed ESP Designed LH-150 pickups, with a push-pull coil tap on the tone knob, and a TOM bridge and tailpiece. The EC-258, outfitted with a hardtail LTD fixed bridge, includes ESP Designed LH-308 pickups for this 8-string guitar that goes all the way down to F# in standard tuning. Both guitars offer comfortable mahogany bodies, three-piece mahogany necks, and roasted jatoba fingerboards with 22 extra-jumbo frets. Both are available in Black Satin finish.

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 25.5"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Roasted Jatoba
Fingerboard Radius 400mm
Nut Width 48mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
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 XL110-7 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.059)
Case Included N
Scott  S.

Hello, I just purchased an EC-257 and I want to upgrade the bridge. How do I tell what size the posts are?

Todd B. ESP

Hi the posts are standard metric large size. You will find Tonepros and Gotoh have the same large post sizes. Here is a link:

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Gjergj M.

Hello everyone, I cannot find specs for the pickups (height etc). Can anyone please help with specs, and/or if it's possible to change the bridge pickup let's say with any Fishman Fluence?
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Todd B. ESP

There is no spec for pickup height. Any standard replacement humbucker can be swapped out. For more help or general tech questions please contact our customer service team at [email protected]

kyle s.

Im trying to upgrade the TOM bridge on my 257 but I'm having trouble finding a 7 string TOM bridge. Do you know of any aftermarket bridges that'll work? 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Kyle, I would suggest the Tonepros TOM, we use them on a lot of our higher end guitars. Here is a link:

Cole W.

I know that the weight of the guitar may vary based on the piece of wood the guitar was made of, but is this guitar generally lighter or heavier than the MH-17? It seems like it would be heavier since it's made of mahogany and has the eclipse body. Also is neck drop a problem with this guitar? If so what kind of strap could I use to avoid that?

Carl N.

Should be a bit heavier.  Haven't heard of any neck dive issues with this or any straps that alleviate this issue, typically the problem of neck dive comes from an imbalanced instrument or the positioning of the strap buttons.