The LTD EC-256 takes many of the coolest aspects of our higher-end EC Series models, and offers them to you in a super-affordable guitar that's ready to rock. A classic shape that's excellent for all musical styles and genres, the EC-256 looks amazing with multiple binding on the body and headstock like you expect from high-quality guitars. Playing the EC-256 is also a dream come true, with set-neck construction for fast and easy access to the highest frets. The EC-256 also features a mahogany body, a comfortable and fast three-piece thin U-shaped mahogany neck, and a roasted jatoba fingerboard with flag 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.

(U.S. Only)
3Pc Mahogany
Roasted Jatoba
Fingerboard Radius
Nut Width
Nut Type
Neck Contour
Thin U
22 XJ
Hardware Color
Strap Button
TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU
ESP Designed LH-150N
Bridge PU
ESP Designed LH-150B
Electronics Layout
Volume/Volume/Tone(Push/Pull)/Toggle Switch
D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included
Prices and specifications subject to change.

Just ordered it via Amazon @299 bucks(!!!!). While I await delivery. I was curious what other felt they wanted to improve upon with the basic instrument. As this is my first ESP and LP-style model, I thought the price, the brand and the reviews I saw were the selling points.

This is my first ESP guitar but I've heard nothing bad about the brand, quite the opposite. I've tried different LP styles from different brands in stores and owned by friends and I had concerns about their quality control (Epiphone and Gibson), the pride of workmanship and cheap parts. That doesn't seem to be the case here. 

That said, I'll check out the forums elsewhere and see how others use these guitars. 

Carl N.

Hope you enjoy it Cujo!

Jose Z.

I am very satisfied with this model, mine still has rosewood fingerboard, is a china made, I wonder if there is much difference with the top Korea series, letting apart components like the PUs, electronics or hardware.

Carl N.

Glad you're enjoying it Jose!

Matte H.

I am utterly stunned by the quality of this instrument given its price point. Whether it's Esp or the shop I bought it from ( Andertons UK ) this has been the first guitar that I can remember in a long time, and I'm including guitars two or three times more expensive than this that have come perfectly in tune and with no preferable set up required straight out of the box, literally. I had to do nothing whatsoever to this guitar except plug it in. I bow to you Esp. This is a serious competition killer, it's also my first one having tried everyone else's, and between you and me I sent back a PRS for this, because I was hoping it would be better...and it was...completely. Esp rules, and I play this with pride. I can only imagine how the E-II guitars play . 

Carl N.

Hey Matte, thank you for all the praises!!  I am glad you're enjoying your LTD.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed when you get around to picking up an E-II

Samuel D.

Hi guys,


Just wanted confirmation of wood used for the top of the EC-256 BLACK as it is not specified in the description above (vs others) ? Do you confirm it has same specifications or any difference to expect (excepted visual) ?


Tks for your support,



Todd B. ESP

Hi Samuel, There is no separate spec for the top wood because this body is mahogany only. some models have a quilted or flamed maple top, so for those models we specify a different top.

Muhammad F.

Hey guys! I’m from Singapore. And I understand that the authorised dealer for Singapore is Davis guitars. And I wanted to get this guitar (ec-256 black) but they did not have it in stock. So I asked them when will it be in stock or can I request one in. But they said they can’t bring in just one guitar. As they have to order in a bunch? Why is that so? 

Todd B. ESP

Hi, thanks for letting us know your issue. I have forwarded your issue to our International Sales Manager in order to let our distributor know how to solve your issue.

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