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LTD’s Viper Series offers the cool offset double-cutaway look that’s perfect for metal, hard rock, blues, and so much more. With the Viper-256, you get the classic vibe of a mahogany-bodied, 24.75” scale rock and roll machine. Even with its surprisingly low cost, the Viper-256 still offers great features like a set-neck construction with a fast three-piece mahogany neck, roasted jatoba fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets, a set of high-output ESP Designed LH-150 humbuckers with a coil split function on the push-pull switch as well as LTD tuners and an LTD TOM bridge & tailpiece.

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Roasted Jatoba
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 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 Vol/Tone(Push/Pull)/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N
Triggz L.

Would love to see this finish on the 1000 series with 22 frets, Duncan pups and made in Korea.


Just picked one up, too good looking to pass up. A little buz on the 2nd string has me worried the string is a bit low and that's not something I can fix myself. But it is a beautiful guitar.

Myles H.

I so wanna get one of these and drop in a set of Gibson 496R/500T pups I took out of an old Explorer when I put EMG's in it. Upgrade the tuners to Grovers, TonePros locking bridge and maybe an Earvana compensated nut, but we'll see. A few hundred bucks and you basically have a 1000 series Viper or at least a 400 Series for sure. Specs are basically the same except for the fingerboard and hardware/pups. See they moved the neck strap button so that may help with the neck dive ...I hope!! Well done ESP.

Carl N.

thanks for sharing with us!

Geno S.

I bought this back in August, 2020. I was planning on dropping it to B standard and upgrading the pickups and use it as my Doom machine. I understand this isn't a high dollar ESP but I love this guitar! It was love at first sight with the finish/color. Sooo gorgeous, sinister, deep and dark. It's so easy and comfortable to play, I feel it makes me play better. The stock pickups sound great, too! I decided to leave it stock because I didn't want to mess with this beauty's awesome playability. I guess I'll just have to buy the baritone as my Doom machine... !!!  

Carl N.

glad you're enjoying it, thanks for sharing!

Richie K.

I'd buy a bunch if they would have some vintage colors with pickguards.

It's hard to find them used. 60s gold or blonde, black cherry (non) transparent.

Black, white, cream. 

Carl N.

thanks for the suggestions

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