What we say: ESP’s LTD range have always offered high quality at very reasonable prices and this EC-256FM is especially competitive, offering a bound, carved flamed Maple-topped guitar with a set neck and a translucent finish at a price that makes for outstanding value.
In terms of woods and construction, the EC-256FM adheres to ESP’s tried and tested standards: the Mahogany body gets a Flamed Maple top and is joined with a glued in Mahogany neck. A 24.75” scale length keeps this firmly in classic territory.
That Flame top is well figured and attractive to look at: this model is finished in See-Thru Black Cherry Sunburst and looks like it is worth five times’ the asking price!
A pair of ESP-designed humbuckers impart a nice mix of vintage sustain and modern crunch. Both models have chrome covers for that classic, timeless look.
This affordable guitar impresses: it is a fully realised, distinctive guitar that references the past without being slavish to it. If you need a great guitar with looks and sonics but not a massive price tag, this is hard to beat!
Specification CONSTRUCTION Set-Neck SCALE 24.75″ BODY Mahogany TOP Flamed Maple NECK 3Pc Mahogany FINGERBOARD 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 Designed LH-150N BRIDGE PU ESP Designed LH-150B ELECTRONICS Passive