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ESP LTD EC-256 – Black

Model: ESP LTD EC-256 – Black

Music genre / Additional gear

A metalcore band came to our studio to record some tracks, and the rhythm guitarist had this ESP model. It’s a guitar well suited for all metal genres, and the riffs sounded surprisingly well. This one is rather quiet but when you turn on the volume knobs it turns into a very loud animal. We tried this out during the band’s breaks from recording, with a Carvin V3MC 1 X 12 50W All Tube Guitar Combo Amplifier and a Maxon Vintage Series Analog Delay Pedal. We really feel that in this combination we got the most out of this guitar. We also enjoyed the way it sounded on track.

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Build quality

When choosing a new guitar pay attention to these following features:

  • Body: Mahogany Body.
  • Neck: 3Pc Mahogany Set-Neck with Rosewood Fingerboard.
  • Tuning system: It has LTD tuners, pretty good in my opinion and a TOM Bridge.
  • Pick-ups: The guitar has ESP designed Pick-ups, LH-150N for the neck and LH-150B for the bridge. These sound similar to the EMG 81/85.
  • Control knobs: Volume/ Volume/ Tone
  • Pick-up selector: A 3-way Pick-up selector.
  • Output jack: The jack is placed on the guitar body side.


The model we got to play was setup perfectly, so we have absolutely no idea about its factory setup, although the guy that owns it said that the initial setup was alright. It has a light but powerful body and the neck was fast and swift. The extra jumbo frets make the solo parts seem facile and the acces to the upper frets was pretty good. Our overall impression was that this is a well built guitar.


The model we played had a very nice Black finish, with golden hardware and black control knobs. We really like this particular finish as it gives the guitar a classy metal look.

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