ESP LTD EC-256 Black Satin
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Manufacturer's ID: 314033
What we say:
On first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking this LTD guitar was from a price bracket two or three times higher than it is. Kudos to ESP for designing this model with so much of the style of more expensive models. The LTC EC-256 in Black Satin has the refined look of a professional riff machine indeed!
As this is an Eclipse, we find ourselves in slimmed-down Single Cut land. This model is not only finished in Black Satin, it has binding on both the body and the headstock as well as those great ‘Flag’ inlays. Many of the most popular LTD guitars from the last few years have appeared in this guise so there is an instantly agreeable vibe of recognition here. It’s a handsome guitar, no matter what price it is.
However, price is one of the main talking points here: this is a very affordable guitar! The body and neck are made from Mahogany, and it features a set neck, a decision that both impresses us and improves the feel of the instrument.
A thin U-shape neck, Extra Jumbo frets and a 12” radius fingerboard mean that this feels very easy on the left hand, and is also very similar to more upmarket LTD models!
The pickups on this EC-256 are stock ESP-designed units and have plenty of chunk and sustain to satisfy the target Hard Rock and Metal audience. At this price, the pickups are more than satisfactory.
Overall, with the LTD EC-256, you can have a mean looking guitar that sounds good, plays well and has that unmistakable ‘Eclipse’ vibe at a price that cannot be argued with. What more could you ask for?
|Neck Contour||Thin U|
|Bridge||TOM & Tailpiece|
|Neck PU||ESP Designed LH-150N|
|Bridge||ESP Designed LH-150B|
|Electronics layout||Vol/Vol/Tone(P/P)/Toggle Switch|