ESP LTD EC-256FM - Lemon Drop

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Flame Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Lemon Drop
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Unbeatable Value from ESP LTD

Grab the ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256FM solidbody electric guitar for a huge value in a rock-ready instrument. You'll find the fast playability, flexible tone, and quality construction of the Eclipse EC-256FM far surpasses most guitars in this price range. You'll get rich, snappy tone from the mahogany body topped with flame maple. And the set-neck design gives you sustain for days. A pair of ESP humbucking pickups gives you a great foundation for a wide variety of styles, plus the extra versatility of push-pull coil tapping for single-coil tones. When you need a great, hard-rockin' guitar at a great price, you can count on the ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256FM solidbody electric guitar.

ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256FM Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • ESP's Eclipse body style blends classic looks with modern performance
  • Set-neck construction gives you exceptional sustain
  • ESP LTD - a huge value with ESP quality
ESP's Eclipse body style blends classic looks with modern performance

Nothing screams hard rock like ESP's timeless Eclipse body style. The extra mass of this single-cutaway design gives the Eclipse EC-256FM truly epic sustain, whereas its slightly arched top provides you with comfortable hand positioning, no matter your picking style. Add to that a super-sharp cutaway, which gives you open access to the Eclipse EC-256FM's upper frets, and you're totally ready to shred.

Set-neck construction gives you exceptional sustain

The set-in mahogany neck on the ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256FM is a more solid connection than you get with a bolt-on neck design. That means better vibration transfer from the neck to the body, which means you get a fast attack and long-lasting sustain. Plug in the Eclipse EC-256FM, turn your amplifier up, and you'll see exactly what we mean.

ESP LTD - a huge value with ESP quality

ESP LTD guitars were created to bring a more affordable version of the classic designs and quality of ESP guitars to a new market. The entire ESP LTD line of instruments features premium tonewoods, quality pickups, and solid hardware for a lifetime of use. An exacting eye for detail and quality means that every instrument is ready to rock when it leaves the factory. An impressive list of signature guitars by some of today's biggest guitar heroes shows the popularity and respect held by ESP LTD. If you're looking for the perfect rock or metal guitar, then you need to check out ESP LTD guitars.

ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256FM Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Classic-looking electric guitar with exceptional sustain and aggressive tone
  • Push-pull coil tap gives you access to both single-coil and humbucking tones
  • Dual ESP humbucking pickups give you wide-ranging tone
  • TOM bridge/tailpiece give you dependable tuning stability and intonation
  • Set-neck construction gives you long-lasting sustain and excellent articulation

Rock like you mean it with the ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256FM!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Eclipse
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Top Material Flamed Maple
Color Lemon Drop
Neck Material Mahogany, Set
Neck Shape Thin U
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 13.7" Radius
Number of Frets 22, extra-jumbo
Scale Length 24.75"
Nut Width 1.65"
Nut Material Molded
Bridge/Tailpiece TOM bridge/tailpiece
Tuners LTD
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup LH-150 humbucker
Bridge Pickup LH-150 humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, master tone w/push-pull coil tap, 3-way selector
Strings (.010-.046)
Manufacturer Part Number LEC256LD

Customer Reviews

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This guitar is rock steady. For the money you cannot go wrong. It played super, right out of the box. Before receiving it, I thought I would have to change the pickups. I was wrong. These pickups are just fine for anything out there. The guitar is thin, light and beautiful. This is a keeper. I want to give a special Thank you to Mr. Luke Herian for all he did to get me set up with this ax. Sweet Water is my go to place for all my music needs. Thanks again Luke.
Music background: Music/Guitar Buff


This guitar does just what the specs says it does its amazing.I would advise anyone to buy it its rock solid.

Best Value in the Guitar Market Today

First of all, I own several four-figure guitars so I know quality when I touch it, play it and hear it. The LTD EC-256 sounds, plays and feels better than some of my Gibsons and I'm not exaggerating. It's that phenomenal. The immediate impression when picking this guitar up for the first time is quality. It is thinner than a Les Paul at only 1-5/8" thick but it still weighs 8 lbs, 6 oz. Keep in mind that most of Gibson's newer weight-relieved Les Pauls, which are 2" thick, are in the 8-1/2 lb range. The way LTD keeps the weight down is to make the guitar thinner. No swiss cheese holes here, just solid mahogany with a stunning maple veneer cap. I was most impressed by how it sounded. Its sound is comparable to guitars that cost seven or eight times as much. The neck is fast and easy to navigate, the belly contour and thinner body make the guitar sit close to you as you play it so it's very comfortable. It feels very much like a Strat when you play it but has that thick, lush tone you associate with a Les Paul. The EC-256 is the best of both worlds. And if you want a Strat-like sound it has coil tapping available for you as well. The quality, tone, and playability is why I say this is the best value in the guitar market. It's simply unrivaled for what you pay.
Music background: Playing for 20 years

As Good As It Gets

Just recieved my new ESP Lemon Drop guitar today, & I can honestly say the quality playability ,,finish & attn'' to detail are second to none..Ive made my living with a guitar for over 40 years,,have & still own at least 1 of everything out there including high end Gibson & Fenders..I can tell you ESP,,,& I own 3 of them does not stand in the shadow of any of the big head stock names...Ive read other reviews about swaping out the pic,ups...Nonsense...these pups sound great,,One more note,,have no reservations about ordering a guitar online from SweetWater..Ive never experenced customer service from any music store of this equal..When you actually see in detail the instrument,,including serial No.. you are buying,,this my friends is first class service.....Thanks again S.W. & especally Jeff Jent'''you guys are the Best.....regards,,,,Tim M....
Music background: Pro Musician

For the money it's a Winner

This guitar is a players guitar, with great looks, this guitar came out of the box and I was playing I have upgraded the pick ups not because the pickups are bad I wanted a different sound and I would not Have put anouther $ 190.00 into to the guitar if I wasn't happy with how easy this guitar plays, it's a rocker Also every place I take all I hear is that's a great looking guitar and when I tell them what I paid the response is your kidding, For the money you won't find any guitar that comes close to this one. I need to say it again it's the easiest playing guitar I have, and own others guitars that cost $$$$ more!
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