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The LTD EC-256 takes many of the coolest aspects of our higher-end EC Series models, and offers them to you in a super-affordable guitar that's ready to rock. A classic shape that's excellent for all musical styles and genres, the EC-256 looks amazing with multiple binding on the body and headstock like you expect from high-quality guitars. Playing the EC-256 is also a dream come true, with set-neck construction for fast and easy access to the highest frets. The EC-256 also features a mahogany body, a comfortable and fast three-piece thin U-shaped mahogany neck, and a roasted jatoba fingerboard with flag inlays and 22 extra-jumbo frets.  This guitar features our acclaimed ESP Designed LH-150 humbucking pickups that offer great tone for all genres of music, and the tone flexibility of coil-splitting controlled by a push-pull switch on the tone knob.

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 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU ESP LH-150N
Bridge PU ESP LH-150B
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone(Push/Pull)/Toggle Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N
Marc  G.

Is this an Arch Top or a Flat Top?

Carl N.

this is an arch top

Olivier L.

Hi, Is it possible to find a seller in order to get new origine "machine head", my ltd EC 256 (white snow) has fallen on the ground and one of my machine head broke.


Carl N.

We are not currently selling parts but our customer service department does assist with warranty claims, you can reach them at

Olivier L.

Thanks done:
Here their answer if someone look for it:
Unfortunately ESP does not sell or distribute replacement parts.  We suggest the Gotoh SG381-04 as a drop in replacement:

John A.

Heya ESP rep (probably Tod, right?). I'm curious: what are the specs of the pickups?

Carl N.

Hey John, the LH-150 pickups will have a ceramic magnet with an output range around 11kΩ in the neck and 13kΩ in the bridge.

Gerardo C.


Can you provide the specs if I wanted to replace the original tuners with locking tuners? Does ESP sell these for this model? 



Todd B. ESP

Hi Gerardo, We do not sell these. Any standard or modern tuning key will fit our holes. The only difference is that some tuners will have a mounting hole at a different location.


Gotoh SG381 just drop straight in. I have put into a VP-256 and EC-256. You have to get the 3 + 3 set. Three on each side.

Carl N.

Thanks for the tip GMD!

Joey G.

Hello, ESP.

My son and I are wondering what the finish is on the Snow White guitar. Is it gloss, or matte?

Thank you!

Todd B. ESP

Hi Joey, This finish is gloss. Typically all our finishes are gloss unless listed as "Satin".

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