LTD EC-256 review by ESP

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (94 votes)

Price paid: $ 425

Purchased from: Local Shop

Sound — 9
Personally I like to play hard rock, and as far as that goes, this guitar suit's it pretty well. The coil tap gives the guitar a couple more sound options than most, and all around it has a pretty nice sound.The neck pickup has an almost "dirty" sound to it. Pickups aren't amazing, but I'd keep them if you're not looking for something to sound like it was in the thousand dollar price range.

Overall Impression — 9
All around its a pretty solid guitar for its price range. you can always swap the pickups, which is on my list of things to do, because this guitars too good to be replaced. I love the look and my only complaint would be the pickups. But you can't expect a mind blowing sound from a guitar in this price range.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar definately looks like it will last me a long time. I've had to tighten the strap buttons twice but other than that nothing wears off easily and it looks like it could take a good beating without damage to the sound. I'd gig it around without a backup. The finish doesn't look like it would wear out, but either way it will only add to the look.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Coming from the factory the action was almost perfect, i had to lower it a bit but thats just for personal preference. Everything was in its place and it was in good condition, however there were a few nicks in the finish that obviously werent part or the factory "worn" look.

Features — 9
This guitar is basically a toned-down version of the ESP eclipse. It has the same basic shape as a les paul but with a sharper cut-away. It has Standard tune-o-matic bridge and 2 passive humbuckers, it has a 3 way toggle, and 3 volume knobs. One of which can be pulled out to split the coils and try to give the sound of a single coil guitar. The tuners are Standard non locking tuners. All around the average package for a 400 dollar guitar.

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