ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256 (HH) 6 String Solidbody Electric Guitar


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ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256

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The ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256 was on our recommended list for Humbucker Equipped Solidbody Electric Guitars Under $500 from June 2020 until May 2021 when it was out-ranked by other guitars.


The ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256 is a modern take on the classic LP design, with the flexibility of push-pull coil tap for switching between single-coil and humbucker tones.

And this guitar is a good representation of what ESP is all about - which is to produce modern high quality iterations of classic guitar designs.

The Eclipse EC-256 has the same familiar mahogany body with single cutaway shape, but with a bit more upper fret access.

The guitar's neck setup is also meant to cater to contemporary playing styles with its fast action.

Other features include having TOM bridge/tailpiece and set-neck construction.

Although this was previously the best rated dual humbucker equipped electric guitar in the $300 to $500 price range, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Highest Rated Solidbody Electric Guitars Under $500.


  • Body: Mahogany
  • Finish: Black Gloss, Black Satin, Snow White
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic Bridge with Tailpiece
  • Pickups: ESP LH-150N & ESP LH-150B
  • Neck: 3-piece Mahogany
  • Scale Length: 24.75”
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 13.7”
  • Frets: 22, Extra Jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.653"”
  • Controls: 2 x Volume, 1 x Tone (Push/Pull Coil-Tap)
  • Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Pickup Switch


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