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

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 500+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$499
ESP LTD Eclipse EC-256

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 93/100 is based on analysis of 500+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

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.

Specifications

  • 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

Pros

Guitarists of today are very meticulous when it comes to playability and tone flexibility, yet the EC-256 easily passes these criteria with flying colors. Many are impressed with its gritty tone, while experienced players appreciate the flexibility afforded by split coil switching. Build quality is also often commended, from its finish down to the quality of the fret work and neck setup.

Cons

There aren't many complaints from owners, just note that there is still a recognizable difference between split coil tone vs actual single coil pickups. So if you are really into single coil Fendery tone, this is not for you.

Overall

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.

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He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.