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Hey what a cracker!
I’m a huge fan or black guitars For some ungodly reason.
Congrats mate.

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Ehi T_dub, I had a look at the Esp LTD and what do you think about this one?
ESP LTD B-204SM STBLKS I think sound amazing and look great. I never play an ESP

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Isn’t amazing @AntonioM . It is just below the
B-4E that I have. Pretty much the only thing that makes it “below” are a few cost saving differences. But that is only to offer a slightly cheaper bass that is “below” the cost of the B-4E.

The B-204 has a bolt on neck and is an ASH body. The 5pc neck is Maple / jatoba
Fretboard is roasted Jatoba.

The B-4E has Neck thru and is Mahogany
The 5pc neck is Maple / Mahogany
Fretboard is ebony

That’s where the differences end. Everything else that I can tell is the same down to the black nickel bridge, nobs, tuners.

I have the B-4E and B-155. The neck, on the B-155, despite being a 5 string and bolt on, and Ash / Jatoba, still feels very much the same as my B-4E. There is a slight difference being a little wider for the 5th string , and not quite the same transition on the upper frets due to the bolt on construction, but it still feels very good, and is almost unnoticeable when fingering the 20-24th frets.

I can’t imagine anybody not loving the feel and playability of these Basses. I personally love the tones I get out of them, and the active 3 band EQ is great, but I am sure there are people out there that would prefer other Basses for tones they may be looking for specifically, like a Fender or Squire P-Bass, or Jazz Bass, or from a Music Man StingRay.
But that’s the only reason I can think of for someone to not love these Basses, and my ear is not good enuf for that anyway. So I love them.
They have a hell of a list of musicians playing their guitars and Basses who love them too.
(so does Schecter BTW :wink:).

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Looks awesome @Gorch. I like the white on black ok, but a pearl white might look slick, really make it pop.
Course if it were me, I would put an orange one on. :wink::wink:

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I will probably do something with that. I’m not a fan of white pick guards. I put some mileage on it today. I like it. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly why except to say that it has very good manners.

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That’s because it just “feels right”.
I fully get that. IDK why ESP LTD’s and Schecter’s and I Ibanez SR’s all just feel right. They all feel a little different from one and other even tho they all have super thin, extremely playable necks, but they all (any I have picked up) feel right, like they were put on this earth for me to play.
I get it, I really do.
They have great manners :wink::wink:

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For me it’s usually fast necks that get me. I’m also a sucker for light basses and bright tone.

Have you checked out any of ESP’s other lines? They are more expensive (probably because they are MIJ) than the LTDs but look interesting.

The LTD line is such a good value. And I have never played a bad guitar made in Indonesia - I’ve owned two and both were awesome. I did run across a couple Yamaha BB734s with electronics issues a while back but that has to be a fluke, it’s Yamaha after all - very high quality reputation. Any issues and they would probably just replace the whole thing.

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I don’t know the availability of anything but the LTD and Signature series in my area, so if I ever did, I would have w/o knowing it was an ESP line.
I have to confess, out of my 3 main go to Basses, The B-4E is quickly becoming my favorite. I do not have a 4 string Schecter’s yet, so I can’t say for sure for sure weather the LTD would come out on top, but for now it is. Followed equally by my SR300 and SubRay. The SR300 and B-4E out class the SubRay, it is more along the lines of my GSR200 or a RBX170 as far as build quality, it is the bottom SubRay, but it’s so damn fun to play.

My GSR200, I have pretty much decided to sell. It was my first, I did B2B on it, and I thought that I might lay it more because of comfort and familiarity, but I don’t, it’s not even out in my living room with all the rest.
Only reason I am keeping it is for the sentiment, or if I want to have a wall of Basses for art, not play.
I bought it kind of on a whim, I looked in GC for 2 days, decided it was a model I liked among other $199 and under Basses on the wall. Looked on CRaigs List after that 2nd day, found one for a good price, bought it the next day. I didn’t do weeks of research, test out many lines multiple times, go play them til I found “The One”
Had I done that there may be enuf sentiment to keep it. But at this point, I rather let somebody else learn bass on it and hopefully give it the love it deserves.
It’s gonna be a Cinderella bass, and magically turn into a pedal at midnight.

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Really like the B-4’s, feel great and just a great look.

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Hello! First post here and this is my gear: Ibanez SRX400 (are those names created by bots?) Anyhow, love this thing.

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I can see why you love it. I love my SR300. Not quite in the realm of yours, but the neck is still fast and furious.

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Thanks! I’m glad that you love your instrument. It’s really a good motivation to practice to have something that we really like. I am very found of some other Ibanez too, such as the ATK series (especially the 400) and the TR 500 (one day!), all really good looking ones with lots of personality.

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That is beautiful. The shape of that body, the color, the pickguard… that thing is flat out cool.

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Hi AntonioM,
I have the B-204SM LH and I LOVE it! I probably would have got the Black See thru if it was available in Left Hand but I love the natural look. To me the Jatoba fret board is even better looking in person. I am beyond thrilled with my purchase.

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Yeah, I do. I have quite a few, and 3 that I play daily. The SR300, a Sub Stingray, and the gem of the bunch, the ESP LTD B-4E. The SR and B-4E both have that neck that feels just right. No other way to describe it better.

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I know what ya mean

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Oh yeah, I saw this, and after picking my jaw up off the floor, I thought of you @terb

Beautiful. Now I could get done on a Fender (Squire) like that.

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that’s crazy expensive for a Squier !

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I am not considering buying it, It is just the first Tele Bass I have seen for sale, and Iknow you have a love for Tele like I do.
And I mean Squire (Fender) Telwbasster, I have seen the shape on ESP LTD’s, Schecters, and other brands with a telecaster, but that’s the first Squire or Fender. That’s all.

I will buy 4 used Gems for that price before I pay that for a Squir, even tho it is bad ass.

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yeah I have just been surprised by the price !

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