My most recent obsession is Amon Amarth… and it happens to come at a time when I want a new bass. Does anyone know what basses Ted plays- or which his “main” is?
p.s. after a quick google before this post I believe it is an esp surveyor 5. But I’m not quite sure!
A quick perusal of Ted in concert seems he plays 5 strings, Musician Man with dual humbuckers, or ESP, Surveyors or F models.
I can’t quite read what it says on the headstock, but I swear I’ve seen those horns before. (I want to say it’s an ESP design no longer made, but I’m not sure)
I downloaded one of those photos, and I could make an E and an S, and not what followed. It looks like an F body minus some bumps, but there is a cutout where the strap attached to the body that’s characteristic asymmetric and this bass has it.
ESP changes contouring over the years. My 2014 and 2020 stream 204s have the same shape, but the contours couldn’t be more different.
It looks like an F to me in the 2010ish era
That’s what gets me, the rear is very “F like” but the horns are nothing like it. I know I’ve seen them somewhere though. The headstock isn’t the one used on the F or any picture of an F I can find, either.
And that second pic is better, that’s definitely not an ESP F. I found another of him with that bass, but it’s only 800x600 and I still can’t read what’s on the headstock
But the general body shape is an F, and the headstock could be on my stream. ESP plays these mind games with contours. Check out my streams, same models
It could be one of their Japanese models. That shape by the bridge and strap attachment screams ESP
Peter Steele played one, I knew I saw that thing somewhere lol
Nice. You’re better than I
I am a bloodhound when I get on the scent of something lol
The Esh bass seems to be mostly on older pictures. The recent ones show a MusicMan Stingray 5 (?).
Some websites make reference to an ESP Surveyor as well, found a picture of that one as well.
And then, there’s a picture of a Sandberg Fourty Eight on his Instagram
I saw some pictures of Ted playing an EBMM with a tear drop pickguard, so that’s a non Stingray I believe. Put me in mind a Sterling by Music Man Ray5 HH might do the trick
Though on reflection this is a 4 string
I believe you are fairly correct. When I found Esh it was mentioned in 2007. As an aside I would love a Peter Steel tribute Stinger but I am not paying the price those go for XD
Wow! this “blew up”- thank you for all the replies and info!
Awesome! Thanks so much !
Yeah, saw that too when looking. Really handy site it seems! But bassists usually have a “fave” and I wasn’t sure if it was listed there
Also holy crap he likes a high action.
Well, the Esh certainly wasn’t there when I was hunting it down, and stuff on there had already been said (for the most part).
*Love for the ridiculously high action on my only bass intensifies