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ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar Satin Natural

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The B-4E Bass Guitar has beveled edges that reveal the contrast between the mahogany body and ebony top for a gorgeous, natural look all its own. Add...Click To Read More About This Product

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A bass for Mr. Natural.

The B-4E Bass Guitar has beveled edges that reveal the contrast between the mahogany body and ebony top for a gorgeous, natural look all its own. Adding to this contrast of woods is the 5-piece neck-thru-body maple/mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard.

Ensuring you get the most from the tones these wood combinations provide are ESP SB-4 pickups (bridge and neck) with an ESP ABQ-3 3-band active EQ for extended tone shaping. Dial in more brightness on pop tunes or get more kick on the low-end when you're getting down and dirty on heavier tunes.

The neck is 34" scale with an extra-thin contour, and has a 42mm standard nut, and 24 XJ frets. Details include ESP tuners and an ESP BB-604 string-thru-body bridge in black nickel.

FEATURES
Neck-thru-body
34" scale
Mahogany body
Ebony top
5-piece maple/mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard
42mm standard nut
Extra-thin U-neck contour
24 XJ frets
Black nickel hardware
ESP tuners
ESP BB-604 bridge with string-thru-body
ESP SB-4 (B&N) pickups with ESP ABQ-3 3-band active EQ

The only thing small about this bass is the price tag. Order one up today!

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ESPLTD B-4E Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Rock concerts (7)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing value

After considering some Ibanez and Schecter basses in the same price range I decided on the B-4E just because of overall quality and construction. This bass is beautiful, with mahogany body and ebony...Read complete review

After considering some Ibanez and Schecter basses in the same price range I decided on the B-4E just because of overall quality and construction. This bass is beautiful, with mahogany body and ebony top with a 5 piece maple and ebony neck; everything about it makes me wonder ESP can sell it so cheap. It is a very easy instrument to play, very fast smooth neck with excellent access to higher frets. As far as electronics go, it has ESP passive pickups and a 9v active preamp that gives you full tonal control. I put a set of EMG DC's in mine with an Aguilar preamp and switched to 18v, and overall it still cost me less then a "higher end" bass would have. I would strongly recommend this bass to anyone, excellent quality and good stock electronics at an unbeatable price.

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knowing your product!

this guitar is a nice guitar, ESP is a nice choice as it has nice sound and seems very easy to play. my issue isn't in the guitar itself as it is a nice...Read complete review

this guitar is a nice guitar, ESP is a nice choice as it has nice sound and seems very easy to play. my issue isn't in the guitar itself as it is a nice instrument to play. My issue is with a company that really doesn't know their product. if yo are curious of this part of the statement, then please read below pertaining to the sale of the product itself.

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing value

By LastSalomnMan

from St. John's, NL

Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

After considering some Ibanez and Schecter basses in the same price range I decided on the B-4E just because of overall quality and construction. This bass is beautiful, with mahogany body and ebony top with a 5 piece maple and ebony neck; everything about it makes me wonder ESP can sell it so cheap. It is a very easy instrument to play, very fast smooth neck with excellent access to higher frets. As far as electronics go, it has ESP passive pickups and a 9v active preamp that gives you full tonal control. I put a set of EMG DC's in mine with an Aguilar preamp and switched to 18v, and overall it still cost me less then a "higher end" bass would have. I would strongly recommend this bass to anyone, excellent quality and good stock electronics at an unbeatable price.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

More bang for the buck

By Cedric Matous

from KY

Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

I've been playing bass guitar for about 4, almost 5 years now. And right now I own a standard fender Mexican jazz bass. But with the price increase by fender, this bass is top of the line quality, the LTD B-4E I mean. The solid all one piece body is nice, along with the 5 piece wood. The neck is very slim, natural gloss, my fingers feel as if they are gliding across the back of the neck, the bridge is heavy, meaning good, string thru body feature is a plus. great tone, solid playing. And for what they price this, it's a steal for real. This plays just as nice, if not better as any american fender I would play. I think its better then a music man bass. Excellent, deff. check this one out.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You won't get better for the money.

By Bassnash

from Nashville, TN

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

    I bought this bass blind a while back because I wanted to treat myself to something different that I usually buy, without breaking the bank. This bass is outstanding on every level. The humbucker tone is fat and rich. It reminds me of a Wal bass - no joke. The design and construction are flawless. The playability and feel can't be compared to in its price range. I've played several styles of music with it, with the exception of Metal, but I think it would hold up just fine, tonewise.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautifull Bass Bonanza

    By Fire_ball

    from hamilton, ON

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    Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

    Great sound Great look amazing performance. This bass has it all. A differant natural look will set you appart from the other bass players of the night and you will always have ppl asking you where you got it. I live in hamilton ontario and there is only one esp dealer for the city and usually ppl ask me all about it.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    ESP LTD B-4E is the best value around

    By rteisher

    from Muncy, PA

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    Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

    I began playing bass seriously about 3 years ago, & I started-out on a entry-level ESP B-Series bass. I loved how well that one played & felt for the little $ that it actually cost, so I've been eyeing the upgrade, this baby, for a long time. I finally ordered it here, and it arrived two days ago. Again, ESP has not disappointed. The photo here really doesn't do this bass justice, it looks so much sexier & more classy in person. I didn't know if the 3-band EQ was going to be that big of a difference from my last ESP which had a 2-band active EQ, but there is a noticeable benefit in how much more you can shape your tone. And of course, as with all of the B-series basses I've played, it feels super-comfortable around your shoulders, & the neck plays like a dream. That's really the most important thing in my opinion (especially on neck-thru guitars), & this bass plays better than any other bass I've picked up, no lie. I'm not a huge fan their guitars, but ESP basses are the best!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    WOW!!!

    By duder rocks

    from Arizona

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    Pros

    • Beautiful Design
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

      I have played many basses and currently own a Rickenbacker 4001 which is a great bass. The Rick is very heavy and after a night of gigging the ole back gets a little sore. I bought this bass trying to find something a little bit lighter with decent tone and good playability. Well I pulled it out of the box not expecting much especially at this price but was totally and completely blown away. I went over this thing with a fine tooth comb trying to find a flaw any flaw. No flaws anywhere and the materials, finish and setup up was second to none. The darn thing was even in tune right out of the box very weird but awesome. Then I plugged it into the amp and the sound of this thing matches its looks totally awesome tone that covers a very wide variety of music styles. I cant wait to get this beast on stage and i bet the ole back will thank me for the lighter overall weight of the instrument not to mention the endless tones this guitar is capable of.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So Nice!!!

      By fonetek129

      from NY

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics
      • Wood work

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

        Have expensive guitars and this stand at the top. This bass compares at $1500 with the thru 7 piece neck. I don"t even think thats advertised. Ebony Top. Electronics are awesome. Craftsmanship is awesome. I cant say enough.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic

        By Byrdman

        from Jackson, NJ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

        This bass is extraordinary. I can get a myriad of tones with the 3 selectors. Plus, it's absolutely stunning to look at. I have gotten rave reviews from my bandmates. It's not heavy, so your back and shoulders won't complain. Kudos to the fantastic MF Customer Service people, who replaced the first one damaged in transit. In short, an amazing bass for an amazing price. Highly recommended.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The ESP LTD B-4E Is King Of All Bass Guitars

        By Adolph Wagner

        from Medicine Hat, AB. CANADA

        Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

        I have been Playing Bass about 15 years with various bass guitars, and I must say that the ESP LTD B-4E has the best sound, Best value for the money and a Smart looking guitar. I just plain Love it.......

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        INSANE VALUE

        By supermallard

        from St. Paul, MN

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        Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

        I saw this bass ten months ago and bought it. I was a little terrified after that since I hadn't planned on getting a new bass, but then it showed up. Web pics don't do it justice, it looks amazing in person. The neck / body layers of different woods is just awesome. One quick note - the only reason I took points off for quality is actually a problem I've noticed with my other LTD (a five year old EC-300) and my former bass player dealt with on both of his LTD basses: pots. The pots on these guitars will loosen up on you at some point. It is annoying, yes, but also a very easy fix, allen wrench, pop the knob off and tighten the pot. Back to the quality of this bass - a good friend has a music man stingray - costing more than twice what this one does, and this LTD is of the same quality. Also this bass does have the re-enforced neck / head joint as many LTDs do, another plus. Also, the bridge design is very cool - you can string through the bridge OR the body for thicker tone / higher tension at lower tunings. The tone, the sound - serious tone shaping capabilities here - 3 band eq plus a volume and balance knob - the knobs with the click in the middle. The active pickups sound great! I run this bass directly into a Hartke vx3500 combo, and I can get any bass sound I want (except distortion, no bass fx yet). Go for a classic bass sound, or dial the balance and treble for the Tool / Justin Chancellor sound. You can get that type of tone definition from this bass. Overall this bass has value, when I bought it I didn't find another one with the features / price ratio. stop drooling and get it!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Better Than I Expected

        By Made

        from California

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        Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

        Very good bass. I was using a variety of different basses and when I got this one I thought that the sound was a lot cleaner and cut through more than a lot of other basses. Everything was great about this bass, I would recommend it for any musician, it has a nice feel for the body size and the neck. There was only one problem about 1 month after using it, one of the wires was a bit chewed up and I had to send it back, but that was the only bad part about this bass.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow

        By 4stringbassbayon

        from Lineville, Al

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

          This bass is beautifully made, light weight, very comfortable feel and sounds amazing. Buy it you wouldn't regret it.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth a million bucks

          By Fire_ball

          from hamilton, ON

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          Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

          This is the smartest buy by far. this bass plays and sounds like a bass twice its price. Not to mention it looks very classy the pic in this ad does no justice to the real thing. you would be an idiot to not buy this bass.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Bass

          By GMelesko

          from Rhode Island

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Cost
          • Tone
          • Weight

          Cons

          • Nothing

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

          The bass I bought was marked down because it was blemished. I expected my bass to show looking likely used. The bass looked brand new out of the box, still havent found a bemish. Action was perfect out of box. Everything on the bass feels boutique and custom.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          exellent bass

          By Garlak

          from Pennsylvania

          See all my reviews

          Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

          I baught this bass a few weeks ago and im very impressed. Its very comfortable and the features are astounding for such a low cost. Ive been playing it through an old 1960's stero (im saving up for an Ampeg)and it still sounds great. I got to play it through an Ampeg B1RE1 and an 810 once and it was amazing. Nice sustain and the pick ups are nice for ESP's. The active EQ ads a nice touch. The bass comes with SIT srtings, which were supringly nice for factory. However, if you like to drop tune, i do recommend you buy a higher gage than the factory stings, because i noticed some buzzing when i droped it to D standard. and the tension (or lack there of) is unberable at drop C.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          knowing your product!

          By james

          from Crossville tennessee

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Small Venues

            Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

            this guitar is a nice guitar, ESP is a nice choice as it has nice sound and seems very easy to play. my issue isn't in the guitar itself as it is a nice instrument to play. My issue is with a company that really doesn't know their product. if yo are curious of this part of the statement, then please read below pertaining to the sale of the product itself.

             
            5.0

            Premium quality for a reasonable price!

            By Sammy Davis Peyton

            from Austin, TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Beautiful
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Lightweight
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

              I have used this bass for hundreds of gigs over the years, and the reliability is undeniable. Every show I play someone compliments the beauty and quality of my bass. It puts out great sound when plugged in, and the preamp gives you complete tonal control. The pickups are great quality, and if your string preference is flat-wound (like myself) this bass delivers the punchy old tones perfectly. Don't spend upwards of a grand when the quality is right here!

               
              5.0

              OUTSTANDING!

              By AZbassist

              from Chandler, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about ESP LTD B-4E Bass Guitar:

                I have the capacity to own an Alembic, Modulus, Pedulla or any other ultra high-end bass. I own this .. I love it that much.

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