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ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar Black  (Open Box)
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Product# 512722
OVERVIEW

Simple yet deadly.

Basic and without frills, the ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar packs 2 ESP pickups (a split-coil and single-coil) for a range of gutsy tone. Extra-jumbo frets make it easy to play. Agathis body. Maple neck with rosewood fretboard. 2 volume controls and one tone control.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Split-coil and single-coil ESP pickups
  • Agathis body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 34" scale
  • Extra jumbo frets
  • Volume/volume/tone controls
  • Case sold separately

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ESPLTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love it!

I give the bass a 7 out of 10 overall. The only reason it's not a ten is because it's a price-point guitar.
I ran a music store for ten years and this...Read complete review

I give the bass a 7 out of 10 overall. The only reason it's not a ten is because it's a price-point guitar.
I ran a music store for ten years and this bass is, bar none, the best five string bass for the money I've ever encountered! The action was good to go and intonation right on (which is rare in any bass, but especially economy models). Although I've ordered some EMG's for the bass, the pickups that are on it sound suprisingly good. I just need the EMG's for their quietness as I'm using the bass for recording. The mix control between the P and J pickups really helps tune it that just right sound.
A+ all the way thus far given the price point.
This bass is a fantastic value. Can't say enough.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Seriously, it's not that great.

I bought it because I got a great deal on it, but otherwise I never would have. I wanted to switch from guitar to bass, and playing a nice, smooth bass feels and...Read complete review

I bought it because I got a great deal on it, but otherwise I never would have. I wanted to switch from guitar to bass, and playing a nice, smooth bass feels and sounds great. This bass is far from that, it's clunky, unattractive, pickups are awkward to rest your thumb on, slap sounds awful, the neck is thick and slow, the action is bad, and to top it off, the input jack pushes my cord back out a little bit(weird I know.) Now I'm playing my guitars again, and I haven't picked the bass up in a couple months. I really regret buying it. Sorry, ESP, I love your guitars, but not your basses. I might buy a nicer, smoother bass sometime in the near future...

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5.0

Very Nice Bass

By 

from South Ga.

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

    I always wanted a 5 string Bass Guitar. I settled on this one. I like Fender Basses. But to start out with I didn't want to spend a lot of money. 4 strings had always been enough for me. This isn't exactly what I'd call "basic". It looks great and feels very good and worth the money in my opinion.

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great bass

    By 

    from ceres ny

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • A Anywhere Bass

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      i bought this bass as a level 4 repair.before i received it i thought the worst, but on thursday it came and with a few minor repairs im using it at our gig on saturday. it is a nice punchy bass unbelievable action. all bass and or guitars with lowend prices need set up to suit..

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great beginner 5 string bass

      By 

      from Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Ask me a question

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Low B Slips

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I received this as a gift, and am very satisfied with it. It balances well, and has a fantastic neck. The active electronics provide LOTS of output and pretty flexible sounds via the controls. The only issue I have is the low b tends to slip a bit, and it's difficult for my tuner to detect it properly as well, so I often use the 5th fret E to tune the string. The rest of the strings are freaking rock solid.
      Not too heavy, very comfortable to play although I haven't played it for hours at a time. It records well, although can be a bit hot.

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great for beginners

      By 

      from Salem OR

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      its a nice guitar worth for its own price for beginners, its good for practice. the string is heavy & ill give 4 star coz the string is lil bit far from it fretz board

      Comment on this review

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Love it!

      By 

      from Kentucky

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I give the bass a 7 out of 10 overall. The only reason it's not a ten is because it's a price-point guitar.
      I ran a music store for ten years and this bass is, bar none, the best five string bass for the money I've ever encountered! The action was good to go and intonation right on (which is rare in any bass, but especially economy models). Although I've ordered some EMG's for the bass, the pickups that are on it sound suprisingly good. I just need the EMG's for their quietness as I'm using the bass for recording. The mix control between the P and J pickups really helps tune it that just right sound.
      A+ all the way thus far given the price point.
      This bass is a fantastic value. Can't say enough.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My First Bass

      By 

      from Indiana

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I can't say much about tone as it's my first bass, but I know to me it sounds good. I would personally recommend it to anyone starting out who wants to jump straight to a 5 string.I'm playing it in conjunction with an Ashtown perfect 8 practice amp.
      The LTD B-55 5 string is extremely versitile. Can't really ask for much more on a bass at this point. I love the range of a 5 string 24 fret bass! Pickups aren't too bad for stock.
      There are a few spots where finish seems rushed. For example, the paint work near the headstock gets a tiny bit sloppy. I realize I'm nit picking, but a flaw is a flaw even if it doesn't effect playability. It's nothing huge or even anything that would effect my purchase, just something to look out for.Main reason for docking points is because it's extremely neck heavy. I'm really new to playing bass, but I'm pretty sure it's not normal.
      Comparing this to other basses with similar quality and price, it's a great value. It's hard to say if it's better than the others, but it's easily comparable.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar

      By 

      from Lexington, SC

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      This is probably the best bass you can buy for the money! Talk about value! It has great tone and good bottom end punch. The only two things I would say that aren't optimal is there is some string buzzand it doesn't have to good of a top end sound for funk or slappin' but hey, for $200 it's an amazing bass! It is great for a wide variety of styles and has a very fast action. I recommend this bass for any professional or beginner who is on a budget and is looking for a sturdy, high quality bass. Great job ESP!

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      love it

      By 

      from mn

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      this is the first 5-string i have bought. it is great! holds tuning for a long time and sound on it is just great. definetly recommend it if you want to start playing 5-string

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Backup Bass

      By 

      from Delaware

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      Got this bass as backup 5'er and I am really happy with it. New strings and a slight neck adjustment were all it took to get this bass very playable. It is also very light for a 5 string bass. I haven't measured the string spacing but it is definitely tight. It's not a big problem but my main bass has wider spacing so when I switch back to it after playing the B-55 I notice a difference. Overall this is a great bass for the money and I'd recommend it to any player.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My first Bass Guitar.

      By 

      from North Dakota

      Comments about ESP LTD B-55 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I have been playing guitar for quite a few years and wanted to get into playing Bass. I was interested in a 5 string so I picked this beast up. I am more than impressed with it, it is very solid, sounds terrific, fairly light considering it's a Bass and this thing is bullet proof! I currently am gigging with this guitar and I have to say I am impressed. It holds a tune like high end Gibsons, easy to use looks and plays very nice. All in all, I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking to start playing Bass.

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