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ESP LTD B-5E 5-String Bass Guitar  Satin Natural 

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If you love the sharp contrast in color you get when you put different woods together, you'll love the design of the ESP LTD B-5E five-string bass gu...Read More

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A beautiful blend of three woods give you great tone and visual appeal.

If you love the sharp contrast in color you get when you put different woods together, you'll love the design of the ESP LTD B-5E five-string bass guitar. As with its 4-string sibling, the 5-string B-5E has extremely beveled edges which allow you to really enjoy the distinct shades of light and dark where the mahogany body and ebony top meet. Adding to this differentiation of color is the even lighter 5-piece neck-thru-body maple/mahogany neck and ebony fingerboard.

But fantastic looks aren't all you're getting. Ensuring you get the most of the tones these blends of woods provide are ESP SB-5 pickups (bridge and neck) with an ESP ABQ-3 3-band active EQ. A 34"-scale neck features an extra-thin, U-neck contour, making it easier for the average person to play. Other features include a 42mm standard nut, 24 XJ frets, ESP tuners, an ESP BB-604 bridge with string-thru body, and black nickel hardware.

FEATURES
  • Neck-thru-body
  • 34" scale
  • Mahogany body
  • Ebony top
  • 5-piece maple/mahogany neck with ebony fingerboard
  • 47mm standard nut
  • Extra-thin U-shaped neck
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • ESP BB-605 bridge with string-thru body

Get a bass with a more organic look, and watch your creativity grow. Order your B-5E today!

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ESPLTD B-5E 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (15)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
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4.0

Nice rock bass.

By Cliff

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love how it looks, smooth tone and good action. Feels solid.

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5.0

Best Bass ever

By Ronnie the Bassman

from Aragon, GA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy to Play
  • 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-5E 5-String Bass Guitar:

    Where can I start about this Bass?? Awesome all the way, great woodwork for blending 3 different types of wood. It feels great to play, I'm able to get all the sounds and tones I look for in one Bass. Musician's friend came through for getting me this Bass right before my gig and was able to use it for the first time and fell in love even more of this Bass playability. The neck through design is hands down amazing when hitting those low keys. All in all, you get a lot of bass for the money and it was worth all the wait. Thank you to all the Musician's Friend costumer service personnel for keeping me updated at all time, great professional group of men and women.

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    BEAUTIFUL

    By Live For Tomorrow Bassist

    from Cadillac, Michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful Finish
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Holds Tuning
    • Plays Great
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Slightly Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Low Tunings
    • Metal
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Slappin Da Bass
    • Small Venues

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

    Just an overall beautiful guitar. The craftsmanship is superb. The thin neck makes this 5 string very player friendly. This is my first 5 string, and it has a much better feel than any other 5 I've tried. Right out of the box it was still almost perfectly in tune. I was skeptical of playing in drop A with a 34" scale, but even with the stock strings, it handles it BEAUTIFULLY. Great investment.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    class and value

    By robert

    from undisclosed

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

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

      just received the B-5E from musician's friend,arrived in perfect shape as usual.My first 5-string-during the Labor Day sale.Played great right out of the box;set-up was just fine.took just a little while to get used to 5 strings,but the design and playability made it a lot easier.thechoice of woods and the craftsmanship made it a fantastic buy.Just need to eventually change the strings;B and E a little muddy,but the sound is still amazing and easy to lock in.All in all,should be at least twice the price.

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      5.0

      wellrounded bass

      By baretoe

      from winnemucca, nevada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great sustain
      • Nice looks
      • Wide range of tones

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Played for abit with oem strings then installed ernie ball heavy strings which woke this base up. Go for premium strings and sound like a higher price range unit

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          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AWESOME 5-STRING BASS!!

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          By Wayne

          from USA

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • A Bit Heavy

          Best Uses

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

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

          I have never owned an ESP brand instrument before and came across this ESP-LTD Bass after doing some research for a good 5-string bass for our church and this bass kept coming up as one of the best in it's price range, So I went with this one and added the 2-yr warranty. So far everyone that has played it during service loves it. I have played on a lot of more exspensive bass guitars, but for the price range my research paid off. The only things I can see that I will need to do to it is change the strings once these go bad to a better set and to set the action just a tad lower, but other than that this is a solid 5-string bass. It was still in tune when I got it out of the box. The only down side to this instrument is that it's a bit heavy for playing long venues....

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Glad I got this guitar

          By Bassman150

          from American Fork, UT

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Beautiful Guitar
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Heavy
          • Noisey Electronics

          Best Uses

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

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

          When I bought this guitar, I was very poor. I was looking for something that had great sound, looked good, and had a reasonable price. I lucked out on this one. When I first played it in the store, I compared it to other middle range basses and liked this one the best. I get a lot of comments on how beautiful it looks and I can get any sound I want from it just but tweaking the EQ. I found that it is a little heavy and by the time I reach the 4th set I want to go back to my '86 Roadstar II.

          I am also finding that the electronics are a little noisy. I am in the process of upgrading the factory ESP electronics to EMG electronics. Here I found another issue. The upper end LTD basses have an EMG B64 EQ in them. This is a custom part which cannot be found on EMG's web site.

          Overall I love this guitar. In hind sight, if I had the money, would have gone with the next model up in the B series, so I could get the EMG electronics.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A great neck-through 5er!

          By TwentyHz

          from Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Arrived Intonation Right
          • Arrived Tuned
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great Finish
          • Great sustain
          • No Neck Dive
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Screwdriver To Reach 9v

          Best Uses

          • ALL

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

          I'm 45; been playing for 25 yrs. This is a great buy on a very high quality instrument. Holds a tune impecbably, even across temperature changes. (I play through the winter in an unheated pole barn.) Tone, sustain and clarity are fantastic on every fret. If you think the pictures are great, wait until you see it in person, and hold it! I also bought the hardshell case - a terrific fit.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          flawless but... poor sounding pickups.

          By nickie P

          from nokesville va

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Poor Pick Up

          Best Uses

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

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

          first off, out of the box great set up. to fret a note, you only need to touch the string practically nothing more is needed.

          the neck is a tad too thin, and the fret board radius is really flat (about14"-16") and pretty sharp edged, which is a little uncomfortable to a lot of vintage guitar players (older fenders/gibsons and guitars with 7"-12" radius). but to the other modern players it may not be a problem.

          and as i said the pickups are a bit poor sounding (low output and muddy on E&B strings). with that stuff said:
          craftsmanship is beyond par (beautiful in other words) and you really have to search
          hard to find another neck thru design (my body shakes when the B string is struck) with an ergonomically (it balances well either sit or stand) designed body and ebony fret board and top (nice and mellow and crisp attack). ESP nice job looking forward to next purchase. nickie p signing off.

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          (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ESP LTD B-5E 5-String Bass Guitar

          By David Bolanos

          from Undisclosed

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

          Facts
          Not as expensive as most of the active 5 strings high quality wood basses out on the market.Extremely well manucfacture and outstanding cristal clear tones.Value for the money is 100% guaranteed, bar none! better bass than this one out on the market for less money or equal, it is probably impossible to find.Looks much more nicer in person.Not as heavy as most of the 5 string basses.Not a fat tree bass which is excelent for your back when playing at the gigs.
          The woods and active 3 band EQ pickups are created for the tones every bass player audiophile needs, I can tell there is noticeable sustain difference due to its neck-thru-body, and yes! the fingerboard incredibly helps for speed and clear tones after I calibrated it. Dont forget the extra-thin U-shaped neck that actually makes this bass not as heavy as I thought I would be, I also have a Thunder Bird bass and this ESP LTD B5 actually weights less.
          The indonesian manufacture of this bass was flawless, in my case, it looked like made in japan seriously.

          I highly recommend to change the strings that come with it, since they are poorly made, instead, I use Dean Markley strings and they do the job just fine!
          Guaranteed!!, Honestly it should be more expensive. When I got it, I could not believe what I have paid for it, every feature and worked and looked much better than expected.

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