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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
ESP SB-5 (B&N) pickups with ESP ABQ-3 3-band active EQ

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ESPLTD B-5E 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

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A lot of bass for the money

I've played both guitar and bass for over 10 years and I've never gotten a better deal on any piece of equipment. I traded in a Carvin that I really liked for this and...Read complete review

I've played both guitar and bass for over 10 years and I've never gotten a better deal on any piece of equipment. I traded in a Carvin that I really liked for this and it was easily the right decision. Buy this one now before people realize how great a deal it is and the price goes up.
Ebony fretboard, 5 piece neck through the body, mahogany wings, active electronics, and an ebody wood top. Very cool. The black nickel hardware is classy. Locking tuners and strap locks would be nice but for the price I am not going to complain. The 34" scale did not take long to get used to, I don't even notice it now.
Action is low but not too low, frets and board are smooth, all cavities are copper tape shielded which is unexpected but welcome in an Indonesian instrument. I don't feel the need to upgrade any of the electronics. I may replace the pickups eventually but it would just be to try something new, the stock active pickups work very well and are versatile.
I picked this bass because it had everything I was looking for. Mahogany body, neck-thru construction, ebony fretboard, active electronics, and an attractive, low-maintenance natural satin finish. I didn't expect to get it for this price. Wow. It looks, feels, and plays like a much more expensive bass.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very torn over this

No doubt that this bass has good reviews, and for many has been a solid purchase. As eager as I was, that feeling fell flat as I pulled an apparently brand new...Read complete review

No doubt that this bass has good reviews, and for many has been a solid purchase. As eager as I was, that feeling fell flat as I pulled an apparently brand new B-5e out of the box only to see a belt buckle gouge in the back, and hand stain on the neck with what appeared to be dried snot on it.

When I called, the woman from Musician's Friend was very kind, but could not do an exchange as I had purchased with PayPal, so I had to purchase a second one, and then return the other to get reimbursed.

I waited for the second to arrive, and thought all was well with the new one except for a few minor things I noticed: there was a blemish on the neck (possibly a ding or where there was a knot in the wood), as well as a blemish in the satin coating, which was more like an artifact caught under it during spraying, and then there was a build up of wax perhaps on the neck that hadn't been polished out and was bubbled up.

Aside from that, all appeared well, but then I tried to use a tone knob and it barely moved. I looked closer to find it had been pressed flat against the body. After loosening the set screw and raising the knob I was rather upset to see a deep gouge ring into the body where the metal knob cap had been ground into the wood.

Considering the stickers "proudly" displaying that they were inspected in the USA, along with an illegible signature, both on the sticker on the bass, as well as on the box, neither of these should have left the factory.

The matter was made worse by Musician's Friend as when I called about the second, they expressed zero empathy and even the manager on staff said that he refuses to send an advanced replacement because I may decide not to send any back. Now remember, I have now PAYED for both basses that are bogusly defective, so Musician's Friend has not offered anything to this point other than as a typical sales contract as a distributor/retailer of a product's return policy, yet the manager is now implying I may have intent to defraud.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A lot of bass for the money

By pxc

from Midwest

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

I've played both guitar and bass for over 10 years and I've never gotten a better deal on any piece of equipment. I traded in a Carvin that I really liked for this and it was easily the right decision. Buy this one now before people realize how great a deal it is and the price goes up.
Ebony fretboard, 5 piece neck through the body, mahogany wings, active electronics, and an ebody wood top. Very cool. The black nickel hardware is classy. Locking tuners and strap locks would be nice but for the price I am not going to complain. The 34" scale did not take long to get used to, I don't even notice it now.
Action is low but not too low, frets and board are smooth, all cavities are copper tape shielded which is unexpected but welcome in an Indonesian instrument. I don't feel the need to upgrade any of the electronics. I may replace the pickups eventually but it would just be to try something new, the stock active pickups work very well and are versatile.
I picked this bass because it had everything I was looking for. Mahogany body, neck-thru construction, ebony fretboard, active electronics, and an attractive, low-maintenance natural satin finish. I didn't expect to get it for this price. Wow. It looks, feels, and plays like a much more expensive bass.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP LTD B-5E 5-String Bass Guitar

By David Bolanos

from Undisclosed

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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.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great bass great upgrade from the b-55

By fatbassman

from Ohio

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

Overall it is the best bass I could find for the price. I have owned an LTD B-55 for around 5 years and was looking to upgrade and I tried many different basses including Schecter, Ibanez, and fender and this one was a good price difference between the rest and I am very happy with it. I would recommend to anyone looking to try a 5 string or active pickups.
The three band EQ is great i love the fact that I dont have to go to my amp on stage if it needs a little tone adjustment for different styles of songs.
It's great quality very beautiful great sound. For the price good luck finding a bass made of as good of wood as this one and sounds this great
Can't beat the price

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LTD B-5E

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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

This is a great bass Looks,Sounds,and Plays great be aware that the 2011 models will be a satin finish not gloss. Also i would like to note the ebony on this bass is Macassar ebony that looks a lot like Rosewood unlike Gaboon Ebony which looks solid black same feel and tone enjoy.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME 5-STRING BASS!!

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....

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great neck-through 5er!

By TwentyHz

from Ohio

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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.

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Will shake your house...

By Justmy2cents

from Central Pennsylvania

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

I bought this bass from a local music store and while I was there I compared it to more expensive 5 strings. Most notably it in my opinion was even better than the Ibanez Prestige or whatever the name is. It is a little on the heavy side but you'll get used to it. The action is very smooth for me. It's body is shorter than the neck and that may feel weird for you but it was for me. Very high quality in the woods. The look is beautiful. The B string is a tad floppy but that can be easily fixed with a thicker string. I love the sound and highly recommend this bass. Did I mention it sounds amazing? No you say? Well it does! I love it and you will too if you but it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth the money

By Groove-8lS1t

from Concord, NH

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

First off, it's beautiful. Even my fellow band memebers commented on how incredible it looked. The tone is amazing. I got rid of the low B string and added a high C instead. But when I had that low B on, the walls in my house shook with no distortion, pure clean sound. I'm in a jam band, this bass will do me good.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Happy for a while

By Yup--4sbn

from Vermont

See all my reviews

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

Hey, this is a great, great looking bass and I do own it. The tuners are decent, the controls are nice as they all have a half way point for reference which I appreciate a lot. (Treble, Mid, Bass). The sound is decent. The strings that came with it I think are no good, but no big deal. It is a little heavy. I do agree that the top B string is floppy. I always keep mind at drop D...that is decent that way. After getting a Fender jag for the same price around, I would keep the fender over this. Pickups on the jag are a lot stronger when switched to active and it is more my sound. My gain on amp head is half for the jag. I like both basses though, but I paid less for the Jag and I am happier with it. I may put on better pickups. They are ESP SB-5 pickups, not EMG.Overall, a good quality 5 stringer. I will use always use the jag if I need 4 strings for now, but will be happy to use the ESP when I need that 5th string.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very torn over this

By StayingWithSweetwater

from Rochester

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Arrived with defects and damage
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Two guitars in a row were damaged out of the box

Best Uses

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

    No doubt that this bass has good reviews, and for many has been a solid purchase. As eager as I was, that feeling fell flat as I pulled an apparently brand new B-5e out of the box only to see a belt buckle gouge in the back, and hand stain on the neck with what appeared to be dried snot on it.

    When I called, the woman from Musician's Friend was very kind, but could not do an exchange as I had purchased with PayPal, so I had to purchase a second one, and then return the other to get reimbursed.

    I waited for the second to arrive, and thought all was well with the new one except for a few minor things I noticed: there was a blemish on the neck (possibly a ding or where there was a knot in the wood), as well as a blemish in the satin coating, which was more like an artifact caught under it during spraying, and then there was a build up of wax perhaps on the neck that hadn't been polished out and was bubbled up.

    Aside from that, all appeared well, but then I tried to use a tone knob and it barely moved. I looked closer to find it had been pressed flat against the body. After loosening the set screw and raising the knob I was rather upset to see a deep gouge ring into the body where the metal knob cap had been ground into the wood.

    Considering the stickers "proudly" displaying that they were inspected in the USA, along with an illegible signature, both on the sticker on the bass, as well as on the box, neither of these should have left the factory.

    The matter was made worse by Musician's Friend as when I called about the second, they expressed zero empathy and even the manager on staff said that he refuses to send an advanced replacement because I may decide not to send any back. Now remember, I have now PAYED for both basses that are bogusly defective, so Musician's Friend has not offered anything to this point other than as a typical sales contract as a distributor/retailer of a product's return policy, yet the manager is now implying I may have intent to defraud.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice bass, low quality.

        By IenjoyBassAlot

        from Marshfield, WI

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

        When I got this bass I looked at it and thought it was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. It has a nice finish and a great shape. It is excellent sounding and has a lot of tone to it. The electronics are nice and you can never go wrong with EMGs. The only problem I had with it is even though the neck is a neck through, it obviously didn't have a lot of time spent in making it. It came slightly warped and with 2 dead frets. For the money it's an excellent bass but if your looking for high quality, look elsewhere.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Solid, Gorgeous 5 String

        By Marsupialsonogram.net

        from Western Massachusetts

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

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

        I upgraded from an Ibanez 4 string with a bolt-on neck to this gorgeous ESP LTD.. I replaced the stock strings with Rotosounds of the same gauge and the low B comes thru with excellent definition. The thru neck and string thru body are now must-haves for basses and guitars. The active electronics provide a wide tonal range, with the mids and highs being especially clear and crisp compared to the aforementioned former Ibanez. After about a week, a crackling-rumbling electronic noise began creeping into and overtaking the signal. I opened the back up and inspected the wiring etc, and moving the bundle around a bit corrected the noise. A few days have passed & the problem hasn't returned. The natural satin finish is gorgeous. The bass is a bit heavier than I'm used to, and I'm still adapting to the smaller space between the strings, but soon enough these details will be second nature. This is a terrific instrument and the price point is all the more reason to pick one up. I wanted to advance my technique from four to five string, and add some additional low frequency depth to my recordings; this instrument fit the bill with extra points for quality and design, electronic bugs aside.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          (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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          class and value

          By robert

          from undisclosed

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Ask me a question

          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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice Bass

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

            Very nice bass. Sounds awesome, I can get any tone that I want with the onboard 3 band eq. You won't be disappointed. It is a little heavy. But that's only because of the good quality woods being used.

             
            4.0

            Nice rock bass.

            By Cliff

            from undisclosed

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            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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