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ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar Natural Satin 

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Overview

  • Merbau body
  • Neck-through-body construction
  • 5-piece mahogany-maple neck
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $684.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $205.00
  • Your Price:
    $47900

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Great sustain and deep, pure tone.

The ESP LTD D-5 5-string bass guitar has a natural merbau body and neck-through design complemented by active electronics. The sustain and resonance of the neck-through construction and choice woods are further enhanced by a string-thru-body bridge. Includes volume and balance controls as well as active 3-band EQ.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Merbau body
  • Neck-through-body construction
  • 5-piece mahogany-maple neck
  • 34" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • ESP BB-605 string-thru-body bridge
  • ESP SB-5 pickup set
  • Volume and balance controls
  • ESP ABQ3 3-band active EQ
  • Case sold separately

To play it is to love it. Order your D-5 today.

 
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ESPLTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (19)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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      5.0

      Surprise!

      By KW

      from MN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • everything

        Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

        Small frustration waiting for this order. Action was a bit low, too much fret buzz. Adjusted and now can play as clean or dirty as I want. Very light with a beautiful finish. Controls are easy to use and give a wide variety of sounds. Works well in any setting.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ESP D-5 what a deal!!!

        By musicman1119

        from Dallas,GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • ALL

          Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          Great bass, I've been playing 30+ years, strictly a 4 stringer,(Musicman and Fender Jazz) but playing at church there were so many occasions when hitting the lower notes would be nice. I went in a local store and tried this thing out and WOW! bought it on the spot. I was so comfortable with it, I played it the next Sunday at church. I've had to make a few adjustments (due to the weather)but what an incredible bass. I really don't see a need to "upgrade". It's as good of a playing,sounding and looking a bass as I could ask for...

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          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic bass . . .but . . .

          By BreakerFall

          from Christiansburg, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • That Darn Old Battery

          Best Uses

          • All Of The Above
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          I've loved this bass since before I owned it. We shared a gig once with another band who's bass player was playing this bass, except it was the 4 string version, and I was immediantly attracted to it. Not to mention the fact that he had just got his, so he was in the showoff kind of mood. Point is, this bass is hard to miss being a very nice looking, and nice playing instrument.
          I've played big venues and small venues with this bass and had no issues at all. Jamming on this bass is a breeze, and it seems to pretty much be built to record, I've seen no flaws in this bass. . . except for that battery powering the active pickups. I know sometimes it's my fault for leaving it plugged in at practices etc. but the the amount of times I've had to replace that thing seems a bit excessive. Don't be alarmed, it's not a turn-off of mine at all, I still love the bass, and afterall this could just be a flaw of mine alone, either way, the bass is sitll well worth the money.

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          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          LTD D-5 5 STRING BASS GUITAR

          By Bubbalou

          from North Texas

          About Me Experienced

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          Pros

          • Beautiful Bass
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Setup Near Perfect
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues
            • Song Requires 5 String

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            This is my 1st 5 string bass. I received it Wednesday from Musicians Friend I tried several including a Peavey Grind and Millenium, an Ibanez lined fretless (that I liked) and a Warick 5 string. I was reading all of the reviews I could find to see how closely they matched my findings (as a reference only-I know everyone has different experiences, likes and dislikes). During my checking Ebay and other places I ran across the LTD B205 (ash with light curly maple top on the body and headstock). Nice but when checking Musician's Friend I saw this LTD D-5 in Merbau (Asian equivalent to Mahogany). I have always wanted a bass in Dark Brown Walnut or Mahogany so after reading it's spec's I found unlike the B205 which had ESP tuners the D-5 has Grovers and it was about $30 more. Reviews on MF (17 reviews with total rating of 4.9 out of 5), Another site (3 of 3 rated 5 out of 5), and a 3rd site (9 reviews with total rating of 4.5 of 5) That coupled with the 45 day return policy I decided to give it a try. As with the Ibanez it was less awkward for me to play and after a couple hours I was really enjoying playing it. Anyone who has played a 4 string then later a 5 can appreciate what an extra string can do for you. I chose a string through the body (it is also a top loader) so it would add some tension to the B and wasn't disappointed. I got to play it last night at a benefit for the most part loved it. I say for the most part because on one occasion I had to remember the top string wasn't an E (lol). Now for the the tuners and quality. The 20:1 Grovers are very nice and smooth. Looked into the control cavity and found it to be completely shielded, quality Alpha pots, EQ Active Model sports plug in connectors that appear to be locking. Everything neatly soldered and wire-tied wiring. Battery compartment receives only a small complaint in that you have to unscrew 2 screws to get to the battery but the battery is strapped in place by velcro straps (nice touch). The instrument cable has a nice firm "snap" that holds the cable plug quite well. The Bridge is heavy duty and the bass has good sustain (almost as good as my Babicz on my Fender Jazz. While good enough it is not the quality of the Babicz Bridge but I am so far happy. Pickups are ESP Soapbar passive with a separate 3 band active EQ. Controls are: Master Volume, Bass Boost/Cut, Mid Boost/Cut, Treble Boost/Cut, and Balance. All but the Master volume have center detent which is a plus. All work as they should with a minor complaint that as you start to increase treble above the detent it starts to be just slightly hissy but I don't like that much treble anyway as you begin to hear string to fret clank. The neck feels good to my hands even though my hand is small and fingers are short. The strings that came on it had a pronounced bigger sound from the 4th and 5th strings compared to the other 3. I have removed the strings and will be installing DR Silver Star (thinly coated) rounds which I have liked on previous basses. They are the same as Black Beauties but just clear in stead of black coating. Let's hope they give a more uniform sound string to string than the stock strings did. Wood hardness and weight. Frankly I was expecting this bass to be like the Basswood, Poplar, and Agathis woods I had in some Squiers and SX basses in that it was very soft wood that could cause screws to strip out. Far from it. This wood seems tough yet not too heavy with a wide cushion strap I use with my Fender Jazz. Yes, maybe a pound or 2 heavier but I doubt it. I will have to weigh them both to be more accurate

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            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            There are some misleading reviews on this bass

            By mark stevens

            from midwest

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            I have to add this to the reviews.
            This bass is VERY LIGHT WEIGHT!
            One reviewer here was a guitar player...so weight dont count there.
            Anyways as far as basses go this is no way near the weight of a Fender or G&L or the like. I would even say it weighs less than most Ibanez basses I have had.
            This bass has an awesome tone! I would compare it to my Warwick Streamer (1999) German made.
            The neck is a bit more chunkier than most ESP's which makes it even better and gives it more tone.
            The Merbua wood has a sound simillar to a bubinga body bass....it's a bit dark and growly.
            Just what everyone is looking for! great job ESP! A nice bass, good looks, good feel, and a really nice price!
            Just to add another note here. When going to by a new bass, Money was not an option as far as up to $1200 and I expected to by a new Warwick to add to my collection....instead I bought this one and the ESP LTD 206QM which even sounds just a minute better....but not by much!
            This is a giging bass players bass....great tone great feel and LIGHT!!
            Disregard anyone saying this is a heavy bass....don't know what is in there kool-ade??
            Try it for your self....you will see.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Instrument

            By Funkapuss

            from Eastern Europe

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            This is an awesome instrument and at a bargain price.I live in Europe and it arrived in less than a week and believe me when I say that it didn't need any professional setup, just tuned up the strings and played it at a gig. It plays,sounds and looks incredible. For anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a bass, this ESP is a great choice. Cheers !!!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would have paid 700 for this...

            By stegermeister

            from Dallas, TX

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            Beast of a Bass. When I pulled it out of the box I was totally amazed. The beautiful the wood is beautiful the hardware on the bass is this awesome gun metal color. Then I plugged it in to my 410 and man, the lows on this thing are insane. The active pickups allow you to get whatever sound you want, and the through-neck gives this thing awesome sustain. I can't believe this bass was 400 bucks if it had a name like fender or gibson on it it would go for at least 600.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AMAZING BASS

            By M.A.B. 2323

            from maryland

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            I, primaryly play guitar but tune lower to D and C, but this bass is amazing!! i played it once at the store and i fell in love with it!! and was amazingly suprised at the price on it. worth it!!buy it now!

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            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            2 Thumbs Up : Everything I Need in a Bass Guitar

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            All of my musician friends play guitar as a primary instrument. In order to get more diversity, one decided to pick up drums, and I went for this bass. It is a HEAVY instrument compared to my Les Paul, but it is very well constructed. I am able to detune the low string to A with little issue, though I think it prefers to be a B. The setup out of the box was perfect, and the active pickups and the variable switching mechanism works great. I can get smooth sounds as well as bright. Having only owed this for a week, I can't say for sure, but I am pretty confident that I have no reason to pay more for a bass guitar. It doesn't ship with even a gig bag, so you'd be wise to order a case if you don't already have that covered.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent bass

            By Shin

            from Los Angeles, CA

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            Played this at a Sam Ash and I instantly fell in love with it. I'm surprised that this bass isn't worth twice as much as it goes for. It is very comfortable around my hand (I have long fingers). The tuners are great, the bridge is great, and it didn't require much setup right out of the box. My only complaint is that it is rather heavy and becomes uncomfortable after an extended period of time with it on. All in all, awesome bass. I wouldn't trade it for any other 5 string.

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