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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

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ESPLTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

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86%

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Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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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...Read complete review

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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Maybe we got a bad one

After reading the glowing reviews we decided to purchase this bass for my son as his first five string. Short story is 6 months later it sits in the case while his Jazz Bass...Read complete review

After reading the glowing reviews we decided to purchase this bass for my son as his first five string. Short story is 6 months later it sits in the case while his Jazz Bass gets the frets played off of it. Lots of reasons why. First and foremost is the fret buzz is almost unbearable. I played it myself when it arrived and I had some concerns in that area - but it has turned out worse than I imagined. Have worked on adjusting it and all it does is shift it to a different form of bad. Also, the sound of the instrument overall is very flat. My son plays through an Acoustic amp with plenty of room for sound tuning, but it always manages to sound dull regardless of the settings. When he plays the J-Bass immediately after the effect is startling. If you are trying for a flat sound and that is all you want - this is your bass. Otherwise - look elsewhere. The final issue is in overall comfort. The bass is fairly light when compared against other five strings, but both my son and I have found it difficult to get comfortable playing the instrument. We are both big guys and I have had issues with various instruments over time - so this may be a personal issue. I am 6'5" and weigh around 275 - so if you are in that range you may want to do a try before you buy. Positives are few - instrument build quality is quite good overall and the electronics appear solid for a bass in this price range. I might even suggest that the finish and wood quality make it appear like a more expensive bass. But at the end of the day it just doesn't deliver as the flexible, multi-use bass that we purchased it to be. I have had a lot of basses over the last 35 years and the only one I liked less was my first.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

LTD D-5 5 STRING BASS GUITAR

By Bubbalou

from North Texas

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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

    (7 of 7 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...

      (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.

      (3 of 4 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.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would have paid 700 for this...

      By stegermeister

      from Dallas, TX

      See all my reviews

      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent bass

      By Brian

      from Central PA

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Church

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

        I read only the reviews on this bass, and they sold me on it. I had been using a Washburn Tarus T-25, a decent bass with passive pickups for two or so years, and I wanted a bass with active pickups. I am really happy with low you can get out of it and how you can balance the highs with the EQ. It looks to and feels to be a very solid piece. This bass was heavier than the Washburn, and about double the weight of the Peavey Cirrus, which does not bother me for the amazing features. I received the bass with a stock battery, and thought a I bought a terrible bass, till I changed the battery to quality new battery, and it changed the tone and sound output completely. Amazing bass

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Surprise!

        By KW

        from MN

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        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.

          (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 !!!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best 5 String I Have Found Yet

          By Ted

          from Club Ted

          See all my reviews

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

          The one I received had excellent action/setup and playability. No signs of any buzz at all. The pickups sounds very good and sound very clear without any mud to the sound. I also like the three band EQ at my hands. The reason I gave it 3.5 for quality was I got one with a large crack. Otherwise I would say about 4.5 for quality as the fit/finish and quality of the natural wood look very good. I am going to try to get one without a crack and hopefully that one will play as well as this one does. If so then I would say this is a very good deal and far better than any other 5 string I have found so far.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent bass

          By Shin

          from Los Angeles, CA

          See all my reviews

          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bass for the buck

          By Will-8Xz_d

          from New York

          See all my reviews

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

          I'm primarily a guitarist and had just been using a no-name knock off bass for a while. I picked up the LTD D-5 used from MF just because of the price. After playing it for a while now, I would've definitely paid the retail price had I known of it's great quality. The body and neck look beautiful. The active EQ and pickup blending knob let you dial in endless tones. Came setup nicely with no fretbuzz and the strings through the body (with the option of through the bridge). Only complaint is sore fingers from playing it too much.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          2 Thumbs Up : Everything I Need in a Bass Guitar

          By Microglyphics

          from Chicago, IL

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          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.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Pretty Shweet Bass

          By pungish

          from California

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

          Just got the bass a while ago, plays great, looks great, the eq on it makes a pretty big differance when trying to get the right tone. The bass is a through neck so sustain is great as well, all around a really good bass and i would recomend it to anyone. The Esp Ltd D-5 through a Markbass little mark III, enough said!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          AMAZING BASS

          By M.A.B. 2323

          from maryland

          See all my reviews

          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!

           
          4.0

          Please Read to clear things up.

          By Mrs.Chanandalar Bong

          from Houston Texas

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

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

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

          I was looking through this page and realized the worst review here was my dad's. He bought it for me in 2014 and I was so exited. Instantly I realized it had an insane amount of fret buzz. It was heavy. It sounded flat. I've been playing for a while now and I used my Squir 80's model jazz bass way more. Maybe a year or so later after having it in my case for a long time rarely taking it out I saw this page and realized how much my dad payed for it. I decided to try my best to fix it. After a long agonizing amount of time I finally got rid of the fret buzz. I put new Ernie Ball round wounds on it. It finally sound nice and played nice. It has now switched places with my jazz bass. When I play a show I always use the 5 string. It has so many options and can cut through the guitar perfectly. The people who run the sound board at the show never turn up the bass when needed so I have to dial in the volume and it just goes BOOM right through guitar. It will need a lot of set up but once you get through that it's good. A quick warning though if you are smaller don't get this. It's pure Mahogany and is very heavy. I'm 6'4 and if you read my dad's review you would know he's 6'5. Neither of us are small guys but both of us think it's heavy. I have a special strap which is longer so I can wear my bass at Truijo length. For those who don't know what that means it means I wear my bass low. The mix of the basses weight and the strap length has given me a lot of back pain. Be carful with that. If you want something lighter get the D-4. It's the 4 string model and is much lighter I have played it before. Also the neck width is gigantic so you definitely need bigger hands. I have to lone it to a friend once and a while and she has to sit when playing it. She says it too heavy and when standing she can barely reach the E string. The only reason I gave this four stars is because of the set up. I have played many esp/ltd basses and guitars and I love all of them.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Maybe we got a bad one

          By DJH-TX

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Feel

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

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

          After reading the glowing reviews we decided to purchase this bass for my son as his first five string. Short story is 6 months later it sits in the case while his Jazz Bass gets the frets played off of it. Lots of reasons why. First and foremost is the fret buzz is almost unbearable. I played it myself when it arrived and I had some concerns in that area - but it has turned out worse than I imagined. Have worked on adjusting it and all it does is shift it to a different form of bad. Also, the sound of the instrument overall is very flat. My son plays through an Acoustic amp with plenty of room for sound tuning, but it always manages to sound dull regardless of the settings. When he plays the J-Bass immediately after the effect is startling. If you are trying for a flat sound and that is all you want - this is your bass. Otherwise - look elsewhere. The final issue is in overall comfort. The bass is fairly light when compared against other five strings, but both my son and I have found it difficult to get comfortable playing the instrument. We are both big guys and I have had issues with various instruments over time - so this may be a personal issue. I am 6'5" and weigh around 275 - so if you are in that range you may want to do a try before you buy. Positives are few - instrument build quality is quite good overall and the electronics appear solid for a bass in this price range. I might even suggest that the finish and wood quality make it appear like a more expensive bass. But at the end of the day it just doesn't deliver as the flexible, multi-use bass that we purchased it to be. I have had a lot of basses over the last 35 years and the only one I liked less was my first.

           
          5.0

          AWESOME BASS

          By mr. headbanger

          from airdrie AB

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

          I found this bass at a local music store and decided once i got the money i tried it out and was amazed.... about its weight (pretty heavy) and the sound is clear and powerful. For the money its 2X worth it>

           
          4.0

          too good to be true

          By Friday eve bassist

          from the natural state Ar.

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

          i saw this bass and i had to have it. when it arived the day before my gig i couldnt wait to try it out. unfortunatly when i opened the box i found a 6-sting instead of a 5-string...oops. so i went ahead and played it a bit. i loved the bass except for one minor flaw, it kept cutting out during play. i assumed it was just the battery, and i sent it back the next day. after a lot of pacing the floor i finally recieved the five sting i had origanally ordered. needless to say after my issues with the 6 string the first thing i did was replace the battery. i took the bass to practice and plugged it in. IM SO STOKED!!!!. and then....WTF! it started cutting out just like the 6 did. i changed cables and tried again. urggg! so i changed cables again. arggg!. im starting to get pretty frustrated at this point, so i plugged in my other two basses with no problems(ibanez). i called ESP and they said they would send me a new wiring harness and preamp but i personally think this bass needs a bit more attention from the manufacturer. its a beautiful bass with a LOT of excelent features. but if you cant play it whats the point. im beyond bummed....

           
          5.0

          fierce five-string

          By V guy

          from Salem, Or

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

          I'm a bass/guitar nut. Ever since I joined a new band and we tune all the way down to B-standard I've been needing a five-string bass because My Omen-4 that I have takes de-tuneing pretty well but at the same time I'm kinda worried about keeping it tuned that low permanantly.This seems to be the five-string for me because I've played one before and dug the way that it felt and even though it's made from some exotic type wood who's name I'm not even sure how to pronuonce it's got a stellar tone. I like the fact that it's a neck through though neck-thru on basses is usually a taboo thing it adds sustain. The neck contour on this bad boy is a little bit chunky for my smaller fatter hands but for this beast I can cope. The neck is a five pice neck-thru made of mohogany and walnut, so in short the neck on this isn't likely to bow or break it's a tank as far as build quality goes. And it's got active pickups and pre-amp to boot which I like on basses but I hate active pickups on guitars.

           
          5.0

          Really nice bass

          By just_Rob

          from SC

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

          The reviews here lead me to this bass. It was difficult to buy sight unseen, but VERY pleased. I was looking at a similar Peavy which was out of stock at the time. The action is very low and has a very thin neck (good for shorter fingers). The tone is good, smooth neck through body, and there is no string buzz. I have had several other lower end basses but this has been the best by far. I played a few more expensive basses at the local music shop and honestly wouldn?t trade for this one. I have had this for about 6 months and still very pleased. For the money, you can?t go wrong with this bass.

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