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ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar Dark See-Thru Purple

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Wicked looking but hand friendly.

The inspiration for the unique shape and design of the LTD F-155DX Bass from ESP would appear to be a mix of Route 66 Interstate signs and weaponry from an old Dungeons & Dragons manual. Forgoing the traditional, rounded apple bottom bass, the LTD F-series basses feature off-centered curves, beveled edges, and points in places you won't see on any other guitar, let alone a bass. The double cutaway design makes the bass guitar's upper and lower horns appear to be a skeletal finger and thumb respectively.

The LTD F-155DX has 5 strings, with a thin "U" contoured maple neck and 35" scale. The body is made of basswood with a flamed maple top that contrasts subtly with the rosewood fingerboard. As your fingers explore the 24 XJ frets your rhythms and melodies are trapped by dual ESP SB-5 pickups and can be reshaped with the ESP ABQ-3 3 band EQ. The ESP DB-5 string-thru-body bridge, tuners, and control knobs are all black nickel.

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FEATURES
  • Bolt-on
  • 35" scale
  • Basswood body
  • Flamed maple top
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 45mm standard nut
  • Thin "U" neck contour
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • ESP DB-5 bridge
  • with string-through-body
  • ESP SB-5 neck and bridge pickup
  • ESP ABQ-3 3-band active EQ
  • Case sold separately
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ESPLTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • School bands (4)
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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfectly brutal bass

By Fwinzor

from Hyannis, MA

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    This bass really is just great. Don't be deceived by the picture, this bass has a much darker color than it shows, with a lack of much lick it simply looks black. It's just gorgeous and brutal, and plays very well, I do recommend changing the strings it comes with ( obviously) as they are pretty low quality.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Stellar bass!

    By Christian Cruz

    from Puerto Rico

    Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    Overall this bass is definetly well worth it. Pick-up's, bridge, body, neck. All great. And if you're gonna customize it in the future (gonna add a expander and try some Different EMG's) then the bass will go divine. Well worth it, not gonna regret it. Buy it.
    Bass features two ESP SB-5 pick-ups. Both brodge and neck. Now, althought they're stock pick-up's, they deliver great tone and sound, Definitely no need to change them(Unless you have other pick-up's in mind of course) Also features 3-band equalizer which offers any tone desired. Stock pick-up's don't completely suck. But new ones are recommended. Great body, light-weight, and pretty awesome in 99.99% of features.
    Quality great. Nothign much I can say here(plus, I'm no mood to write a lot) but trust me, and other owners of this bass, it is something eccelent!
    For the price you're paying you're getting triple quality(compared to my suckish ibanez) No regrets when purchasing this bass. Completely worth the money and then some!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Bass!!!!(ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass)

    By Trey Piper

    from Barton, MD

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    Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    I've wanted this bass ever since I saw it several months ago, and today when the UPS guy brought it I was overjoyed. Out of the box, first impression was that it looked even better than online. After putting on the straplocks I had ordered, it was time to play. The active pickups make such a difference in tone! My passive bass (Rogue LX205B Series 2) sounds so dull compared to this beauty! The fingerboard feels natural to play and the weight doesn't kill your shoulders! Paired with a Coffin Case, and I couldn't think of a better match for it. I highly recommend to anyone who's looking for more depth and style at a price this wonderful.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    This bass is great!

    By The Purple Beast

    from Bennington, NH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I bought this product as a starter 5 string after i spent plenty of time on a few 4 strings. It is my favorite bass to play that i own. It has a great onboard pre-amp and it sounds great through all amps i have put it through. The stock strings have been good so far and the finish is better than any picture i found online. It is a lot darker than the pictures on here but the bass looks great when you get it. This is the most amazing bass for gigging and jams. I have brought it to many jams and gigs and it definitely holds its own with 2 guitars and drums. I am very satisfied with all the aspects of the bass and quality of the brand.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great bass for the price

      By Pedro-Bass

      from Venezuela

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

        This is my first 5-strings bass and all I can say is i'm amazed:

        For the price you're getting a huge quality instrument, out of the box: the neck is straight and the strings are very close to the frets board, no need for a truss rod adjustment (in my case), the sound is very clean but i recommend to change the strings due low quality, really lightweight and very comfortable while playing.

        The two ESP SB-5 pickups are just great, they really cath all melodies without noise, active 3-band EQ is really well made and delivers all kind of good sounds for your music style.

        I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a low-priced and good quality bass.

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect bass for anyone with two hands

        By DrDr4ideL

        from Paso Robles,CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

        perfect bass, i play with COB, perfect for metal. just an amazing bass for the price.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Killer 5 - String!

        By Mike B.-seICh

        from Minot, ND.

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        Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

        I've had this bass for about 6 months now and just gotta say it's fantastic! It played nice right out of the box, the neck was straight and the strings are right close to the fret board. I just had to adjust the truss rod slightly. It's cool, cuz it comes with the necessary allen wrenches, nice touch. the bass doesn't way a ton either, nice thin neck. cool purple color. good price on it too. my only 2 issues: the strings aren't very good. they get dull right away. and it tends to have a little neck dive. other than that it plays awesome and sounds awesome as well!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome bass but the paint job makes it even bette

        By ESPBASSMAN7

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

        Well this bass is definatly has an amazing sound like i first played it sounded like feildy's bass from korn. Havent had any problems with strings yet even though alot of people are saying they are bad.Overall this bass has a better sound than my esp ltd f-104 bass but that was expected. The picture of the bass definatly doesnt bring justice to good it looks.Awesome bass you should totally buy it!!!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best bass for the price!

        By Pierre J. Iskandar

        from Egypt

        Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

        i've been admiring this bass guitar for a few months before i got it, and i must say i was very VERY pleased! the wood is amazing, the action is amazing, everything on this baby is awesome, except for the strings, the G gives a little buzz and the strings aren't that outstanding as the rest of this masterpiece, this is practically the best bass guitar you can get for the price, and while i never actually used a bass guitar with EMGs, the ESPs on this baby sound really awesome, and i read a few reviews praising the pickups for sounding exactly like EMGs.anyway, if you're into demonic looks with awesome sounds, this is the bass guitar for you!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Bass

        By Finchy

        from Boise, ID

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        Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

        i bought this bass from my local guitar center, out of the box it was tuned to A and sounded amazing, perfect action all across the board.the three band eq is great for dialing in your tone. the pictures dont do the paint job on this thing justice. great bass for the price. buy one now

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome bass!!

        By OG

        from North Carolina

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          ESP makes an awesome bass, and this 5 banger has the looks to match the incredible sound and feel. It arrived with only a slight adjustment needed to the action to get it playing low and sweet. Two turns of the included hex wrench on the neck truss rod, and it was perfect.

          You can dial in a wide variety of tones between the two pickups, and the electronics are noise free with no buzz even under florescent lights. Great balance too, not a neck diver.

          Finish is flawless and every bit as good as the picture.

          I measured string spacing to be about 16.5mm, which is how they keep the neck manageably small with five strings.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This Bass is just plain Sexy...

          By InsaneAI

          from Cleveland, OH

          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          When I first opened the package from ESP, and saw my new ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar for the first time, I was completely amazed at how awesome it was.ESP does an amazing job on these. They're well crafted, beautifully designed. The guitar is light weight, and feels very natural to hold and play. They adjusted the action perfectly from the factory, every fret is a feather touch, and no buzzing. The rich tones this instrument produces is outstanding. I would recommend this guitar for players of any skill level.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic Bass For The Money

          By Bass_Genius69

          from Virginia Beach, VA

          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          It delivers a great sound and has an easy feel while playing. the factory strings lasted me quite a while and the neck was perfectly straight out of the box.

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Yes sir its Purple!!!

          By MickJennings13

          from Land O' Lakes, FL

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          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          This 5-string is so amazing, I can't wait to buy one for myself! This bass produces such a clean fat sound that will make you cry!!!!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This thing is ungodly!!!

          By Shadow (stage name!)

          from Colorado

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          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          You could never possibly find a bass that feels, looks, & SOUNDS this good. Even tho my Model is a ESP LTD F-255fm, which by the way comes with the feature of being a neck-thru bass (one whole piece), it is made by people who sleep, eat, & drink to the mental image of the perfect bass guitar. SRY for that but this thing is just amazing. Now for comparrison: The Esp is made with really light wood so B.C. Rich could never compare. The onboard ESP pick-ups that come with the model sound just a good as EMGs unless thats whats already on it, So right away All the passive basses are out of commision. As for the other Active basses, ESP is all I will ever get.ONE MORE PERK TO IT. ITS THE CHEAPEST BASS WITH ACTIVE ELECTRONICS ON THE MARKET!!! Stop reading and start Buying!!!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          One Bad Mother!!

          By Disaster

          from Indiana

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          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          Although I had to wait a really long time to get this bass I am very pleased with it. I have only played a few different basses in my short time but this is by far the best. I really don't have much negative to say it's a very solid bass. The flamed maple top looks wicked with the see-thru color. The active 3-band is really nice and the pick ups work nicely although I haven't played EMG's on a bass before. I got an amazing fat tone with my Marshall MB150 bass amp and the growl with the gain turned up was wicked. Overall I would recommend this bass to anyone. The quality of the ESP LTD line is awesome for the price you pay. Buy this bass you won't be unhappy!

           
          4.0

          Great Looking and Great Value

          By Ziggy

          from Harrisburg PA

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Neck not wide enough

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          For the money this is a great bass and the transparent purple grabs people's attention right away. That is why I got it even though I have many other basses and some are boutique. It plays well and the finish is of good quality.

          The down side is that the string spacing is much more narrow than the other F Bass 5 strings. I know some might think that will make it easier to play - but most people once accustomed to a 5 string like the width. Still - a personal choice. This is also a bolt on rather than neck through like the higher quality F basses. I bought the bass used and the previous owner must have left it out in a guitar stand as there is a fade mark across the back of the neck where the stand support must have held the neck. So, keep this out of sunlight when not in use.

          The voicing of the tone controls is like the other LTD basses. It seems almost like voiced for a guitar as the "low" almost feels to be in low mid, the mid is pretty high, and the high is just "Zitsy". I have the ESII Doris Yeh bass and the voicing is quite different and more like a bass.

          Overall though - a fun bass.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Devilishly Delicious!!!

          By Kyle

          from undisclosed

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          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          Tight bottom end on this one, and the pics don't do this baby justice! The finish in INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL! The active pickups make my Standard Mexican Jazz sound SILLY through my Ashdown! The design is AWESOME...no other bass looks like this, and on stage, it's pure evil looks and heavenly tones! The only way this bada$$ baby could be better is if The Devil delivered it himself!

          (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          good,but over hyped

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          I got one of these as a lighter, more compact companion to my warlock 5. and lighter, more compact it is, but with all the endorsers ESP has, not to mention the fact that you can't watch more than 2 music videos without seeing at least 1 esp/ltd being played, i expected much more from the quality department. the headstock joint on mine was not sanded down all the way, so I could feel the spot where the joints come together, not to mention a few rough spots on the back of the rest of the neck and the clear coat was pretty coarse. upsidewise though, it balances very well and sounds great. the finish is much darker in person, you can hardly see the grain on top. not a bad bass, ESP just gets way too much hype for what they really offer. it definately won't be upstaging the bc rich any time soon.

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Really Good Bass

          By Brandon Tucker

          from Canada

          Comments about ESP LTD F-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

          This is a really good bass, not just for metal from the looks but still good for all types of music.

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