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ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar   

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The inspiration for the unique shape and design of the LTD F-4E Bass Guitar from ESP would appear to be a mix of Route 66 Interstate signs and weapon...Read More

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Neck-thru design for tonal intensity!

The inspiration for the unique shape and design of the LTD F-4E Bass Guitar 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 upper and lower horns appear to be a skeletal finger and thumb respectively.

However, the ESP LTD F-4E differs from it's siblings in that it features a 5-piece maple/mahogany neck-thru-body design, a mahogany body with a flamed maple top, and an ebony fingerboard. All of the distinct, natural hues of these woods combine to give the axe an even more unique look than the single colored versions. It really is a feast for the eyes.

The LTD F-4E has 4 strings, an extra thin "U" contoured maple neck, and its 35" scale makes it easier for bass players of all sizes to access the entire fretboard. As your fingers explore the 24 XJ frets your rhythms and melodies are snatched up by dual ESP SB-4 pickups and can be reshaped to your liking with the ESP ABQ-3 3 band EQ. This captivating axe also features an ESP BB-604 string-thru-body bridge, ESP tuners, and control knobs that are all black nickel, adding an extra dash of coloration.

FEATURES
Neck
  • Shape:U
  • Wood:5-piece maple/mahogany
  • Neck joint:Neck-through
  • Scale length:34 in.
  • Truss rod:Yes
  • Finish:Info not available
  • Pickups
  • Active or passive pickups:Passive
  • Pickup configuration:SS
  • Neck:ESP-designed SB-4N
  • Middle:Not applicable
  • Bridge:ESP-designed SB-4B
  • Brand:ESP
  • Series or parallel:Parallel
  • Active preamp:ABQ-3 3-band EQ
  • Special electronics:Not applicable
  • Fretboard
  • Material:Ebony
  • Radius:15.75 in. (400 mm)
  • Fret size:Extra-jumbo
  • Number of frets:24
  • Inlays:Dot
  • Nut material:Plastic
  • Nut width:1.575 in. (40 mm)
  • Neck width at 12 fret:Info not available
  • Body
  • Cutaway:Double cutaway
  • Construction:Solidbody
  • Body wood:Mahogany
  • Top wood:Not applicable
  • Body finish:Natural satin
  • Orientation:Right handed
  • Controls
  • Control layout:Master volume, balance, 3-band EQ
  • Pickup switch:No
  • Coil tap or split:Not appicable
  • Tone switching:No
  • Special switching:Not applicable
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type:Fixed
  • Bridge design:LTD BB-604
  • Tailpiece:Not applicable
  • Tuning machines:LTD
  • Color:Black
  • Other
  • Number of strings:4
  • Pickguard:No
  • Special features:Not applicable
  • Case:Sold separately
  • Accessories:Info not available

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ESPLTD F-4E Bass Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sounds as good as it looks

I'm really a guitarist(30 yrs.)but I needed a bass for recoding purposes. I like the look, feel and sound of this instrument a lot. I use this bass for a variety...Read complete review

I'm really a guitarist(30 yrs.)but I needed a bass for recoding purposes. I like the look, feel and sound of this instrument a lot. I use this bass for a variety of styles of music(fusion, rock, funk, blues) and it handles them nicely. The EQ lets me tighten up the sound but doesn't really alter it as much as some would say.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good with the bad

Although this will be negative against the bass itself it will be very positive of Musicians Friend. The bass showed up with all strings buzzing in varios postions on the neck even though ESP...Read complete review

Although this will be negative against the bass itself it will be very positive of Musicians Friend. The bass showed up with all strings buzzing in varios postions on the neck even though ESP put an inspected by said name on the back of the bass. It seems no inspection couldve occured based on the state of the istrument. It was unplayable to say the least. I had to return it. Thats is where the staff of musicians friend were awesome. They couldnt have of been any more professional and cool about resolving my issue. Im not sure about ESP at this point but I would continue to biz with Musicians Friend without question

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5.0

Amazing Quality & Tone!

By PJ

from Maple Grove, MN

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

    Amazing quality & great looking! Love the natural satin finish.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Covers all the "basses"!

    By Freewill

    from Carmel, IN

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

      Love this bass, especially because I'm a big guy at 6'5" and it fits really well. The 24-fret scale is a plus, and the multiple tone controls allow me to dial in Squire, Lee, and Entwistle (is there anybody left to emulate?). The five-piece neck-through is very solid, as is the hardware. Bottom line -- I highly recommend.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOME BASS

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      By METALHEAD

      from Ashburn, Va

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

        At age 63 I decided to take up the Bass again after a 40 year absence. Did NOT want one of those starter kits. Saw this one and decided to try it. WOW!!! unbelievable looking, nice smooth fast neck, You get all kinds of good tones. Fret Buzz? yes due to my own bad fingering, shame on me. Did put a set of Dean Markley's on it, and this old man is ROCKING

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good buy, well constructed.

        By phunked1

        from hailey idaho

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Beautiful look
        • Great sustain
        • Great Tonal Options
        • Through Body Neck

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • pick ups
        • Pickups could be better

        Best Uses

          Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

          when my 69 kay semi hollow body Electric was broken I ordered this is as afill in bass. beautiful looking has nice tone and many options for sound. The pickups could be better but overall pleased. with the thin neck and a smaller scale it is accessible. The bridge is set up to have a through body string set up but is not. Mostly pleased considering the price. The weight is a bit much, but not overly so.

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          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          good with the bad

          By me

          from hummelstown Pa

          Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

          Although this will be negative against the bass itself it will be very positive of Musicians Friend. The bass showed up with all strings buzzing in varios postions on the neck even though ESP put an inspected by said name on the back of the bass. It seems no inspection couldve occured based on the state of the istrument. It was unplayable to say the least. I had to return it. Thats is where the staff of musicians friend were awesome. They couldnt have of been any more professional and cool about resolving my issue. Im not sure about ESP at this point but I would continue to biz with Musicians Friend without question

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LTD F-4E Bass Guitar

          By Default User

          from Lancaster, PA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

            Fantastic tone right out of the box. Hits the low notes and makes everything rumble yet its clear and punchy with many different tone options. Sounds great from jazz riffs all the way to heavy metal without skipping a beat. Very highly recommended.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Sounds as good as it looks

            By Kyle No

            from The Bronx

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

              I'm really a guitarist(30 yrs.)but I needed a bass for recoding purposes. I like the look, feel and sound of this instrument a lot. I use this bass for a variety of styles of music(fusion, rock, funk, blues) and it handles them nicely. The EQ lets me tighten up the sound but doesn't really alter it as much as some would say.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This thing is a BEAST!!!!

              By Daviddivad21

              from Madison, WI

              Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

              Okay, so I got this BEAUTIFUL guitar a couple days ago and all I can say is that I've been completely blown away by it. First of all, it sounds brilliant, you can get anything from a smooth, warm jazz tone to an ultra bright slap and anything in between, even running through a junk behringer 4x10. But it doesn't stop there, its got a smoking body to match its fantastic tone. The picture doesn't do this thing justice, the wood has been shaped into the perfect blend of smooth and sharp and the contrast in the woods just bump its beauty up that much more. That, along with being perfectly dialed in from the factory make for a killer deal, especially at such a great price.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good buy

              By skullcandy06

              from Burns,OR

              Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

              I have owned mine for about a month now and the tone you get with the active EQ is just great. I play in a metal Experimental band and we play in drop C and there is just a little buzzing but not to bad. Good buy for the price and the when you get it, it just looks way better than the picture does

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Versitile, beautiful, comfortable

              By clever5leazoid

              from Ocean Isle, NC

              Comments about ESP LTD F-4E Bass Guitar:

              At first thought for most players, ESP's are meant only for metal and hard rock. I purchased this bass today after firstly falling in love with its gorgeous looks, pictures do not give this instrument justice, it has to be seen in person. It plays super fast and has a wide range of tones thanks to the 3 band eq. It's a wonderful bass for the money and offers a wide variety of sounds for all players.

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