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ESP LTD B-416 Spalted Maple 6-String Electric Bass Guitar

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The ESP LTD B-416 Spalted Maple 6-string Bass has neck-thru-body construction for added sustain and tonal clarity. The 5-piece maple-walnut neck has ...Click To Read More About This Product

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6-strings of powerful low-end tone, with a gorgeous spalted maple top.

The ESP LTD B-416 Spalted Maple 6-string Bass has neck-thru-body construction for added sustain and tonal clarity. The 5-piece maple-walnut neck has an extra-thin U-contour, for quick and easy play.

A string-through-body design adds sustain to your notes, while the LTD B-415 bass guitar's rosewood fingerboard accentuates mid and lower frequencies for rich, warm tone perfect for rock or rhythm and blues setting. With its breathtaking spalted maple top, black nickel hardware, beautiful natural finish, and sleek black pickups, this ESP bass provides visual brilliance as well as sonic depth and versatility.

  • Neck-thru-body
  • 35" scale
  • Swamp ash body
  • Spalted maple top
  • 5-piece maple-walnut neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 54mm standard nut
  • Extra-thin U-neck contour
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • ESP DB-6 Bridge
  • EMG 45DC (bridge) / 45P6 (neck) Active pickup. with EMG B64 3-Band Active EQ
  • Finish: natural
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A great instrument. Easy to play with.

By Marcel74

from Québec, QC


  • Bridge And Hardware
  • Emg Pickup And Preamp
  • Smooth And Thin Neck
  • Sound Versatility


  • Lack Of Finishing

Best Uses

  • Fusion
  • General Improvisation
  • Jazz
  • Latin Style
  • Progressive Rock

This bass is my first 6 strings. After a few adjustment with my play, I was quickly able to do some nice improvisations. A great instrument for the price. I had the finishing works done by myself : teck oil and Carnuba waxing. Now, she's gorgeous.


GUT feeling!

By Jimt007

from East Brunswick NJ

ESP B-416 SMI was in the market for a new bass last November and I spent a great deal of time reading reviews on the various Basses that caught my eye or had a well know reputation. I was all set to make another choice, but something had me look at the ESP B-416 SM. I had wanted a 6 string for years and even though I was shopping a 5, I was having a hard time getting all the features of sound, quality, look and features. Up to this point I have owned 6 basses, many of which I have since sold or given to other aspiring musicians. Two of which were 5 stings and both suffered from the 34 inch scale issue, the floppy B string. Even though so many basses now have the 35 inch scale it was hard to match with tone and simply whether the bass looked right for me.So finally that brings us to the B-416. First and foremost the craftsmanship is impeccable. The action is consistent throughout, no fret buzz. The 35 inch scale gives the B string the real depth you want. I have no trouble reaching the strings; the neck is smooth and fast.In addition this bass has true EMG pickups. I know some people like the sounds of the overseas ones, but I had a bass with the cheap Bartolinis and it just didn't have the range of tone. This Bass has a range of tone. From a bright melodic key board like tone, to a deep in your gut shake the room growl. In fact unless I am going for a special effect I play the bass clean to the amp whenever I can.Now I won't lie this is no lightweight bass. The swamp ash body helps but the massive neck through design is worth the chiropractor bills (haha).Bottom line I took a chance on this bass sight unseen, with no reviews to be found. My gut told me to go for it and Musician's Friends 30 day return policy made me less fearful. This is a fantastic bass for the money, and the fact it doesn't even have a picture on here is a crime. (third one down from the top) And to be honest the Spalted Maple is far better looking in person.I recommend this bass to anyone who wants a 6 string that has a range of tone, is classy looking and doesn't want to pay back years of credit card debt. This Bass quality is that of others that cost twice as much.Keep it Low!


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By CattleMassacre

from Norfolk, NY

This is absolutly a great bass. I'v owned a few different basses from the Esp-Ltd B series and this is just the best one I'v played yet.I'v also tried out its compedators like the Schecter Stilleto Studio and The Ibanez SR706. For me this one had the best features, And it had the best sound out of playing all three of them.With the active EMGs and the Active EQ, it really can pump out the sound you want. There is so much room to play with tone and sound wise.Get your hands on this bass a.s.a.p.!

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