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ESP Electric Bass

Every song needs a rhythm, and that's what makes the electric bass such a crucial instrument in the world of popular music. The bass provides the underlying heartbeat that makes every other instrument come alive. ESP knows very well how important it is, and they've committed themselves to making some of the world's best basses to reflect that. An ESP electric bass is the sort of instrument that, once you pick it up, you won't want to put back down. ESP was born in Tokyo in the 1970s, where it started out as a boutique maker of high-end replacement parts. From there, the company moved on to building its own custom guitars in the '80s and '90s and the momentum is still building today. Of the ever-growing roster of bassists playing ESP, some have even contributed their input to developing signature models bearing their names, including Tom Araya of Slayer and Tommy Stinson of the Replacements.

The first step to choosing your perfect ESP bass is to decide what your personal needs and goals are. If you're a metal thrasher in search of dramatic stage presence, look at some of the edgier designs like the AX-104. For a classier wood finish, look at the B-4E or its extended-range big brother, the B-5E. To find your perfect personalized sound, think about the tonewood each bass is made of. Do you like the bright tones of basswood, found in basses like the B-104 and B-105, or the warmth of the Stream-204's mahogany? How about something exotic in both string count and tonewood, the 6-string merbau D-6? The wide variety of basses from ESP can cater to any taste.

ESP also makes it easier than ever to get your hands on a signature instrument designed by one of the bassists who have grown to love their instruments over the years. Take Anthrax bassist Frank Bello's FB-204 model for instance. It's a 34" scale bass with a basswood body and maple neck, loaded with 21 extra-jumbo frets. The LTD FB-204 is the kind of bass that calls out to you to pick it up and play, delivering rumbling tones through its ESP-designed pickups. Whether that or another model is the right one for you, there's no going wrong with a signature ESP bass.

It's no secret why so many acclaimed musicians are clamoring to add ESP electric basses to their collections. These are rock-solid instruments that provide serious versatility no matter your skill level or style. Join the family of satisfied ESP bass owners and you'll have no trouble seeing how they've earned their respect from the music community.

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