ESP LTD D-5 - 5 string Natural Satin

5-string Electric Bass with Merbau Body, 5-pc Mahogany/Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Humbucking Pickups, and Active EQ - Natural Satin
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Big Value in This Versatile Bass Guitar!

With the ESP LTD D-5 electric bass in your hands there's a lot you can do. Sure, it's primed for fast, aggressive playing, with an extra thin "U" neck contour and 24 extra-jumbo frets. But the D-5's active EQ lets you sculpt your bass, mid, and treble frequencies to sound just right for any musical style. And this bass is built to last, with an ultra-strong five-piece mahogany/maple neck with through-body construction for maximum thump and sustain. If you're grooving on a budget, you won't regret getting the ESP LTD D-5 electric bass.

ESP LTD D-5 Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Dual humbuckers and powerful active EQ for sonic versatility
  • Neck-through-body construction makes this bass sound huge
  • ESP LTD - affordable quality and craftsmanship
Dual humbuckers and powerful active EQ for sonic versatility

The ESP LTD D-5 comes equipped with two ESP SB-5 humbucking pickups, which boast a wide response and low-noise performance. The real magic is in the D-5's active 3-band EQ, which gives you control over bass, mids, and treble frequencies to fine-tune your sound. And the balance control lets you blend between pickups, instead of just selecting one or the other. So even though the D-5 is primed for fast, aggressive playing, you can dial in a wide range of tones to suit virtually any music style.

Neck-through-body construction makes this bass sound huge

You may notice that the five-piece mahogany/maple neck runs through the whole length of the D-5's merbau body. This design enhances vibration transfer from the neck and fretboard throughout the body, leading to richer tones and a faster, more articulate response. You also get incredible sustain, making the sound of the D-5 a force to be reckoned with.

ESP LTD - affordable quality and craftsmanship

ESP LTD was created bring a more affordable version of the classic designs and quality of ESP guitars and basses to a new market. The entire ESP LTD line of instruments feature premium tonewoods, quality pickups, and solid hardware for a lifetime of use. An exacting eye to detail and quality means that every instrument is ready to rock when it leaves the factory. An impressive list of signature guitars, by some of today's biggest guitar heroes, shows the popularity and respect held by ESP LTD. If you're looking for the perfect rock or metal guitar or bass, you need to check out ESP LTD Guitars.

ESP LTD D-5 Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • Fast-playing bass with premium appointments at a sweet low price
  • Extra Thin "U" contour makes the 5-pc mahogany/maple neck play fast and smooth
  • Active 3-band EQ lets you shape your tone to suit a variety of styles and situations
  • High-quality Grover tuners enhance your tuning stability, a cut above what you'd normally find on a bass at this price
  • Neck-through-body construction adds incredible sustain and thump to your sound
  • 5-pc neck is more rigid and will resist twisting or warping over the years
Get more boom for your buck with the ESP LTD D-5 bass guitar!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape D
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color Natural Satin
Body Material Merbau
Neck Material 5-pc Mahogany/Maple, Neck Through
Neck Shape Extra-thin "U"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 15.7" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24, extra-jumbo
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.77"
Bridge/Tailpiece BB-605 bridge, strings-through
Tuners Grover tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup SB-5 Humbucker
Bridge Pickup SB-5 Humbucker
Controls Master volume, 1 x bass, 1 x mid, 1 x treble, 1 x balance
Strings Cleartone, (.045-.125)
Manufacturer Part Number LD5NS

Customer Reviews

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This Bass Should be $1,500!

This bass records nicely. Primarily a guitarist, I was coming from a 4 string bass and I had no problem adjusting to 5 strings hence the narrow neck width. I wanted a 5 string to open up more options for recording my tracks and this bass delivers. Electronics, action and finish are all excellent. My sales rep Greg Savino was very helpful with any questions that I had before the purchase. Sweetwater continues to impress.
Music background: Musician | Composer | Producer

Havent been playing long enough to give it 5 stars

I'm not a bass player. I'm one of those low talent individuals who call themselves: "song writer." I've composed most of my stuff via acoustic guitar and/or instrument loops. It's a somewhat limiting process. Anyway, I got tired of searching and/or splicing the bass tracks needed for making my noise, so I thought it would be a good idea if I took on playing the needed bass riffs and runs that wont leave my head alone. The LTD D-5 wasn't my original choice, but every bass I thought I wanted was sold out or "new product arriving soon." This was a good thing because it derailed my impulse to pull the trigger on just any bass. Gave me time to actually go into detailed research before making a decision. I knew I wanted a neck through design. I wanted a heavy duty bridge. Didn't care if the strings were through the body or not (but ain't it cool that with this axe I got a choice). I never bought into the electric axe pro-tonewood argument, so I don't care what species of trees gave their lives so I can disturb the atmosphere with my racket! I've dorked around with DAWs long enough to know I can get any tone I want in post production, so all the great tonal variety any given guitar or bass has to promise, is just icing. So what do I expect from the bass guitar of my dreams? Sturdy construction and friendly playability (good action no fret buzz). Thanks to Sweetwater's detailed photographs of their in-stock items, I can get an idea on any given instrument's construction. The LTD-5 I chose looked solid and proved to be the case when I finally got it in my hands. The pickups and electronics are just great. Even if they weren't, the over all build justifies its worth for hotrodding. At present, None is needed. Oh yeah, in comparison to other bass guitars, this thing is priced ridiculously low.
Music background: Ex drummer, ex front man, current home enthusiest

Great guitar

Gigging steady with this guitar for the past three years played 3 - 400 shows + practices with no problems, only had to adjust the action twice during this period and only used 5 batteries. Great guitar no regrets.

Beautiful Bass, Mediocre Electronics

The instrument really is beautiful and extremely well made! Plays quite well with great feel though may be a little heavy for some. For me, it is expected that a good bass will have some "Heft" to it so invest in a good strap to keep things comfortable for those long gigs! Not impressed by the electronics though. This is obviously where corners were cut in order to keep this bass "Affordable." The EQ is not as versatile as one would expect. Tone shaping seems quite limited and definitely sounds like an "Affordable Midrange Instrument!" Modding and replacing the electronics is rather easy though! I imagine that a really good aftermarket pre-amp would wake this thing up and make it sound as great as it looks! Aguilar pre-amps really kick butt! I have one installed in my Yamaha bass so perhaps I am a little spoiled?
See also: ESP, ESP 5-string Bass Guitars