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ESP LTD F-415FM - See Thru Black Reviews

5.0 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • from Ohio January 24, 2017Music Background:
    Assistant Engineer Wall of Shadows Studio and Session Bass Player.

    Pretty nice!

    There aren't too many good choices on the market right now for basses with EMG pick up's.(Without spending several thousand dollars that is.) I was considering a Spector bass since I wanted a 5 string with a thin neck and EMG 40DC pick up's. I wasn't sure if I'd like a bass with a 35" scale so I was hesitant to spend the coin on the Spector.

    That's when I was spotted this bass. I was unsure if the quality of the ESP bass would match that of the Spector. For the money I figured I'd be out a whole less if I didn't like it so I took the chance and ordered it. I'm happy to report that not only did I really like it, it's far better than I expected it to be. I've had this bass since October of 2016. I've used it on several tracks in a few recording sessions and played it live as well.

    I'm very impressed with it!

    First off I'm actually very pleasantly surprised that the build quality is as good as it is considering the price. The frets are dressed very nicely and the bass handles a very low action without any issue. Overall the instrument is rock solid and that neck, WOW!

    The neck feels like a neck of a bass that costs much more money. It plays very nicely. It's buttery smooth and fast. I usually don't like any finish on the back of the neck but it's not a issue on this one. Although the neck is thinner than that of most other basses I've played, it isn't too thin. It holds it's tuning very well too. Man can you play fast on this thing! That's a good if you play extreme metal like I do.

    The EMG pickups that come with this bass are the 40DC units. They have a very hot signal and can get really gritty (in a good way) if you push them hard. Just the thing for metal! Surprisingly the pickups and EQ are actually very quiet. I really don't notice much hiss at all even with the EQ cranked.

    Of course if you really crank the gain of your outboard preamp and pedals then there is a slight bit of noticeable hiss. That's why they make noise gates. I don't find it at all a problem when recording and that's mostly what I'm using this bass for right now. The bass is active and only uses a single 9 volt battery.

    While the provision exists to modify it over to 18 volts I don't see any need to do so. It sounds great the way it is. The only criticisms that I have of this bass are the knobs could have fit the pots a little tighter and there are very, very, minor imperfections in the finish. However you really have to look close to see them. For the price I have no room to complain. You would have to literally spend thousands more to get anything better.

    Overall I'm glad I choose this over the Spector I was looking at. Not only did I save a lot of money but I received one killer bass that sounds as intense as it looks! This thing has everything I was looking for in bass for extreme metal. It has the great build quality, excellent playability, and the sound. Oh that sound! I honestly couldn't be happier with my purchase. This is one of the most under rated and best kept secrets when it comes to basses on the market right now. I highly recommend this one!

    She's a keeper. You can have mine but you will have to pry if out of my cold dead hands first! I not giving it up! LOL!

  • from Fayetteville, NC June 24, 2016Music Background:
    Pro musician on Wendigo records.

    Great deal

    I could say I've been playing 127 years and toured the world a gazillion times and this is the best bass ever like a bunch of those other reviews all over the Internet. But let's be real.

    This bass is simply a hell of a bargain. Dispite the pointy bits its actually very comfortable. The string spacing is nice for many different techniques, the neck isn't too thick, the neck through design makes playing high up the neck more natural. The EMG pickups are great. You might see this bass and think metal metal metal. But it's actually very versatile. It's actually great for slapping, tapping, fingerstyle, pick playing, you name it

    So as for the cons and how'd they get the price this low? Mostly likely cheap labor, the emg onboard preamp is just ok, it's definetly a noise maker when boosting Eq like most onboard preamps in sub 2k basses. I set mine with eq flat, blend even, and volume at 100% and there's no noise at all.

  • from September 30, 2015

    ESP LTD F415FM Bass, tons of midrange punch!!

    1st SweetWater is awesome, 2nd The ESP LTD F415FM Bass is so much like a Spector NS 5XL USA Bass except the Spector cost way way more, the Spector has a 3 piece maple neck-thru, the F415FM has a 5 piece maple/rosewood neck-thru, the Spector has a AAAA solid flame maple body, the F415FM has a solid mahogany body with flame maple top, they both have great tuning keys and bridges, they both are 35" scale Basses with 16.5mm string spacing. Both have straight sturdy necks, Spector has a black Ebony fret board, the F415FM has a dark black/brown rosewood fret board. Now this is why there so similar, both have 2 awesome active EMG 40DC double humbucking pickups with great 18v active EQ preamps, the ESP LTD F415FM Bass has the Active EMG B-64 3-Band preamp. I went to a guitar shop and jammed both these Basses through a high quality all tube Bass amp, Mesa/Ampeg and it was hard to tell the difference between the 2 Basses, they both sound fat, warm, smooth, crispy and both have tons of midrange punch. So, for the people that can't afford an expensive Spector Bass costing 4 to 5 times as much, I strongly suggest getting the ESP LTD F415FM 5-string Bass guitar, and both Basses have tight defined excellent sounding B strings. IMO both these Basses sound best with nice crispy brand new round wound Bass guitar strings.Don't let your B string go dull. So for an awesome affordable neck-thru 35" scale 5-string Bass guitar with active EMG 40DC humbucking pickups get the ESP LTD/limited F415FM Bass guitar.

  • from Sierra Vista June 2, 2015Music Background:
    Bass Player

    ESP LTD F-415FM Rocks

    Musicians know what is expected from a Bass of this quality. It is an amazing instrument. What makes this an absolutely amazing deal is the level of service provided by The Sweetwater team. Their level of customer service is beyond words. I can safely delete all other music store bookmarks... from now on it's Sweetwater.

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