ESP LTD B-205SM - See Thru Black Satin

5-string Electric Bass with Spalted Maple Top, Ash Body, 5-piece Maple/Rosewood Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 SB-5 Humbucking Pickups - See Thru Black Satin
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Intermediate Bass with Pro Looks and Features

Bassists who are looking to step into the pro range without a big price tag should look no further than the ESP LTD B-205SM. This bass has a stunning satin-finished spalted maple top on an ergonomic ash body for a warm and cutting tone, good stage looks, and all-night comfort. A strong bolt-on five-piece maple neck with a Thin U profile and rosewood fingerboard gives the LTD B-205SM a snappy response and fluid playability. Sweetwater bassists were quick to note the LTD B-205SM's low-noise ESP humbucking pickups with active EQ, stable string-through bridge, and moody black nickel hardware.

ESP LTD B-205SM 5-string Electric Bass at a Glance:
  • Distinctive tonewoods for focused lows and a cutting edge
  • SB-5 humbucking pickups with 3-band active EQ for modern color
Distinctive tonewoods for focused lows and a cutting edge

The LTD B-205SM has a look and sound that's unique among basses in this price range. The ash body and bolt-on maple neck give this bass a decidedly American response: bright and punchy mids, a fast attack, and a focused bass response. The spalted maple top's satin finish gives this instrument an eye-catching look to suit modern styles of music.

SB-5 humbucking pickups with 3-band active EQ for modern color

ESP electronics have a sound that delivers for modern rock, metal, and fusion, and the LTD-205SM stays true to this reputation. Onboard SB-5 neck and bridge humbuckers give the LTD B-205SM moderate output and low noise for clean stage amplification and accurate studio sound reproduction. A powerful 3-band active EQ section provides lots of tone-shaping options to help your groove find its place in a mix.

ESP LTD B-205SM 5-string Electric Bass Features:
  • Pro features from an intermediate bass
  • Ash body with satin-finished spalted maple top provides a focused sound and deluxe looks
  • Snappy bolt-on maple/rosewood neck with a comfortable Thin U profile
  • 350mm radius rosewood fretboard responds quickly and accurately
  • SB-5 neck and bridge humbuckers deliver modern low-noise amplification
  • Active 3-band EQ section for tonal versatility
  • String-through bridge adjusts to any playing style
  • Black nickel knobs and tuners add to the B-205SM's moody look
Stage looks and studio tones at an intermediate price: the ESP LTD B-205SM 5-string electric bass!

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Tech Specs

Body Shape B Series
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color See Thru Black Satin
Body Material Ash body with Spalted Maple top
Body Finish Satin
Neck Material 5-piece Maple/Rosewood
Neck Shape Thin U
Radius 13.7"
Nut Width 1.77"
Nut Material Molded plastic
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 24, XJ
Scale Length 34"
Bridge/Tailpiece BB-605 String-through
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup ESP Passive SB-5N
Bridge Pickup ESP Passive SB-5B
Controls 1 x volume, 1 x balance control, ABQ-3 Active EQ
Manufacturer Part Number LB205SMSTBLKS

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Very nice. Very well designed. The neck is bolted in with 6 ferrules. The bridge is very adjustable and robust. The tuners are solid. I had to make a few minor adjustments to dial in perfect intonation but it was nothing, just 2 or 3 turns of a screw driver. Other than that it is perfect. I like the electronics. There is a volume and a balance adjust with 3 highly effective tone nobs...high, mid, low. Plays like a dream.
Music background: Schooled, teacher, live performer, former shop owner.
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