LTD F-205 Review

manufacturer: ESP date: 04/21/2011 category: Bass Guitars
ESP: LTD F-205
As unconventional as this new ESP bass looks, it's built with high quality woods and EMG HZ pickups with 3-band active EQ, just like some of the best basses in the world.
 Sound: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9
 Reliability & Durability: 7.5
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8
 Features: 8.5
 Overall rating:
 8.2 
 Reviewer rating:
 8.5 
 Users rating:
 7.9 
 Votes:
 16 
reviews (2) 3 comments vote for this gear:
overall: 8.2
LTD F-205 Reviewed by: GibsonVdude, on october 29, 2007
2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Features: Stand apart from the crowd. As unconventional as this new ESP bass looks, it's built with high quality woods and EMG HZ pickups with 3-band active EQ, just like some of the best basses in the world. The radical body angles and deep cutaway provide the look and playability this is truly an extreme instrument. As a 5-string version of the F-204, it's features are identical with a slightly wider neck to accommodate comfortable the 5-string spacing. Features include a Mahogany body, a Maple neck, Rosewood fingerboard, deluxe bridge and 24 extra jumbo frets. // 8

Sound: This is no doubt a metal bass. It has a rather rich, full, and boomy sound to it. I have played other styles of music with it such as country and classic rock. Because of the active EQ with the pickups you can go from a really stringy-like sound to a really boomy tone. It is a realy quiet guitar. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: The setup from the factory was actually quite nice. The strings were really close to the fret board but the strings didn't buzz. The neck is really slim at the nut expecially for a 5 string, it almost feels like your playing a 4 string neck, but the strings are closer together, which seems to make you play faster. The finish is realy nice on it; really polished up. The bass I have is the Gunmetal Blue and it is awesome looking. The fret wires don't cut your hands like some do. // 8

Reliability & Durability: This bass is reliable to a point. The battery, which is a 9 volt, goes dead if you leave the guitar cord pluged into the jack. To change the battery, you have to take the back cover off and replace it. It doesn't have its own compartment on the back. This is the only part I do not like about this bass and it is kind of dissapointing, but I guess you have to live with it if you are going to have active pickups. If you were going to gig with it I would make sure your batter is still good before you play. Overall this is a reliable and durable bass. // 7

Overall Impression: Overall this is a great bass. I have played it for atleast 5 years and haven't had a problem with it, other than batterys. If it were stolen and I had the money I probablly would break down and buy another. I would recomend this bass to anyone Who has experiance playing 5 string basses and who is looking to step up their sound. // 9

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overall: 8.8
LTD F-205 Reviewed by: seitengewehr, on april 21, 2011
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Price paid: $ 190

Purchased from: ebay

Features: I bought this bass on ebay some half a year ago. It's manufacture year is 2003, so a pretty "experienced" instrument, but it looked like "right from the factory". It has 24 XJ frets, mahogony body, solid top, 2 EMG 40-HZ pickups, active EMG electronics, rosewood fingerboard, ESP tuners and bridge. Everything I've needed for a bass that I would play in the studio or on the gig. // 9

Sound: I'm playing much of everything from folk and etnic music to death metal. Never had any problems with the sound of this bass. All the frequencies are on their places and the tone is great. You can get pretty much any sound, which You desire. Very rich sound. Never had any noisyness. Tried the bass with several effects and amps. Usually it's played through a Warwick BC 300 amp and Boss ODB-2 pedal during metal-play and without the pedal for rest of the music. Getting a good soud from this instrument is easy, you just need to know how to set the EQ on it and the amp. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: I guess, that the previous owner gared about his guitar and the condition and set-up was perfect everywhere. Everything was adjusted the way it should. I've just needed to ajust the brigde, because I use really fat strings. // 8

Reliability & Durability: You can easily kill someone with this axe, and the guitar will stay alive. It does not detune after hours of slaping and shreading it with the pick. On a live gig I would have a back-up guitar, just in case the strings are doomed or the battery is dead. The painwork is good and does not fall after hitting something and all the hardware does it's work in a proper way. // 8

Overall Impression: Great match for me. This half-o-year spent with this bass even changed my style of play a bit. I played a B.C.Rich Warlock, an ESP B-104 and an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro. Nothing is compared to the ESP F-205. It is conveniet for the player, sounds great and looks awesome. Would not recomend this bass for a begginer, since You should know how to get the best of all the equitment You own, before You will hear the power of this instrument. // 9

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