LTD B-206SM review by ESP

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.8 (25 votes)

Sound — 9
This bass performs wonderfully. I play Hardcore Progressive Death Metal with it, and it pumps out an awesomely full powerful sound. I'm running through a Behringer BRX1800H 180 Watt head [clean channel] and an Acoustic B115 cabinet. I only put it through a Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor Pedal. It does have the natural six string ring to it, but with my NS-2 that's eliminated. I run it full volume, medium balance, full bass and treble boost, and no change to the mids.

Overall Impression — 10
I play metal and this guitar is certainly up for the challenge. It's got a smooth easy to play fretboard and it's super easy to travel across the neck. I've played bass for 4 years, and I own one other bass myself, and have been playing a friends. My other bass is a Silvertone Paul Stanley Apocalypse Special bass, and my friends is a Warwick $$ Corvette 5 string. I bought this bass without ever playing it and to be honest I've never been happier on a bass. I've played it back to back with several guitars costing double or triple the price and they just don't compare to this one. I would most certainly buy another one of these wonderful ESP's. I might buy another one of the exact same just in case something happens to this one. I don't hate anything about this guitar, although it is quite weighty. It's taken some getting used to considering it weighs around 16-20 lbs depending on if your carrying it in a hardcase. I love the EQ on this. I'm a tone freak and I love the extra ability to customize my sound. I compared it to a Schecter Stiletto Custom 6 string, and liked the sound and feel of this bass better. It's got everything I need on it.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Mine has held up to rough practices 3 or 4 times a week and several shows. The hardware hasn't given me any trouble. I did replace the strap buttons with some Schraller Strap Locks. I use it on every gig without a back up. It's completely solid. I can't complain about the finish. It's got a strong coat, and I doubt I'll have to replace it.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
It was set up perfectly from factory settings, I just had to tune it, and I hardly had to do that. Everything was in tip top shape when I received it in the mail. I've never had to adjust anything on this bass. Even the strings were great! I have yet to change the strings on it, and I've had it since August.

Features — 9
Year: 2009 Made in Indonisia. 24 XJumbo frets on a 35" Rosewood fretboard with abalone inlays Spalted Maple top, on an Ash body with a Bolt on Maple-Walnut neck Natural satin top Strat style body Just a regular bass bridge set up. Active electronics Volume Tone and an ESP 3 band EQ (Bass, Mids, Treble) 2 ESP-LTD Active six string Pickups ESP-LTD Black Chrome tuners, non locking. No extras included.

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    JohnMerrick wrote: wooooow looks badass...i like it ! how much did you pay for it ?
    they go for aroun 400-500 bucks
    JohnMerrick wrote: wooooow looks badass...i like it ! how much did you pay for it ?
    Most stores are selling it for like around $450. I got it for $400, gotta love the employee discount =P I love mine, and im saving for another for a different tuning.
    Damn, you could probably use this fretboard as a snowboard. But this is a damn beauty...
    I picked mine up for 440$, and yes the neck is pretty big, but it's amazingly comfortable. It's super flat on the back so your thumb stays put. I can't play anything else. Once I get the money I'm going to get another one for sure. As to the Progressive Hardcore Death Metal, check my band out. we don't have music recorded yet, but we do have a video up. We also have a few videos of us posted on youtube.
    Also the one downfall it has, is getting the ESP B series hard case for it, you have to cut the foam away about a 1/4" on the bottom horn otherwise it won't fit, but otherwise it's quite snug. I just used a razorknife, and cut the foam away little by little until it fit, then took double sided tape and taped the cloth back on. Hahaha.
    The Henge
    I spotted this in the Rockshop in NZ. It is f--ing gorgeous. I could not resist. Had a quick play in the shop and had to try it at the studio. It is an excellent buy for what you get. Could go for the Limited edition 6-string but hate to pay that price. Another reason why I'm keen on this 6-string...Will be setting up with the previous version of the Roland VBass system. Fits perfectly in a SKB deluxe case Now extinct Founder-Bass player: Stonehenge (New Zealand)
    This is an awesome bass. I played both the 5 and 6 string version and they are both just fantastic. For the price (around 450) you can't find a finer instrument. Finish is just perfect. Action and playability are superb, and the sound is really good. A great punch and a very bright and defined tone. I have just ordered the 5 string version (which has string-tru-body-bridge, unlike the 6 string, which has a normal bridge). I bought this next to my Cort Artisan A5 and Fender Std Jazz bass. But I think I will be playing this a lot!!! I play in a smooth jazz and chillout band, but my favorite is more funk and blues. This bass can do all of that.