LTD B-404 review by ESP

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  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 7.2 (30 votes)
ESP: LTD B-404

Price paid: $ 665

Purchased from: Music123

Overall Impression — 10
If you're looking for an instrument to learn on this is a great choice. Sound and playability count first and I love them. But it looks beautiful, too. This is a great instrument. Buy this guitar and you'll get years and years of playing enjoyment.

Reliability & Durability — 10
All ESP guitars and basses feature a "double-action" truss rod design. Unlike a normal (single) truss rod, this one is adjustable in two different directions. This means that you'll never run into a situation where the neck has "run out of adjustment." Regardless of which ESP model you choose, you'll get years and years of playing enjoyment. The hardware seems rock solid and looks great. No truss rod adjustment needed. Strap buttons are large, but straplocks would be better. The finish chips easily if you hit something, though.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The factory set-up was really excellent. Neck relief was just right, action was low, but not too low, and everything was good and tight. Whether you want to increase overall string tension or just "beef up" your string attack, the string-thru option is a big plus. This bridge can be used in either "string-thru-body" or traditional "string from the top" configurations". 5-piece Maple/walnut neck design provides a very solid feel and an improved transfer of tone from the neck to the body. Increased neck stability and performance will man less frequent truss rod adjustments.

Features — 10
- Neck-thru-body construction - 34" scale - Mahogany body with quilted maple top - 5-piece maple-walnut neck - Rosewood fretboard - Dot inlay with model name at 12th fret - EMG 35-DC/P4 active set pickups - Volume, balance, EMG B64 active EQ electronics - Cosmo black, grover tuners hardware - BB-104 string-thru-body bridge - 24 XJ frets The list of upgraded, custom shop-style features on B404 basses is almost unbelievable. First and foremost, they're neck-thru basses with incredible tone, sustain and harmonics.

4 comments sorted by best / new / date

    I've had mine for a month or so and its probably been one of the best decisions of my life. If you can afford one, get one.
    I've had the 5 string version for 5 days, and i'm glad to spend my money on it, is the best thing I've done
    how come the user rating is 6.9? its a pretty good bass, or do people blatantly hate esp?
    Go to the right seller and you can get these quite cheap in black and the price drops to around 250-300. Cheap in a bass sense.