LTD F-104 review by ESP

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 7
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.4 (99 votes)
ESP: LTD F-104
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Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: Musicians Friend

Sound — 9
Sounds great for metal and hard rock. I only use this bass in drop c and d standard. Sounds amazing with a set of heavy elixir nanoweb strings. Not a lot of buzz. Really good low notes and pretty good high notes. I use this bass on a Crate amp and it sounds really good. I'm sure it would sound even better with a nice Ampeg amp.

Overall Impression — 9
This bass is great for metal. The only thing that pissed me off was when I had to mess with the truss rod and action. I think ESP should have paid a little more attention to what they were doing but whatever. Besides that though, the bass is great for beginners to really experienced players and especially for the price.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I would definitely use this bass for Live performances. You won't lose it due to those stupid little strap buttons that come on some guitars, these ones keep the bass put. I was really surprised by how light this bass actually is. I have really bad shoulders so this bass is great for that. I can stand for a few hours at a time and not feel it on my shoulder.

Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The bass came in great condition for the most part. I had to tune the truss rod a little bit because it wasn't tuned right when I got it and I had to play with the action a little bit too. The instruction manual tells you how to do this if you're not sure how to.

Features — 9
24 frets, maple neck with rosewood fretboard, thin neck which definitely helps you move up and down the fretboard quickly and accurately, glossy black finish, bright chrome hardware, has a normal body shape but has crazy points and curves, active ESP pickups; volume, bass boost, treble boost, and balance controls.

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    froggyman
    So this is a good bass?? some douche bag just made a blank all zero review to lower the rating!
    COBHC_Erick429
    froggyman wrote: So this is a good bass?? some douche bag just made a blank all zero review to lower the rating!
    its a GREAT bass. since i bought that ESP, i went on to buy a 5 string Ibanez and a Musicman Bongo 6. But i always end up playing this at the end of the day. the best 4 string i ever owned, and i would trade it or sell it for the world. when i bought it the action was really high, but once i got that fixed and got it all set-up it sounds AMAZING. and its cheap too, you def get more than what your paying for.
    COBHC_Erick429
    COBHC_Erick429 wrote: the best 4 string i ever owned, and i would trade it or sell it for the world.
    WOULDNT***
    Luis H
    This bass is really good, the neck is soo smooth that it makes sliding pretty easy, compared to other basses. Its a must have if you play alternRock or AlternMetal.
    froggyman
    COBHC_Erick429 wrote: froggyman wrote: So this is a good bass?? thanks, i might need to exchange my ibanez and will definitely try this one out... some douche bag just made a blank all zero review to lower the rating! its a GREAT bass. since i bought that ESP, i went on to buy a 5 string Ibanez and a Musicman Bongo 6. But i always end up playing this at the end of the day. the best 4 string i ever owned, and i would trade it or sell it for the world. when i bought it the action was really high, but once i got that fixed and got it all set-up it sounds AMAZING. and its cheap too, you def get more than what your paying for.