Sound — 9
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.
Overall Impression — 9
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.
Reliability & Durability — 7
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.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
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.
Features — 8
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.