I am not all that experienced, but I just spent 4 hours playing every bass I could get my hands this weekend at GC and other stores and the ESP I played (not sure of the model but it had a from-the-factory vintage look. around $1400. P/J setup. fender style body) had an incredible sound to it with esp pups in it. especially the p pup was punchy, warm and clear.
Just my experience, hope it helps..