In effort to make a mock Alleva Coppola that I tried recently (loved, but $5K for a J??) I bought a ESP J-205 to mod...heavily!
Always loved Tom Barney and his ESP 5 string and the Alleva I tried featured the Tom Barney smaller sting spacing. I slap about 1% of the time and have tired over 19mm SS on 5 stings. This bass features .669 that is great and definitely negotiable.
-I swapped the tuners for Hipshot UL with the round ears
-Lindy Fralin rewound the stock pickups and installed alnico rods (YOU WILL NOT FIND REPLACEMENT PICKUPS FOR THESE)
-Installed threaded inserts in the neck (No dead spots!)
-hipshot vintage bridge
-beautiful celluloid guard
-passive electronics featuring a tone styler
-flush mounted the straplocks
-stripped the rear of the neck and finished in a waterlox/tru oil combo
-full set up and fret work
It is awesome! I can compare to a lot of things costing 6x (!!) more and it wins!!
Let me know what you think!