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ESP LTD B-204SM fretless?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 6stringvince, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. 6stringvince

    6stringvince Supporting Member

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    Any thoughts or experience?
    I'm thinking about one of these as a first fretless (see my thread "your fretless experience").
    Looks like a lot of bass for the money, and I haven't read any bad reviews on them.
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  3. Thrash3r

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    I had the 5 string version, the only issue I had was the inlay at the 12th fret, mine wasn't completely flush and you could hear the difference when you slide over it.
  4. 6stringvince

    6stringvince Supporting Member

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    What would it compare to sound wise?
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    I think you'd be very pleased with the ESP 4, I played one at a shop here before I pulled the trigger and ordered a new 5 on line and found the 4 played and sounded as good as the 5 I eventually purchased. I own 4 other guitars (see public profile) and would probably find the ESP closest to my 6 Thumb w/Bartollini pups. It's hard to compare it with anything I own/have played because I put nylon tapewounds on the ESP a couple days after I purchased it. I play it all the controls flat out and find that it gives more of a "woody" than "growly" sound, but, again, that might be more due to the strings I have on it. Another thing I like about this guitar; I've been taking it to my church along with my RBV, and have switched it up between songs in sets where I though appropriate. I didn't need to make any volume adjustments, it balanced nicely with the Beck. I bought the ESP because I read so many comments from players who played fretless and then had it sit idle once the novelty wore off, so I didn't want to spend a whole lot of cash. For me, to spend $420 Cdn. for a new instrument that was ready to go right out of the box was tremendous value. Like I said previously, it's been gratifying to find that it really does supplement my fretted guitars nicely with its unique sound, and I can't see it or any other fretless I might upgrade with ever sitting idle. Hope this helps.
  6. vmabus

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    Ordered one and a set of D'Addario tapes yesterday:

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    Awesome! Think you're really gonna love it. Already know how you feel about that spalted maple top! :D Keep us posted on how you like it with those tape wounds.
  8. MethodsofDance

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    Looks like a super nice bass, been interested in it for a while now.
  9. 6stringvince

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    I went yesterday to pick up a fretless advertised on Craigslist, when I got there it was a Pawn shop, and the "fretless" had frets! I played it for a bit, nice bass, but I already have too many fretted basses. Blah!!!
  10. vmabus

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    Oh, the bitter disappointment...
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    The D'Addarios seem to have a darker sound than the GHS on my other fretless. If I back the bass off most of the way, the tone seems more balanced, and more in line with what I'd like to hear - sort of faux upright. I like it a lot!
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    Remember to post pics when you get it - congrats.

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