NBD - ESP LTD B-204 SM

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by progrmr, Mar 12, 2014.


  1. progrmr

    progrmr

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    And a pickup question!

    First of all, this thing is beautiful! I'm dropping my MIM Jazz 5 for a smaller more comfortable neck and this is PERFECT!

    Question - it has an active EQ - but I think the pickups are passive. I plugged it into my GK MB210 into the active jack and the output is seriously quiet. I think it makes sense for the EQ to just be bass boost and cut but passive pickups.

    Is that possible? Or Active EQ = Plug into the Active jack only?

    Here's a delicious NBD pic :)

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  2. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom

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    i just plug everything into the passive jack and adjust the gain on the amp as i have need.
    no real need for an active jack, IMO. it likely just has a 10 or 15 dB pad on it.
  3. ROBM700

    ROBM700

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    I am contemplating buying that same bass. Need someone to nudge me. I play at my church and cover all kinds of styles. Would you think a player of 26 years would enjoy this bass? Would need to sell my warmoth p bass, which is good, but I feel like I am playing a boat oar! Thoughts?
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    The pickups are passive plug it into the passive input jack gorgeous bass congrats.
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  6. Sundogue

    Sundogue

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    Could just be how much the padding is on the active circuit of your amp. I never use the active jack on any amp, no matter if the bass I'm using is active or passive. I hate the padding.

    But congrats on the bass. I own the ESP-LTD B-205SM, and it is a killer bass. Great tone, nice action and a very small neck for a 5 stringer. Killer, and very underrated basses IMO.
  7. gwangi

    gwangi Supporting Member

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    Beautiful bass, this line of ESP LTD basses are AWESOME.
  8. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    I'm really impressed with the ESPs as well. I have the same style but 5 string fretless. I play a fretless and fretted for my church gigs and the active/passive jacks come in really handy when switching between active/passive guitars. I definitely need the -15 db pad for my ESP - very hot pups! Congrats on your bass. I love mine. Did a set up on the 7 basses I own, and the ESP needed no adjustments - so it was good to go right out of the box!
  9. Bobster

    Bobster

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    Awesome spalt!

    I've got three Ltd's myself and just love them. Amazing value and quality!

    Congratulations and enjoy!
  10. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

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    ^^^ Yes - this is correct.

    I love spalt finishes - that's one beautiful bass, and it has an active 3-band active EQ too - what more could you want! Glad you're happy!
  11. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

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    Do it! You will like it!
  12. vmabus

    vmabus Supporting Member

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    Very nicely figured!

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