Short scale 5 string at GC

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by screaminglucy, Feb 3, 2012.


  1. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    Picked this ESP Ltd up at guitar center. It is short scale and 5 strings!

    Anybody have any info about these. There is nothing on the ESP website. The model is B5-JR.
    They sell for $179

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  2. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    Never heard or seen one. What is the scale length? How does it play?
  3. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    it's 3/4 size. 30" scale. the neck is awesome. i compared it to a 5 string VM jazz and this neck is definitely not as wide. this is the first 5 string i've owned so i'm not sure what to say about the low B. I can make some sound clips and take more measurements when i get home tonight. also, it's extremely lightweight.

    EDIT: it's 28.5" scale
  4. Ken J

    Ken J Coginchaug New Horizons Band/Skinning Cats Gold Supporting Member

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    Just checked GC and theres nothing about this bass. Is it used?
  5. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    that's the weird thing. it's brand new but not on the guitar center website - only in the store. There is a 4 string short scale too.

    I found this video of it on youtube...
  6. Gimme4

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    I posted about this bass on the shortscale club thread on Jan 30 & no response since. Thought maybe I'd said something stupid cause it's a pretty active thread. I play an epi Allen Woody Sig but want a cheap way to leap to a shorty 5dr. Maybe you could reference my post & offer some feedback. I think it's on pg 3 of "official shortscale club pt 3" . *edit* meant 5str. Stoopid spellcheck. Looked at this bass again an hour ago but noticed they finally got a modern player JAG so I played that til I had to go. Meh on that bass. Anyway would love to discuss this new Ltd shorty 5er. Peace-billy
  7. Gimme4

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    My post is on pg 4 of that thread-sorry bout that
  8. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    there are so few short scale 5'ers around let alone ones this cheap. that might explain the lack of response. these basses must be pretty new because i go to GC quite frequently and hadn't seen it until now.
  9. banditcosmo

    banditcosmo Supporting Member

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    It's so new it looks like it's not even on ESP web site.
  10. CH Design

    CH Design Supporting Member

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    How is it tuned? It sounds like E-C in the video, doesn't it? Or am I just THAT tone deaf?
  11. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    Mine is B-G. Cant speak for thr video.
  12. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    same scale as a mikro...i measured it at 28.5". the nut is 1 5/8".
  13. jweber76

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    Played this at my local GC yesterday... Very cool.
  14. Human Bass

    Human Bass

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    That's one convenient bass.
  15. Human Bass

    Human Bass

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    I want to hear a comparison of the B against a Dingwall. =P

    28.5 vs 37
  16. Mekanamom

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    Cool! It's good to see another short scale 5er option out there!

    I'm fighting the urge to go see if my GC has one, lol. Done buying basses for now.
  17. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    The stock B string measures .125 ...i think i'll try a .135 on there just need to figure out how to shorten the string somehow.
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    You could try cutting it.
  19. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    Yeah, i'm worried about it being so thick though
  20. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

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    Oooh, I want one!

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