Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kukulkan61, Feb 22, 2018.

  1. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    ESP are not cheap to begin with. I can't remember how much they wanted for the Doris Yeh signature bass, but it didn't last very long.
    Tom Araya's signature model probably isn't cheap either.

    It's a prestige thing owning a real ESP when they're making LTD deluxe editions that are as good as the ESPs.

    Turns out Tom's bass is available in three price points:

    Frank Bello's model is similar, one LTD version & one ESP version
    ESP version is 4x that of the LTD version

    Last week I saw a ESP guitar at Sam Ash that was almost exactly like my LTD Deluxe
    You guessed it, 4x the price I paid for my LTD, LOL!
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2018
  2. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    Looks like most other gaudy basses that look more like high-end furniture or decorations.
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2018
  3. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Pay that kind of money for something that says ESP on the headstock...they must be joking.
  4. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Free shipping! Yes!! :hyper:
  5. John Freeman

    John Freeman Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Craftsmanship and wood choices on that look superb. It isn’t hard to see why it’s priced the way it is.
  6. ScrewDevil

    ScrewDevil Guest

    Feb 18, 2018
    Anyone who would pay that much for a bass should be beaten to death with it.
  7. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    So everyone with an Alembic should be beaten to death?
  8. toowrongfoo


    Nov 25, 2017
    Wait, the OP is NOT visible to me, now common, throw the dog a bone.........
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  9. toowrongfoo


    Nov 25, 2017
    Unless they are Stanley Clark or John Entwistle, yes.
  10. Eon Sky

    Eon Sky Supporting Member

    Jul 7, 2013
    Pacific Northwest
    I showed it to the wife and said "So about that 'expensive' Dingwall..."

    Thanks, ESP!
  11. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    To each their own. I think for $13,000 I’d get something “better” than an ESP. I bet Keith would make something like that for half the price...and I’d have a Roscoe.
  12. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  13. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    There are a number of people on here with Alembics.
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  14. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    And Foderas...
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  15. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Indeed. Those aren't cheap, either.
  16. I would much rather spend $13k on that ESP than $23k on some of those Ritters at NAMM...
    Real-deal hand-made ESP’s are on-par with all the more well-known boutique luthiers around, Alembic and Fodera alike. The price tag on that bass doesn’t surprise me at all.
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2018
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  17. gwangi


    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
  18. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Well, it is very shiny.
  19. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    To be fair, those woods are just about "as good as it gets".

    The extra ~8,000 premium is just for the paperwork.
    "Collector's item", ya know?
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