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Beautiful Modded ESP J 205

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jbass65, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. jbass65

    jbass65 Supporting Member

    Sep 8, 2002
    Denver, Co
    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
    -Bone nut
    -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!

  2. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Nice looking bass!! Got any sound clips?
  3. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Looks very nice!
  4. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX

    So the Ltd LDJ Pickups aren't EMG J5 clones?

    Bass looks great. I'm planning to pickup an ash one and make it fretless.

    All the best,

  5. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I like the pointy body horns, reminiscent of the first generation Hamer Cruise basses.
    I like narrow string spacing as well.
  6. Bravo.
  7. Marko 1

    Marko 1

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Gorgeous. Good job.
  8. CaneyBoniface


    Feb 17, 2015
    Did you drill hole for machine head?
  9. CaneyBoniface


    Feb 17, 2015
    Can you give me a link to buy that machine head?

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