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ESP LTD B-204SM fretless?

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

  1. 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.
  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
  3. Thrash3r


    Aug 5, 2013
    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. What would it compare to sound wise?
  5. 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


    Nov 1, 2013
    Ordered one and a set of D'Addario tapes yesterday:

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  7. 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


    Nov 19, 2013
    Looks like a super nice bass, been interested in it for a while now.
  9. 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


    Nov 1, 2013
    Oh, the bitter disappointment...
  11. vmabus


    Nov 1, 2013
    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!
  12. Remember to post pics when you get it - congrats.