ESP/LTD D4 (VS) Schecter Stiletto Studio 4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by d rick man, May 29, 2019.

  1. d rick man

    d rick man

    Jun 28, 2016
    Its a glorious day. My boss is going to let me buy one more bass. But I'm torn. I don't know much about these two basses. Both are long scale and through body necks. I would like to add one of them to my collection. Which one is the better bass? Which one is the better quality? What is the pro's and con's of each bass? Please share your experiences.
  2. Not much love for either here on Tb...but both are great basses! I really love my Ltd multiscale but Schecter is my next can't go wrong~
  3. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    I used to own the 6 string version of the ESP LTD you were asking (so mine was the D6). My biggest gripe when I had it was the weight. Then I looked for some other 6ers including few Schecter models. In my assessment, the Stiletto Studio clearly has better hardware: with real EMG pickups and preamp, 18v configuration, and Graph Tech Tusq nut. Though I ended with another brand as the replacement.
  4. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka Inactive

    Mar 29, 2019
    What is a long scale bass? A regular bass?
  5. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    Had a D4, I thought it was a very dull and dead sounding bass, even with new strings. Traded to my brother for misc equipment. He loves it says it is one of his best sounding. I guess to each their own.
  6. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Not familiar with either particular bass but I've owned other LTD models such as the Stream which uses the same ESP designed SB4 pickups, and Schecter Stiletto Elite and Deluxe.

    Personally, I would go with the Elite - LTD basses including the D4 have jumbo frets, and while the SB4 pickups are pretty decent, it's a tad on the muddy side compared to the EMG on the Schecter.
  7. d rick man

    d rick man

    Jun 28, 2016
    Thanks for the comments. I originally was leaning toward the D4. But now I am leaning toward the studio 4.
    And now sense you have brought it up, I'm looking at an Elite 4. The elite, at first glance may indicate that it does not have active electronics. No separate battery compartment and only 4 knobs, vs 5 knobs on the studio and D4. I could be totally wrong about that thou.
    The D4 pickups say EMG, where the Elite and Studio say EMG-HZ.
    Any other advice is greatly appreciated. Two of these basses will involve 2 hour one way travel time, just to look at them close up. But I'm willing to do that. It looks like a good deal.
  8. d rick man

    d rick man

    Jun 28, 2016
  9. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 10, 2016
    It'll come down to personal preference. I've had several Schecters including the Studio-4, and I have an LTD 6 string. I think the Schecters are slightly better, but you should judge the specific instruments you're trying out. They are both good, you can't lose.

    PS I always buy used gear. Used Schecters are at great prices.
  10. d rick man

    d rick man

    Jun 28, 2016
    I think you are right about personal preference. I am versatile, I gig with a range of basses. Rickenbacker (blond), Switch vibercell (blue Matallic), Ibanez SR700 (starburst), Epiphone les paul standard (sunburst), Fender jazz (black). The only thing I see different between the elite and the studio is that the elite has a string through body design. But the Studio has a more appealing look. There again personal preference.
    Thanks again.
  11. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    D4 original pickups aren't EMG's. They are ESP own pickups which like the knock off of the EMG 35 HZ. Unless you are talking previously owned D4 with upgraded pickups.
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  12. d rick man

    d rick man

    Jun 28, 2016
    Thanks, good to know about the D4 pickups.
  13. Duncantein

    Duncantein Supporting Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    The Schecter Stiletto Studio has always been my favorite of all basses I've owned. So much so that I purchased a 5 string, a 6 string(now sold) and most recently the 4 string. It's definitely a personal preference, but I always find I come back to this bass. I haven't found anything else that beats the fit, finish, durability and sound of this bass. Schecter comes out with new stuff every year, but the Stiletto Studio still remains in the line up year after year. I think it's their signature bass and it's mine too.