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ESP LTD Frank Bello FB-204 anyone got one?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RealBK, Oct 12, 2013.


  1. RealBK

    RealBK

    Feb 8, 2002
    anyone got one? not much in the way of reviews or photo's of the bass on the net? would love to know how the necks plays? brian
     
  2. JellinWellen

    JellinWellen

    Oct 18, 2012
    Texas
    I tried it, thought it was a shell of the awesomeness that used to be the Fender Frank Bello Sig. Just didn't think it sounded anything amazing.
     
  3. RealBK

    RealBK

    Feb 8, 2002
    I had a fender bello but never liked the neck. just wondered if the ltd bass neck was faster and more jazz like
     
  4. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Fender's was a very resonant ultra "midrangey" (alder body instead of basswood) aerodyne Jazz Bass.
    Why ultra midrangey? 'cause front Seymour Duncan quarter pound splitcoil always outdid bridge Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickup.

    It sported a reliable Leo Quann's BadAssIII (stringthru himass bridge) and Schaller Ultralite machineheads.

    Just dual volume, no tone control, for a powerful bass yet a proverbial "one trick pony"

    Esp/Ltd was a Precision bass (alder with chunky maple neck, all satin finished much like a neckthru bass, which is not) with an EMG set of P/J "x" active pickups.
    Yes: active pickups. For it's a passive electronic: volume/balance/tone.
    The tone is way more aggressive and hifi at the very same time, while the weight and power make it a "man's world" Bass.

    Ebony fingerboard with abalone blocks and bindings make it difficult to check where you actually are in an average "low lights stage situation"

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     

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