ESP Vintage 4 vs Fender American Standard?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brockkiemel, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. Curious how these basses compare? I've currently got a Fender American Standard P bass (2013) on layaway... But want to make sure I'm getting the best option as used prices are roughly the same. ($900) If it helps I play mainly heavy rock and roll / punk rock.
  2. nilpla

    nilpla Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2013
    The ESP is more versatile, and probably better built. I have both and if I had to choose, I would have stayed with the ESP.
  3. Im with ESP also. I was endorsed by ESP some years ago and even tho my endorse is over (I wanted to play whatever bass I felt like), I still seem to grab my Vintage 4 and Amaze 5 to gigs alot! The quality and attention to detail is amazing. Also I really like Seymour Duncan pickups. I would pick ESP over am Fender anyday!
  4. NeonVomit


    Jan 29, 2013
    ESP for sure.
  5. In Australia, the ESPs are fair bit more expensive. I think they are better quality than a Standard but are priced closer to a Deluxe here is which case I'd take a Deluxe.
  6. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    The best J bass I ever played is an ESP, they know how to make the perfect J bass.
  7. Not to take anything from an American Standard P , but I have 3 ESP Vintage 4 s and of my 10 basses ( others are 2 Fretless jazz , jazz deluxe , 50 's p , EBO and Rivoli ) these are my most played .

    My most recent bass is the unlined ESP 214 Fretless and my next will be an ESP Vintage 4 in white to complete the set . ( the others are sunburst , black and CAR ).

    I can 't endorse these basses any higher- love 'em. Great value on the used market.
  8. Thanks for the info. I went ahead and stuck with the Fender as I had played it before but am seriously considering selling my Fender Japan 66 Reissue jazz to buy a used Vintage 4.
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  9. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    my only issue with the esp would be if you need to get rid of it in a pinch and you can only get 25% of what you paid for it, otherwise esp, because it's versatile, playable, and well crafted
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  10. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    I've had both. The ESP is definitely a much better built instrument. My Vintage 4 was just as high quality as my Sadowsky Metro, other than the fact I couldn't get the action slammed without a shim. I miss the ESP and wish I still had. Fantastic basses!

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  11. Neveragain55


    Mar 19, 2014
    ESP everyday, and five times on Sunday....... SERIOUSLY!!!!!!

    ESP's are extremely underated and don't get a fraction of the credit they deserve.

    Fender makes a great bass and always has..........but.......... (well I'll just leave it there)
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