Hello all, I have an 03 Ibanez SR495 (version that became SR505) that I LOVE to play. I just love its neck and the way I interact with this bass while I play it. Now, I am thinking of getting a 4-string version of the same bass: the SR500. However, I notice this bass from ESP LTD B-4E (The ESP Guitar Company | 2011 USA Website) Price-wise, both SR500 and B-4E are close ($550 vs. $500). However, I am really intrigued by the features of LTD like Neck-Thru-Body Construction, Ebony Fingerboard, and overall appearance. Problem. I've never played an LTD and I have NO IDEA about the way it feels and sounds. So here are my questions. 1) Are the LTD B-4E's neck similar to SR5 neck on SR500? ESP's website simply says, "Extra Thin U Neck" with no detailed dimension. So any input will be great. 2) How about the tone from B-4E's pre-amp and PUPs? I am more than OK with the tone from my stock SR495. Does B-4E produce similar tone to SR500? 3) Where is the current LTD B-4E being made? In China? Indonesia? 4) Overall, which will be a better choice for me? Why? FYI. I play mostly Hard Rock like Ozzy, Sabbath, Judas Priest, GNR and some 80's hair-metal. Thanks for your input!!!