A few years back I decided to go short scale. I needed lighter, smaller basses due to some annoying physical issues. I was especially intrigued by the micro 5 string basses from Ibanez and ESP, so decided to grab them both, as they're pretty inexpensive as basses go. After about a year of owning and playing both, I thought it might be useful to create an a/b comparison video. It's here: I ran through a bunch of techniques (please forgive the sloppy execution) to show how the basses sound across a range of styles and attacks. Also tried them with some overdrive. Some thoughts after having owned and played these for about a year: These basses are both cool. They're both about the size of a strat, but a few pounds lighter. Growly and fun to play, with a surprisingly useful low b. The ESP has one split single coil, the ibanez has 2 single coils. But the ESP output is hotter than the Ibanez. The ibanez neck is completely unfinished raw wood. The ESP has a clear coat. The ibanez is made in Indonesia, the ESP in Viet Nam They're both put together surprisingly well IMO (for the price). Very solid basses. The bridge on the ESP is beefy and solid. The jackplate is metal and really nice. Surprisingly nice touches at this price point. The Ibanez plays great. Nice action right out of the box. It's balanced very well and feels more like a real bass, just smaller. I also like the tone a lot. And there are a lot of tonal options between the two pickups, especially as you play with the volume knobs. The ESP is more difficult to play. I dig the tone. It's raw and dirtier with less sparkle, but cool. One thing I should mention is that the body is very small. Feels a bit out of balance with the neck. Wicked neck dive. Also, I find my right hand isn't in the best position naturally for picking. Though this smaller body might indeed be perfect for a different body shape or type. All in all, I am very happy with the purchases, especially for the price. I play the Ibanez though mostly. Really like it.