ESP and it's Korean range (LTD) have only recently come under my radar. I wish I had come across these sooner as I would likely have one or two by now. But I've still not yet taken my first plunge, but may do so soon. My first experience with these was in a nondescript and rather randomly jumbled music shop in Eastern Appalachia. Not way out in the boonies but still country-ish about 90 miles from DC. Having been in a bit of shock at the tag hanging off the guitar with its $1600 price tag, I had not yet picked it up. Once I did, I realized that I was holding a very very high quality instrument with super tight tolerances, impeccable feel & fit, and a comfortable relicing job the likes of which I was more than impressed by. It was made in Japan. Even though I have never experienced a Sadowsky or Suhr, I had a feeling this might be something close in the league of similar quality. I mention those makers because this was a Fender inspired design like those. Yet the quality was beyond many American made Fenders I had played. Being this is a bass site and I am a bass player, I have my eyes now on a Tommy Stinson ESP LTD TS-4. This is P-style inspired 4 string, with EMG P/J style active PUs. After holding and playing it, I could tell that the ESP quality I came upon in the other store was still present here. Even though it is a Korean model and an LTD. They want $534 for it, and I could likely take it out of that shop for maybe around $400. I had a TV and some memorabilia that he would have credited me with but wanted those plus $370. I was more like in the $260 range plus the stuff. He inadvertently gave away that it had been there awhile, and I could tell he sort of made a mistake in saying that as its not really a pawn guy kind of move, especially with a clearly interested buyer. So, I'm going to let it sit for another 6-8 weeks. If it is gone, no biggie, wasn't meant to be. The Specs between the ESP Stinson Signature (I think $2.5 - $3k when new) and this LTD TS-4 ($959 when new) are almost exact on the surface and possibly beyond the surface. I think these came out in 2006. Same woods, color, same pickups, similar relic job (at least from what I can see in photo). The tuners were different, not sure of the bridge. It is pretty clear that the two basses are linked, a custom shop and an 'economy' of the same bass without a doubt. My question is: Will the build and feel be all that much different between the two. I think the Stinson Sig was done in their Tokyo Custom Shop, and Japanese luthiers have great reputations. What do you all think and what can you tell me.... about the Stinsons, about ESP, LTD, anything you want to add. Thanks.