Tom Araya ESP

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nutterisgo, Jul 4, 2008.

  1. nutterisgo


    Apr 29, 2008
    Does anyone know any thing about this bass? It looks like a candidate for my next bass, but thats going on looks and trust in tom, and no guitar shops around my area even carry esp, so has anyone played this or even seen someone playing it?
  2. JakeCoffey111


    Feb 5, 2008
    DUDLEY mass
    Jake Napoleon Coffey
    its a great bass, played it at a clinic once, has a nice metal sound, great feeing too. and the controls are fantastic! :bassist:
  3. Billygoat666


    Sep 19, 2007
    As far as I remember, there was about 3 or 4 different TA models in different price ranges starting from around $650ish and going to maybe around $1300 or more. I played a few of them. The cheaper ones didn't have the pentagram inlays and may have had the EMG HZ pickups with a more limited eq. I played one of the cheap ones and really wasn't very impressed. I also played one of the top of the line ones and it kicked ass. I think it had the EMG active DC pickups and it had a better eq if I remember correctly. ESP makes some nice basses. Especially if you play heavy music. That's not to say of course that they're only good for heavy music but they lend themselves well to the heavy genres.
  4. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
  5. nutterisgo


    Apr 29, 2008
    you think that over priced? chech out the 10 grand kirk hammet =D
  6. Lasernoob1337


    Jul 4, 2008
    That's an awesome bass, and Tom Araya is awesome, too, but man that thing is WAY overpriced
  7. treebranch13


    Oct 31, 2007
    the fully priced ESP signatures are made at the custom shop, they just aren't your specs, they are the model's
  8. 0175westwood29


    Sep 16, 2007
    nearly choked! how much! its a nice bass not that nice tho!
  9. nutterisgo


    Apr 29, 2008
    well, I suppose im gonna start saving nickles =D
  10. a note that the TA is 35" scale and not 34" Scale.
  11. nutterisgo


    Apr 29, 2008
    what difference does the bigger neck make? at 5"11' and 220 and growing I'm a big dude so i can handle it, but is there a tone difference or anything?
  12. i'm not sure, i've never played 35 scale before, but what I have read is if it's a 5-string the low B string will have a better sound, and not clacky loose. I'm really not sure about the difference for 4-strings on 35 scale.

    I just know that the TA is a 35 and not 34.
  13. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    A longer scale will tighten up strings. If you tune down it's nice to have. If you're a real tone snob.. I mean aficionado :D, you'll notice that the longer scale can choke out notes. It's going to make a small tonal difference, but as soon as you add any other instruments that difference is negated. In a playing situation the only difference is going to be a tighter feel.
  14. ErebusBass


    Feb 20, 2008
    Madison, WI
    I have personally seen Immortal, Emperor, and Behemoth gigging with this bass. I have no personal experience with it. I have an F-series LTD, which is similar to this, and love it
  15. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    I own and play ESP and i love my bases....The pentagram inlays, and his signature are a little cheesy but otherwise an awesome bass.

    For the money though i would go with the F-404 very close to the TA model in design at around $800.00 while the TA600 is $1000.00 equipped almost exactly the same sans the pentagram fret markers, an extra body cut out, and a differnt wood for the body


    ESP F-404 4-String Bass Features:

    Neck-Thru-Body Construction
    35" Scale
    Mahogany Body
    5-Piece Maple & Walnut Neck
    Rosewood Fingerboard
    Dot markers and model number engraved at 12th fret
    EMG 35-Dc Active Pickups
    Volume & Balance Controls
    EMG B64 3-Band Active EQ
    Black Chrome Hardware
    Grover Tuners
    ESP BB-604 Bridge
    24 XJ Frets

    The TA600


    Model Name TA-600 Tom Araya Signature Model
    Series Signature Series
    Maple Body
    3-Piece Maple Neck
    Black Machine Heads
    Rosewood Fingerboard w/pentagram inlays w/model name at 24th fret
    24 XJ Frets
    EMG 35-DC active pickups
    EMG B64 3-Band Active EQ
    ESP BB-604 bridge
    Black Hardware
    Scale Length 35"
  16. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    I'd go F-404. I never was totally into the sound of that all-maple body.

    Shape is sick, tho. The TA600 is an amazing bass, I just woudn't pay a grand for it.
  17. nrssab


    Jun 28, 2006
    Before I wanted to buy one, but never got the chance to try them out. I reacently saw one in a musik store in germany, but didn't have the time and mood to try it out. Also very recently I saw some boy going to a musik store with that bass, I didn't get to ask him about it. I must also admit that I lost interest in the bass.
    The really good one costs $3000, and the rest are not the real thing. Well I don't know, it defnatly looks great...

    Good luck in getting one, and if you do please write a review.
  18. Is it my imagination or was that model already sold in Japan as a Dir En Grey signature model before the premiered the Tom Aray design?
  19. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    Fairly sure you are correct in that assumption!