with case

Here it is: the ESP Custom Shop version of Frank Bello's latest signature bass, the Frank Bello J-4. Frank created this bass to offer a completely modernized vibe on an all-time classic instrument, making it perfect for his fast and precise musical antics while holding down the low end for the iconic thrash metal band Anthrax. Frank's ESP J-4 offers the feel and sound that he relies on both onstage and in the studio. Based on a traditional style, the ESP Frank Bello J-4 uses a comfortable alder body and a smooth bolt-on maple neck at 34" scale. But then, this bass adds features like an ebony fingerboard, high-quality Gotoh tuners and bridge, and a whole world of tone via its set of EMG PX and EMG JX active pickups with red covers. The red accents are extended to the J-4's dot fingerboard inlays as well as body and headstock binding. Made one at a time in the ESP Custom Shop in Japan, the ESP Frank Bello J-4 comes in a killer Black Satin finish, and includes a hard case.

Construction Bolt-On
Scale 34"
Body Alder
Neck Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Graphite
Neck Contour FB Original U
Frets/Type 21 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Gotoh 201B-4
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Vol/Bal/Tone
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Light/Medium (.045/.065/.085/.105)
Case Included Y
Controls Frank
Frank Bello (Anthrax) Talks to Loudwire

Frank Bello (Anthrax) Talks to Loudwire

Frank Bello, the bass playing madman from Anthrax, sat down with Loudwire's Squiggy to talk about his bass heroes (Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, and Steve Harris), to play a few riffs from Rush and Maiden, and to talk about his...

how much is the cost of the ESP Frank Bello J-4?

Carl N.

Pricing is available on our site for customers viewing within the U.S.  if you are outside of the U.S. it would be best to visit your local ESP dealer or distributor for pricing and availability in your region.

Chad Foster

So, is this still only available for pre-order? The date says "April 29." Is it April of 2019 or 2020? If it's available now, I'm going to order one, I think.


Carl N.

Hey Chad, most ESP signature instruments are made to order if we do not have them available at the moment.  These take around six to eight months to produce, so if you would like to be in line for one of these Bello basses I would recommend placing an order on our site or through your preferred ESP dealer.  I can see this is not available at the moment, if a new order was placed you could expect a wait of around six to eight months for your ESP to be built.

Patrick H.

It’s a really nice bass and I’m interested in buying this bass, but it says the estimated shipping date is Mar 29 (2020?). I know it’s a custom shop bass, but I wonder what is the deadline to order this bass in order to make it to be shipped on about Mar 29? Or is there any other ways to order this bass?

Todd B. ESP

HI Patrick, thanks for your interest in this bass. These are build to order unless we have it in stock. So unless you find a dealer who has it in stock, there is no way to get it sooner. Once an order is placed then we will build it and it takes about 8 months. Please contact one of our dealers or ESP Sales department directly.

Chad Foster

This is my next purchase! My Tom Araya LTD is perfect for the songs that need to be played with a pick, but I can't wait to try this one when it comes out. I have high hopes for the custom pick-ups. I prefer playing without the pick, so this one will be a great add to the equipment arsenal!

Todd B. ESP

HI Chad, Wow, great! hope you get to check one out some day. This is a really nice bass.