with case

Formerly called “ESP Standard”, all ESP E-II instruments are created at our ESP factory in Tokyo, Japan, and are designed for professional players who accept no compromises in tone, feel, or reliability for their guitars and basses. The new BTL Series basses (available in the 4-string BTL-4 and the 5-string BTL-5) offers a set of extraordinarily flexible tools for sculpting the perfect tones for any genre of music. Available in an outstanding Black Natural Burst finish over an alder body with spalted maple top, the BTL basses offer a sonic signature powered by an Seymour Duncan SSB passive pickup set that’s paired with ESP’s own high-end active 3-band Cinnamon EQ system. The extraordinary versatility of the bass’s controls (volume with push-pull preamp bypass as well as balance and discrete controls for bass, midrange, and treble frequencies) allows you to use this bass for any gig, in any style. High-end component include a Schaller straplock, Gotoh tuners, a Hipshot A style bridge, and a bone nut. Includes ESP hardshell form-fitting case.

Construction Bolt-On
Scale 34"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Nut Width 38mm
Nut Type Bone
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Schaller Straplock
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Hipshot A Style
Neck PU Seymour Duncan SSB-4n
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan SSB-4b
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Vol(P/P)/Bal/Bass/Mid/Treble, P/P Preamp Bypass on Vol Control
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Light/Medium (.045/.065/.085/.105)
Case Included Y

Hey! Just uploaded my latest bass playthrough vid using my badass BTL-4! Hope you'll like it   


Carl N.

thanks for sharing

Devin M.

Is this the bass that niilo sevanan from insomnium uses?

Carl N.

Hey Devin, I can't speak for all of his instruments but I know he has one of those.



Looks great! What is the weight? How is the balance with straplock near the bridge in the center of the body? Have you considered moving it up slightly so the guitar naturally stays at a 2:00pm position?

Todd B. ESP

Hi, The average weight is 8lbs. The balance is excellent with the long upper horn. No need to move the button on the body when you have a long horn up top.

Fred Zeppelin

I can't see me buying anything other than ESP. I love my D-4 also Neil J, but just like tattoo's and beer, one is never enough. I would LOVE to have an EC 404 or a B-1004 in lefty.

Cody E.

Does this come in left hand? As well as right handed.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Cody, this model is not available in LH at this time. You will see a "LH availability" icon on our pages for items that are available in LH.

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