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 46mm
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-5n
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan SSB-5b
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/.125)
Case Included Y
Cody H.

How long will this model be available before it is updated or discontinued?  

Cody H.

Also, what is the string spacing?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Cody, This model is currently staying in our lineup and not being changed. For the string spacing please contact our customer service team and they can help you find the answer. customerservice@espguitars.com 

claudio v.

Hi everybody - excuse me Todd - IMHO hipshot A style bridges usually bear 18mm string spacin' in 5ers version


Already havin' a few B series basses under my belt, I'd myself like to grab me a MIJ model just like this




Todd B. ESP

Hi Wallace, thanks for adding your comments here. Sounds about right to me!

Frank J.

Thinks for the ad  Just a plain ole guy that loves to tweek and mod bass guitars 5-strings and up !!


Larry F.

I'm anxious to get my hands on one of these. When might they be available?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Larry,

These should be available to ship in June. Please contact your dealer or distributor for availability.