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The LTD Black Metal Series is comparable in build quality to our LTD Deluxe “1000 Series” instruments, but with a dark and menacing design theme of all-black finish, components, and hardware, a single premium-quality pickup, Macassar ebony fingerboards with no inlays and glow-in-the-dark side markers, and even a newly-designed black metal LTD logo on the headstock. The F-4 Black Metal takes the sculpted and contoured body styling of the F Series and presents it in the diabolical design theme of the Black Metal series with neck-thru-body construction at 35” scale (perfect for brutal downtuning), extra-thin U-shaped three-piece maple neck, and mahogany body. Other highlights include 24 stainless steel frets, black binding on the neck and headstock, stainless steels frets, Grover tuners, a Gotoh bridge, and a single Fishman Fluence SB-1 active pickup with a single-coil mode that's accessible via a push-pull volume control.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 35"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 400mm
Finish Black Satin
Nut Width 40mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24XJ Stainless
Strap Button Standard
Tuners Grover
Bridge Gotoh 201B-4
Bridge PU Fishman Fluence SB-1 *(Pull Volume for Single Coil Mode)
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume (Push/Pull)
Strings D'Addario XL165 (.045/.065/.085/.105)
Case Included N

Purchased through AMS and have ZERO regrets.  After 30 years of playing bass, this being my first ESP, I am seriously impressed.  I purchased this to set up a four stringer in BEAD, but for now am at D standard tuning on the factory strings with just a 1/4 turn of the truss rod to get it just right.  I really wish more basses came with a single volume knob, since most of my eq work is done on the pedalboard.  Such a great balance, and the tone is amazing!


Update: Now a BEAD bass, with a hipshot detuner...so clear even down to A.  What a wonderful bass for sure!