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With its unique coloration and grain pattern highlights, spalted maple is a great look for a bass that stands out from the crowd. The B-204SM offers an ash body with a spalted maple top in Natural Satin finish, along with an extra thin U-shaped 5-piece maple/jatoba neck for excellent playing feel. You also get passive ESP Designed SB-4 pickups, along with an active ABQ-3 EQ, and good-looking black nickel hardware. Also available as a left-handed version and in See Thru Black Satin finish.

Construction Bolt-On
Scale 34"
Body Ash
Top Spalted Maple
Neck 5Pc Maple/Jatoba
Fingerboard Roasted Jatoba
Fingerboard Radius 400mm
Nut Width 40mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black Nickel
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge LTD BB-604 w/ String Thru
Neck PU ESP Designed SB-4N
Bridge PU ESP Designed SB-4B
Electronics Passive P.U. w/ Active EQ
Electronics Layout Volume/Balance/ABQ-3 3-Band EQ
Strings D'Addario XL165 (.045/.065/.085/.105)
Case Included N
Hanover Fiste

This is the third Ltd Bass I've bought. I'm stunned at the quality of construction, regardless of its price point. If it was made in USA (which I'm a big supporter of), its price would be at least 4 times as much. I'm glad I no longer have to spend a lot of money for a quality instrument.

Johnny O.

Just got me one of these, but in a SeeThrough BlackSatin style, and it is just gorgeous! I know you shouldn't base judgement on first impressions, and I may come back with a second opinion later on, but my first impression is that this is a great instrument. It's well balanced and I like the weight. Not heavy per se, but heavy enough to get that sturdy feel that I want. It plays great out of the box. With no setup what so ever other than tuning it, it plays and sounds awesome. The neck and fingerboard fit my hand like a glove. I'm very impressed by the build quality.

Also a nod to Thomann for delivering fast and in perfect condition. They said this was a B-stock with slight trace of use and therefor lowered the price, but I can't find and such trace so that was total BS. I wish more retailers would lie to me like that.

Carl N.

thanks for sharing your thoughts

Remy F.

Hey Carl, thank you for the trip : "the stereo output jack acts as the on/off switch" ... I bought a used B-204SM that's natural wood design and shape is so nice and plays so well, but I thought the battery's life time is short ... so this will solve my problem ! However, the neck was slightly warped and I brought it to an instrument maker to level it ; but it doesn't change my opinion about it, that's a guitar's life and it restarts a new life.

Carl N.

glad you are enjoying it

Chris R.

Picked up one of these used. Great bass. The action is awesome and the eq really good. I've had gig with it for a few months. The input hex nut was lost at a gig and I cant seemed to find a replacement.  I tried to use hex from other basses but came seem to find a fit. What size is the hex nut and where can I order a replacement?

Carl N.

Hey Chris, reach out to our service department at customerservice@espguitars.com  they can help you out with this.

Brin P.

I just got this bass last month at Wolfe Guitars of Jupiter, FL and it plays very great! It also looks great, which makes me never wanting to stop playing it! It is a very good price for its quality craftsmanship, and it holds up very well! Sadly it has an active EQ, so I will eventually have to replace the battery, but that is the only downside! I will make sure to buy another bass by ESP again in the future.

Carl N.

Hey Brin, thanks for your praise of this bass!  Don't look at having to change the battery as a downside, it helps your instrument create it's specific tone!  How do you feel about bass strings?  They need to be replaced occasionally as well

Be sure to keep your instrument unplugged while not in used, the stereo output jack acts as the on/off switch and when a cable is inserted the circuit will draw power from the battery.