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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 a 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 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
Juan C.

This was the first bass i bought back in 2012 and not only has it lasted up to this year 10 years later, but the color, frets, hardware, and TONE continues to be in immaculate condition. I played many gigs with this bass and it continues to live up to its standard, and honestly has a better tone and feel than any other bass i've played with! Listen to Party Rice on any streaming platform and you can get an idea of how good it sounds in a metal or hardcore setting! 

Scott H.

I just ordered one of these.  My fifth LTD bass, and I love them all!

Chris S.

I just bought this bass and it is an incredible instrument.  Forget the $$ point.  I own an EB fretless, a MM fretted and other basses.  This one is my favorite.  The pickups are fantastic - clear, distinct, punchy if you want it, and bright.  Nice slim neck makes for easy fingering.  Smooth action all the way up the neck and easy access to the upper register notes toward the pickups.  Beautiful finish and spalted maple body.  Preamp is great.  Hands down the best bass I own.

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

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