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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-205SM is an affordable yet high quality 5-string bass that 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-5 pickups, along with an active ABQ-3 3-band 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 45mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black Nickel
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge LTD BB-605 w/ String Thru
Neck PU ESP Designed SB-5N
Bridge PU ESP Designed SB-5B
Electronics Passive P.U. w/ Active EQ
Electronics Layout Vol/Bal/ABQ-3 3-Band EQ
Strings D'Addario XL (.045/.065/.085/.105/.125)
Case Included N
Jim S.

I have this bass. It's badass. 

David G.

I received my B-205SM last week. I have owned ESP products in the past and I have been playing sense the 80s.

My question is, I received the Bass fully assemble and strung. I always have a tech do a first time setup. Usually costing around $60 U.S.

This time all 3 tech locations state that there needs to be extensive fret work and neck alignment "shimming and rod setting" That this guitar needs more than basic setup.

Is this out of the norm or sense I am still in the return window, send it back and have a different bass sent. I only ask because the 3 quotes are $250-350. 

No disrespect at all. I have loved ESP products and never had this to be an issue.

Carl N.

sounds like a bit much, if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at customerservice@espguitars.com or https://www.espguitars.com/pages/support 

Clarence  J.

I've been playing guitar and bass for over 48 years, started playing in bands 11 years old in Michigan with my father then with friends and other musicians along the way. Became first chair bassist in high school and started teaching guitar and bass in high school up untill the mid 90s. I have lived a lot of places between Queens New York, San Francisco & Daly City California, Tampa Florida, Nashville Tennessee and Ft. Wayne Indiana as well so I've seen and played a countless number of low to high end instruments as I own about 30 guitars and basses myself and recently purchased an ESP LTD B-205 see-through black 5 string bass with the (roasted jatoba fretboard)and was totally astonished by the craftsmanship, play ability, sound versatility, over all charismatic attributes as well as cosmetic embellishments all for while under $600 as I can only wonder how in the hell can the make an instrument so fine for that price but I am truly honored to say the least that I purchased the instrument.

Carl N.

thanks for sharing!