NAMM 2016: ESP LTD Builds New Basses for All Styles
ESP LTD are launching fifteen new bass guitars at the American NAMM 2016 convention, affirming their quickly-growing reputation for manufacturing top-quality bass guitars in all price classes. They've sat down with well-known artists like Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), jazz cat Bunny Brunel, Tom Araya (Slayer), as well as many others, to discuss how a good bass should be put together.
The result is a range of basses that are not limited to metal music but can be used for virtually any genre, including reggae, jazz, pop and funk. For the latter, the RB-1004SM STR by Rocco Prestia with its new red spalted maple top is a perfect example. It also has Aguilar pickups with split coils that are located relatively close to the neck for a thick, prominent layer.
By far their most striking bass guitars in ESP LTD's new range are the two Multi-scales, the ESP LTD B-1004SE and the B-1005SE: basses with a fanned fret neck and a gorgeous bubinga finish, available in both a four and five-string version. The special fret design is made to optimise string tension, but is also improved ergonomically to enhance playing comfort. They have Nordstrand pickups, a Hipshot Solo bridge and a brand-new ESP-designed 3-band active EQ.
When it comes to multi-string bass guitars, ESP LTD's B-206SM can't go unannounced. The spalted maple body of this affordable six-string bass is enhanced by the See Thru Black Satin finish, which is also available in this B-205SM five-string version, as well as the B-204SM with four strings.
The Stream series began as an affordable range of bass guitars, but as it gained popularity, more professional models were added to it, like the Stream-1004 and the Stream-1005. For five-string bassists on a budget, ESP LTD offers the Stream-205.
ESP has also expanded their artist family with bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Dead Daisies), who will also be presenting a signature bass: the attractive four-string LTD MM-4FMin a J and P pickup configuration and a maple neck. With great-looking details and a Dark See Thru Green Sunburst finish, it may seem simple on the outside, but it happens to have EMG X Series pickups and a Hipshot drop tuner!
Check out more news on our NAMM 2016 overview page!