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ESP B-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top See-Thru Black

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Sunk into its flamed maple top are a pair of heavy-hitting SB-4 pickups designed to give up a massive wall of low-frequency mayhem. The 5-piece maple/walnut neck bolts up to the mahogany body and has ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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Overview

Sunk into its flamed maple top are a pair of heavy-hitting SB-4 pickups designed to give up a massive wall of low-frequency mayhem. The 5-piece maple/walnut neck bolts up to the mahogany body and has a rosewood fretboard fitted with 24 XJ frets, pearl dots, and the model name at the 12th fret. Tweak your tone with volume and balance knobs plus an ESP ABQ-3 active EQ. This is one very nasty sonic package housed in a dark and deadly instrument that looks as hot as it plays.

Features
  • Bolt on neck with 34" scale.
  • Basswood body with flame maple top
  • 5-piece maple/walnut neck with 24 XJ-fret rosewood fretboard
  • Dot inlays with model name at 12th fret
  • ESP SB-4 pickup set
  • Volume, balance, and ABQ-3 active EQ
  • Tune-o-matic bass bridge
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ESPB-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top
 
5.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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(18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This thing is so cool!

By Mac

from Madison, WI

Comments about ESP B-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top:

Alright, I heard about these 8 string basses and the first thing I thought was, "Oh god back problems for as long as I live..." I was happily mistaken! It was totally like a 4 string! The octave strings are so fun! This bass is composed of pure awesomeness! It gives you a new sound to what ever you want to play. Drop tune it, still sounds awesome. You don't even need a guitarist anymore!

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It will be mine... oh yes, it will be mine.

By Paul J. Vigeant Jr.

from Worcester, MA

Comments about ESP B-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top:

I test drove one of these basses at GC awhile back through a Gallien-Krueger Backline amp with a delicious overdrive circuit. Monster riffer madness. Fills in a lot of space if you only have a guitar player. THEN I played it clean. With a flanger or chorus pedal, this thing would sing. If you love Cheap Trick, King's X, Galactic Cowboys, Pearl Jam, and/or anything on Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood, this is a great place to start. Can lay down some serious Audioslave or Rage Against The Machine without a guitar player.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound for a Great Price

By JEFF TRIBBY

from Lakeland, Florida

Comments about ESP B-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top:

When I was looking for a bass with a different sound, I was immediately drawn to the idea of an 8-string but at a price that wouldn't break me. I checked out all the 8-strings and quickly picked the one I thought was most pleasing to my eye as well as affordable. I picked the ESP 8-string with its see-through finish and active EQ. When I picked it up at the store and saw it in person for the first time, I knew it was love at first sight. I got it home and tried it out and bonded with it even more. I can do harmonics that are not possible with a non-double stringed bass. It's voice is very full and clear and has a bell-like chime to it. I feel I got the best bang for the buck. The bass itself came to me in flawless condition, no blemishes or smears at all. I highly recommend this bass to anyone who wants a different and distinctive sounding bass. I now have four basses, and they all have very different voices. This ESP rounds out my collection beautifully. By the way, it's not nearly as heavy as I expected, fairly light for a bass, in fact, and it stays in tune better than a couple of other basses I have. I know I'll enjoy this baby for a long time to come.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a voice this baby has!!

By JEFF TRIBBY

from Lakeland, Florida

Comments about ESP B-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top:

I got this 8-string around a month ago after a three-week backorder wait, and wow, was it ever worth it! For what it's worth, CG generously offered me a Dean Edge-8 at the same price ($50 more than the ESP) in place of the ESP, but I stuck with my original order. It's got quite a voice, too, about what a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar would sound like with a deep voice. It's very clear and crisp, and I can do harmonics with it that are just not possible with a non-double-stringed instrument. I dropped the low E to D, and it sounds great. I play it through my Boss ME-50B using reverb-chorus and sometimes a heavy distortion or overdrive. Sounds awesome, like something from another world. This is one very happy camper. I have four basses now, all very differently voiced. I highly recommend this bass. It's affordable, very well constructed and finished, and I like the 24 fret-neck (34" scale, by the way). I don't know hwy more people don't get one. You really, really should think about it. It's no more difficult to play than a four-string. Check it out! Just do it!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this bass!

By KENNETH

from Appleton, WI

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Comments about ESP B-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top:

I saw this on-line and bought it sight-unseen. Best purchase ever! It's got great full, rich tone. It's surprisingly easy to play. I've got more expensive basses but this is my favorite. I don't play any slap bass. If there's any down side to this bass that might be it. I don't imagine this would be easy to slap and pop. I play jazz, community theater musicals, but mostly I do the rock!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Bass

By raul bravo

from rio rico az

Comments about ESP B-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top:

This Bass is the fifth addition to my bass collection. it is a very good sounding bass, i am in love with it, the octave strings really makes playing so much cooler. you can tune it to what you desire and it will always sound great. this model is very beautiful. the model name on the twelve fret looks AWESOME.

 
5.0

what a cool bass

By Crazy John

from Tolar,Texas

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Pros

  • a bass players bass
  • easy to play
  • great bottom end
  • great sound

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    • this bass has it all
    • you can use this bass anywhere

    Comments about ESP B-208FM 8-String Bass with Flamed Maple Top:

    I had been looking for one of these 8 strings for a while no one had one to try. good thing if they would have I would paid whatever it took to get one. Then I found this one on GC web site used it said good condition I took the chance. When it got here I took it out the box couldn't believe what I was seeing it had a little dirt and the strings where bad but that was it. there was not a dent or a scratch on it any where. I took strings off polished her up put 4 flatwounds and 4little strings on her and put some tune on her and started playing.Goodness you really don't need any guitar players the sound is just crazy. and got all this at a great price.Thank you GC

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