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The ESP LTD B-155DX Electric Bass from the B series features stunning beveled edges along the sides, an elongated upper horn and short lower horn, as well as a shapely headstock. Just like it's close ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The ESP LTD B-155DX Electric Bass from the B series features stunning beveled edges along the sides, an elongated upper horn and short lower horn, as well as a shapely headstock. Just like it's close relatives in the B series, the B-155DX is a short-scale (34") model with a bolt-on, U-shaped maple neck and light basswood body. Two ESP SB-4 pickups (bridge & neck) and the ESP ABQ-3 3-Band Active EQ will help you adjust the tones as you work your magic along the rosewood fingerboard. This 5-stringer also has simple dot inlays, 24 XJ frets, black nickel hardware, ESP tuners, a 45mm standard nut, and an ESP DB-4 bridge w/string-thru-body. All together, the ESP B-155DX is a beautiful bass with excellent sound to match. You'll be amazed it didn't cost you more.

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Features
  • Bolt-on
  • 34" Scale
  • Basswood body
  • Flamed maple top
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 45mm standard nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • ESP DB-5 Bridge w/string-thru-body
  • ESP SB-5 (B&N) pickups w/ESP ABQ-3 3-Band Active EQ
  • Case sold separately
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ESPLTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Incredible 5 string for the price

Had this bass for about 3 1/2 years now. Time has taken it's toll on my baby. Paint job is still excellent, the black nickel hardware is showing it's age. It needs...Read complete review

Had this bass for about 3 1/2 years now. Time has taken it's toll on my baby. Paint job is still excellent, the black nickel hardware is showing it's age. It needs to be cleaned thoroughly to keep it from pitting and looking spotted.
My pick-up select knob fell off (on stage) that was the last time I saw it haha. Had it replaced and it fell off again.. so I just left it off, works fine still.
Now the B string, the 34" scale of the neck isn't suited very well for a B string. As I found out due to be finger style being a bit on the heavy side, same goes for slapping/popping/double thumbing. I swapped out the string for a 135 gauge to tighten it up a bit more, problem was that it doesn't fit through the string thru body section of the bridge so I had to string it through the bridge, instead of through the body (hard to explain lol) that kind of helped but the problem still exists.
I had the ground wire for the pickups torn off the jack output inside the bass due to the jam nut backing off on the inlet (if the jack rotates, the nut is loose!) Simple fix though, just resolder and tighten the nut.
The fingerboard is perfect and only as your strings get older do you notice the buzz that arises from playing chords around the center of the neck (truss rod being perfectly balanced) She stays in tune rather well too, I am using SIT strings which come standard on it and I haven't tuned the sucker in probably 6-8 months and she's still in tune (I check every now and then)
Never had a problem with the sound of the pick ups, only thing is that it uses a 9V battery (they're expensive). I've recorded with this bass and it sounds decent enough for a bass under five hundrd dollrs.
It is a bit heavy and it does have quite a bit of neck dive (you get used to it). It has slipped off the strap on me a few times while playing live (I was in a metal band at the time). The more upright it gets the easier it'll slip out, due to angles and it's weight.
I figured I'd add my opinions onto here so people don't have to look at all the "Just got it today! I LOVE IT LOL!!" comments. The bass has held up over time, I still get many compliments on it, the women love it haha, this was the first 5 string I have ever bought and it might stay that way for the next couple of years. I love the neck and the pick ups and overall feel of it. Don't play too many open notes on the B string and you'll be okay (plays awesome tuned in C, not sure why haha). Buy this bass and you will not be disappointed, I play Trivium to Primus to Incubus on it and it gets it right everytime. I think I've been sufficient in this summary of this teal (it's not that blue in real life) coloured bass.

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Ok, but nothing special

I owned one of these for about 2 years. I was not particularly impressed with this bass. The neck played slow. Didn't like the thin frets either. I did like the flatter fretboard...Read complete review

I owned one of these for about 2 years. I was not particularly impressed with this bass. The neck played slow. Didn't like the thin frets either. I did like the flatter fretboard radius. The eq was set wrong. The marked treble and mid were swapped. How do eq pots get put into the wrong spots? I changed them to the proper locations. Overall tone was kind of muddy. It lacked articulate zing, even with stainless steel strings. Entirely too much eq work at the amp to get some crispness - I play a ss amp into an 810 w/tweeter. Would probably do best with some flatwounds. Weightwise, it's rather light, and the body is comfortable. It is a handsome bass, but it looks better than it plays and sounds.

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5.0

Awesome bass I highly recommend it!

By Hippy

from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    This was my first 5 string. I wasn't sure if I was ready at first but I love it and play it more than my 4 string. I'm used to playing Ibanez but this one feels just as slick. The tones it puts out are sick. Give this bass a try you won't regret it.

     
    2.0

    Ok, but nothing special

    By Frank

    from Virginia Beach, VA

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    I owned one of these for about 2 years. I was not particularly impressed with this bass. The neck played slow. Didn't like the thin frets either. I did like the flatter fretboard radius. The eq was set wrong. The marked treble and mid were swapped. How do eq pots get put into the wrong spots? I changed them to the proper locations. Overall tone was kind of muddy. It lacked articulate zing, even with stainless steel strings. Entirely too much eq work at the amp to get some crispness - I play a ss amp into an 810 w/tweeter. Would probably do best with some flatwounds. Weightwise, it's rather light, and the body is comfortable. It is a handsome bass, but it looks better than it plays and sounds.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Incredible 5 string for the price

    By Fargus

    from Toronto, Canada

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Hardware Issues
    • That B String

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    Had this bass for about 3 1/2 years now. Time has taken it's toll on my baby. Paint job is still excellent, the black nickel hardware is showing it's age. It needs to be cleaned thoroughly to keep it from pitting and looking spotted.
    My pick-up select knob fell off (on stage) that was the last time I saw it haha. Had it replaced and it fell off again.. so I just left it off, works fine still.
    Now the B string, the 34" scale of the neck isn't suited very well for a B string. As I found out due to be finger style being a bit on the heavy side, same goes for slapping/popping/double thumbing. I swapped out the string for a 135 gauge to tighten it up a bit more, problem was that it doesn't fit through the string thru body section of the bridge so I had to string it through the bridge, instead of through the body (hard to explain lol) that kind of helped but the problem still exists.
    I had the ground wire for the pickups torn off the jack output inside the bass due to the jam nut backing off on the inlet (if the jack rotates, the nut is loose!) Simple fix though, just resolder and tighten the nut.
    The fingerboard is perfect and only as your strings get older do you notice the buzz that arises from playing chords around the center of the neck (truss rod being perfectly balanced) She stays in tune rather well too, I am using SIT strings which come standard on it and I haven't tuned the sucker in probably 6-8 months and she's still in tune (I check every now and then)
    Never had a problem with the sound of the pick ups, only thing is that it uses a 9V battery (they're expensive). I've recorded with this bass and it sounds decent enough for a bass under five hundrd dollrs.
    It is a bit heavy and it does have quite a bit of neck dive (you get used to it). It has slipped off the strap on me a few times while playing live (I was in a metal band at the time). The more upright it gets the easier it'll slip out, due to angles and it's weight.
    I figured I'd add my opinions onto here so people don't have to look at all the "Just got it today! I LOVE IT LOL!!" comments. The bass has held up over time, I still get many compliments on it, the women love it haha, this was the first 5 string I have ever bought and it might stay that way for the next couple of years. I love the neck and the pick ups and overall feel of it. Don't play too many open notes on the B string and you'll be okay (plays awesome tuned in C, not sure why haha). Buy this bass and you will not be disappointed, I play Trivium to Primus to Incubus on it and it gets it right everytime. I think I've been sufficient in this summary of this teal (it's not that blue in real life) coloured bass.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Amazing Bass

    By Nate

    from Undisclosed

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    This bass is pretty awesome. The body is lightweight. Aside from a few flaws with the frets buzzing from time to time and the neck Dive, I would suggest this bass to anyone who is thinking about buying a 5 string bass. The tone is beautiful, especially when I play it through a 1x15. I play in a church worship band as well as a punk pop band, I would probably keep it away from the punk pop band, as 4 strings with the high to mid sound are better for that, but it is amazing for rounding out the bottom of your music.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    B-155DX

    By Joliet Zentner

    from Upper Michigan

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    Everything about this guitar is just what you need great price,smooth playing,great sound all rolled up in one great package.
    This is my first 5-string bass i've used nothing but 4 string up to this point other than getting used to the fith string the next is not much bigger than my old 4 strings very easy to play. I gig out with this guitar it is light enough not to wear out my shoulder after 4 hours playing. The blue finish is awsome.
    The sound it makes is second to none so clear with the avtice pickups.
    For the price I can see myself buying another soon just to have another.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great for the money, not perfect

    By Jim Alrutz

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    In this price range, you're not going to find much better. It will require some upkeep for proper gigging shape, but it's a beautiful looking bass with a solid sound. Buy yourself some straplocks or a locking strap, a good brand of strings, and you've got an excellent setup.
    The pickups sound great (though I prefer dual volume to volume-fader controls), the tuners and bridge are very good at keeping you in tune even if you pound the strings to death as I occasionally do when playing in a percussive, Les Claypool style. The onboard preamp is good for a bit of tone shaping, but if you've already got a good sound running at your amp, you can leave it flat. If your amp has less control available (my Crate practice amp is very minimal), it can be very helpful.
    The bass looks much more attractive in real life than the pictures make it look. I like the headstock shape, though it's not for everybody. You will definitely have to work to keep it set up well- the extra tension from the additional string means that the bass is super sensitive to changes in humidity and temperature. If you aren't good at setting up your own instruments, you'll be running to your tech frequently to keep it in playable shape. That said, when it's set right, it plays very well. The string spacing is nice and tight, which can make slapping a bit tricky but makes it easier to play fast.
    Considering what you're getting out of the bass, it's a great price. It's not the greatest thing ever, but if you're looking for a 5 string that won't break the bank, it's a great starting point. I have no issues gigging or recording with it.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Bought from dirrerent site but its the same here

    By Ironscorpion666

    from Upton, KY

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    Ok, i bought this bass from a different web site but this is still the same bass as it was there. i know alot of people do buisiness here as well as myself, so thiught i'd take this opritunity while im away from the band for a few hours to tell you about this bass. it's great for the price and the features are absolutly amazing, this in my opinion is the best bass in the b-series. so if your looking to rock the stage or even abasement or bedroom, this is the way to go.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a bass!

    By shadowsinstone

    from Texas

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    The COLOR is amazing. Small details like mother of pearl dots on the fretboard, on board EQ makes everything easier, more fun. I waited forever and a day to get this particular color and model and am delighted with my decision. Get it. You'll love it.

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME

    By shaq smith

    from buffalo, ny

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    This is a good quality bass. I LOVE the design and the color. When playing the low B is bomming. This bass is way better than my yamaha 3 string. When playing the yamaha bass it tends to have a bad sound ending but not this bass. The three equalizer button are good for change the tone to fit the genre of the song.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best

    By travis

    from ny

    Comments about ESP LTD B-155DX 5-String Bass Guitar:

    When I first i play it I was amazed by the b string power when it ring in my fender amp. This bass stay perfectly in tune. This is my first five string but I know this has persuade me to buy another esp bass. I have no problems with this bass and I love it to death

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