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ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass Spalted Maple

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A spalted maple top and ash body combine for beauty and tone on the striking ESP B-206 6 string bass. ESP pickups at the neck and bridge with volume and balance controls are complemented by active 3-b... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

A spalted maple top and ash body combine for beauty and tone on the striking ESP B-206 6 string bass. ESP pickups at the neck and bridge with volume and balance controls are complemented by active 3-band EQ for maximum tone tweakability. 24 XJ frets and abalone dot inlays on a rosewood fingerboard. Maple-walnut neck has a 35" scale.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES

  • Ash body with spalted maple top
  • Bolt-on maple-walnut neck
  • 35" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Standard 54mm nut
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Abalone dot inlays
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP-LTD tuners
  • ESP DB-6 bridge
  • ESP SB-6 pickup set
  • Volume and balance controls
  • ESP ABQ3 3-band active EQ
  • Case sold separately
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ESPLTD B-206SM 6-String Bass
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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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

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

ESP B-206SM is downright amazing

I got this guitar recently, and I'm here to say WOW!! This bass is very under priced. I've played Warwicks, Schecters, and Ibanez 6 strings that just don't compare, even though...Read complete review

I got this guitar recently, and I'm here to say WOW!! This bass is very under priced. I've played Warwicks, Schecters, and Ibanez 6 strings that just don't compare, even though they were much more expensive. The EQ is amazing. The natural wood is beautiful to say the least. I would highly recommend this bass to anyone. It came with great action and sounded wonderful right out of the box. 10/10 in my book.

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Bought this guitar online, and had it shipped to my address.. I am happy with it, overall, but the sound can be a little muffled.. This may be because of how...Read complete review

Bought this guitar online, and had it shipped to my address.. I am happy with it, overall, but the sound can be a little muffled.. This may be because of how the action is set up; probably.. It is a great looking guitar..

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(58 of 59 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP B-206SM is downright amazing

By Ian Stang

from Oregon City, Oregon

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

I got this guitar recently, and I'm here to say WOW!! This bass is very under priced. I've played Warwicks, Schecters, and Ibanez 6 strings that just don't compare, even though they were much more expensive. The EQ is amazing. The natural wood is beautiful to say the least. I would highly recommend this bass to anyone. It came with great action and sounded wonderful right out of the box. 10/10 in my book.

(37 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic!

By Kevin

from Manassas, VA

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

I just recently received this bass as a gift, and it automatically fit prefectly in my hands! The feel of it is so nice and the wood complements it big time. The action came set and the strings are amazing! The on-board EQ really gives you that tone that you are looking for and the active pickups gives you that extra "POW" to the bass. I've played Warwicks, Fenders, and Musicman 6-strings, but this one has got to be the best I've played! If you're coming up from a 5-string to this baby, it's actually not that hard of a transtition. Going back though is really awkward. I recommend this to all players who want a nice, quality, durable 6-string bass!

(34 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeded expectations

By Ray Goudard

from Newark, NJ

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

I simply could not believe my ears the first time I plugged this baby in! This thing has got unbelievable punch with warm mids and clear as day highs! I leave the eq on my GK rig flat and just dial it in straight from the bass. You will not go wrong if you're looking for an affordable, good looking, and good sounding bass.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Yessir

By jake

from parma oh

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

had this thing for a month now. first its so much more gorgeous in person than online pics. spalted maple on top of dark chrome hardware. it sounds amazing. ive played fender, squier and for the past three years been playing warwick so buying this was actually a step down price wise but i gotta go with this guitar makes me much happier. its got active pick ups, three tone knobs and volume. its so light from my experience. the frets are supposedly extra jumbo but im stepping up from a four string and have had no problem adjusting minus plucking bc there are more strings. also its light so your shoulder can handle it on there for long periods, i had it there for three hours straight w.o a break. its very balanced too so you can just play, you dont have to hold up the neck. very clean sound on the high strings and suprisingly heavy sound on the low. overall this thing is a steal. if you can get past guitar centers awful shipping services you will have an amazing instrument to play on

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Bass!

By MiniVai

from Long Island, New York

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

I've been a strict guitarist and teacher for 13 years - A switch to bass was my next step. For my birthday, my girlfriend bought me this bass. (Well, actually she handed me cash and said "I don't know what I'm doing, so go pick one out") - I figured, if I'm going to become a bass player, I want to go all out and get a 6 string, fancy, tonal monster. This bass delivers! Between the bass/mid/treble/volume/and EQ knobs, there are ENDLESS tonal possibilities, from the funkiest of high treble "slap" to the lowest of warm ballad groove, this bass does it all! I've jammed on MANY different basses across the 13 years as a strict guitar plater, but let me tell you, this bass plays like a dream. I tried it out at a Sam Ash in my area, and was shocked when I saw how low the sticker price was. I couldn't believe a $429 6 string bass played like it should have been priced at $800-$1,000. Seeing as I'm NOT a newbie at dealing with guitar store personnel, I was able to sweet talk my way down to $387.00+ tax. This CANNOT be beat! My bass was tuned a 1/2 step down in the store, so I had to take it home and tune it up, which took a few songs to set the tension at BEADGC without it going slightly out, but such is that for ANY guitar that you are freshly tuning. With a quick flick of the knobs, I was rockin' it, in every style. Highlt recommended!

(5 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Bass - Wrong Wood and scale length

By Dominique hall

from Portland OR

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

This is a great bass, BUT the neck is the thin series not the Ultra thin. also its 5 piece Maple and rosewood. not walnut. heres the specs from ESP Bolt-On Construction 34" Scale Ash Body Spalted Maple Top 5 Pc Maple/Rosewood Neck Rosewood Fingerboard 54mm Standard Nut Thin U Neck Contour 24 XJ Frets Black Nickel Hardware ESP Tuners ESP DB-6 Bridge ESP SB-6 (B & N) p.u. ESP ABQ-3 3-Band Active EQ Finish: NS (Natural Satin)

(3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ESP Bass

By Adam Snyder

from Charleston, SC

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

Bought this guitar online, and had it shipped to my address.. I am happy with it, overall, but the sound can be a little muffled.. This may be because of how the action is set up; probably.. It is a great looking guitar..

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smooth transition from 4 to 6 strings...

By Justin Keyser

from Kalamazoo, MI

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

I owned a 4 string Wal custom bass which I regrettably had to sell recently. When it came time to purchase a replacement, I decided to step up the game and go for a 6 stringer. I couldn't have made a better choice than this ESP! The quality of this instrument is almost beyond belief when factoring in the low price I paid for it. Neck is smooth as silk and the string spacing is ideal. Even the action was perfect from jump street. The 3 band equalizer offers a splendid mix of tones and the knob setup is well placed and easy to access in a hurry. Low, breathy B string sounds amazing with no fret buzz whatsoever. Anyone considering a 6 string bass should seriously look into this model. This bass cost 10 times less than my former instrument, yet the sound is in no way indicative of that. Simply amazing, beautiful to boot, and highly recommended.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The most amazing bass I have ever played/owned.

By Carl Myers

from Union Connecticut

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

I have been playing over 40 years and own many fine Guitar,s but this unit is the best value, I have ever purchased. Good looking, great action , powerful tone, well built and priced well below what I think its worth. I play thru a mesa boogie bass amp and this guitar makes it roar. I am very fussy about my tone , my chopps, and my stage presentation. This six string bass says " I am here to play and play hard" I really lay down a foundation of music with this bass. Thank you so much for such a fine instrument.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT BASS

By anthony

from Cincinnati, Ohio

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

All i got to say is I playd this thing for 5 seconds and it sold it self, I've played 4-strings all my life till I bought this bass never even picked up a 6 stinger, love at first second of a riff. You wont regret buying it, only weird thing is if ur a 1rst timer 6er it was funky for me grippen a 4 string again so skinny. great bass any how!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is What I was Looking For

By Jeff - Young Old Timer

from Lakeland, FL

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • Strong (LOUD) pickups

Cons

  • No cons

Best Uses

  • All stage work
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Writing

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

Late last year (2015) I began looking for a six-string bass I could convert to a 12-string. I'm crazy like that. I ordered this bass used from GC back in April of 2016. I got it within a few days. It took several months just to find the right bass for the task. The B-206 beat all the other considerations hands down. It has a double truss rod system in the neck, a wide neck and a 35-inch scale, which is preferable for lower voiced basses. I found this bass and was ready to buy on at the store, but fortunately, I happened to look on the GC website and found this particular bass. It has the flame maple top rather that the spalted top of the new ones. When I started the conversion, all I had to do for the extra six strings was cut a second groove in each barrel of the bridge. I did have to add some mass to the headstock and reinforce it with some steel stock. That made it a little top heavy, but I play all me instruments in my lap. That extra hardware added a serious sustain to the thing. Hit a note, and it just hangs on and on. My bass is now tuned from high G to low F#. Each pair of strings is tuned in octaves like an 8-string bass but with a greatly extended range to the low side. I don't recommend anyone to try this unless you reeeeally know what you're doing. Having one of these built by a custom company such as Conklin could easily cost around $15,000 or so. Having said that, I will say this: If you do that, you will most certainly get your money's worth! It's all about affordability. Bottom line - for me, it was worth the time and effort. This is a rock-solid bass to begin with. It played and sounded great when I got it, and it sounds even much more "awesomer" now. As is, the B-206 is a great bass to have an anyone's collection.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Short of holding my New Born in my hands, it was like holding my New Born

By Andre

from Matthews, NC

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

The best thing anyone can imagine holding in their hands. The Neck is smooth and fast. The Weight is evenly Balanced in my hands. Tone is exceptional. Although I am still in the early learning phase of playing. This will mark my 7th bass. And this right here is by far the best one yet. When will I stop. After number 8 I will stop promise.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

soooooo worth it

By cameron

from bay city, michigan

Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

ive had this bass for 7 months now, i love it! it sounds great, feels great, looks great. overall this bass is great, the only thing i have to say about it is the intonation slips a little bit. but other than that, it is perfect.

 
5.0

6 string base good buy.

By RONNIE

from undisclosed

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Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

excellent product, enjoying finger feel and 6 string base.

 
5.0

Excellent buy. Great deal.

By Willster

from Loganville GA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

    I'm getting use to it, i just wanted a six string. It's a solid built bass. Excellent for the price.
    The preamp is very weak. I'll probably be replacing it with an Aguilar OBP 3.

     
    5.0

    ShArP AxE !

    By Walt

    from Mo.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

      WHAT A DEAL I GOT !!! This bass is a phenomenal value !

      I own a Peavey ( passive p/u's) and Schector Stilletto Extreme 4 strings bass guitars. I wanted to move my game up a tad and saw this 6 string Bass. What really caught my eye was the detail and quality in the finish alas I thought if it only sounds as good as it looks .

      I you tubed it and took the chance and ordered it in. It arrived on time and extremely well packaged. I changed the strings to DAddario flat wounds ( my preference) to match my other instruments feel and set it
      up.

      AWW Man it's awesome great range and tone and easy to navigate with a little adjustment form the 4 to the 6. I feel like I've added to my repertoire significantly . I am extremely satisfied with this Bass. Nice neck easy to move up and down very solid body well assembled built to last .

      Even just sitting in its stand I get so many compliments on how it looks . To the point that I think I will stick with the spalted maple look .

      Definitely looks great sound great and gives you pride of ownership when you sit down with it. as for my practice I enjoy moving between the 4 and the 6 and had to upgrade my rig to handle the new axe. To take full advantage of its versatility

      No complaints that a few naturally adjustments and increased familiarity cant cure , thats to be expected I highly recommend this bass.

      (0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      AWESOMENESS!

      By JFACbass/rasta6

      from St.louis, MO

      Comments about ESP LTD B-206SM 6-String Bass:

      This bass looks remarkable! Im buying it this holiday season for freshman year jazz lab band because i need to outgrow my squier. I first saw this bass looking for a new guitar, and since im more a bass player i said dang thts a great looking bass! I have never had a six string before but im excited to save my money for once. this bass is awesome, and esp ltd products are well made and good because my guitar i got from esp ltd is perfect without fancy emg pickups and active electronics so this means tht this bass is wonderful. i highly recomend this to all of u this holiday season.

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