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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... Read More

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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-band EQ for maximum tone tweakability. 24 XJ frets and abalone dot inlays on a rosewood fingerboard. Maple-walnut neck has a 35" scale.

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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
 
4.7

(based on 14 reviews)

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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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Great Bass - Wrong Wood and scale length

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...Read complete review

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)

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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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    (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.

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    (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.

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    (3 of 7 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..

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    (5 of 11 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)

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    (1 of 3 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.

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    (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!

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    (9 of 9 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

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