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The ESP LTD D-5 5-string bass guitar has a natural merbau body and neck-through design complemented by active electronics. The sustain and resonance of the neck-through construction and choice woods a... Click To Read More About This Product

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The ESP LTD D-5 5-string bass guitar has a natural merbau body and neck-through design complemented by active electronics. The sustain and resonance of the neck-through construction and choice woods are further enhanced by a string-thru-body bridge. Includes volume and balance controls as well as active 3-band EQ.

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Features
  • Merbau body
  • Neck-through-body construction
  • 5-piece mahogany-maple neck
  • 34" scale
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 24 XJ frets
  • Black nickel hardware
  • Grover tuners
  • ESP BB-605 string-thru-body bridge
  • ESP SB-5 pickup set
  • Volume and balance controls
  • ESP ABQ3 3-band active EQ
  • Case sold separately
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ESPLTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Fun to play (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
  • Jamming (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

LTD D-5 5 STRING BASS GUITAR

This is my 1st 5 string bass. I received it Wednesday from Musicians Friend I tried several including a Peavey Grind and Millenium, an Ibanez lined fretless (that I liked) and a Warick...Read complete review

This is my 1st 5 string bass. I received it Wednesday from Musicians Friend I tried several including a Peavey Grind and Millenium, an Ibanez lined fretless (that I liked) and a Warick 5 string. I was reading all of the reviews I could find to see how closely they matched my findings (as a reference only-I know everyone has different experiences, likes and dislikes). During my checking Ebay and other places I ran across the LTD B205 (ash with light curly maple top on the body and headstock). Nice but when checking Musician's Friend I saw this LTD D-5 in Merbau (Asian equivalent to Mahogany). I have always wanted a bass in Dark Brown Walnut or Mahogany so after reading it's spec's I found unlike the B205 which had ESP tuners the D-5 has Grovers and it was about $30 more. Reviews on MF (17 reviews with total rating of 4.9 out of 5), Another site (3 of 3 rated 5 out of 5), and a 3rd site (9 reviews with total rating of 4.5 of 5) That coupled with the 45 day return policy I decided to give it a try. As with the Ibanez it was less awkward for me to play and after a couple hours I was really enjoying playing it. Anyone who has played a 4 string then later a 5 can appreciate what an extra string can do for you. I chose a string through the body (it is also a top loader) so it would add some tension to the B and wasn't disappointed. I got to play it last night at a benefit for the most part loved it. I say for the most part because on one occasion I had to remember the top string wasn't an E (lol). Now for the the tuners and quality. The 20:1 Grovers are very nice and smooth. Looked into the control cavity and found it to be completely shielded, quality Alpha pots, EQ Active Model sports plug in connectors that appear to be locking. Everything neatly soldered and wire-tied wiring. Battery compartment receives only a small complaint in that you have to unscrew 2 screws to get to the battery but the battery is strapped in place by velcro straps (nice touch). The instrument cable has a nice firm "snap" that holds the cable plug quite well. The Bridge is heavy duty and the bass has good sustain (almost as good as my Babicz on my Fender Jazz. While good enough it is not the quality of the Babicz Bridge but I am so far happy. Pickups are ESP Soapbar passive with a separate 3 band active EQ. Controls are: Master Volume, Bass Boost/Cut, Mid Boost/Cut, Treble Boost/Cut, and Balance. All but the Master volume have center detent which is a plus. All work as they should with a minor complaint that as you start to increase treble above the detent it starts to be just slightly hissy but I don't like that much treble anyway as you begin to hear string to fret clank. The neck feels good to my hands even though my hand is small and fingers are short. The strings that came on it had a pronounced bigger sound from the 4th and 5th strings compared to the other 3. I have removed the strings and will be installing DR Silver Star (thinly coated) rounds which I have liked on previous basses. They are the same as Black Beauties but just clear in stead of black coating. Let's hope they give a more uniform sound string to string than the stock strings did. Wood hardness and weight. Frankly I was expecting this bass to be like the Basswood, Poplar, and Agathis woods I had in some Squiers and SX basses in that it was very soft wood that could cause screws to strip out. Far from it. This wood seems tough yet not too heavy with a wide cushion strap I use with my Fender Jazz. Yes, maybe a pound or 2 heavier but I doubt it. I will have to weigh them both to be more accurate

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Maybe we got a bad one

After reading the glowing reviews we decided to purchase this bass for my son as his first five string. Short story is 6 months later it sits in the case while his Jazz Bass...Read complete review

After reading the glowing reviews we decided to purchase this bass for my son as his first five string. Short story is 6 months later it sits in the case while his Jazz Bass gets the frets played off of it. Lots of reasons why. First and foremost is the fret buzz is almost unbearable. I played it myself when it arrived and I had some concerns in that area - but it has turned out worse than I imagined. Have worked on adjusting it and all it does is shift it to a different form of bad. Also, the sound of the instrument overall is very flat. My son plays through an Acoustic amp with plenty of room for sound tuning, but it always manages to sound dull regardless of the settings. When he plays the J-Bass immediately after the effect is startling. If you are trying for a flat sound and that is all you want - this is your bass. Otherwise - look elsewhere. The final issue is in overall comfort. The bass is fairly light when compared against other five strings, but both my son and I have found it difficult to get comfortable playing the instrument. We are both big guys and I have had issues with various instruments over time - so this may be a personal issue. I am 6'5" and weigh around 275 - so if you are in that range you may want to do a try before you buy. Positives are few - instrument build quality is quite good overall and the electronics appear solid for a bass in this price range. I might even suggest that the finish and wood quality make it appear like a more expensive bass. But at the end of the day it just doesn't deliver as the flexible, multi-use bass that we purchased it to be. I have had a lot of basses over the last 35 years and the only one I liked less was my first.

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5.0

Amazing bass

By Tiffelupu

from Santa Clarita CA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

    Everything I hoped for when I found this bass. It is gorgeous, sounds great, fantastic sustain. I'm a big fan of ESP and they haven't let me down yet. Superior quality and sound, especially for the pricing.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Maybe we got a bad one

    By DJH-TX

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Feel

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

    After reading the glowing reviews we decided to purchase this bass for my son as his first five string. Short story is 6 months later it sits in the case while his Jazz Bass gets the frets played off of it. Lots of reasons why. First and foremost is the fret buzz is almost unbearable. I played it myself when it arrived and I had some concerns in that area - but it has turned out worse than I imagined. Have worked on adjusting it and all it does is shift it to a different form of bad. Also, the sound of the instrument overall is very flat. My son plays through an Acoustic amp with plenty of room for sound tuning, but it always manages to sound dull regardless of the settings. When he plays the J-Bass immediately after the effect is startling. If you are trying for a flat sound and that is all you want - this is your bass. Otherwise - look elsewhere. The final issue is in overall comfort. The bass is fairly light when compared against other five strings, but both my son and I have found it difficult to get comfortable playing the instrument. We are both big guys and I have had issues with various instruments over time - so this may be a personal issue. I am 6'5" and weigh around 275 - so if you are in that range you may want to do a try before you buy. Positives are few - instrument build quality is quite good overall and the electronics appear solid for a bass in this price range. I might even suggest that the finish and wood quality make it appear like a more expensive bass. But at the end of the day it just doesn't deliver as the flexible, multi-use bass that we purchased it to be. I have had a lot of basses over the last 35 years and the only one I liked less was my first.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent bass

    By Brian

    from Central PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Church

      Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

      I read only the reviews on this bass, and they sold me on it. I had been using a Washburn Tarus T-25, a decent bass with passive pickups for two or so years, and I wanted a bass with active pickups. I am really happy with low you can get out of it and how you can balance the highs with the EQ. It looks to and feels to be a very solid piece. This bass was heavier than the Washburn, and about double the weight of the Peavey Cirrus, which does not bother me for the amazing features. I received the bass with a stock battery, and thought a I bought a terrible bass, till I changed the battery to quality new battery, and it changed the tone and sound output completely. Amazing bass

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Surprise!

      By KW

      from MN

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • everything

        Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

        Small frustration waiting for this order. Action was a bit low, too much fret buzz. Adjusted and now can play as clean or dirty as I want. Very light with a beautiful finish. Controls are easy to use and give a wide variety of sounds. Works well in any setting.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        ESP D-5 what a deal!!!

        By musicman1119

        from Dallas,GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • ALL

          Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          Great bass, I've been playing 30+ years, strictly a 4 stringer,(Musicman and Fender Jazz) but playing at church there were so many occasions when hitting the lower notes would be nice. I went in a local store and tried this thing out and WOW! bought it on the spot. I was so comfortable with it, I played it the next Sunday at church. I've had to make a few adjustments (due to the weather)but what an incredible bass. I really don't see a need to "upgrade". It's as good of a playing,sounding and looking a bass as I could ask for...

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic bass . . .but . . .

          By BreakerFall

          from Christiansburg, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • That Darn Old Battery

          Best Uses

          • All Of The Above
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

          I've loved this bass since before I owned it. We shared a gig once with another band who's bass player was playing this bass, except it was the 4 string version, and I was immediantly attracted to it. Not to mention the fact that he had just got his, so he was in the showoff kind of mood. Point is, this bass is hard to miss being a very nice looking, and nice playing instrument.
          I've played big venues and small venues with this bass and had no issues at all. Jamming on this bass is a breeze, and it seems to pretty much be built to record, I've seen no flaws in this bass. . . except for that battery powering the active pickups. I know sometimes it's my fault for leaving it plugged in at practices etc. but the the amount of times I've had to replace that thing seems a bit excessive. Don't be alarmed, it's not a turn-off of mine at all, I still love the bass, and afterall this could just be a flaw of mine alone, either way, the bass is sitll well worth the money.

          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          LTD D-5 5 STRING BASS GUITAR

          By Bubbalou

          from North Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Beautiful Bass
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Setup Near Perfect
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues
            • Song Requires 5 String

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            This is my 1st 5 string bass. I received it Wednesday from Musicians Friend I tried several including a Peavey Grind and Millenium, an Ibanez lined fretless (that I liked) and a Warick 5 string. I was reading all of the reviews I could find to see how closely they matched my findings (as a reference only-I know everyone has different experiences, likes and dislikes). During my checking Ebay and other places I ran across the LTD B205 (ash with light curly maple top on the body and headstock). Nice but when checking Musician's Friend I saw this LTD D-5 in Merbau (Asian equivalent to Mahogany). I have always wanted a bass in Dark Brown Walnut or Mahogany so after reading it's spec's I found unlike the B205 which had ESP tuners the D-5 has Grovers and it was about $30 more. Reviews on MF (17 reviews with total rating of 4.9 out of 5), Another site (3 of 3 rated 5 out of 5), and a 3rd site (9 reviews with total rating of 4.5 of 5) That coupled with the 45 day return policy I decided to give it a try. As with the Ibanez it was less awkward for me to play and after a couple hours I was really enjoying playing it. Anyone who has played a 4 string then later a 5 can appreciate what an extra string can do for you. I chose a string through the body (it is also a top loader) so it would add some tension to the B and wasn't disappointed. I got to play it last night at a benefit for the most part loved it. I say for the most part because on one occasion I had to remember the top string wasn't an E (lol). Now for the the tuners and quality. The 20:1 Grovers are very nice and smooth. Looked into the control cavity and found it to be completely shielded, quality Alpha pots, EQ Active Model sports plug in connectors that appear to be locking. Everything neatly soldered and wire-tied wiring. Battery compartment receives only a small complaint in that you have to unscrew 2 screws to get to the battery but the battery is strapped in place by velcro straps (nice touch). The instrument cable has a nice firm "snap" that holds the cable plug quite well. The Bridge is heavy duty and the bass has good sustain (almost as good as my Babicz on my Fender Jazz. While good enough it is not the quality of the Babicz Bridge but I am so far happy. Pickups are ESP Soapbar passive with a separate 3 band active EQ. Controls are: Master Volume, Bass Boost/Cut, Mid Boost/Cut, Treble Boost/Cut, and Balance. All but the Master volume have center detent which is a plus. All work as they should with a minor complaint that as you start to increase treble above the detent it starts to be just slightly hissy but I don't like that much treble anyway as you begin to hear string to fret clank. The neck feels good to my hands even though my hand is small and fingers are short. The strings that came on it had a pronounced bigger sound from the 4th and 5th strings compared to the other 3. I have removed the strings and will be installing DR Silver Star (thinly coated) rounds which I have liked on previous basses. They are the same as Black Beauties but just clear in stead of black coating. Let's hope they give a more uniform sound string to string than the stock strings did. Wood hardness and weight. Frankly I was expecting this bass to be like the Basswood, Poplar, and Agathis woods I had in some Squiers and SX basses in that it was very soft wood that could cause screws to strip out. Far from it. This wood seems tough yet not too heavy with a wide cushion strap I use with my Fender Jazz. Yes, maybe a pound or 2 heavier but I doubt it. I will have to weigh them both to be more accurate

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            There are some misleading reviews on this bass

            By mark stevens

            from midwest

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            I have to add this to the reviews.
            This bass is VERY LIGHT WEIGHT!
            One reviewer here was a guitar player...so weight dont count there.
            Anyways as far as basses go this is no way near the weight of a Fender or G&L or the like. I would even say it weighs less than most Ibanez basses I have had.
            This bass has an awesome tone! I would compare it to my Warwick Streamer (1999) German made.
            The neck is a bit more chunkier than most ESP's which makes it even better and gives it more tone.
            The Merbua wood has a sound simillar to a bubinga body bass....it's a bit dark and growly.
            Just what everyone is looking for! great job ESP! A nice bass, good looks, good feel, and a really nice price!
            Just to add another note here. When going to by a new bass, Money was not an option as far as up to $1200 and I expected to by a new Warwick to add to my collection....instead I bought this one and the ESP LTD 206QM which even sounds just a minute better....but not by much!
            This is a giging bass players bass....great tone great feel and LIGHT!!
            Disregard anyone saying this is a heavy bass....don't know what is in there kool-ade??
            Try it for your self....you will see.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Action Great Value

            By Derek

            from Cedar Creek, TX

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            Picked up this bass on Guitar Center in 2010 as a factory return. I've played guitar from several years, but this was my first bass. Bought it to play along with my son when he did guitar. The bass is very easy to play. The action is fast, low and spot on. The sound tend to favor the mid range a little, but the active EQ helps dial it down when not needed. I've tried other basses (Ibanez, Epiphone, Fender, Schecter)in this price range, and they really don't compare. My friend has played a Modulus Quantum 5 for several years, and he actually liked the action on this D-5 better when he played it. Made him consider getting this bass to give his hands a break. It says a lot about how ESP sets up their basses. It's really all you need for a good solid everyday bass, and for the price its a steal. ESP basses are hard to find in store, but they're really a well kept secret. If you get a chance, try it, and you'll be suprised.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome Instrument

            By Funkapuss

            from Eastern Europe

            Comments about ESP LTD D-5 5-String Bass Guitar:

            This is an awesome instrument and at a bargain price.I live in Europe and it arrived in less than a week and believe me when I say that it didn't need any professional setup, just tuned up the strings and played it at a gig. It plays,sounds and looks incredible. For anyone who doesn't want to spend a lot of money on a bass, this ESP is a great choice. Cheers !!!

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