ESP is a Japanese guitar and bass manufacturer that obtained widespread fame in the USA largely because of James Hetfield’s use of their guitars.
ESP has had some trademark and distribution troubles over the years, but they have been able to clear up those problems in the last decade to be able to deliver affordable guitars to the USA.
A big part of the reason why ESP bass guitars have become popular is because of their affordability with attention to craftsmanship. They also offer many sleek guitar models that are very popular among hard rock and heavy metal musicians.
Another special aspect about ESP is that they accept custom bass guitar orders from the USA, even though the guitar will get made in Japan. These custom guitars are certainly not for the beginner and have a higher price tag than a standard bass guitar, but they will tailor every aspect of the guitar to your liking. You simply can’t walk down to your local music store and buy a bass guitar like that.
Ibanez and ESP are fierce competitors with each other in the Japanese guitar markets and also in heavy metal markets in the USA. Many fans of the ESP bass guitar brand argue that their guitars offer the same quality as an Ibanez guitar as a lower price. This approach to competition by ESP may be a main reason why it has quickly been able to grow in popularity.
ESP Bass Guitar Reviews
ESP LTD D4 Bass Guitar
The ESP LTD D4 is a 4 string electric bass guitar features a merbau body with a built-in ultra thin neck. It also has dual ESP SB-4 pickups and controls built into the body like an extremely useful 3 band active EQ knob. The LTD D4 offers a really nice sound that is extremely hard to find from another bass in this price range.
ESP LTD B55 Bass Guitar
The ESP LTD B55 is a budget 5 string electric bass guitar that was designed for a beginner although the bass features many pro level parts that help deliver an excellent sound for the price tag. The fretboard offers 24 jumbo frets that makes this a very easy to play bass guitar which is part of why we recommend it for beginners in addition to the sound and price.