New Signature Basses From ESP and LTD

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ESP’s bass line grew by four new models as the company added to the Signature Series ESP and LTD basses at Winter NAMM 2012.

“The new additions to the ESP and LTD bass line leave no doubt that we have basses to satisfy every style of player, and to handle every genre of music,” says ESP executive VP Jose Ferro.

Anthrax bassist Frank Bello’s first Signature Series models for the company are the ESP Frank Bello and LTD FB-4. Both are based on the ESP Vintage-4 model, customized to Bello’s specifications with a Black Satin finish and black anodized aluminum pickguard, Gotoh bridge, ebony fingerboard with black pearloid block inlays, and EMG PJ-X active pickups. The basses feature bolt-on construction at 34" scale, an alder

body, and maple neck with 21 XJ frets.

Also in new bass designs, Pancho Tomaselli (bassist for legendary funk rock band War as well as power trio Philm) debuts his first Signature Series bass with the LTD PT-4. The bass is offered in Black Satin finish with a maple fingerboard and black pearloid block inlays, and features EMG’s JX pickups and BTC preamp system, and a Gotoh bridge. The PT-4 has a bolt-on maple neck, an alder body, and 21 XJ frets.

Suicide Silence bass player Dan Kenny has designed the LTD DK-5, a new bass based on LTD’s F Series. It’s a 5-string bass with a unique Dark See Thru Green Sunburst finish over its flamed maple top. The DK-5 features neck-thru-body construction, 35" scale, EMG 40DC Active pickups & EMG B-64EQ 3-band Active EQ, a mahogany body, and a five-piece maple/walnut neck with rosewood fingerboard and custom pyramid inlays.

Also, Gabe Crisp of Whitechapel gets a signature model with the LTD GC-4, a customized Viper bass with neck-thru body design, a mahogany brown finish, and EMG MM-TW (bridge) /35P4 (neck) active pickups. The GC-4 has a mahogany body, 3-piece maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, Grover Tuners, and 21 XJ Frets.

More information on the new basses in ESP’s Signature Series, along with the rest of ESP’s new offerings at NAMM 2012, can be found at


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