this instrument is very popular for young players. Modern handling and good electricity makes it very good choice for first bass guitar. LTD makes very good intsruments, harley benton 90W bass amp and ESP LTD B-50 Black are my recommendation if you want a good starter package. Buy this to your kids and theyll wonder how dad/mother have so good knowledge of bassguitars. You can play this fingers or plectras, even with your thumb, metal or jazz, this is good "allaround" bass. I use presicion bass at myself but i bought this to my kid, because they play lower tuning. This works also forexample drop D, no changes needed. I use Fenders, but I like all Ltd guitars and basses.
I play the guitar and teach for many years, also play the bass when I have to (I teach Bass to some of my students), so, I helped one of them to find a bass to start learning. In my opinion, this is definitely one of the best basses for beginners and for experienced players. ESP is for sure one of the greatest brands. This bass was just right in the eyes. First of all, for it's amazing looking and for the price. I've tried several much more expensive electric basses and I must confess that I was pretty impressed with the sound quality that this bass has. Looks great, the finishes are amazing (in my opinion do not represent the price it costs in any way), at this point, ESP did it well. It has a crystal sound, it's good to play funk, blues, rock, metal, you can easily adjust it for many styles. Stock out of the box it wasn't necessary any tweaking (action adjustment, truss rod, etc). I figured I'd have to change the ESP pickups, but I found them really good so kept them stock. The body shape looks good, the black color fits it well and I found it light and comfortable to play standing in band rehearsals or live. Tuners are solid and keep in tune, the stock strings are good, they have awesome sustain and I didn't find it necessary to change them.
If you are on a budget, do not hesitate to buy this bass. Whether you're a professional musician looking for a good cheap one or a student looking for a good cheap easy playing bass, this is a great deal. More bass than I had hoped. Me and my student are very pleased with it, maybe I'll buy another one!
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