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LTD B-50

B-50, 4-string bass guitar from LTD in the Standard B series.

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Average Score:3.9( 3.9/5 based on 11 reviews )
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MGR/Steve05/18/2009

MGR/Steve's review"LTD B50"

LTD B-50
I played bass for over 20 years now.

I bought this bass cuz it felt good when i tried it and sounded good through the amp.

I only like the way it looks.

I dont like the fact that the ESP pick ups are very weak. I use a traben bass and when i switch guitars i have to turn my volume down about 4 or 5 notches.

i think the construction is very poor. my knobs werent tightened when built at the factory i guess. and the tuning keys were loose and needed tightened as well. the neck is weak. i used a heavier guage string due to all the drop tuning songs we do and it bowed my neck in so far i had to readjust everything.

For a beginner there are cheaper basses out there but if your willing to put alot of time in setting this bass up and putting money into new pick ups then go for it. now i got mine all fixed up im gonna keep it cuz i do like it now.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/mark steele12/26/2006

MGR/mark steele's review"Norman B-50"

LTD B-50
Hi, I'm Mark Steele from Peterborough Ontario. There has always been a guitar in the house and I have always picked it up daily. I've been through a few bands recently, mainly Celtic, traditional Irish, Scottish, Canadian folk. I solo on occasion and am a regular at the local "jams". I accompany a local fiddle band "Fyd-L-Styx" and consider this 26 piece "orchestra" my working band.

This is a follow up to a previous review on my Norman B-50 dated 2004-04-04 when I purchased it at Bud's for about $500. A little scarred now from being my primary working instrument, the Norman has proven to be strong, robust, impact resistant etc.

The sound!!!! Clean, clear and loud!! With a fresh set of Martin acoustic bronzes this guitar just yells through the fiddles!! When I play solo with a vocal mike I don't even need a mike on the guitar, in fact the tone in quieter passages is still quite bright and needs a little discretion with a soft pick. Still the balance is very good. Recently I've tried other strings to mute the beast a bit.

This one took a little while to set up properly..nut and bridge were adjusted..and then twice the truss rod was tightened. This I think is not a fault..it's been stable now for nearly 2 years of being hauled around. This is not a "pretty" guitar..plain and yellow looking ( and the target of a little good-natured ribbing from fellow "expensive" guitar players ). However no tuning problems.

As previously..well built and solid. The body gets used as an "Irish Drum" on occasion with no ill effects. Mahogany neck, flame maple back and sides and solid spruce top are all holding up well.

Would I buy this guitar again? Yes, and yes again. This instrument is durable goods. Next time I may spend a little more and opt for a more appearance value from the same manufacturer. Seagull ( I don't like the shape of the head!! ), and Simon and Patrick both have nicely trimmed guitars that aren't ..um...yellow!!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/mark steele04/03/2004

MGR/mark steele's review"Norman B-50"

LTD B-50
I bought this guitar after playing and comparing it to others in it's price range and more. Bud's in Peterborough Ont. sold it to me for around $500 CDN including case.

This is a well built robust instument..and it is loud and clean. I have to compete acoustically with fiddles on occasion and this guitar really cuts through the racket!!
Despite the volume this guitar can put out it is well balanced from lows to highs and can respond well to a more delicate touch in quiet environments.

As above this is a robust instument..it is supplied with strings far heavier than I expected and fingering suffers a little. The factory setup is safe against rattling but a barred F is really miserable. I will let this one settle a bit then replace nut & saddle with appropriate height bone pieces.

Construction is really quite good. This guitar is a sleeper..very plain and flawless spruce top..beautiful flamed maple back & sides..but very plain binding and headstock. The soundhole ring is mosaic but you wouldn't know it..it looks like a decal.

I didn't buy this guitar for instant rewards..Norman's reputation is that these things improve with age..and the wood is beautiful. The sustain is wonderful..I swear it's still ringing when I put it away!!!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Jerry07/31/2002

MGR/Jerry's review"ESP B-50 LTD"

LTD B-50
I bought this bass because when I saw it on an internet site it seemed the best for my money. I had a friend tell me that it was a great buy, so I went for it.
When I looked at the price, which was only $180 I drove down to the store that was advertising it and got it with no hesitation. This was a great deal considering I got it in Virginia Beach, VA.
I had never played any guitar before, so I needed something that was easy to learn on and would last until I was too old to play.

I like the fact that this bass is light. It doesn't make me tired when I feel like playing for a while. I have tried a couple of my friends basses and they out weigh mine by at least a couple of pounds.
I also like the style. The longer body with a smaller width makes it sit perfect on my leg or hang perfect when I have to stand and play.
The looks also make it just mean. When i'm jammin' it just makes it much better when the scene fits the tune.

So far the only thing I don't like is the tuner knobs. I can't seem to get those right as of yet. But then again it could just be my inexperience.

The headstock and the neck are one piece and bolt to the body with six screws.
It has a gloss black finish that is quite scratch resistant (while at work I have to wear a belt buckle...US Navy).
The fret board is dark against a light wood grain neck that makes this bass just as great to look at as it does to play it.

I started out with this bass, and I don't think I will play anything else. I love this guitar. It has become my pride and joy and will never get replaced.
I am just a beginner, I have only been playing for about 8 months, but my opinion stands strong. This bass is great.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/aznnebulon12/01/2001

MGR/aznnebulon's review"ESP B-50"

LTD B-50
I bought this at mars music a few years ago, while looking for an inexpensive bass. It was $200... on sale of course heh

The string height is perfect for my style of playing, which is more jazzy. I've heard complaints about a big neck, but apparently mine was slimmer than a fender jazz standard neck. I love this bass. the pickups are of course stock, but i can get an amazing load out of the p pickup. the p/j config is a perfect match, and give the bass a good look too. the chrome hardware is sturdy enough for me.

the volume pot for the p pickup loosened and fell off shortly after i bought it. it's a pain, but i finally just stuck it on really really tight, and it won't budge off now... although if i ever wanted to get the dust off, it would be a big challenge. the body is a bit too small for a standard bass (compared to the fender's big, bulky body), and the j pickup tends to buzz when i'm hooked up to a PA system (bass amps are no problem unless i come in close to it).

constructed in korea! good quality, i guess my main complaint is the j pickup buzzing and the p volume pot.

good bass for a beginner. changed pickups would make it good for professional work, although the sustain is a bit less than good for that kind of stuff.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Twang08/03/2001

MGR/Twang's review"ESP LTD B-50"

LTD B-50
I got this a couple of years ago from American Musical Supply. I paid cash. I was looking for a cheap bass and chose this sight unseen. None available locally.


The sound is ok. No complaints at all. Nothing interstellar, but the combo p and jazz bass pickups are quiet, fairly strong, and reasonably toneful.
Better than I expected.. no noise to speak of.
The pots are good, the tuners are good, it's light, the finish is pretty well done.
overall, I'm quite happy with it.


the hardware is black, but many of the parts are just painted black.
the paint comes off pretty easy.
the pickup screws for height adjustment are kinda crappy.. real tight.. and I had to put foam rubber beneath them or the pickup would flop around unless they were set too deeply into the body.
the neck feels a bit funky to me. I like fast necks..slim..think jazz bass. and this one feels 'big' in my hands.


Overall very good. I've had it a couple of years and it's not gotten any worse..neck is straight, fretwork is good.
I wouldn't mind putting a set of dimarzios in for the p bass pickup.. or adding a better bridge.


Washburn, Dean, and this bass were all about the same price.. and had basically the same features except..
this one has the 24 fret neck and the two pickup combo.
If I were buying it again, I'd ask for the chrome hardware.
I use it for recording and with my presonus blue tube preamp between it and the tascam I can make a lot of good sounds with it.
If you're looking for an inexpensive bass this should be a consideration.


This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Adrien_mix_you07/08/2013

Adrien_mix_you's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Metal"

LTD B-50
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UTILIZATION

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SOUNDS

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OVERALL OPINION

very low average, it rarely use it .. Trilian works best ^ ^
cliff8601/10/2009

cliff86's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD B-50
- In which country was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France ...)
It was made in Indonesia.
- How many frets, what kinds of microorganisms and their configuration?
It has 24 frets, the pickups are Esp LDJ / LDP.
- What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?
The bridge is an ESP DB-4
- What are the settings (volume, tone, selector micro ...)?
It has several regulators: 2 x Volume, 1 x Tone.
- What type of neck, body?
The neck is maple and the body agathis.

UTILIZATION

- The handle is it nice?
The handle is very nice. It slides easily.
- Access to acute (last frets) Is it easy?
Even standing can be reached easily. It is just sometimes hard to reach the 4th string to the 20th fret, as often.
- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
I find the shape and weight is pretty light bien.Très.
- Do you get easily a good sound ...?
We see that the microphones Esp! The sound is great!

SOUNDS

- Are they suitable for your style of music?
I'm more metal style and it should (I also have a pedal effect ...).
- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I have a Fender Rumble 15 and an effect pedal digitech RP-250.
- What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat ",....)?
A heavy sound, but very clear, although the mean score ^ ^
- What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
I like the sounds very heavy, very metal, but mean scores or a minimum.

OVERALL OPINION

- For how long have you been using it?
For 6 months.
- What thing do you like most/least about it?
Is that we distinguish very well the notes (though I have a small amp).
- Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I had a buddy bass (Cort + / -200 €, sorry I do not remember the model) and 5min, had already won the Ltd!
- What is your opinion about the value for the price?
I buy € 202. And for that price, and its features! I highly recommend!
- Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...
Absolutely, especially since Esp (Ltd is a "sub-brand" but belongs to Sp) has an excellent reputation for his instruments!
djela12/25/2008

djela's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD B-50
- In which country was it made? (United States, Japan, Mexico, France ...)
Made in Indonesia.
- How many frets, what kind of micro as well as their configuration?
24 frets, esp 2micros LDJ / LDP
- What are the settings (volume, tone, micro switch ...)?
setting a basic volume and tone for each pickup
- What type of race?
maple neck, screwed.

UTILIZATION

- The handle is it fun?
the handle is very nice compared to my old aria pro 2 ZZB, it is very impressive ease.

- Access to acute (recent freight) is it easy?
no problem on that.

- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?
Ergonomics is good, the shape is classic is really easy to play, the weight is correct but I lack experience on this point but I have quite a good shoulder at the end of rehearsals and it's no picnic nose.

- Gets it easy to sound good? ...
on this point it plays its role, I only use the tone knob, the other is still a bottom when I play if there is anything that comes out is a bottom or anything.
with the tone you get both a sound rock / metal sound That a "hot" for passing over flowed, quiet.

on the other hand I would point out that a level of finish hardware is more than average I always drive to tighten the screws on the knob, I was even forced to open the low to tighten the screws from the inside of the tone (open his concert to do so too)

SOUNDS

- They are suitable to your style of music?
yes, well it sounds exactly as I wanted, I had a group death as they fulfill their role very well now I play in a group of death / melo (passage quieter) and it suits me always.

- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I play with on behringer BX1200 and it what she can on this amp that goes over the more I see him pe = (, parcontre one with a very slight distortion it was torn for a low € 200 I get out of a sounds incredible (obtained with my Zoom B2).

- What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?
I like the overall sound which comes out on this for a low entry level she is doing well, I hate when it reacts a frieze too can live the change in temperature in the south I'm currently still settle the bridge according to the season, it is often the difference of 20 degrees in one day and hate it.

OVERALL OPINION

-How long have you use it?
I use it for 1 year.

-What is so special that you like most and least?
my favorite is the tone control all the changes in sound and I hate it is the handle unwanted settings and screw the knobs resserage weekly.

- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
I try my old aria is principally made, but I needed a bass and just € 200/300 emergency budget panel so my choice was very limited.

- How would you rate the quality / price?
seriously it's perfect for € 200 you have a bass that you can really make progress because it does not forgive any mistakes otherwise the game ensure frieze.

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
yes because with € 200 is not better (I think) is a very good bass study, go to the forum he loves America, it provides live as a leader.
07/28/2008

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

LTD B-50
Made in China.
2 + PB micro JB, 24 frets, neck Ibanez although a comparable purpose. Frets standards.
Rather massive bridge.
1 volume knob for micro + a boost of treble (tone) powered by a 9v battery.

The neck and head are two separate parts, as a Stagg

According to the site builder, that is low in lime. Agathis according to dealers.

UTILIZATION

Channel super enjoyable, fine, slippery, allowing shreddeuses acrobatics. Access in acute more than adequate, trs good ergonomics, a little heavy.

Impossible to get out good sound. The microphone is not in the PB flop, the bass is missing. The JB would almost better because it gives a little low even when mediums. The treble boost is not enough for a slappeur.

Well below a normal Squier. Worse than my ex, a Stagg Fusion 130, in terms of its jur. Channel gnial though.

SOUNDS

Not appropriate any style of music, except love mdiums nasal. Especially not in metal for which this instrument prtend contact. They advertise "your walls will tremble" is hilarious.

Essay in a Milonga Ibanez 65W

OVERALL OPINION

We love the handle is great, shrinking X-jumbo, the 24 cases of ACCS breeze. The massive body, which could provide a good bridge sustain with the trs correct.

It dtest micro unworthy. I just wonder if there was a battery in the MODEL I tried. Displays around 190, is to say at the cost of Stagg, it behaves as such. No miracle.

Parat violin making me very correct. What will stick 2 EMG or DiMarzio 2 (150 across the Rhine) by touching it cheap. Originally, made 4 / 10. A choice not to do.