ESP Guitars Unveils New LTD Basses for 2021

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PRESS RELEASE – ESP Guitars has announced new and updated additions to their bass offerings for 2021.

ESP Guitars LTD Black Metal Bass

The LTD M-4 Black Metal is a new addition to the LTD Black Metal Series. Comparable in build quality to the LTD Deluxe “1000 Series” instruments, Black Metal Series basses offer a dark and menacing design theme of all-black finish, components, and hardware, a single premium-quality pickup, and Macassar ebony fingerboards with no inlays and glow-in-the-dark side markers. The M-4 Black Metal marks the return of the M design to LTD’s bass offerings, with its bolt-on construction, slab body, speedy maple neck, and pointed inline headstock. 

This 34” scale bass features a single direct-mount EMG 35CS pickup with a special black logo, a pickup that combines ceramic magnets and steel poles for warmth and punch with a smooth top end and plenty of output. The M-4 Black Metal also features Grover tuners, a Gotoh 201B-4 bridge, and stainless steel frets.


The LTD Deluxe Phoenix-1004 has a 34” scale neck-thru-body design, using a five-piece mahogany/ walnut neck with mahogany body wings, and a Macassar ebony fingerboard with 21 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets and ESP flag inlays. Other highlights of the Phoenix-1004 include its reverse headstock, satin finish neck, LTD vintage tuners, Gotoh 201B-4 bridge, and a set of outstanding EMG 35P4 and EMG 35J pickups.

ESP has also added new finish options to two of its current popular basses. The LTD GB-4, now available in Vintage White finish with gold hardware, is completely unique among the LTD series of basses with its set of Seymour Duncan SSB-4 pickups with Duncan’s STC-3M3 active EQ. It provides stacked treble/ bass controls and dedicated midrange controls well as a push-pull feature on the volume knob that engages the GB-4’s slap switch.

The GB-4 offers sturdy 5-bolt construction, with a swamp ash body and maple neck with block inlays on the fingerboard. Pro-quality components include a Gotoh 404BO-4 bridge with brass saddles that allows for both standard and string-thru-body setups. Its neck profile is slim, allowing for fast, precise performances.

The affordable ESP Guitars LTD AP-204 is now offered in a Dark Metallic Purple finish. A bolt-on design at 34” scale, the AP-204 features a mahogany body, a comfortable thin U-shaped maple neck, and roasted jatoba fingerboard with 21 extra-jumbo frets. The AP-204 includes a set of ESP Designed LDP and LDJ pickups with active 2-band EQ.

Detailed information and specifications on new LTD basses, along with all of ESP’s “New for 2021” guitar and bass collection, is available at the ESP web site at 

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