ESP LTD B-208SM Bass Guitar - Natural Satin

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ESP LTD B-208SM Bass Guitar - Natural Satin'

Product Description:

The 8-string bass is a specialty instrument. You won’t use it on every track, but, when you need its singular capabilities, there is no substitute. You could shell out the big bucks for a boutique 8-string — or you could go for one that looks, plays, and sounds like one but doesn’t cost a fortune: the ESP LTD B-208SM. The LTD B-208SM rocks a toneful ash body with an eye-popping spalted maple top. Its thin, U-profile, 5-piece maple/jatoba neck is capped with a silky-smooth roasted jatoba fingerboard, and it’s equipped with a formidable tone arsenal consisting of two ESP Designed passive soapbar pickups and an active preamp with 3-band EQ. Everything about this instrument shouts “expensive”

Why you need an 8-string bass

Invented in the mid-1960s, the 8-string bass guitar solved a problem experienced by many small ensembles. Let’s say you’re in a power trio and the song calls for bass and guitar to play a single-note ostinato in octaves. Well, that ties up two-thirds of the band! Wouldn’t it be cool if the bass could handle it alone, freeing up the guitarist to play some watery chordal textures? Try that on a standard bass — it’s nigh impossible! But that’s what the 8-string bass was designed to do. Jimi Hendrix deployed one on Electric Ladyland. The legendary Chris Squire of Yes used one. So did John Entwistle of The Who. In fact, countless iconic recordings contain 8-string bass — including your next one!

Not just octaves: let your creativity soar

From the factory, the ESP LTD B-208SM 8-string has its four string courses tuned in octaves. But, just like a 12-string guitar, you’re free to tune them any way you want to fit the musical context. Low-register dyads can sound muddy, so you’re probably going to want to keep the octaves on the low E and possibly the low A. But tuning the top two string courses in thirds, fourths, or fifths can be very powerful, especially with a judicious application of overdrive and perhaps a taste of reverb and/or delay. Mix and match. Let your imagination soar — and your music will follow!

ESP LTD: affordable quality and craftsmanship

ESP LTD was created to bring a more affordable version of the classic designs and quality of ESP guitars and basses to a new market. The entire ESP LTD line of instruments features premium tonewoods, quality pickups, and solid hardware for a lifetime of use. An exacting eye to detail and quality means that every instrument is ready to rock when it leaves the factory. The impressive list of signature instruments by some of today’s biggest guitar and bass heroes shows the popularity and respect held by ESP LTD. If you’re looking for the perfect rock or metal guitar or bass, then you need to check out ESP LTD guitars.

ESP LTD B-208SM 8-string Bass Guitar Features:

  • Sleek ash body with stunning spalted maple top
  • Thin, U-profile, 5-piece maple/jatoba neck for fast playing feel
  • Smooth roasted jatoba fingerboard with 24 extra jumbo frets
  • Passive ESP Designed SB-6 pickups
  • Active ABQ-3 preamp with 3-band EQ
  • Natural satin finish; nickel hardware
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Order Confirmation:

As soon as you place your order, you will receive a confirmation email. After that, we double-check if all items ordered are in stock and available for immediate shipment. If your order is available for the delivery within the advertised time frame, we will submit it for shipment to the warehouse. If the expected delivery time exceeds the advertised time frame, we'll reach out to you via email and/or phone to confirm the order.

Order Shipment:

Within 1 business day from the time the item has been shipped, you will receive an email confirmation with tracking number. If you would not receive tracking information within six business days of your order, feel free to follow up with us.

Estimated Time of Arrival:

We typically deliver within 2-10 business days. Custom made products are usually delivered within 3-5 weeks. If the expected delivery date for your order would fall outside of the advertised 2-10 business day time frame, our customer service team will reach out to you to confirm if you are OK with that date.

Areas Covered:

All estimated delivery dates and shipping costs advertised on the website apply the the Contiguous United States only. Please contact our customer service team to discuss the time and cost of shipping to Hawaii or Alaska. We don't ship directly to Canada, but we can ship your order to the freight carrier of your choice.


It is very important that you inspect the packaging of your items when they arrive and check if you received all boxes listed on the delivery receipt.If you notice any damage or shortage of packages, you must make note of it on the bill of lading, take pictures, and refuse delivery.Your note should say "refused due to damage". You must also take photos of all sides of the box and send them to us within 2 days. If there are no damages visible before opening the box, you must note "subject to further inspection may contain concealed damage". If you notice any damage after receiving the delivery, do not throw the box away, and contact us with the photos. After we receive information from you about the refused delivery or concealed damage, we immediately initiate a claim with the shipping company or with the manufacturer. After the claim is fully processed, we ship all replacements at absolutely no cost to you.

Cancellations & Refunds:

We can cancel your order at absolutely no cost to you before the shipping label or Bill of Lading has been created, or before production of a custom order has started. Custom made items are not eligible for refunds after production has started. To be eligible for a return, the item must be unused and in the same condition as you received it. It must also remain in the original packaging, and the packaging must be in a perfect condition. We do not charge restocking fees or return shipping fees. All eligible returns are 100% free. Orders delivered outside the United States are not eligible for refunds. If your order arrived damaged, "Damages" section applies. Our refund policy lasts 45 days. If 45 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately, we can’t offer you a refund. Please contact us before returning an item to discuss shipping details. All refunds will be issued to the credit card or PayPal account you used for your purchase within 2 days after all returned items arrived at our warehouse.

We work very hard to ensure that we offer the absolute best prices online. If you find another legitimate online store that offers a lower prices on an identical item we stock (including shipping, tax, etc), we will beat the competitor's price by 10% of the difference! Please see below for complete details.

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