ESP LTD B206SM Electric Bass, 6-String

Step up to a 6-string bass! With a stunning spalted maple top on an ash body and 5-piece maple/rosewood neck, the B206SM offers outstanding tone and sustain.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
3-band EQ Control bass, midrange and treble individually
Ash body Strong, snappy responsive tone
Bolt-on neck Articulate, punchy, and easily modified.
Rosewood fretboard Open, warm tone and smooth playing feel

If you're a bassist looking to cover some Dream Theater but you don't have a ton of money to spend, then consider the ESP LTD B206SM electric bass. It's a 6-string electric bass guitar at a price that's difficult to beat. It's finished with an aged natural look and equipped with ESP humbucking pickups and active 3-band EQ, so your notes will ring clear wherever you're playing on its 24 extra-jumbo frets. Whether you're playing progressive metal or another style like rock, funk, or jazz, the versatility and tonal capabilities of two additional strings will surely spark some creativity.

Aged Natural Look

With a spalted maple top and natural satin finish, this 6-string bass looks much more expensive than it actually is. And with an ash body and five-piece maple and rosewood neck and fingerboard, the ESP LTD B206SM sounds like a much pricier bass too. Hardware is finished in black nickel, adding a touch of modern flair to the otherwise aged look of this six-stringed electric bass.

A New Low

Four-string basses -- which are typically tuned an octave below the standard guitar tuning -- can play most tunes, but sometimes that low E, or even a low D or a low C just isn't enough. Extend your low end with the ESP LTD B206SM and explore the alternate tunings and tonal capabilities a six-stringed bass guitar has to offer. It's got active electronics so your low end will ring clear however you tune it. A pickup balance control is provided for selecting or blending the two read more pickup channels. With 3-band EQ on board, you'll have no trouble dialing in the tone you're looking for.


- Six-string electric bass guitar
- Ash body with spalted maple top and natural satin finish
- Five-piece maple and rosewood neck with Thin U neck contour
- 35-inch scale rosewood fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets
- Abalone dot inlays
- Bolt-on construction
- Black nickel hardware
- ESP tuners
- Master volume, balance, high, mid, and low tone controls
- ESP DB-6 bridge
- ESP SB-6 humbucking pickups in bridge and neck
- Active electronics with 3-band EQ
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- Construction: Bolt-On
- Scale Length: 35 inches
- Body: Ash
- Top: Spalted Maple
- Neck: 5 Piece Maple/Rosewood
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Nut: 54mm
- Neck Contour: Thin U
- Frets: 24 XJ
- Hardware: Black Nickel
- Tuners: ESP
- Bridge: ESP DB-6
- Pickups: ESP SB-6 bridge and neck
- EQ: ESP ABQ-3 3-Band Active
- Controls:
- Bass Boost/Cut
- Volume
- Mid Boost/Cut
- Treble Boost/Cut
- Balance
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Natural Satin
Shipping Weight: 19 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 52 x 18 x 5 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LB206SMNS
See Thru Black
Shipping Weight: 14 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 49 x 18 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): LB206SMSTBLKS

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-423-8388

ESP LTD B206SM Electric Bass, 6-String

The ESP LTD B206SM Electric Bass is built for beautiful performance, looks, and tone. A Spalted Maple top on an Ash body provides optimal tone and a gorgeous look normally only found on much more expensive models. The combination of the body tonewoods and 5 piece Maple/Rosewood neck with Rosewood fingerboard gives the ESP LTD B206SM six string bass outstanding resonance, clarity and warmth.

Huge tonal versatility is possible thanks to the combination of ESP SB-6 pickups and ESP ABQ-3 three band active electronics. Bass boost/cut, mid boost/cut, treble boost/cut, volume and balance controls give the ESP LTD B206SM 6 string bass the ability to tackle virtually any style.

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars. (9 ratings)
Submitted September 13, 2013 by Greg Williams in San Diego, CA
"Greg' Opinion!"
Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
I was slightly intimidated by graduating up to a 6 string. I was originally looking for another 5 string. NTL, This bass is awesome!. Easy to play. Variety of tones. This bass is very well made. Very solid. The specs on this is remarkable. It could cost much more! The price is stupid affordable. This bass could be priced in the $1000.00 plus category. This my first 6 string bass, and most likely be my last. I bought this bass to play sweet chords type melodic music. Shipping was great, received in 2 days, after purchase. ZZ, thank you! Lastly, if you want to pay more, go ahead, but why? Try this bass, It is all about the sound, and tones you are able to achieve. Not all $1000.00 plus basses sound good. You pay for the labor it took to create that bass. Try this bass again. read all the reviews from other sites. This bass, ROCKS!

I give this bass an A+, period I have been playing seriously for 8years, and playing the bass as a fun outlet, since 1983. Does not matter your style of music, this bass can hang hard and then some. I play through a Carvin MB15 250w and Carvin 15 cab. The setup on this bass was good out the box, but I am going to have it set up and tweaked a little for my personal use. As far as making it sound better, it sound real good. Sound is a personal choice. Play it and form your own opinion. Just being honest.

Made very well. Very solid like I said earlier. The Ash body, maple neck, read more hardware and PU are very good. I thought I was going to have to change them for EMGs. Not happening! The EQ works exceptionally well.

Ease of Use
Easy if you are not a beginner, and you have a descent good ear for sound and music. Achieving the sound you are looking for, is easy. The only downside, which is small to me. It is the weight. This bass is not light, nor excessively heavy either. I say get a good padded strap. This bass would be uncomfortable for a small person. This is a big boy bass instrument. Just sayin'!

Great job on making this bass, give it an A+. Like anything, you take care of it, it will last you a very long time.

Great value...Totally under price. I not complaining. I look at the product first, before I look at the price on everything I buy. Like I said, "you can pay mega more, and be disappointed".

Manufacturer Support
Have not had a need yet. I hope for the best services if I had too

The Wow Factor
Very mature sexy looking bass. For you single people out, that need bait to attract the eye candy. This bass will do it. I am married, so I can not say chicks will love You will not be disappointed. This is a true "BAD AZZ BASS" that will not break your wallet. Your band members will be very impressed. Do not play a good bass out of a crappy amp, and vice versa.

Musical Background:
Bass, I have been playing serious for 8 years, playing for fun since 1983

Musical Style:
I play Jazz, Blues, Pop and Funk, and Gospel
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