Esh Various 5- Pre-owned 2012 model

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Esh Various 5 - Pre-owned model

£699 + £12 UK shipping

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  3. A used 2012 bass in super condition, cleaned and set up. Hand built in Germany with an ash body, 34” scale wenge f/b, maple neck, EMG pickups plus full range piezo bridge. Comes with gig bag.

  4. Weight: 4.4kg/9lb 8oz

  5. Actual instrument shown, please click on images to enlarge;

  1. Body - Swamp ash satin finish
  2. Finish - Satin Black

  3. Neck - 5 piece American Maple/Walnut

  4. Nut - Graphite

  5. Frets - Medium Jumbo

  6. Fingerboard - Wenge, 34" scale, 24 frets,

  7. Pickups - MM pickup + Individual Piezos

  8. Controls - Volume, Tone, Pickup selector, Esh-Tronics control*

  9. Bridge - Schaller/ESH custom bridge in Ruthenium finish

  10. Tuners - Shaller M4 type 2000 in Ruthenium finish


The Piezo bridge combined with the patented esh-tronic delivers one of the best Piezo sounds available. Together with a studio direct out, it provides the professional player with a very flexible and perfect tone.

This special system is the perfect circuit for the active EMG pick ups and our USP, the finest Piezo-Design. The esh tronic is your “command”-knob to  switch  several circuits:

a)Direct Out. For studio use, a direct out for the EMG pickups which bypasses all the electronics.

b)Magnetic Pick ups only. In combination with the toggle switch knob you can think of it as a preset

c)Magnetic and Piezo Pick up. This combines the “best of both worlds”

d)Piezo only. This is an unbelievable deep sound, precise and clear with a full low end. Not typical of the usual “thin Piezo sound”! 

The pick-up system is powered by one 9 volt battery. If you were to play 8 hours a day the battery would still last you a year due to the tiny amount of energy that it uses. It is clear that Esh basses are at the cutting edge of sound and design!

Submitted on the 26th March 2011 by Karl who purchased an Esh Stinger "Peter Steele" bass

Hi Mark,

Just to let you know - I received the bass safely today and I couldn't be happier. This is an incredible instrument - plays like a dream and growls like a nightmare. Amazing!

Thank you for everything. It was a pleasure dealing with you - something I'm sure I'll be doing again.

Cheers mate.


Esh Various & Stinger II Review, Bass Guitar Magazine 2010

These Esh beauties are head-turners in the visual department, but are they just as pleasing on the ear or will

they empty your wallet and leave you with a broken heart? Mike Brooks takes up the invitation.

The Esh stable is certainly growing and developing a reputation for solidly constructed, high-quality instruments, utilising the finest tonewoods and eye-catching top woods, and making use of an electronics package developed in-house at Esh HQ in Burgthann, Germany. As with most musical instruments originating from Germany, attention to detail and expert construction and handling mean that a great pride is taken in

every instrument that leaves the company’s doors. Under scrutiny here are a Various 5-string and a Stinger II 4-string, which is a new model introduced in 2009.

With both models utilising similar hardware and the same Esh-Tronics circuitry package, are they essentially the same bass with a different style, or are they specific-sounding instruments in their own right? Let’s take a look.


Body & Neck

Looking at each bass individually, the Various sports a very different finish to any we’ve seen before – for reference think of a bass covered in corduroy! The raised grain of the European ash body, finished in matt black, feels quite odd to the touch, but as a selling point it’s quite unique and definitely grows on you. The curvaceous body shape and extended body horns give it an understated ‘rock’ look, yet despite some minor rounding to the body edges and slight contouring to the upper body and heel, placing your right forearm over the bass highlights how little rounding there actually is, which can make positioning your arm a little tricky. Despite a chunky neck/body attachment that starts around the 17th fret, playability isn’t affected to any great degree, and the extensive lower cutaway offers a decent amount of access to all 24 frets. The overhanging rosewood fingerboard is a nice touch, adding to the bass’s organic feel. The neck pocket is very tight and the ‘Ultra Contact’ six-bolt system incorporated here certainly looks to be doing its job. In theory, this system should improve sustain and contribute sonic qualities of through-neck construction while retaining the attack and ‘bounce’ associated with bolt-on necks. For a five-string bass, the neck profile is incredibly slim, making it very playable. The lengthy headstock may well contribute to a slight neck bias, but the stable neck construction, almost flat fingerboard and excellent set-up make this a wonderfully playable neck. The 19 mm string spacing is certainly not narrow or overly wide, but the slimness of the neck profile gives the impression that you’re playing

a 4-string bass with the added virtues of an extra string – odd but surprisingly familiar in a positive way. The headstock has been finished with a gloss coat, while the neck sports a smooth satin finish. The fingerboard

features standard mother-of pearl position markers.

Stinger II

Body & Neck

Compared to the Various, the Stinger II is a slightly different beast, not least in its body shape, which is reminiscent of the old Status 2000/Series 2/Classic models, with its sharp curves and angular body horns. Swamp ash has been used for the core body timber, topped off with a sumptuous piece of flame maple. The maple’s dark grain adds some definition and outline to the body through a fiery red translucent finish. The timber grain and neck laminates offer a subtle contrast, along with the black colouring of the headstock rear and the dark ruthenium finished hardware. The headstock features a matching flame maple red gloss top to complement the body; however, an addition that some may feel looks slightly out of sorts is the curved steel edge attached to the end of the headstock. According to Esh, this is intended to add a ‘gothic’ feel to an already ‘goth’-inspired instrument and was suggested after the instrument was sent to a team of industrial designers for

their input. Our first impression was that the bass didn’t really need it, and after some time opinions here at BGM are still divided as to its validity and visual appeal. In much the same way as the Various, the Stinger II looks quite a long instrument (again due to the headstock length) but it feels very compact to play. In terms of comfort, the Stinger II ticks all the right boxes, and although the top horn looks a touch intrusive, it actually

gives you something to play against and improves the overall balance.

The neck has a chunkier profile compared to the Various and feels similar to a Music Man StingRay neck, but the gloss finish provides a sleekness that the Various doesn’t have. In fact, both instruments are quit different from one another in the playability stakes: the Various conveys a sense of finesse and therefore responds to a more delicate approach, whereas the Stinger II goads the player to get stuck in. The Stinger II also weighs noticeably more than the 5-string Various but carries many of the Esh hallmarks already seen on the Various. Access to the upper frets of the neck is as unrestricted as before, with the level of fret finishing of an equally high standard.

Both Basses


Both basses utilise similar hardware that comes in a black nickel-like ruthenium finish. The Stinger incorporates a Schaller/ Esh-designed top-loading bridge (with adjustments for action and intonation), while the Various comes fitted with an ETS/Esh custom bridge. Both bridges have piezo magnets located under the bridge saddles. A graphite nut and Schaller strap lock buttons have been issued on both models, and the Schaller M4 2000 machine heads operate very smoothly and precisely. It is worth noting that the Various has a strap button positioned on the rear of the top horn rather than at the end as is more common.

The control layout is virtually identical on both the Various and Stinger II, comprising master volume, tone, pickup balance controls (two-way on the Various, three-way on the Stinger) and the four-way adjustable Esh-Tronics control. In its first position the volume and tone controls are bypassed for a direct signal straight to the output jack; position two utilises the magnetic pickups only; the third selects both the magnetic and piezo pickups; and position four is piezo only.

The Various has a single EMG MMTW humbucker which combines two separate, switchable coils, while the Stinger is equipped with a pair of EMG 35DC humbuckers that come with their own internal preamps and dual parallel coils in each unit. As mentioned, both instruments make use of additional piezo magnets located at the bridge, and a quick peek inside the copper shielded control cavities reveals player adjustable trim pots that alter

the output of each magnet (easily done with a Phillips screwdriver). The Stinger II has two additional trim pots to adjust the overall output level of the piezo magnets and the balance between the piezo magnets and the EMG pickups when used in the combined setting of the Esh-Tronics circuit.



As already mentioned, the Various is very easy to play, helped in no small part by a very low action and a set of newly installed D’Addario strings. The single EMG humbucker has been positioned where many players would consider the tonal ‘sweet spot’ to be, and once plugged in, the results are very pleasing. In standard pickup mode (setting two of the Esh-Tronics circuit), with the full humbucker selected and the tone control turned up full, the Various lends itself to some familiar StingRay-like tones. The low-B string displays a real throatiness without sounding ‘nasal’ or ‘honky’, coupled with a reasonable amount of definition and power to individual notes. Using the Esh-Tronics control in its first position, the signal bypasses the volume and tone controls yet remains loud, with added clarity and punch, while the pickup selector offers the necessary tonal contrast. Though the signal from the magnetic pickups (setting two) conveys less power, it is still perfectly acceptable, and in the full humbucker setting the signal strength comes close to that of setting one. Backing off the tone control removes some of the topend bite and gradually brings in some mellow tones that provide a degree of contrast to the Various’s natural definition. Setting three (pickups and piezo magnets) offers the best of both worlds with a significant boost in power, low end and crispness, though using the pickup in humbucker mode takes some of the overstated top end down a notch. However, this brightness may make the signal sit better in a live mix, so it’s really a case of experimenting with the various options to find what suits you. Switching to the

piezos only, the bass takes on a different character entirely and, to our mind, shows the Various off to the max, highlighting its true potential. Suddenly the instrument starts to breathe naturally, and for all the pluses that standard magnetic pickups offer, the tone and all-round sound from the piezos on their own are very pleasing indeed. Esh have obviously spent some time making this system work for their instruments, and the effort put in has definitely reaped rewards.

Stinger II


The Stinger weighs more and uses different timbers and two-pickup configuration, so inevitably the sounds on offer are different to the Various model. For a start, there are more tonal options to choose from. It’s a far more guttural-sounding instrument too, but the through-neck construction smoothes out some of the roughness and grit and adds greater sustain to the mix. Switching between different playing techniques shows what a versatile beast this is. Rock players will no doubt love it: visuals aside, this has all the power and tones they could ever wish for, and where piezos may often be thought of as ‘arty farty’ by some rock players, with this bass it simply broadens the tonal capabilities with no discernible drop in output level or authority. The ability to dictate the extent of the mix between the magnetic pickups and the piezo system ultimately puts the choice in players’ hands as to how their bass can sound, and priced at just under £2,000 you should expect this to some extent. It’s not a gimmick, it’s just giving the player the option to wring the most out of the bass. Fingerstyle players and slappers have plenty to keep them happy. Old-school Motown-style tones are here, too, and can be achieved by rolling back the tone control and using the neck pickup or the piezo system to add some depth in the lower register. Some full-bodied slap tones were easily coaxed by using both pickups and increasing the tone control. The DI setting produced an equally impressive top end alongside some fat-sounding low frequencies. In some contexts, the piezo gave the slap sound some extra sizzle, but at other times it was just a little too much– in which case, using a mix of the magnetic pickups and the piezo was required, with a minor adjustment to the circuit to compensate.

Switching between each pickup, or selecting a central mix between the two, throws up a number of tonal differences, so finding what suits a song or a particular band mix best is purely a case of trial and error. But the options are there, and becoming familiar with the tones on hand is just a case of getting to know the instrument and what it’s capable of. There is no denying the extent to which the EMGs stamp their footprint on the overall tone, but running between each pickup allowed us to get as much twang as we needed from the bridge pickup while also finding plenty of bass goodness from the neck pickup. And there will be times when the Esh-Tronics system will have just the right setting or combination of pickup signals to hit the nail on the head or dig you out of a specific playing hole.


Despite the £700 price difference, there’s no lack of attention to detail and quality between the two models. And

although the Various is the more affordable model, it serves a slightly different purpose. The relatively wallet-friendly price tag guarantees that any player able to splash out the necessary cash will be rewarded with an incredibly versatile 5-string instrument. It’s quite easy to see and hear where your £1,300 is going. It really is an

excellent bass with some truly flexible tonal qualities that make it a great all-rounder. It’s not as big and bulky as some 5-stringers on the market, which may entice those players who find a 5-string somewhat daunting.

The Stinger, on the other hand, is certainly appealing to its target market (ie goth/rock) on several fronts, but it’s not limited to that market alone and in our opinion has far greater appeal. Okay, the red finish may not be to everyone’s liking, but there are other colour and finish options available, and where in use the Various almost dictates a more subtle approach, the Stinger II comes across as more of a ‘plug-in-and-play’ bass. Coaxing any number of desirable tones and sounds from it is relatively straightforward. The compact dimensions and sleek feel reel you in, making you want to play and explore its true capabilities, which is all any instrument can ultimately aim for.

“The Stinger II comes across as more of a plug-in-and-play bass.”



Price: £1,299

Built in: Germany

Scale length: 876 mm (34.5 inches)

Body: European ash

Neck: 5-piece American maple and walnut laminate

Neck join: Ultra Contact bolt-on,

6-bolt attachment

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Frets: 24

Pickups: 1 x EMG MMTW active

humbucker plus individual piezos

Electronics: Esh-Tronics circuit with adjustable piezo elements for each string

Controls: Master volume, tone, 2-way pickup selector, and Esh- Tronics 4-way circuit selector

Nut width: 45 mm

Finish: Sanded black

Weight: 4.25 kg (9 lb 6 oz)


Plus: Very appealing in the looks, sounds and playability departments. A superb 5-string that delivers a great deal considering its price tag.

Minus: One pickup slightly limits the sonic options but this is counterbalanced by the Esh-Tronics system.

Overall: A great performer, anyone willing to take the plunge will be rewarded with an inspiring instrument.



Price: £1,999

Built in: Germany

Scale length: 863mm (34 inches)

Body: Swamp ash with flame maple top

Neck: 5-piece American maple and walnut laminate

Neck join: Through-neck

Fingerboard: Wenge

Frets: 24

Pickups: 2 x EMG 35DC humbuckers (active) and individual piezos

Electronics: Esh-Tronics circuit with adjustable piezo elements for each string

Controls: Master volume, tone,

3-way pickup selector, Esh-Tronics

4-way circuit selector

Nut width: 41 mm

Finish: Translucent red gloss

Weight: 4.5 kg (9 lb 15 oz)


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Tel: 01926 886433


Plus: Visually fantastic, excellent playability and a wide range of sounds to work with. Compact and very comfortable to play.

Minus: The steel headstock decoration is a ‘Marmite’ addition – you either love it or loathe it!

Overall: For £2,000 the Stinger II isn’t cheap but it justifies its price tag. German craftsmanship, eye-catching design coupled with punch, clarity and power. A real winner!

“Switching to the piezo’s only shows the Various off to the max.”


Tel: 01926 886433

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