I just picked up this beautiful Roscoe from Glenn at Bass Specialties in Bensalem, PA. It has a Flamed Maple top; Mahogany Body; Cherry Sunburst Finish; Bartolini 3-band preamp; Diamondwood Nut and Black Hardware (thank you for that info Gard). The bass was born in 2001 which is unbelievable to me because as you can see it is in mint condition. It doesn't look like it was ever out of its case. So thank you to the my bass brother who ever you are who thought it was time to unload this beautiful instrument.
This is my first Roscoe and I love it. If feels and plays like a dream. The fingerboard radius is perfect. The action is low without any buzz up or down the neck. While I thought the bass may have sounded too compressed playing it in my home I used it on a 2 gigs this weekend and really dug it. It sat just right in the mix. I also got some compliments on how clean & clear the bass sounded (no compliments on my playing though...LOL).
Thanks for the bass Glenn. It's great to do business with you. And Gard thank you for all your help along the process.
Welcome to the Roscoe club... Your officially a member for life! Now all you have to do is practice so that the next time you'll get compliments on the bass and your chops ...just jok'n. Congrats Again!
I wanted to give an update/review on my Roscoe with some additional gigs under my belt because I am so jazzed with it!
As I indicated in my initial post, after I got the bass home and started playing it my first reaction was that I thought it sounded a bit too compressed and too modern. I started thinking about possibly changing the Bart pre to an Aggie OBP-3 and then possibly swapping out the original Bart pups for the Bart CB pups. However, a cooler head prevailed and I decided to live with it for a while before I made any changes.
Man Iím so glad I did! Iíve probably done 6 or 7 gigs with it since I got it and Iíve never been happier with my sound....never! The bass always sounds good even in rooms that I know are bad acoustically. It's very very articulate. For the first time I can feel and hear everything I play. Iíve been getting rave reviews from people in the audience too which is cool but Iím also getting rave reviews from my band mates as well. One of the drummers I work with who rarely comments on anyoneís sound has repeatedly told me over the last 3 gigs how great my bass sounds. Adjectives like tight and punchy have been thrown around. The Roscoe ďBĒ string is the best Iíve ever played or heard! When I'm on the B string the singer's been turning around to me saying "that's the bomb right there". Other band mates have told me the bass is so deep and strong that it "tickles their balls" (Iím not sure what thatís about LOL). It doesnít get much better than that.
In any event I guess the compression I hear when playing solo in my house makes it sit really nice in he mix. Guys Iíve owned many high end bassesÖFodera, Smith, MTD etc. Bottom line here is I am really diggin my Roscoe and feel itís the best bass Iíve ever owned or played.