All bias aside, Mark Hoppus bass
I am not a fan of Mark Hoppus really. I have no problem with the guy. I however am not a huge fan of signature instruments no matter who the artist is.
But... I have a Mark Hoppus bass and there are a couple of things I wanted to discuss.
1. Some say this is a bass for pick "only". I think this is crazy. I could go on for a while but I will spare you. There are so many variables in a bass rig and the Mark Hoppus is so dialed in more than anything else in the chain that it possesses the awesome power of negating the use of a pick all together? Perhaps there is some sort of electrical current running through the strings over the pick ups that will kill the tone of a finger that touches it? Also, some of these components are used on other instruments and they are not pick only.
2. No tone knob, is it not a little redundant anyway? one on the bass and one on the amp or even a pedal in between? Sure it is convenient on the bass, but I don't consider this some crazy limit to the sound of the instrument that you can't overcome. There are simply so many other things out there that influence your tone aside from a "silly" tone knob. I bet if we change from jeans into jogging pants there is a change to the tone but who really notices?
Committing to one amp/speaker combination in my opinion is more of a limitation to sound than anything else (providing you have a decent instrument to begin with) but it is completely unrealistic to change your amp when you want to change tone... actually that would be the worlds worst "tone knob".
Don't get me wrong, I like nice speakers, nice wood, hardware etc....Perhaps I am over reacting or being too casual and not taking these things as seriously as they should be.
I don't even know if I agree fully with myself here so enlighten me.
Number 1 is crazy - absolutely right.
Number 2 is a total deal killer for me. I absolutely need a passive tone control on my bass. If I want to roll off highs, I shouldn't have to buy a pedal or start tweaking the amp.
1) "Pick only" is clearly silly of the face of it, but maybe what these people mean is that the removal of the usual Jazz bridge pickup deprives them of their favorite anchor point for fingerstyle. But that's a very personal thing.
2) Going to your amp front panel to change your tone during a song isn't a good thing to have to do. I don't generally mess with my bass' EQ during performances, and tend to run with passive tone controls wide-open all the time anyway, so it wouldn't be a problem for me, but again, it's a very personal thing.
Thanks for the responses. Interesting to hear. :)
I'll add to this sentiment that I liked the MH sig better before they reversed the position of the spilt coils, both look and tone-wise.
I had a surf green Hoppus bass years ago, during the original production of them.
As far as I could tell, it was just a 'unique' MIM bass.
MIM precision neck. Same hardware (bridge and tuners) as the regular MIM fenders. MIM jazz bass body, with a single split coil (SD QP), one-piece 'guard, and a single volume control.
I liked it. Sounded good. Played good. Looked.. different, but in a good way.
They're different now. They seem like they're built better now than they were back then, maybe better parts. Not sure what's up with the pickup being mounted backwards. I doubt it really effects tone very much; it's probably more about style. Or anti-style for that matter.
But yeah - I'd play it finger-style. I played mine mostly with a pick, but that's because I'm mainly a pick-player, period.
It's funny with the 'lack' of a tone control - I use the tone control on all my basses pretty often, but on the Hoppus bass I never missed not having it.
I'm not a big fan of Blink 182.
But I sure dig the Hoppus Bass. My favorite is the new. reverse P-Pickup model.
I like the way this tighten's up the E-string.
Jazz Body, P-Neck. One reverse P-pickup. Vol knob only.
What's not to like.
As for the lack of tone-knob, it's no big deal. Ajust with your amp. What's the big deal?
And as someone said, this is not just a pick-players bass.
I put a set of TI-JF344 flats, on mine. And it kills finger-style.
Great bass for the money.
Do not like the colors.
"All bias aside"
That will remove about 95% of the interest in this instrument, in both directions. ;)
Oh... Now I know what that other knob on my bass is for...
You can always buy the bass and add the tone knob... If you need it that much...
I seen Mark play one of these in Yellow. I wish that color was available.
I would do fine with nothing but a kill switch. For live, not so much, though. ;)
I find it interesting that FMIC is reintroducing the Delta-Tone tone control on some models, which is nothing but a pot with a bypass switch. I think this is a good option, generally.
As I recall though, the volume-knob-only thing was sort of their band gimmick at the time, so there y'go. [shrug]
I'm not a fan of that pickup.
Some years ago, my local GC had three of these things in Surf Green. They just couldn't unload them. They tried to dump them for $333.66 at a couple of sales and only sold one. The build quality was really vile on them, but that was typical of MIM instruments at the time. They were around for the better part of two years.
Some of the older Mark Hoppus basses that I've tried were kinda sloppy in fit and finish..all that stuff. I hear the new ones are much better..and they're using ash this time. Add a J pickup at the bridge(no tone knob for either pickup), change the neck to a Jazz..and you've got my dream Fender.
I have my share of expensive basses, but my everyday-player is a first generation Hoppus in shell pink. I've played the heck out of this thing and it has never let me down. The one thing I did not like were the pickups. Those SDs don't do much for me. I tried Fralins, and they were good. Then I got some Sadowsky replacements and have been quite happy since. I have ever heard a grand total of two Blink 182 songs, so I have no attachment to the endorsed artist. I just like the bass.
I'll admit it: I cut my teeth on a Hoppus. I started off on a Standard Jazz in '99 but my chops were honed on the Hoppus I got for Xmas '01. Also not afraid to admit I was plenty into Blink 182 at the time and strictly a pick player. In fact, the Daphne Blue Hoppus I got was one of the first to head east: GC Cleveland got it from GC LA just in time for Xmas (it was like a movie! Dec 23). Anyway, fast forward nearly 12 years to now and I haven't touched the bass in I don't know how long, don't listen to Blink 182, don't play with a pick, and I'll never say I'm some amazing bassist but I am slightly above mediocre to okay.
The bass is definitely a quality MIM Fender. I should take it out some time this weekend even though the strings are old and shoddy. Anyone who says it's a pick-only bass is a lunatic: it's plenty capable without and why not?? No tone knob? Come on. Occasionally annoying, yes, but a deal breaker, heck no. Truly, I have yet to play an MIM Fender that blows this bass away. There are some better but there are A LOT more worse options out there in the Mexican milieu.
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