Beginner bass opinions
I'm not a bassist, but I've been inspired to pick up Rocksmith 2014 to play around with the bass and see if it bites me. I was hoping to get your opinions on my potential bass choices. These are all from Rondo because I like their return policy, and I'm looking to spend $200 or less. I can't use the fifth string on a 5 string in RS but it might be nice to have for future use, so I'm considering 5s as well as 4s.
SX Andromeda MN 3TS:
Douglas NB-C2 TSB:
Hadean EB-6105 TR:
How do you guys feel about these for my purposes? Please suggest any alternative you feel may be better as well.
I have an SX bass. I bought it to keep with me and not have to worry about it too much. To my surprise, it actually plays well, sounds great, and the fit and finish is pretty good.
The body on mine is American Swamp Ash, with a Maple neck and fretboard.
The wood the bass is made from was worth the price of the finished bass.
As a beginner and as a student, I see nothing wrong with any of the bases you've selected. You don't have to be a bass snob to learn, and those bass are $100+ less costly than a Squier bass, and just as playable. Perhaps the same, or better quality, too.
Just because it's made in China, doesn't mean it's poorly made. The Chinese built the product to meet a specification. IN the case of SX, the spec is pretty decent. You can improve these bases, too. By upgrading the strings, the pups.
Further, if your just learning, why not learn on a 5 string from the start?
I vote Andromeda (btw, mine arrives Monday). I have no experience with the Hadean basses, but given that Rondo tends to price their instruments according to quality, I would expect the Douglas to be a higher tier brand. The only caveat, for the ones you chose, is that a neck through is typically at the high end of a line, so that neck-thru Hadean is probably pretty good too. But a neck-thru can't be shimmed, which is important not only out of the box, but sometimes as the neck takes a "set". Also, that single coil J style pup in the Andromeda will give you way more tonal range, unless you split the HBs in the other basses.
I have a lot of SX basses, most are Js, my main players are SX Js. All were good, and more than worth their cost. At the "sale" price for the 3tsb Andromeda with the single piece body and the upgraded tuners and bridge, you would be hard-pressed to find a better value bass. Do a series-parallel mod on it and it will give you all the versatility you need.
Thanks for the help guys. I'm thinking about the Andromeda at the moment.
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