Well as some of you know, a few weeks ago my remaining beater bass got trashed by the antics of my cats. I appreciated all the offers to drop some money into a paypal account or loan a bass (though I lived way too far away to pick up any of them
), but I've managed to pay down a credit card enough to afford a cheap-o 5er from Rondo until I can get something a little nicer... though, honestly, I've had nothing but decent success with most of the stuff I've bought from Rondo anyway.
I'm looking at these 3 basses in particular and need some opinions or reviews from people who maybe have played or owned them. http://www.rondomusic.com/eb6105trgr.html
Pros: Pretty light weight, which would be nice
It's green, and I like green
It's passive and I typically prefer passive
I've never played a Hadean bass, so I know nothing about them - are they the same quality as the SX or Brice basses?
That bridge looks a little cheap, but meh - they are easily replaced in the future, if so desired.
I've heard basswood can be a little soft and have some problems with strap locks coming out or denting.
The one review I could find on these forums said it was a decent bass but the neck was "flimsy". I'm not sure exactly what that means - does it mean it needs a lot of adjustments? That it's thin like an Ibanez neck? That the b-string is "meh"?
Next up: http://www.rondomusic.com/eb9705nm.html
Ash body wood.
Neck-thru, usually means good sustain
Nice looking - though the one review I found on this bass on the forums said it was pretty much raw wood. Which could be cool, but I'm wondering if the neck is going to need a wax down because of that.
A bit heavier than the other one
Same cheap bridge
Active - not exactly a "con" but will require batteries now and then, and might be harder to dial in a tone I like
Again, never tried this bass brand so curious about them.
And finally: http://www.rondomusic.com/web825na.html
Light weight and made of ash
5 bolt neck, bit more stability perhaps
Slightly better bridge design
Not exactly digging the looks of it with that body shape or gold hardware
My husband tried a Douglas guitar and returned it because he said it felt like a toy (he loves his Agile 7 string, though, and really liked the Brice 5'ers I've had in the past, so he's not anti-Rondo/SX/etc ). Wondering if the basses are a little better quality?
Active, once again.
So. Opinions for my cheap-o NBD bass? I'm pretty excited, even if it's just bargain deal basses I can afford at the moment... it'll be nice to have one to mess around on again. I was pretty bummed about what happened with the other. I could really use some input from anyone who has tried these particular brands/models out.