Eastwood Hurricane vs. Ibanez Destroyer Bass DTB100
Ok folks, so a few days ago I started a thread on the Eastwood Hurricane Bass, and no one could really tell me anything about the instrument. I want to put a different spin on it, so how about this:
To round up my stable of cheaper gear to save for my wedding, I have two unique P-ish basses that I would like to purchase, and I am having a hard time deciding between these two <$300 basses.
Ibanez Destroyer Bass DTB100:
I always liked the body shape of the Explorer, and having owned a P/J Destroyer from the 80's before, I can testify that it's a really cool instrument. The MIJ instruments were very high quality, and from what I've heard the newer low-end Ibanezes, they're still solidly built. These are discontinued, but I found a place where I can buy one brand new for $300.
I found out about Eastwood from their display of Airline & Eastwood instruments on display at my old employer's flagship store. Eastwood has been reissuing funky old guitars for years, and this one looks pretty cool. It has a single coil J pickup under the chrome cover. They normally cost $430, but Eastwood has a "dent on the back" B-stock for $240.
What do you think? Thoughts? Opinions?
Clip of the Ibanez in action - though the sound quality sucks probably in part due to the practice amp in use: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccSWfYX79p4
Okay, I'll play! Interesting choice.
I love the look of the Destroyer. The Hurricane has that funky pawn shop mojo, which I appreciate, but isn't really my thing.
I don't care for the balance/ergonomics of Explorer style basses. The Hurricane would have better balance, but I'd still have reservations about its short tele-style upper horn and large headstock. That said, I could adjust to either if I decided I really wanted to own one.
The upper horn still seems to give full access to the frets, and the ergonomics of the Destroyer don't bother me the way other basses might.
Any more opinions? Thoughts?
Eastwood FTW. At $240 you can't go wrong.
I got paid for something I sold, was able to get both and still save some cash. Will let you know. Mid 60s vibe vs mid 80s vibe.
I got bass #1 - The Eastwood Hurricane. I wasn't sure what to except when I got it, so I just went with the flow at opened up the box.
What a cool bass! Very good first impressions. It's got one single-coil J pickup, volume and tone. The sound is somewhere between the more defined/tight split-coil P, and the trebly '51 single-coil P. Yeah, it 60hz hums a little, but meh - the bass actually sounds really cool. It has the pickup & bridge covers like in that picture. Neck feels really nice - it feels bare on the back, but the headstock is gloss in the front. The body is a 60's brown sunburst, and the "minor dent" as described is so tiny it took me a while to find it. Fender style bridge. A little heavy, but an absolute blast to play. Not bad at all for $288 total.
Only two issues? Setup, which for course can be fixed. Neck came dead straight with the saddles raised REALLY high. I'm gonna put Chromes on it, give it a little relief, and lower the saddles. The other is the body contour. It's got a back contour, but the front is slab. Not the super most comfy, but I was able to play it for a while. It's really a ton of fun to play. I'm very excited with it so far!
Anyway, I'll do a double NBD when I get the Ibanez too. With pics, of course.
Another update today:
I was told the Ibanez Destroyer had a chip on the body, thus it took a while to get it shipped. I was able to get $65 off... bringing that bass to $234 shipped.
I wonder how the Hurricane would sound if you shielded the pickup and control cavities and dropped a Nordstrand NJ4SV pickup in there....mmmm....yum.
Whenever I buy a bass, I walk out of the store with one I didn't even think about before. I went in looking for an Ibanez SR300, and walked out with a Schecter Omen Extreme-4.
All three SR300s GC had were either very difficult to play with terribly set up frets and terrible action, had a faulty input jack, or had broken potentionmeters.
I haven't had problems with Ibanez before, but I really don't think highly of them anymore. Maybe I had a bad bunch :confused:
I haven't played an Eastwoods before, but their guitars are known for being cool looking and well made, as well as decently affordable. I say go for Eastwood, but try both out. Basses vary greatly, even within the same model. :cool:
Or get a Squier Bass VI :hiding:
What's interesting about the Hurricane is the pickup placement. It's pretty close to where you would traditionally mount a split coil P pickup. I'm curious how a J pickup sounds in that position and if you were to replace the stock pickup, would you use a neck J or a bridge J replacement?
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