Greg Weeks Signature Bass My review:
Got the bass today/ My initial impression after putting on my preferred strings (DR Hi Beams) and lowering the action a little bit is that this thing is pretty damned impressive. It "feels" like a BC Rich. The 3 piece maple neck is not tiny but it is comfortable and not a baseball bat like my old 79 shorthorn Mockingbird was. A player who knows what a real BC Rich feels like will feel at home on this bass no problem.
I was very happy to open the control cavity to find a genuine Aguilar OBP-3 18v preamp. I am VERY SURPRISED that BC Rich does not advertise this feature.
I would prefer to have a pickup blend knob rather than the 3 way switch but nobody's perfect right?
The pickups seem to be decent and the bass has a very hot signal. We even have a boost switch if you still can't get the gain you want. It's a little over the top but it's reminiscent of the classic circuit in that regard.
The cloud inlays on the fretboard are neatly done and look nice if not a teeny bit phony.(at this price point I can't really complain but abalone would be nice
The bridge in a Traben Chaos bridge that has an unusual design. It has an aluminum base sunk into the body and a steel High mass bridge on top of the body that screws directly into the aluminum base piece. It seems to be high quality and functional. I would be interested to feel and hear the difference a Good Old Badass Bridge would make but due to the aluminum base We're stuck using the Traben bridge. No problem.
The Grover tuners feel silky smooth and work exactly as expected.
The head stock is the traditional BC Rich shape and is adorned with the Classic "R" inlay. Some players feel that only the USA instruments should have the "R" and while I agree in concept, the Greg Weeks signature looks,plays and sounds so much like a real hand made I believe it to be totally worthy of the classsic "R" and not the queer script we've been accustomed to on the imports.
This bass is a winner and a GREAT DEAL. It is a Pro Quality instrument 100% and I will play it proudly. It's a great compromise for someone who wants a BC Rich Eagle but doesn't want to deal with the possible issues and costs associated with owning a vintage one.
It seems like Hanser was out to make a point with this bass and succeeded. Wether or not that point will be heard and accepted by the masses is a different question altogether.