NBD: Douglas Hollowbody
so, i was messin around online a few weeks ago, and i ended up on the rondo site. a few years ago i picked up a fretless SX jazz because it was so cheap and was totally impressed. so when i saw this Douglas Hollowbody i thought i'd give it a shot because i felt pretty confident that it would be worth the money. it was a little more than the jazz, but still super cheap and the old jazz was soooo much nicer than the price tag, i felt sure that this would probably end up with similar results. well, it was delivered to my office today and all i can say is WOW! this thing is killer. it totally exceeds all my expectations. but before i go too far, i have to say that i have not plugged it in yet. i'm still at work unfortunately so i can't test drive it fully. but unplugged it is still pretty impressive. especially considering the price. it has a nice acoustic tone despite the crappy strings. all the hardware is waaaaay nicer than the cheap stuff that came on the SX. and overall the bass is just super solid. it's pretty friggin heavy duty feeling. the finish is nice and it was even set-up pretty well! i honestly planned from the very beginning on modding the bass with new electronics. even without hearing it. i'm thinking of a Seymour Duncan MM ceramic pickup and all new pots and wiring etc. but i guess we will see how the current electronics sound this evening. but yes, i am totally stoked with this purchase. it feels great, plays nice and has a sweet unplugged tone. i grabbed some new strings and strap locks on my lunch break and will probably order new electronics next week. cant wait to clock out and head home to try her out!