Overwater Aspiration Basses - any advice?
A buddy of mine is thinking of buying an Overwater Aspiration Artist from ebay as a starter bass and asked what I thought. I know nothing about this model of bass. Anyone here have any direct personal experience with one of these?
The listing is here. I've already warned him to be careful when buying something over the internet - it's better to try the thing first. But there you go.
I've never played an Overwater bass. The eBay ad has great pics and the guy selling it has 100% rating.
http://overwaterbasses.com/ Nice website. Basses appear to be well made. In the US$2-$3K range. The Aspiration line appears to be the least expensive line they build or have built. Doesn't say where they are built.
Here's and ad for a new one, £599: http://fuzzguitars.co.uk/shop/guitar...-sunburst.html
It looks like kinda wide 19mm string spacing. Here's a thread to read up on string spacing/neck width(covers 4 strings as well): http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f8/str...basses-942861/
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Over the years we have worked with musicians from many musical, cultural and stylistic backgrounds, learning directly from players and aiding the development of a range of basses that will fit into most styles of music and techniques of playing. And now, our new Aspiration Series, hopefully bring our instruments within the range of every bass player.
Thanks for that :). Have you played Overwater basses yourself at all? I'm keen to get some hands-on accounts of the model and its suitability as a starter bass.
I spent a fair bit of time on a Contemporary J 5er when I was buying my previous bass - it ended up narrowly losing out to a MTD Kingston Heir 5.
Bear in mind (as with the MTD Kingston range) that these are Chinese-made basses so don't expect the quality of a UK-made Overwater. My experience is that they're pretty well made (one or two glue blobs at the frets on the one I tried) but can't comment on the feel or sound of that specific model. The new ones go for a little over £500 at the moment which gives an indication of overall quality, and would make a good first 'proper' bass - if he likes it, of course.
There's just something about those angular-horned, big-bodied English basses that I thought always looked so bad-a$s. Status is another good example.
Please, by all means, keep us up to date on your experience. It would be very interesting to learn more about these from fellow bassists.
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