Well the Retronix has been here for a few days now. For anyone interested here's a run down.
First off....I like it. It's nicely made (Korea), flawless fit and finish. The metallic shell pink is gorgeous.
Most importantly, it sounds great, and it has a distinctive voice. That's a big deal to me, that it sounds different. It has character.
Three single coil pickups spec'd by Seymour Duncan, labeled "Dracowyre". They look like quarter pounders but sound different. The neck pickup sounds a smidge overdriven when solo'd. The other two sound clear. This is obviously part of the intended sonic recipe.
Any of the 3 pickups can be solo'd via the 5-way toggle. The neck and center pup can be played together, and so can the bridge and center pup. These combos are both killer.
Kinda hard to describe, but when either of the two-pup combos are selected, there is an audible separation of tone. Reminds me of back in the day when we bi-amped our rigs. The tone is strong and throaty. And articulate, modern for sure.
For comparison, I have a Godin Shifter here which has a similar elec array, and sounds very nice. But this Retronix sounds more compelling and more dimensional.
Playability is superb, somebody over there knows what they're doing. Frets are beautifully dressed. Notes are clear and solid across the board, and all the way up and down. Very impressive.
The top strap pin is at about the 14-15 fret, which of course makes 1st position playing a bit of a reach.
Along with that, the side dots are very small, not easy to spot in dim lighting. With the 2" position differential between the Retronix and my other basses, I could use some bigger dots to glance at. Spector players should feel right at home, tho.
Lastly, a minor thing. The side mounted output jack plate is plastic. Should be chromed steel at the price point IMO.
Overall, an interesting and keep-worthy bass, both sonically and visually.
Last edited by Templar : 12-15-2013 at 11:18 PM.