Reverend Decision bass, or Rumblefish PJ ?
I'm saving my pennies, and hoping to buy either a Reverend Decision bass -- or, an older Reverend Rumblefish PJ (if I can find one).
I know the Rumblefish has a thinner neck. And I know that the horn on the Decision is longer (different aesthetic, and maybe less head dive). I know the Decision is made in Korea (supposedly at a high end plant), and the Rumblefish in the USA.
Other than that -- any thoughts on which is better? Thanks.
The most obvious problem you will encounter is finding a Rumblefish, unless you'll settle for whatever you can find. And then, it will be a modern miracle if you find one in a store to try before buying. It's an awesome axe for sure.
I love my Decision!
My first bass was an impulse buy--an Epiphone Viola. After a couple of months of lessons, and reading TalkBass I decided to get a bass more tailored to my needs. I spent another couple of months researching here on TB through the various club posts and classifieds. After visiting some shops I had decided to go with either a Fender p or j-- I just couldn't make up my mind. Then while I was at the Dallas International Guitar Festival I ran across the Reverend booth. Played everything they had on display and realized the Decision pj felt/played incredibly great, and allowed for everything I wanted musically. Regardless of price, nothing at the show interested me afterwards.
Twice since I've almost traded off the Decision for other, and more expensive boutique p-j's. But after side-by-side actual playing comparisons both times the Decision won-out on playability, aesthetics, and tone. I have stubby hands, but decision neck accommodates my left hand well. I haven't thought about neckdive since I bought it. Totally subjective, I know. However, I have a number of friends who have fallen in love with it as well and one has already traded-off a Fender j to get a Decision.
I'd hold out for a Rumblefish PJ if you can find one. I've owned eight Rumblefish in various configurations, and I've played all the new MIK models. They're good, but they're just not the same. The Rumblefish have a unique sound and a great feel that the new ones just can't match. YMMV, of course.
I guess my first instinct is that I want a Rumblefish PJ with a rosewood neck. But what are the odds of finding one for sale?
The Decision is growing on me, aesthetically. And I'm hearing mostly good things about it. And at least one bassist I really love and respect (Meshell Ndegeocello) is playing one.
But then, Rumblefish fans will say "there's just something about a 'fish". I wish I had a better sense of what that "certain something" was...
The new Reverends, including the Decision are nice, don't get me wrong. I had a Mercalli 5 for a while and it played and sounded great.
As far as that "certain something" about the Rumblefish, they just have a great feel and sound. The semi-hollow body combined with the angled pickups imparts a singular tone. The fretboard edges are rolled and the neck has that "broken-in" feel.
I've owned nearly 50 basses, including some expensive ones, and my original 'Fish is one of two instruments I have left, if that tells you anything..
You can drop a P in the neck of a Rumblefish. Mine was a J/J when I first got it, and now it is a P/BC (thin dual coil). People like the J for the bridge pickup mostly I think, the neck pickup to me is always lacking, maybe because I come from a P background, but the P/J or P/BC or P/MM makes more sense to me, but YMMV. Good luck! Reverend's pop up from time to time. As Dave Siff said, they just have something..... for me that something is the combination of the neck, the air in the tone, the weight, the look, and the uncommonality, if that's even a word....
You should note that the tone of the bass, the notes are not compressed, because of a lack of wood as compared to a solid body, so that might be something to keep in mind also.
Rumblefish for sure. For the way they sound, which is aptly described above.
Don't worry, a JJ fish won't sound anything like your typical jazz bass. Different animals. If you're a slapper, popper, thwacker, look elsewhere.
Thanks to all posters... this has been helpful. If I see a Decision selling for a song (so to speak), I might be tempted... but if the price continues to be $899 (mostly what I see), I'll probably keep savin' pennies 'til a Rumblefish pops up. And right -- I could change a JJ to a PJ, don't know why I didn't think of that!
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