Originally Posted by GM60466
I OWNED ONE 35 YEARS AGO. It wasn't a "keeper". Tuners were a real pain.
Were they around that far back?
IIRC, they were made in the mid to late '80s; mine is from '87. I used to have a BX-5 that I bought new in 1987, the BX-1 I currently have I got used of a guy who was featured in BP in the mid '00s.
The neck is very narrow so that may take a bit of getting used to but once you do it feels great. Mine is rock solid, the tuning stays put, no noticeable dead spots at all on the neck. The pickups, solo, can sound a bit middy, but in a band context they shine.
I may have a new nut made for my BX-1 as there is, IMO, a bit too much space between the E and G strings and their respective edge of the fingerboard, so I can get a sufficiently wider string spacing at the nut if I do so.
I love that you can use any strings you want on these, the clamping system is very straightforward and the fine tuning of the bridge tuners is nice; the tuning knobs can get a bit tight, so lubricating the threads and the slots the string holders ride in are recommended. I also recommend moving the upper strap button to the end of the horn, the bass sits better that way.
I had the BX-5 I used to have converted to a fretless by John Carruthers while I was living in L.A. (which is when I bought the bass at Westwood Music). He also made a curved plexi leg rest for me.
Here is a photo of my BX-1 shortly after I got it.