Baccus Jazz

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  1. kenjikun

    kenjikun

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    This is a Bacchus Jazz in sonic blue with Fender headstock. (Bacchus is no longer selling bass with Fender headstock design). Selling for $150 at auction Japan. What are your thoughts? I wanted a P-bass but this one drools me:help:

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  2. allexcosta

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    Stunning, go for it!!
     
  3. Dave Muscato

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    Dude, Bacchus basses are great! That's a steal - go for it! Pick me up one while you're at it!
     
  4. kenjikun

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    OK!OK! I got it! I won it!:hyper: Will post the pics after I receive it:D
     
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  6. savit260

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    Is that one of the Universe Series basses?

    I think those may be built somewhere other than Japan, and are Bacchus' less expensive range.

    I have no experience with the Universe Series, but $150 would be a very good price for one of those. I think they typicaly sell for more like $400 ish.
     
  7. kenjikun

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    Yes you're right savit260. This is Universe Series but what caught my attention was the Fender headstock. This is no longer used by Bacchus due to copyright issues with Fender. Anyway, I still have to see it to judge it. When it plays good, I'll keep it. If not, I can always sell it again. The new models in these series sell from $350-500;)

    http://www.guitarsjapan.com/bacchusinfopage.html
     
  8. savit260

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    I'm pretty familiar with them. No idea what the Universe series are like, but the Japan built ones are outstanding.

    Here's mine.
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  9. FL Knifemaker

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    The Universe series was made in China. I've never seen one in person. Both "Headway" Bacchus' I've owned were fantastic basses.
     
  10. lonote

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    I have a "Universe Series" Jazz Bass and it is a good (but not great) instrument...I would rate it somewhere between a MIM and a MIJ Fender. It is light and has a very narrow neck but it has been very stable. I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
     
  11. FL Knifemaker

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    I would rate my 80's MIJ Fender right up there with the MIJ Bacchus. WAY above and beyond a MIM Fender :eek:
     
  12. dvh

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    MIJ Fenders are outstanding
     
  13. savit260

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    As nice as the 80's MIJ Fenders can be, MIJ Bacchus' are in a league well above those IMO.
     
  14. lonote

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    What I'm saying is that the quality of the Universe Series IS NOT as good as a MIJ Fender but IS better than a MIM Fender. Like I said, it is a good but not great bass.
     
  15. kenjikun

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    Finally it arrived after 24 hours!

    The GOOD: Craftmanship is superb:hyper: Truss-rod is easily accessible, no need to remove the pickguard. So far it is the most effortless truss-rod I have adjusted. NO resistance at all when adjusting, in fact I only used my index and middle finger to rotate the allen wrench. P/U and control cavities were fully shielded. It's LIGHT! very comfortable. Alder body, maple neck in a very thin satin finish and rosewood fingerboard has thin vintage style fretwire. The sonic blue finish is flawless. Overall, solidly built.

    The BAD: The two J pickups are garbage:scowl: I don"t need to elaborate. It makes me upset. DiMarzio Model J replacement PU is on the way.

    UPDATE: I spoke too soon about the pickups. Well its not the culprit, the strings were. After replacing the strings with Dean Markley Nickels, this bass now sings!
     
  16. guitfrank

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    indeed, the pickups are good even onboard a Universe!
     

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