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Brice NBD

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by blue4, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. blue4

    blue4

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    Just got my new Brice short scale 5 string set up today, E-C. I have to say that this is probably the best $299 I've ever spent. I was expecting something along the lines of one of my Squier's, but it's easily on par with my $500 Ibanez. It's as if I took my two favorite basses (Ibby SR405QM and a modded Squier Bronco) and put them together.

    Pro's
    Great body, maple w/ bubinga top. Light, smooth, very solid feel.
    Balances very well.
    Push/pull passive/active PU's
    Solid, solid neck. My first 6 bolt neck. Like a baseball bat. For me a neck like this would be unplayable at 34" At 30" however, it helps with that occasional "cramped" feel I get sometimes with a 30" Weird as it sounds, it feels like playing a larger bass, but with less effort.
    Strings seem to have better tension with the head angle and the string thru bridge. Although that might be in my head.
    It may have been sheer dumb luck, but this has been the easiest bass to intonate I've ever had.
    To take a total shot in the dark like I did trying to find a non-standard bass like a short scale 5er, and get this for $299 is nothing short of amazing to me.

    Cons
    average tuners
    noisy preamp that's going to need replacing.
    fret marker dots very dull (yes that's nitpicking)
  2. 3234718

    3234718 Supporting Member

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    I don't believe you.
  3. blue4

    blue4

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    Well, I have no pics, sorry.
  4. PersonalTraynor

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    Disclosures:
    peaveyTraynor freakazoid...
  5. blue4

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    I own more 34"s than 30"s.
  6. BobWestbrook

    BobWestbrook Mr. Supporting Member

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    Tough crowd.

    Thanks for the review, was curious about these.
  7. blue4

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    No problem. I was on the fence for a while looking at it online. I'm glad I went ahead.
  8. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

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    :hyper: :D :bag:
  9. mjmeche

    mjmeche Supporting Member

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    I have the Bubinga Top, I agree with you on everything you said!
  10. blue4

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    Resurrecting my own thread here, but it has occurred to me as I'm fiddling with this bass now that it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. The preamp still sucks, but the tone has improved every day as the Chromes have settled in. It has impressed everyone that has seen or heard it. I don't know how it does tuned B-G, but it plays like it was built with E-C in mind.

    Just throwing that out there, kind of as a extended review.
  11. CBNJ

    CBNJ Sorry brother. Supporting Member

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    I've been eyeing the Brice offerings for a while.. a video or sound demo would be GREAT!

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