NBD: NOS? Essex (SX) Content

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  1. SIFJiggy

    SIFJiggy

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    Got this a couple weeks ago - but just got off the schnide and got it set up proper and played with a guitar and drums.

    Before my review - I have to disclose that I am NOT a PBass guy. I've owned 3 before - 2 Squiers and a MIM. Never liked the way they play, but have been craving the change of pace in the tone. I'm a jazz guy.

    So anyway - I got it in and it's in near perfect condition. Pickguard still had the plastic on it (Must have been sitting for a long time because Rondo hasn't offered this model in years- maybe a year anyway?) The only defect was some gloss smudge/imperfections where the neck meets the fretboard. you can barely feel it and even though it looks terrible when you look at it - you never see it from any angle other then when playing.

    Stock strings were on and action was like a tightrope. Neck was perfectly straight. I threw a set of Fender flats on and adjusted the action to my liking. May replace the bridge - the E string was a bear to thread through.

    So I plug it in and I was amazed. Two noteworthy items:
    1. This neck is not the typical baseball bat you get with a Fender(Squier P). It may even be more shallow than the MIM I owned for a few months.
    2. Holy shnikes is this pickup hot!

    Playing through my PF-350 and double 210AVs I noticed a significant "roundness" and "thump" as compared to my Jazz (probably more of a characteristic inherent in any P design) but nonetheless, it was incredibly clean and fat. Combined with the fact that I moved around the fretboard almost as easily as my American Std Jazz - I'm thrilled!

    Ran me 170 shipped off EvilBay. Ubelievable deal.


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  2. gjbassist

    gjbassist Supporting Member

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    Nice! I just recently picked up an old headstock SX jazz bass that is in mint condition. They really are great basses for not a lot of money!
     
  3. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker Supporting Member

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    That looks really nice with the matching headstock!
     
  4. shaginwagin

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    I guess you ARE a pbass guy after all! Lol

    Seriously though, nice bass. I am a pbass guy and I just picked up a sx jazz around Christmas, haven't played my pbass as much lately.
     
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  6. ejaggers

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    Congrats!!! nice looking bass............057912
     
  7. nogoodwithnames

    nogoodwithnames Supporting Member

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    Gorgeous! Been gassing for an old headstock sx. Congrats
     
  8. Rip Topaz

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    Congrats!! And welcome to the club!!
     
  9. dabbler

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    CAR matching old headstock! Not a lot of those around! Congrats!
     
  10. bassbenj

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    Yes, I picked up a used old headstock SX "PJ" 5er recently. Only it's got two jazz pickups! What were they thinking? So anyhow the plan is to put in a nice set of real 5 string P-bass neck pickups and a new pickguard to tweak that baby into a decent PJ 5er.

    It also has a jazz profile neck, which I guess is OK but I'd prefer the wider flatter P-bass profile like my Squirer PJ has.

    Just too many bass projects!
     
  11. HockeyDawg

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    Schweeeet!! I've been looking at the SX Pbasses of late hoping the neck was more Jbass like. May have to pick one up, or one of the PJs.
     

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