Pros - Fit and Finish Work is great. Neck gloss gives a great vintage feel. Definitely High Quality.
Cons - None I can think of.
A little over a month ago I was able to get a hold of a Buscanti Jazz Bass (Newport model). I dealt directly with Jeff (jazzyitalian), he's very easy to deal with. Well, I've had it for over a month now and my first impression remains, this is one awesome instrument. I can say with all honesty that this jazz bass can hang with any Fender-style jazz bass out there. Currently, my other jazz bass is an Xotic-XJ and while they are very different animals, the quality is there...but the cost isn't quite the same.
This one has a Rosewood board that sure looks pretty thick and a maple neck with a nice subtle bit of flame to it. The finish on the neck is absolutely fantastic. It's a relatively high gloss that gives it a very vintage feel (and look) but is still quick. It is really well done with a good old vintage radius that feels right.
A couple of cosmetic things: They used a nice inlay on the 12th fret but kept with the dots on the others. It's a nice classy twist that makes it look unique but not in your face. They've also got a nice subtle twist on the Fender-style headstock that looks unique but not strange or over the top.
The body is apparently Marupa wood, which I had never heard of, but feels solid and overall the bass has a warm tone to it (which happens to complement my generally bright ash and maple Xotic perfectly).
The guts of the bass really shine, too. They picked a few components that work fantastic together: Seymour Duncan Hot Stacks along with the typical V-V-T setup but with an added passive switchable 5-setting Varitone control that changes the tone in really great ways that a typical tone control doesn't necessarily handle. This bass can go from thumpy and muddy to bright-wide-open-jazz, and then on top of that you can use the Varitone to get this great punchy sound that shaves off the top end but still allows the mid punch to cut through unlike your average tone control.
Oh, and the setup...freaking perfect. Not a buzz anywhere on the neck. The first fret can ring out for as long as any bass I've played while maintaining a low action all the way up and down. Even with the Xotic I adjusted the action when I first got it, not with the Buscanti.
Overall, I would not hesitate to procure this bass again...although it won't be leaving me anytime in the near (or far) future. Do yourself a favor and if you can find one of these, skip the Fender and get a Buscanti.
Pros - excellent preamp and emg Pups, fantastic neck and body, and the tone is amazing. The folks at Buscanti care, and are great communicators who are passionate about their product.
Cons - none
this one was 1k I believe, but I dont quite recall
I recently had the opportunity to make a trade with Jeff from Buscanti Basses for a Newport model. Best move I ever made, they made me a true believer of their quality builds. Jeff and his brother hand build all these basses right here in the USA, Minnesota to be exact.
Fit and finish is right up there with many boutique basses. My model is seafoam green and the finish was done on site. It has a swamp ash body, maple neck, rosewood board with a custom cut tusq nut. Also has a custom cut white pearloid pickguard from John Polk of Terrapin Guitars. Their custom electronics are off the charts, it has 2 EMG JV Dual Coil Jazz pickups with the EMG VVT Preamp and you can switch between the standard EMG tone or their custom 9v EXB bass expander circuit. The first time I heard the EXB....WOW! Loads of deep but articulate thump, no mud just deep deep thump (enough to rattle everyones bones).
I have been playing for around 30+ years and was always a true Fender guy first, I still am but this bass gives them all a run for the money, so much so that I'm retiring a few of the older Fenders. Since I have gotten this bass it has been my go to choice, about 6 weeks now. I have to be honest and tell you I was very skeptical about even doing the trade but after talking to Jeff I decided it was worth a shot. I read some other reviews and that's what made me skeptical, there were some bad things said about these but also a lot of good things, just like most reviews. I read that they lacked sustain, not mine! This beast rings forever. Action is low, buzz free and intonation was spot on.
They use quality parts on their builds, Gotoh 201 high mass bridge and Ping tuners. The custom inlay at the 12th fret really accents the seafoam green perfectly, can't tell if it's turquoise or just a pearl inlay that reflects the body color but it's perfect (I should call Jeff and ask him...lol).
My only flaw if any is that it came in a plain old standard gig bag, but, I also got this in a trade and I made out well enough that it was no big deal to me. I am a true believer in these guys and I definitely plan on working with them on a custom build of my own.
Remember, if you have a chance, check out a Buscanti, you won't be disappointed. I promise you!"