RGerhart
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Nelson Guitarwerks "remy" Custom 4pj

5/5, 5 from 1 review
4-string PJ-style bass modeled after Robert DeLeo's custom
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Recent Reviews

  1. RGerhart
    Amazing neck, amazing playability and tones
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jan 25, 2023
    Tone:
    5.00/5,
    Build Quality:
    5.00/5,
    Features:
    5.00/5,
    Feel:
    5.00/5,
    Value:
    4.00/5,
    Pros
    • + Great feel, tone, balance
    Cons
    • - none
    I had commissioned Bruce Nelson, the guitar tech and luthier extraordinaire for Stone Temple Pilots, to build me a bass modeled after Robert DeLeo's custom PJ-style, but with some modifications. I asked for a purple finish (instead of white), along with a humcanceling J pick up in the bridge position (instead of single-coil). Wow, did Bruce deliver the goods with this one!

    Right away, I noticed that the bass was lightweight, and balanced perfectly. I'm assuming this is in part because of the chambering and roasting of the pine body, along with the roasted neck and lightweight tuners from Gotoh. The neck was the next thing and one that still amazes me. It has a satin oil finish on it that transitions seamlessly at the headstock to a gloss finish, and is just the nicest feeling, easy to navigate thing. The neck profile is somewhere between a Precision, and a Stingray. Just the right amount of thickness, as I tend to get cramps from playing a 4-string J-style neck after a while.

    The bass itself is very resonant, and you get that sense when you plug it in and play through either pick up. The bass just has a clearness to it. The P pick up is exactly what a P should be: throaty, and sits right in the mix perfectly. The J pick up has a slight bit less output, but is a great bridge pickup sound: midrange-y, and growly. The tone control is different than your standard Fender style and offers a bit more range from bright to mellow sounds.

    If you are looking for a great P, J, or PJ-style bass, do not hesitate to contact Bruce. He's a really nice guy, and will call you and very thoroughly go over every detail so you get the bass (or guitar) you are looking for, and then some. Highly recommended!
    Price Paid:
    5500

Bass Details

  1. No. of Frets:
    20
    Construction:
    Bolt-On
    Active or Passive:
    Passive
    Scale Length:
    34"
    No. of Strings:
    4
    Body Material:
    Roasted pine
    Neck Material:
    Roasted quartersawn maple
    Body Finish:
    Plum crazy metallic
    Nut Width:
    1.625"
    Fingerboard Material:
    Ebony
    Bridge:
    Proprietary Nelson stainless steel, body-through
    Pickups:
    Lollar P, Seymour Duncan J humcanceling
    Other Hardware:
    Gotoh Resolite reverse tuners, Hipshot detuner
    Weight:
    8 lbs 4 oz
    EQ / Controls:
    Volume/volume/tone
    Price:
    $5500

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