After I got the 5 string JJ Version a few weeks ago and made a review about it, I finally good the 4 String PJ brother today.
The built quality is just as superb as on the JJ. Roasted maple neck with rolled edges, compound radius and cut aways making this thing unbelievable playable.
The Reverse P compliments the more bright, in some ways aggressive sound very good. I say aggressive sound, but beware, as I showed in my JJ review video, the 3 Band eq has a broad range and can tame this wild beast. Those DiMarzios are just marvelous.
I admit, It's a bit of a strange feeling - I never played a Reverse P before - so my right hands feels a pickup where it isn't expected. But that's just a thing of getting used too.
The neck unlike the 35" 5 string version has 34", but the known HiMass bridge and the graph tech TUSQ nut gives you all the sustain you want.
The two little nitpicks I had with the JJ are staying:
The bass is highest quality built, but the battery compartment door is cheap and windy. I am in constant fear of breaking it.
And it still has no tone control in passive mode. This bass screams to be played in in active, so it is no big deal for me. But It's still a strange design choice for an modern day bass.
I will post a video showing off the different sounds and setting. I keep you updated.
Short Review Charvel Pro-mod San Dimas Pj Iv Bass
- 4.8/5, 4.8 from 1 review
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- 4.75/5, 4.75 out of 5, reviewed Apr 19, 2021
- Build Quality:
- + Incredible Tone
- + Masterclass built quality
- + Great fast neck
- + Broad EQ - Lots of tones
- + Great price
- - No passive mode tone control
- - Floppy battery compartment door
- No. of Frets:
- Active or Passive:
- Scale Length:
- No. of Strings:
- Body Material:
- Neck Material:
- Roasted Maple Hand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
- Body Finish:
- Lime Green Metallic
- Nut Width:
- 1,5" (38,1mm)
- Fingerboard Material:
- Roasted Maple
- Charvel HiMass
- DiMarzio P DP122 (middle position) and J DP123 (bridge position)
- Other Hardware:
- Charvel® Open-Gear Tuners
Luminlay® Side Dots
Heel-Mount Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel
Vintage-Style Disc String Tree
- 9.03 lbs
- EQ / Controls:
- Master Volume (with push/pull active/passive), Pickup Blend, Bass, Mid, Treble
Est. U.S. Street$899.99
ColorLime Green Metallic
Number of Strings4
Bridge PickupDiMarzio® Model J™ DP123
Middle PickupDiMarzio® Model P® DP122
ControlsMaster Volume, Pickup Blend, Bass, Mid, Treble
Special ElectronicsActive Electronics
Body ShapeSan Dimas® Bass
Tuning MachinesCharvel® Open-Gear
Neck MaterialCaramelized Maple
Neck ConstructionBolt-On with Graphite Reinforcement
Neck FinishHand-Rubbed Satin Urethane
Neck ShapeSpeed Neck with Rolled Fingerboard Edges
Neck BindingNone - Rolled Fingerboard Edges
Scale Length34" (86.36 cm)
Fingerboard Radius12" to 16" Compound Radius (304.8 mm to 406.4 mm)
Fingerboard MaterialCaramelized Maple
Number of Frets20
Nut MaterialGraph Tech® TUSQ® XL
Nut Width1.5" (38.1 mm)
Position InlaysCream Dot
Truss Rod NutHeel-Mount Truss Rod Adjustment Wheel
String TreesVintage-Style Disc
HeadstockLicensed Fender® Precision Bass®
Neck Plate4-Bolt Standard
StringsFender® USA 7250ML Nickel Plated Steel (.045-.100 Gauges), PN 0737250405
Other FeaturesSide Mounted Jack