Aerodyne Bass - AJB 58 (Japan) vs AJB 65(US version) Bridge difference

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gadgetgirl, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. gadgetgirl

    gadgetgirl Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    East Coast
    Hello - I am considering purchasing an Aerodyne Bass from a Japanese retailer but first could use some help. I've read through the current threads and still have a few questions (I'm a new player so please be patient ;>):

    1) what is the difference in the bridge found on the US model versus the Japan non export/pickguard model (AJB 58)?
    The AJB 65 has a "Bridge TP-AJB Special" versus the "machine" version on the AJB 58..but I don't know what this means..

    2) is there a difference in playability between the two models?

    3) What is the color of the pickguard - is it black or chrome?

    4) Is there a big difference in the reliability among the Japanese online retailers -- do you guys use one over another for any particular reason?

    5) Should i just buy US version from my local sam ash retailer or hold out for the non export model??

    6)any suggestions on a hard case and amp (small for practice)?

    thanks for your help - it's much appreciated
  2. snappytom


    Aug 17, 2005
    The bridge is essentially the same between the 2.

    Playability is the same, they come from the same assembly line.

    I think the pickguards are all black.

    Got mine from Ishibashi - no problems.

    Get what you like, I preferred the dot inlays, pickguard, and the Dolphin Grey color.

    An SKB 44 case works great. Look in the Amps forum for plenty of info on good practice amps, but definitely try amps before you buy.

    The Aerodyne is a great bass for the price. J pickup is a bit noisy, just replaced mine with a Dimarzio DP126 set, much quieter.
  3. gadgetgirl

    gadgetgirl Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    East Coast
  4. gadgetgirl

    gadgetgirl Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2005
    East Coast
    is there an issue with electrical current - using japan non export guitar with us electrical standards?