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Bought a jazz today :)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ss81, Nov 26, 2005.


  1. ss81

    ss81

    May 29, 2005
    Not the most astounding purchase of the century, but nonetheless I just felt compelled to write a post about it. I was at the guitar shop today with my drummer, and I was A/B-ing this used 95 MIM standard jazz bass with the new limited edition white epiphone thunderbird through a solid state Ampeg head going into a cheap Hartke 4x10 cab (not an ideal amp setup, but it was the only one that was plugged in). The thunderbird definately had a ballsy sound that I really liked, but my drummer didn't like that it was a bit lacking in high-end definition and pick attack (I didn't 100% agree with him in this area, I quite liked the pick attack I got from the T-bird). But the jazz neck felt so nice, and though we were both apprehensive at the considerably smaller amount of low end it had compared to the thunderbird, I felt confident that a pickup change and playing it through my normal amp (Peavey T-Max & 410tvx) would easily remedy that problem. I picked it up for $285, not a bad deal. After reading numerous glowing reviews, I think I'm going to pick up a Dimarzio Model J set (the store only had the ultra jazz set in stock, and I'm not sure those are quite what I'm looking for), I'm still undecided on whether I want to go with a tortise shell or black pickguard on the black body & rosewood fretboard (please feel free to post pics that might sway me in either direction :)). As for the thunderbird, I'm sure that somewhere down the line (once I have a ton more cash) I will pick up a real Gibson t-bird, but until then I'm sure that the jazz will do the trick quite admirably.
     
  2. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Congrats - one of these days, I'll end up with a Jazz bass... I really like P bass tones, but find the narrower neck of the Jazz bass to have a nice feel to it.. I suppose I *could* put Jazz necks on my P basses, but probably never will....



    - georgestrings
     
  3. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Congrats!

    But it doesn't exist until we see pics!

    Mark
     
  4. ss81

    ss81

    May 29, 2005
    As soon as it's all prettied up, you guys will be the first to see it :).
     
  5. heres what you should make it look like
     

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  6. Hey, congratulations. Sounds like a great bass you've got there. But we do need those pics. ;)

    Regards

    Matthew
     
  7. ss81

    ss81

    May 29, 2005
    I do like the aluminum pickguard look, but I think for the jazz I'm going to go with a more vintage-flavored look...

    So bad news about the bass: I don't know why I didn't check on this in the store before I bought it, but the strings fret out on the high frets. I've tried adjusting the string height and the truss rod, but the only way I can get those upper fret notes to ring out is by setting the strings up uncomfortably high :(. So rather than throwing antoher $100+ at this bass for a fret leveling, i think I'm going to take it back and see if they have any other used jazzes I can look at. It's really too bad, because other than that the neck feels great and it was a good deal, hopefully they'll be nice enough to give me a deal on another bass...