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Buscanti 'Newport' Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ped, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. ped

    ped User Commercial User

    Aug 30, 2006
    York, England
    Endorsing Artist: Vigier Basses / owner: Basschat.co.uk
    Here's a nice take on the classic Jazz Bass. It has EMG JV pickups and an EXB expander circuit along with the standard tone control.

    Body is mahaogany and painted in this lovely metallic blue.

    See my blog post about it here http://blog.basschat.co.uk/buscanti-newport-jazz-bass/

  2. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    I have a Newport in green with a white pearl guard. It has a PBass size neck. I use it as my main bass for over a year. It is a great player.
  3. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Audio Mike Lull Custom Guitars Gallien Krueger amplification Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass Electronics
    I love the EMG JV pickups..
    Looks killer:cool:
  4. jazzyitalian

    jazzyitalian Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    Lawyer and Hobbist Bass Maker
    Boston you say??? I hale from the NE US and have several relatives out there. If I ever have the occasion to bring a bass out there, I'll give you a jingle.
  5. jazzyitalian

    jazzyitalian Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN
    Lawyer and Hobbist Bass Maker
    Hello All-

    Ped's blog on the Newport has been moved to this place:


    If you cannot access it, it's because you need to join the forum. Here's the written portion that PED provided on our Newport bass from the BassChat site:

    An old dog with new tricks
    First let me run through some basic specs. The bass is a prototype which Jeff and his brother Randy put together over a period of about 3 months. The bass was made to evaluate an interesting electronics package and it's aimed at the gigging bassist looking for a lightweight, usable and reliable instrument.
    -Maple neck and fretboard
    -Mahogany body with metallic blue paint
    -Chrome hardware (PING tuners)
    -EMG JV pickups (Alnico rods, dual coil. data sheet here)
    -Modified EMG electronics incorporating an EXB expander.
    So the bass is a little different in the electronics department. The controls on the bass, nearest the pickups first, are neck volume, bridge volume, standard tone control and then the EMG EXB bass expander control. There's also a switch for flipping between the standard Tone and the EXB circuit.

    *** is an EMG EXP
    The EXB Bass Expander is a clever little device that increases the low and high frequency regions while reducing the midrange simultaneously to provide extra gain and punch. It works a bit like an unconventional equalisation control that instantly serves up a more percussive sound. Quite useful if you're a slapper.

    But it's a Jazz Bass!
    I have heard the same comment from countless people on BC over the years. No matter how often a user posts a picture of a custom built one-off hand made bass, if it's the shape of a Jazz Bass, someone will say it's just another clone. I haven't had a Jazz Bass shaped instrument for a long time, and I must admit to feeling more interested in basses that don't fit the mould.
    When this bass arrived, though, I found it was nice to have a quality classic in the stable. A bit like a motor enthusiast might like to have a Cadillac just to tick a box. Though I have a Jazz Bass model set up on my Vigier with the Roland GK system there's something about the feel of a Jazz Bass that's hard to ignore. I always had the chrome covers on my Jazzes and so installed one on the Buscanti too, because it adds to the feel, the sense of occasion of playing a Jazz Bass.

    I like the truss rod adjustment being nice and accessible at the base of the neck. It moved nice and smoothly as I turned it to try and straighten the neck a little. There was plenty of adjustment available and I was quickly able to get the relief just right. The fretwork is very good, but I did find that there was some choking in the upper registers on the G string, probably caused mainly by my penchant for super low action more than anything. However, the bridge was limiting the action by keeping the strings quite high up even with the grub screws in their lowest positions.
    I guess this isn't really a judgement of the quality of the bass, because I have always found this with Jazz Basses so I suppose it's inherit of the design of a bolt on neck where the fretboard sits quite proud of the body. I'm just used to everything being quite a flat surface. It made me realise how lazy I am as a player with my action and relief. In that respect I really enjoyed playing this bass near the bridge with the back pickup cranked for some tight honky growl. The high(er) action meant I had to work a bit harder and mixed with the feel of the bass I found I was playing quite differently. Still badly, but differently.

    Final thoughts
    This isn't meant to be a review, really, because I can't write them. But it hopefully has shown you the bass, a little information about what I like about it and my reaction to it. The bass would cost about $890 (around £560) plus a little extra for a hard case. Being based in the US this won't make much sense against some European brands where we won't pay import duty, but I can't see any reason why Jeff would'nt be able to find a UK importer for these superb quality instruments. I like the little letter Jeff wrote to go along with the bass, and I really get the feeling that him and Randy are putting a lot of passion into what they do.

    The Newport by Buscanti is a superb rendition of a classic with a few subtle and useful mods. Park one in your garage today!
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2014

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