Charvel/Jackson 1B compared to similar era Fernandes/ESP

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tompsy, Jun 25, 2022.

  1. Buy

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  2. Pass

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  1. Tompsy


    Dec 21, 2021
    Brooklyn, New York
    Hey, y'all! I have a thing for the late 80's and early 90's Japanese instruments. I think they are the last "bargain" to be had in the market and present incredible value for the money. I have an ESP-B1 that is remarkably well-built with a perfect finish and IMO custom-shop-like attention to detail. I have a Fernandes that is not quite as nice but still very good. How do the Charvel/Jackson Japanese basses of the 80's compare? I have an opportunity to get a super clean Charvel/Jackson 1B for under 300 but it's pretty far away. I don't want to show up and be disappointed. Does anyone have experience with these manufacturers/this genre of bass?

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  2. I hear you on Japanese instruments from the ‘80s and ‘90s :thumbsup:

    While not identical to what you’re considering, my first good bass was a Jackson Concert EX Professional from the early ‘90s (almost impossible to find now). I traded it years ago for my favorite guitar (‘80s Westone Prestige 150, also from Japan :laugh:) and I can’t say I regret it, but I’ll never forget that neck :woot: Jackson’s stock pickups from the period sounded pretty burly, too.

    I say go for it because I’m an enabler and I love NBD posts.
  3. jbrew73


    Dec 24, 2006
    The Jackson/charvel necks from that era are amazing. They will accommodate a super low action if that’s your thing.
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  4. It’s not wildly active, but TalkBass does have a Charvel/Jackson club; you might ask there.