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Dan electro dc or mex jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fatboy_Jim, Aug 5, 2001.


  1. Dc

    13 vote(s)
    36.1%
  2. Mex Jazz

    23 vote(s)
    63.9%
  1. Fatboy_Jim

    Fatboy_Jim

    Oct 25, 2000
    Hey i'm going to be looking for a second bass soon and i'm wondering which in your opinion in is better the fender mex jazz or the cheaper dc bass with lipstick pickups. I tried the dc out and the deep bass off it was very heavy with trebly highs. I haven't tried the mex jazz yet but i wasn't a very big fan of the dc's thick neck whereas i know the fender jazz has a neck i'm used to. All opinions will be greatly appreciated
    Peace
    Dermot
     
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    I've never tried either, but I think the Mexi Jazz will suck less and last longer.
     
  3. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    i've played both, and i definately prefere the MIM Jazz, but they (IMO) are great basses for under $350. You can also upgrade the jazz in the future if you wanted a better bass.
     
  4. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Come on, I know you want to be different!

    The DC has a more woody sound than the jazz, which has a more "closed" character, IMO. The fretwork on the DC is actually really good for it's price range, but the jazz is also quite good.

    The DC IS made out of masonite, but I find it quite sturdy, the only thing i would change is the bridge, which is hard to intonate, and takes away some sustain. It could easily be changed, though. I think. Hmm, interesting question, does anyone know if you can put a better bridge, maybe a gotoh, or badass on a DC?
     
  5. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    I absolutely, positively, without a second thought would go for the Dan Electro.

    I have a Hodad and the sound that comes out of it blows me and my American P-bass Deluxe away. I'm pretty sure the only difference on the DC is there's one less pickup, and I rarely use all three on the Hodad anyhow. I've played and owned several Fenders - the cheaper ones as far as I'm concerned are really not worth the price they ask. The electronics are unbelievably noisy, they begin to crackle or cut out after a while, they're not very punchy, they don't cut well when played with a band. Soundwise the Dan O really cuts and it's pretty versatile too.

    Also - Dan Elctros come with pretty lousy setups. I never played one in a store that I liked. The only reaon I bought the Hodad was because in my local music store, the guy took the time to set it up the way I like it. The action can be really, really sweet - and different strings can make it feel like an altogether different bass. The neck is actually kind of thin also - it may just feel thick because of the setup.

    Final note IMO, the Dano's look so much cooler too. Oh yeah - and I own 2 of em :).

    Good luck.
     
  6. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    HEY! HEY! isn't that what girlfriends are for? :D :p :D
     
  7. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Hmmm... I'd like to see that!

    On second thought, I WOULD NOT like to see that! ;-)
     
  8. Fatboy_Jim

    Fatboy_Jim

    Oct 25, 2000
    Thanks for the replies - i'm yet to try the more expensive mim jazz but i had heard good things about the dc. When i played it i noticed the strings were way to high for my liking but i suppose that's easily fixed. Does anyone know if you can change the crappy tuners on the dc to butterfly machine heads? One thing i was very impressed with with the dc was it's sustain which was incredibly long - More replies please
    Thanks
    Peace
    Dermot
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Both basses are great for the money. I like the sound of the Dano. The tone is really really nice for an inexpensive bass. BUT, the MIM Jazz is very upgradeable & you can have a super killer bass for not too much $$$.

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  10. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Hi Dermot,

    The tuners on the Dano are actually pretty good. If you're used to larger tuners I imagine it's just a matter of getting used to them. The MIM Fender tuners are really bad. It's been my biggest peeve with my P-bass. There's a lot of play in them, and when I went to try and get them fixed at the authorized repairperson near me, he showed me a few he had that had totally snapped off of basses. He said, "that's just the way they make their tuners". I think the tuners on the cheaper Fender basses might actually be better than the ones on their most expensive ones. To anwer your question on changing the Dano's though, the headstock is pretty small, so you probably couldn't - and also it would totally throw the balance of the bass. You'd have a serious neck diving problem.

    PS to everyone else - I've been working hard trying to get my basses to do the things that women do, but to no avail at this point. That would be so convenient, wouldn't it?

    PSPS - all this talk about Dano's is gonna get me to order a Rumor bass today I think.
     
  11. Well here's my 3 cents (used to be 2 but now 3 because of inflation :) ) anyway. I like the tone of the Dans, just I never have liked the feel... I haven't tried out the new Rumors, I'd like to... but I dunno.
     
  12. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Joe Nerve, i've noticed your sig keeps on changing. First you had it say that you would sleep with 80 women, then to 85, and now it is 84. What is the deal? I understand the 85-84 shift, but what about the 80-85?
     
  13. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    There was never a shift from 80 to 85, perhaps you were mistaken when first you saw it, and the number went from 85 to 84 last Thursday night :) .
     
  14. td1368

    td1368

    Jan 9, 2001
    Philadelphia
    I notived that the new MIM j-basses have gotten heavier recently. I'm not sure what that means but it feels more substantial. I upgraded my MIJ J-bass: new pickups and bridge, and I'm really happy with my bass. Of course, that means spending more cash.

    I thought the DC had a nice distinctive tone but I'd be concerned about dropping it. The whole bass felt like it could break into pieces. As always try before you buy.
     
  15. Fatboy_Jim

    Fatboy_Jim

    Oct 25, 2000
    well the weight doesn't really bother me cause i'm not going to be flinging it about or anything - just for the record the dc is semi ollow isn't it?
    Seeya
    Dermot
     
  16. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Yes, the DC is semi hollow bodied.

    Do you know that they've been discontinued? I was searching online for them today and couldn't find any. If you know a place that's got them, and you want one, I wouldn't wait too long. Also - if it's an online place I'd like to know where, cuz I might decide to get one before I can't anymore.

    Thanks.
     
  17. Fatboy_Jim

    Fatboy_Jim

    Oct 25, 2000
    Sorry I'm afraid it's not an online store. Well i didn't know they were discontinued i suppose i better think about this fast
    Seeya
    Dermot
     
  18. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    About the DC's tuners. Perhaps it's just on my bass, but I'm not particulary fond of them. Sure, they stay in tune alright, but they're no good for fine tuning, and for me they're pretty hard to get right. Perhaps i just need some lubricant, but I often find myself turning it out of tune, since i had to use so much force to get it going, if you know what I mean. Don't let this put you off on the DC, though, just check the tuners in the store, I'm sure they'll be fine with some sewing-machine oil, or something.
     
  19. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    Dano DC all the way, a truly great sounding, easy playing, lightweight bargain. Never buy a Mexi Fender anything.
     
  20. 66jazzbass

    66jazzbass

    Aug 8, 2001
    NY, NY
    I'm new here but I feel like the Mexi has more usable sounds. But with both basses your likelyhood of a bad neck in a year is 50/50 anyway so... I guess the one that excites you the most is always the way to go...:confused: