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Elrick NJS

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RS, Nov 6, 2001.


  1. RS

    RS

    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    I'm very interested in purchasing one of these basses. I have a thru neck elrick. It is a very good bass but I want something with a jazz feel.
    Anyone have or have played one? Any thoughts on what wood combinations would sound best? Should I go with 21 or 24 frets? Will the 24 fret model still sound good for slap? Thanks.
     
  2. I have one, I love it, awesome neck and crafmanship, it's light and I just love how it feels and sound.
     
  3. RS

    RS

    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Are those the bart soapbars? I pretty sure I want passive single coils, maybe aeros. The barts on my thru neck are low output, and I'm a bit tired of that "dark" bart sound. I want something a little more transparent sounding.
     
  4. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    What I'd recommend is to go to your local (or internet) Elrick dealer. There aren't that many, but some of them appear quite knowledgeable and quite willing to work with you. One thing I've learned is that Elricks can be (and are often) "custom" made by Rob Elrick specifically for the purchaser, including neck shape, pickups, etc.

    You could probably have all this done, and even have Rob or the dealer work with you to have the right woods picked out for your needs.
     
  5. RS

    RS

    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Elrick makes all the basses by himself, custom made.
     
  6. They are Barts Soap Bars, but Active, so I can tweak it anyway I want. I haven't seen Elrick NJB with passive single coils but you can have one made.
     
  7. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I have an NJS but it's definitely non-standard. Mahagony semihollowbody with Spruce top, fretless 5.
     
  8. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Don't you want to show us some pics of that, Brad?
     
  9. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Sure... here's the front. Single Bartolini, piezo bridge.
     
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Here's the back. It also has 5 inline tuners as opposed to the standard 4+1 configuration.
     
  11. hujo

    hujo

    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Ahhh, I just love that body-shape...


    Homer Simpson voice on:

    Cheese..

    Homer Simpson voice off.


    Eh... hehe.
     
  12. 66jazzbass

    66jazzbass

    Aug 8, 2001
    NY, NY
    The 21 or 24 will sound about the same for slap but the 21 will give you greater access, it's so personal that you really have to weigh it out. But the Elricks in general are so good that you can't miss. But for woods ask yourself... 70's or 60's jazz... Ash or alder. More slapping definetly Ash. Mostly finger Alder mid weight. Also avoid really dense tops as they tend to make the high end really pronounced. I love his bubinga fingerboards it's like maple meets rosewood the best of both worlds. I own a few Elricks and totally believe that he makes the best modern bass available, my other stuff is vintage and I wouldn't even consider buying anything else but an old Fender or an Elrick but if I were in your position I'd probably go med weight ash with no top maple neck and bubinga fingerboard with bart j coils... Um maybe I need another Elrick...
     
  13. RS

    RS

    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    21 frets has better access?

    any pics of your Elricks?

    won't the placement of the pickups make a big tonal difference? On a 21 vs 24 fret neck, doesn't that change the relative position of the pups?
     
  14. 66jazzbass

    66jazzbass

    Aug 8, 2001
    NY, NY
    He keeps the pick-ups in the same place for both the 21 and 24 but I should clarify my better access statement... On the 24 the lower horn is cut deeper so you have better access to the upper frets but on the 21 you have more room between the end of the fingerboard and the neck pick-up so it's easier to get you fingers under the strings for slapping. I don't have any pics because my other computer that had those imgages crashed and burned I'll have to get some new ones...
     
  15. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
  16. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Don't look at eBay;)
     
  17. Too late, Brad.. I think I know the one you mean. That silver 4-string with the bird's-eye board, right? That is sweet. If my custom Curbow wasn't in the works, I would have snagged that 4-string from Bass Palace as soon as they opened this morning! Man, that one KILLS me!
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Yeah, the silver one. The red (purple?) NJS I had was on eBay, went for $1195. There's a Wenge Elrick going cheap on there now.

    I had heard a rumor that an off-shore Elrick was in the works. Anyone heard anything?