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Essex jazz deal

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ThatCoolBassist, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. ThatCoolBassist


    Feb 16, 2012
  2. That's slightly below the new price for that model...with the hardshell case, that's not bad, though.
  3. Splods


    Oct 7, 2012
    Adelaide, SA
    Also has upgraded tuning machines. I'd jump on it.
  4. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    With the case and what looks like Hipshot Ultralights that's around $100 of added value. Not a bad deal at all.
  5. dabbler


    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    I doubt that they are real ultralites, but those are the tuners that come on a Pro:

  6. ThatCoolBassist


    Feb 16, 2012
    Yeah +1
    It seems to me, its an sx vintage jazz with a few hardware upgrades. Whether or not the pickups are improved quality, I'm not sure. But I'm seriously interested.
  7. SIFJiggy

    SIFJiggy Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2011
    If it makes any difference - folks (myself included) haven't deemed it necessary to switch out pickups. Most say that after shielding and strings, SX doesn't require much else. SX owners usually do because the bass was so cheap in the first place.
  8. shaginwagin


    Apr 2, 2012
    That appears to be a stock sx pro. Not a bad deal. I'd offer 125 and take it home.
  9. With the case and strings that is a good deal! I would jump on it!
  10. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    But it may need to be tuned! I don't know...
  11. yep - that bass is stock, but a good deal w/case at $125.
  12. ThatCoolBassist


    Feb 16, 2012
    He's been contacted, ill be checking it out soon! Boy I hope it plays as good as it looks :p

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  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  14. ThatCoolBassist


    Feb 16, 2012
    Not sure why it was stated haha
  15. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Looks good! Just flats and a tort guard and there you go! :bag:

    Seriously, the advantage of a PRO over standard SX is the bent bridge on the standard doesn't have grooves for the saddles which means sometimes you have to sort of pry on it to get the strings where they belong. No biggie and it sounds just fine, but not as boutique.

    And secondly the standard tuning machines tend to be rather variable with some sort of loose and some rather stiff. They all work just fine mind you, and don't lose tune or anything, but just don't give you the warm fuzzies when you tune.

    Yes, I would choose PRO over standard if given the choice.
  16. ThatCoolBassist


    Feb 16, 2012
    Why are they called bent bridges?
  17. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Supporting Member

    The bent bridge is basically a piece of sheet metal bent 90 degrees, then the saddles attached to the bent-up part by screws. Compare that to a "high mass" bridge which is a more solid, molded piece of metal. The SX pro models have the high mass bridge, like this...


    Rondo sells high mass bridges separately for folk who want to upgrade.
  18. ThatCoolBassist


    Feb 16, 2012
    Ahhh I see. Thanks.
  19. ThatCoolBassist


    Feb 16, 2012
    I have plans to see the bass tomorrow, any headers on testing a used bass??? Thanks
  20. SIFJiggy

    SIFJiggy Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2011

    Make sure neck is straight - if not at least not warped (will look twisted).

    Make sure electronics are at least functioning.

    If the action seems high, lower the bridge saddles to make sure you don't need to shim the neck (unless you're cool with that)

    Other than that - the rest is just tweaking and details I suppose. -Of course you gotta like the bass too!