Good Buy? - Garum zebra bass jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Flacco, May 28, 2018.

  1. Flacco

    Flacco Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Plymouth, MA
    Is this any good for about $350, normally $480. Anyone have experience or knowledge on this brand?

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  2. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    They are basically foreign made beginner insruments...why not just pick up a used MIM Jazz which can be had for roughly the same price
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  3. Flacco

    Flacco Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Plymouth, MA
    Yea I just didn’t know about them, and didn’t know if the price was a bargain. But if its a beginner brand then probably not.
  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    not sure what to make of your term "beginner." maybe they're just cheaper than new fenders (which i've always just considered "beginner").
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  5. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    beginner basses = cheaply made off brand foreign instruments...Most of which are made with substandard materials and workmanship...which in turn makes them harder to play and enjoy. I think there are a few exceptions to this but generally i find this to be the case. I always urge people to buy the best thing they can afford

    in that price range i suggested a MIM Fender

    Bacchus is a good quality foreign made bass
    the Squier CV, and VM lines offer a nice bang for the buck as does ESP/LTD

    As far as Fender being a beginner instrument...I think lots of PRO players would argue with you as would most engineers and producers...but to each his own

    IMHE I find the Best Fenders are made by Lakland...:D
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    your experience with this brand/model? what if this is the "best thing" (albeit, with risk) the OP can afford?

    Flacco , good luck taking, or, not taking a risk! :thumbsup:

    very few here, if anyone, will know anything about (or has had experience with) the brand/model. if one TB member has experience with that company, that model, you'll have more information --- maybe! --- but you still won't have any personal knowledge about the instrument pictured.

    regarding value: no one else knows how that would work for you, and you wouldn't know unless/until you get it and see for yourself. it's a risk, and no matter what anyone tells you: the risk is the same as any other brand and price point --- if you are unable to play it and see for yourself, first.

    if you can't afford that instrument at the regular price = big risk at the discounted price.

    if you can afford it (either way, but of course you appreciate the sale price!) = you are looking in the wrong place for support re: taking that risk...

    again, good luck! ;)
  7. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    there are plenty of KNOWN (Squier, LTD, Ibanez, Used MIM Fender) brands with available offerings in that price range = Less of a Risk which was the point I was trying to make....OP can do as he's his money

    He asked for opinions I gave him one...
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    same here. :thumbsup:
  9. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Central Valley
    OP if you do decide to take the Plunge/Risk...let us know how it is!
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  10. I have seen these on aliexpress. One thing to consider is that if they are indeed made from zebra wood they will be heavy. Minimum 12 pounds I’d think. I’ll echo the others thoughts on trying a bass before buying.
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  11. Flacco

    Flacco Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Plymouth, MA
    Yea I was basically asking if anyone has tried one or knew the brand, probably should have worded it as such. At any rate, they offer refunds up to 45 days so I just might try it and report.

    I’m a fender jazz snob so I doubt it’s gonna blow me away but I also have an insatiable desire to know about all the jazz-style basses. I’ll see if I can find a review or something first.

    Thanks y’all.
  12. Never heard of it. Welcome to TB.
  13. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    looks interesting...........clear P/G has to go.....IMHO
  14. After checking out Sunfield Music's website, I'd be wary of doing business with them. Looks like low budget import heaven. Ricky 4003...made in Korea.
  15. @Flacco It is always best to try before you buy, which is a problem with the brand that you posted.

    Drop by a local store and test a few basses. You can save a lot of money if you’re open to used basses. Check out local Craigslist ads who post reasonable prices.
  16. MEKer

    MEKer Supporting member

    May 30, 2006
    I am especially wary of "long" return policies from somewhat relatively unknown companies (at least to me) regarding inexpensive foreign-made basses. I usually mutter..."yeah, right."
    I wonder how much the return would cost anyway. Is it via a U.S. dealer?
    Personally, I'd look used and local.
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  17. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets.

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  18. somebrains


    Feb 7, 2017
    Hrm, interesting IP trace prompted by the strange text pattern.
    Surprised the OP isn't a bot.

    Either way: Fender 5 String Jazz Bass

    Why buy weird stuff none of us have ever heard of?
  19. Greyplaysmusic


    Mar 2, 2016
    I used a neck from them in a parts build a few years ago. I would steer clear.
  20. ariwax

    ariwax Insonating the acoustic window

    Apr 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Looks sketchy to me. The bass is made of “Zebra wood” not zebrawood. Notably the fretboard and the body are made of the same stuff. No-name pickups, fugly clear pickguard, I would just keep moving towards about a thousand better options to spend your money on.
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