Grassroots bass 100$

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hoangduong212, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. hoangduong212


    Sep 10, 2015
    Hi everyone,

    Have anyone here ever had experience with Grassroots bass. A seller is offering me this bass for $100. I quite love the look & lespaul body style, never touch any lespaul bass with humbucker before. I can not go an check it directly (>1000km away), so can you help me with any info you have about it or any opinion is welcome. Many thanks for reply.
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  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    You may wait a million years but sooner or later temptation eyes you up. Walking through the country lovin' things, thinking I can turn off the rain and having feelings about things I should have said in my midnight confessions. Come on and say it. Heaven knows, bella Linda, baby hold on and let's live for today. ;)

    Nice bass.
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2016
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  3. Tendril


    Sep 28, 2004
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Hey, if it's in good working condition, I say go for it. worst case scenario, you flip it for $75 and have rented it for a couple of weeks. Best case scenario, you really like it, and maybe mod it, and have a sweet bass.
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  4. Sure is good-lookin'!
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  5. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    For that price, I want one!! Take that sucker to my luthier, remove the fretboard and replace it with an unlined Maple board. Bam.. Instant love!!! That is a great looking bass for the price
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  6. CatSquare


    Mar 7, 2014
    That is a very nice looking bass. And I see those red silks, is it strung with TI Jazz Flats? If so, totally worth it.
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  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Sure doesn't look like you can go wrong!
  8. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Buy it.....For $100.00 you can't go wrong....(Unless you really can't afford it of course)...:thumbsup:
  9. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    Grassroots is somehow affiliated with ESP, a reputable builder. Found this: ESP | GrassRoots Original Series
    Scroll down towards the bottom, look for G-LB-52CC.
    Keep in mind it's a shortscale. Pickups and controls don't look the same, but maybe it's just a revision.
    I agree, for $100 it's probably worth it.
  10. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    Yes, GrassRoots is ESP:s budget line, and as such not made in Japan, but elsewhere in the Far East. I've only checked out their Fender copies, which are quite OK - roughly on a par with Squiers. If the style speaks to you this looks like a good deal.
  11. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    So they're better than Fender's then? ;)
  12. Fodera be damned! I'm getting a Grassroots!
  13. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Very wise! :D
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  14. Madhouse27


    Sep 19, 2016
    It's actually pretty cool looking.
  15. BurnOut

    BurnOut It's The Billy Baloney Show

    Feb 1, 2015
    The Natti
    Looks like the standard Chinese LP bass, I'd think it be worth a straight bill just to have something you can leave laying around the house to flog on at a moment's notice
  16. honeyiscool


    Jan 28, 2011
    San Diego, CA
    ESP, one of the best guitar/bass brands in the world, basically has two large mass market brands in Japan: Grass Roots and Edwards**. Edwards is their bread and butter domestic brand. The ESP name is only used for the ultra high-end boutique handmade stuff, usually going for $5000 or more. Like others said, Grass Roots is sort of their budget line, but that doesn't necessarily mean cheap or bad. Some of their signature Grass Roots instruments can fetch decent coin new. It's certainly no worse than, say, a lower-end ESP Ltd, and in many cases, better, because the various Grass Roots basses often have way more interesting specifications (more colors, shapes, sizes) than low end ESP Ltd, which tends to be pretty much beginner metal instruments. Because they're strictly for the Asian market, they often copy Fender and Gibson styles more closely than an export bass would.

    **ESP also works with Lakland to make Shoreline basses and other things, but anyway, you get the point.
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  17. grillman


    Dec 15, 2014
    I have tried a couple of Grassroots here in Korea. They were decent instruments. And all of them were around 2-400 bucks on the second hand market.

    100 is a good price if it's in working conditions.

    Plus it is good looking.
  18. stacker

    stacker Inactive

    Feb 24, 2010
    Edwards is the label ESP gives to its copies of Fender and Gibson, IIRC.
  19. hoangduong212


    Sep 10, 2015
    Many thanks guys :D
    I think I will grab it while its still available. If any of you interested in it, I will post a review video after receiving it :)
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