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Jay Turser MM clones

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassman1185, Dec 11, 2001.

  1. Does anyone have one? They're everywhere on Ebay for really cheap, and I've been kind of toying with the idea of buying one as a project. I'm thinking specifically of the five string version. I head that someone here on TB has on that he replaced the pup and preamp on, and it sounds good.
  2. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    Ooh, that was our friend Benjamintowle.
  3. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    i think nino brown has a Stingray copy, he says he likes it..
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Yes I have one & I like it. I have a Seymour Duncan pick-up in it & I plan to put an Aguilar OBP-1 in it soon. It playes good & it feels good & I think they're alot better than people give them credit for.
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  5. Well, if anybody would have a certain bass, it's a safe bet that it's nino-brown.:D Would a five string be worth $160? There is a place that is constantly putting them up for auction at that price, and nobody ever bids on them. I realize that they wouldn't be great basses, but I was thinking that if you did enough work on one, you might have a decent bass on your hands. Or in them.
  6. shirojiro


    Jan 24, 2001
    San Francisco
    I have a 4 string Jay Turser MM copy, and it's not the best bass, but it's not the worst either. It's got a decent tone, and it plays pretty well. I've definitely played worse basses. The current "crappy bass" market has much nicer basses than the "crappy bass" market of even a few years ago.

    When I started playing, I started with a horrible Kent copy of a Jazz bass. I didn't understand truss rods back then, so it had a tremendous upbow, and action that made my forearms pump up. It sounded terrible, but I learned a lot on that bass.

    Compared to the Kent, the Jay Turser is a pleasure to play.

    The tone is not too much like a real MM, but it's full - not too thin or harsh, or muddy. It's got a decent passive bass vibe. The two tone controls are both treble roll-offs, so they're pretty redundant

    The neck is fat, but then so are P bass necks.

    The fretwork is ok. The setup was probably the worst part of the bass. I would like to replace the nut since it's cut way to wide and deep, but for now, I've built it up a bit with cyanoacrylate, and it suffices.

    My Jay Turser is a backup bass for me, and it has served me well for auditions and gigs in unsavory neighborhoods. I had planned on modifying it in a similar fashion as Nino-Brown, but I ended up finding a cheap Ibanez ATK, so I left it as a backup.

    BTW the humbucker works well - It's darn quiet when not playing.
  7. E.O.M.


    Dec 7, 2001
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I also have a Jay Turser MM copy, and (for what it's worth) I love it.

    It was my first bass, and it has served me well when I need it. It actually has a good punch to it, and plays pretty well.

    However, I just kinda got tired of it, so I defretted it today.

    If you're tight on money, mine goes on this. They're a 4.8 out of 5 for value IMO.
    Edit: I just saw that you were looking for the 5-er. I have the 4 string version, so I have no idea on how the B string behaves on the 5.

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