jay turser - please do not dismiss

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brien_4, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. hey dudes (dude-ettes),

    i would like to ask for opinions on the jay turser bass. (specifically the five string version). before you dismiss this question, i have already searched this wonderful site for related issues, and have found mostly information on olp's, with a few passing notion on the turser bass.

    i played one today in a music store and loved the sound but i guess i'm really wondering if there are any long term quirks or downfalls i should be aware of.

    if anyone who is presently playing on/has played a jay turser bass could offer some advice or his/her opinion it would be greatly appreciated. god bless.
  2. 12notes


    Jul 15, 2003
    I don't have a Jay Turser bass guitar, but I did have a Jay Turser Strat clone for 3 months, before I gave it to my niece, because she wants to learn to play the electric guitar.

    The only problem with my Jay Turser was one of the strap anchor stripped after 2 months. But it's fixed easily with two toothpicks and a few drops of superglue.

    The wood is light, but the setup, fit and finishing are very decent, the pups are actually very good and quite hot. I didn't even have to do anything, other than to tune it, and screw in the whammy bar right out of the box, and it's ready to rock.

    It stays in tune well. Unless I gone crazy with the whammy bar.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Abuser of Thunderbird Shaped Objects. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    I have a Turser P bass copy laying around here. I'm not sure why I have it or why I haven't gotten rid of it. It's the version with the quilted top. The body is super light, the finish super thin. The hardware is really weak, at least the bridge is. The tuners do keep it in tune. The thing I actually like about this bass is the neck. I haven't adjusted it at all since it showed up here 2 plus years ago. The fret work is actually good! I think I'm keeping it so I can put it on another body someday. The pickup is what you would expect for the price range. Sounds decent thru my good amp, bad thru the little combo we have. Hope this helps in some way.
  4. demolition

    demolition Guest

    Jul 5, 2003
    my friend ownes a music store and i bought one for cost(100.00$) and i returned it the next day:eek:after trying 5 more out ,yes the frett work was decent but the bass it was attatched to was flimsy at best.
    I must agree the finish is really nice but the bass weighs next to nothing and was like a toy in my hands,i felt like it would break under some good thumping.
    And as far as the sound it was veeeeeery thin,no low end and way to much treble.
    I can think of many basses rather to get for the money than a j.turser,this is my opinion and experience,if you have a nice one consider yourself lucky :rolleyes:
  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Just look it over REAL carefully.

    I've seen at least one with knotholes in the neck :eek: and on another one some dot markers had fallen out of the fingerboard :eek:

    I'll assume it's all you can afford, there's little reason to buy one otherwise.
  6. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Abuser of Thunderbird Shaped Objects. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    I think you'd probably be better off spending the same money on an Essex, at least based on what others on this site say. I haven't tried one myself but for similar dollars they use better wood than Tursers do.
  7. hey dudes,

    thanks for the advice. basically they're pretty flimsy things, which i suppose i did notice but hadn't paid particular attention to while playing it in store. i've never heard tell of essex tho... do they make all styles of guitars and what price range are you talking? thanks again, god bless.

  8. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    I have to agree with everyone that have said that they are poorly made. The hardware used is cheap. The sound out of them is poor at best. I think that there are other inexpensive basses out there that are better values.
  9. Nocturnal

    Nocturnal Abuser of Thunderbird Shaped Objects. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2002
    Chandler, Arizona
    There is a essex-basses megathread around here somewhere. You can also go to rondomusic.com I think thats the site. They do have several styles to choose from. Good luck.
  10. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    I just got an Essex (or SX) this week, and all i can say is wow. these basses are amazing for such a low price ($143 with shipping for the jazz copy). mine is real solid. its really heavy too. i can't even budge the neck. the tuners are really good, it keeps in tune, and they are really smooth. the only bad thing is the pots, but its not a big deal. i've noticed alot more lows than my other basses. the jazz copy is just amazing. get it, you won't regret it.
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i've seen a few essex instruments - definitely NOT flimsy. solid, great feeling and great playing. great starter instruments, worth 2x the money, imo.
  12. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    you got it nailed JT. I'm not a beginner (ive been playing for like 5 years) and i really really enjoy this bass. and i'm also sorry about the earlier squabbles we had about my aesthetic preferences on your conklins.

    one thing i wish they would do is write "Essex" instead of "SX" on the headstock...
  13. sheepdog


    Feb 20, 2003
    Birmingham, AL
    +1 to the essex

    my next bass will either be an SX P/J or an SX P Fretless (for 110-120 each, I might get both).
  14. SlavaF


    Jul 31, 2002
    Edmonton AB
    I started out on a Turser P-copy... not a good experience:oops: The thing was flimsy, neck dived like crazy, and sounded like ass. The only good thing I got out of it is that I got back 2/3 of what I paid for it once I got rid of it (one of my happy days:D )

    Despite me never having tried an SX, I'd still recommend it to a Turser (Turdser?:D)