Just bought this bass (Neuser 6 String): Opinions needed

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassUndertow, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. BassUndertow


    Jun 24, 2005
    Hey everyone,

    I'm new here and I am really liking this place. Seems like there is a lot to be learned from all of you. It's great to have this forum to ask questions about what I love most, which is music, and the tool I use to express it, which is the bass.

    Moving on, I just bought a Neuser 6 string and would like to hear your opinion on it. I know it's quite odd that I ask this now, but the idea popped to mind some minutes ago.


    Here are the specs:

    String spacing:
    Nut: 8,3 mm.
    Bridge: 17 mm.

    Neck width:
    Nut: 58 mm.
    24'th fret: 86 mm.

    Neck Thickness:
    Nut: 23 mm.
    Joint: 23 mm.

    On board Pre-amp from Swedish EBS.
    You have one volume and one balance knob.
    One Bass and one Treble knob and when you switch the small switch on, you turn the Treble knob to a treb/mid knob giving you a totally new range of sounds.

    I think that the bass is about 4 - 4,5 kg.
    It's very light for a 6-stringed in deed.

    However, I did get one of the earlier versions of the PS-2 electronic.
    There are some problems with the pots (they later changed them for other
    ones with better quality)
    I will send you a set of new pot that I got from Neuser.
    So if you run into problems, you can just change them without bigger effort

    By the way, I bought this bass from Kristoffer Gildenlöw, the bass player for Swedish prog rock band Pain of Salvation. Originally, it costed him 3000 Euros, and he sold it to me for 1500 Euros, half the prize. He also included some posters, a CD, and a Warwick case. It had been used for about three years, and he recorded some songs by Pain of Salvation with this bass.

    I was just wondering what you guys thought about it, since a lot of you know tons of things about basses and brands. My only real question is about what he meant with "pots". I haven't owned a bass with a preamp, so I don't know what they are exactly.

    Well, thanks and looking forward to a great time here :)
  2. Dbassmon

    Dbassmon Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    This looks like a cool boutique bass. This is not a brand one hears about in the USA. I can't comment on this bass other than to say that I would love to hear what you say about since you are now the proud owner.

    Good Luck and enjoy.
  3. I've heard of Neuser but am not really familiar with their work. That bass however, looks fabulous!!! :cool:

    And it sounds like a pretty sweet deal for a boutique 6-string that looks so good. What are the inlays? Kind of looks like animal tracks maybe. :bassist:
  4. BassUndertow


    Jun 24, 2005
    The inlays are cat paws. They're quite unique, and were done by hand. I am not much of a cat lover, but they look cool.

    I haven't gotten the bass yet, as I will be getting it when I go to Paris next Tuesday.

    Regardless, has anyone owned/bought a bass with an EBS system? I am into prog, and a lot of prog bass players use them, so I'm gonna be happy once I learn how to use it capabilities. Thanks for the comments btw.
  5. lakiehelena


    Aug 2, 2005
    Marketing & PR, Lakland
    Hello Fellow Neuser-ite,

    I'm so jealous. I have a 5-string Neuser Courage and I LOVE IT. I would love to have a 6-string. I love the tone on this bass, and the versaltility - it can sound very clean or real growly! I have seen this one before - I love the cat paw prints! And 1500 Euro is a great price for a six string fretted.

    I played it through an old Fender Bassman 410 combo the other night and it sounded downright feral. My normal rig is an Ashdown EVOII 210 combo, it sounds awesome through the Ashdown. I've also played it through Eden with an Ampeg SVT-3 amp, and through SWR. Neither are my sound. It seems to be okay through Ampeg. (These are my tastes, I realize.)

    What are you playing through? What made you buy it?

    My story is that I bought an uber expensive boutique bass from Guitar Center only to discover it had a lot of issues - so I returned it and the salesman wouldn't let me out of the store without taking something to try. I liked the ebony finger board and the neck, but I didn't realize what I had until after a set up and some new strings.

    I have a very low set up on it...my only problem has been that when I get on stage I get excited and start playing really hard (Old bad habit from my hi-set up, passive Fender days - hard to break) and it no likey.

    What type of music are you playing with it?
    Also, curious, what is the finish, lacquer or waxed?
    Also what kind of pickups? Mine are Bartolini.
    My bridge looks different too. :) :hyper:


    PS check out my blog for a picture of it. http://helenabouchez.blogspot.com
  6. jetsetvet

    jetsetvet Inactive

    Mar 24, 2005
    Finland made basses...Paul Jackson (formerly of Herbie Hancock/Headhunters) plays one with an EBS stack. Never seen one for sale in the USA.
  7. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Neuser, great basses indeed. I got to play a couple over in Switzerland but they're certainly few and far between here in the States. You'll enjoy that bass for sure.
  8. Bassic83


    Jul 26, 2004
    Texas, USSA
    All I know about Neuser basses is what I've managed to glean from the net...I only know of two models off the top of my pointy little head- the Courage, and the Cloudburst. Very drool-worthy, I must say. Congrats on a sweet looking bass!
  9. sargebaker

    sargebaker Builder - Island Instruments Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    That's such a sweet bass! Love the inlays. I had bad gas for a Neuser back in the day (a few months ago.... :bag: ) does it have the NFS bridge? the fretless simulator? I've ben extremely curious to try one out, what about yours neusergrrl?
  10. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yup, very curious about the NFS bridge myself.
  11. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Beautiful bass!
  12. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    I was going to ask if there were any closer shots of the bridge. It looks interesting.
  13. sargebaker

    sargebaker Builder - Island Instruments Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    from the far blurry pic it kind of looks like it, but I didn't think they came on the sixes, only the 4's and 5s and the new anniversary one I think.... I duno what I'm talking about.
  14. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
    It looks like it was one that the sliding pieces were taken off from so it doesn't do the simulated fretless thing.
  15. lakiehelena


    Aug 2, 2005
    Marketing & PR, Lakland
    My bridge is the Neuser custom bridge, not the NFS.

    The bass is distributed from Finland but are actually made in Slovakia, and according the the history tab on the website Robert Neuser spent hours talking to old violin builders, with musicians and with carpenters for to absorb all the information he could get from them. I think that is at the center of what makes the Neuser special - it evolved from knowledge used to create instruments for classical music, with all the attention to detail and need for subtlety, etc.

    Here's a pic of my Neuser - they told me it was made for a girl named Autumn who was in a dance band. Made for Autumn is actually written on the headstock. I don't know why she got rid of it, or how it ended up in the Burbank Guitar Center, but I'm glad it did.

    Attached Files:

  16. lbpark

    lbpark Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    Welcome to the club!

    I love my Courage 6. It has a very thin neck and plays like butter, very low action, and a solid B. Mine has the Neuser custom pups and pre which sound massive through my 400+/Ampeg 410 rig. I actually need to replace one pot but that's no biggy.

    The bridge is indeed interesting and takes some getting used to. :meh:

    Neusers are fantastic instruments with solid build quality, great woods, and great electronics. I was very luck to find mine (thanks again Brian!) and I'm not getting rid of it any time soon. They're worth every penny and even more so at such a great price. Enjoy!

    Crappy pic of mine:


    edit: Just noticed the paw print inlaysThose are very unique. Never seen another Neuser with them. Very cool!
  17. Limo


    Sep 22, 2002
    Reykjavik Iceland
    I thought they were made in Slovakia:confused:
  18. lbpark

    lbpark Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2005
    You are correct sir.....

    Factory: Neuser Ltd.
    Horná 36, Modra Slovakia

    Salesoffice: Neufin Ltd.
    Huvilarinne 9, 027 30 Espoo
  19. adrian garcia

    adrian garcia In Memoriam

    Apr 9, 2001
    las vegas. nevada
    Endorsing Artist: Nordy Basses, Schroeder Cabs, Gallien Krueger Amps
    Armand Sabbal-Lecco got a great tone from his- I have a DVD by a wonderful Spanish artist named Alejandro Sanz and his bassist is playing one and it also sounds great - I always wanted to try one out.
  20. sargebaker

    sargebaker Builder - Island Instruments Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Would you mind elaborating? I'm REALLY curious about these things.