Looking at this for my first bass (again) - Is this a good manufacturer?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hamlet7768, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    So, after much time not finding/deciding on a bass, I turned to ebay, and in the process found what looks like a gem:

    Black Headless Bass Guitar with Free Gigbag and Cable | eBay

    I'm in college, so I figure a Steinberger L-series style bass will work well with my fairly cramped quarters. I'm not overly concerned about the sound as of now, as I'm just looking for a bass to call my own and learn on.

    After using the handy magnifier on the website I ascertained the bass's manufacturer: a "Sunsmile". Google turned up this, which seems to be the right site: Official Sunsmile Guitars Website

    Does anybody know about the quality of this manufacturer?
  2. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    I "had" a Steinberger (low-cost model) and after a few issues I got rid of it. They are cool basses but maybe you can get a good bass that will do you good and not have any issues. Many on this site like the Squire line of basses and for good reason. Today there is a lot you can get between $199 and $299 . Get to a Guitar Center if there is one near you and see what they have for you to look at. As far as space goes , a reg. bass does not take up much space and you can even get a set of practice headphones. Take your time and "do your research" before you get anything that might disappoint you. Best of luck .........................:cool:
  3. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Two things. One, I'm blessed to be in proximity to two great music stores: a Guitar Center and a local shop, both of which have good basses I liked. This is about the same price as a Squier P-bass from the local shop, which was a very good play.

    Two, I'd be interested to hear your problems with the Steinberger. Also, this isn't a Steinberger; it's merely modeled after the famous Steinberger "L-series".
  4. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
    Bump? I really would like some answers about the manufacturer quality.
  5. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    No one is going to know anything about these. Go with the Squier, if it plays well. Safe bet.
  6. darkstorm

    darkstorm Guest

    Oct 13, 2009
    If you can get it with a string adapter that goes on the end of neck. So that you can use regular strings. It might be ok as small bass for college dorm thing. Otherwise you will be rather limited on string choices. I highly advise agaisnt that. Cause diff mfg of the strings dont make them the same length. When I had a steiny doubleneck from MusicYo, only their brand fit. Other mfg strings would only fit for some of the strings. Of course I got the string adapters. But wether ones made for that bass exist I dunno. Never heard of the mfg.
  7. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    From the info on their website I'd say they're a Chinese direct seller of mass produced budget line guitars and basses. I'd steer clear if I were you.

    It may be an OK bass for $150 and may also be junk but IF you have a problem you have no warranty and you may find it difficult, expensive or nearly impossible to get parts. I have never seen any American musical instrument supplier handle this line.

    For $180 new/shipped with a 10% off coupon you can get this bass from MF and you'll be a lot happier camper secure in the knowledge that it has a warranty and you can get parts if it ever needs repair. This Squier will also hold it's value far better than a Chinese off brand.


    Good Luck. :)
  8. darkstorm

    darkstorm Guest

    Oct 13, 2009
    The Ibanez micro bass for just $180 at MF would be good choice to for mini bass. Or the epiphone Ebo Bass for $199 if you likes its looks better.
  9. Squier Jag shortscale comes in at 169.99$ and will take up a small amount of space-There are usually some coupons to get it down a bit cheaper-Or go to guitar center and tell them you will buy it if they throw in a gig bag, they will.

    If you get to hand select it you should be able to find a good one.
  10. Hamlet7768

    Hamlet7768 Here to chew gum and rock. Still have gum.

    Jun 5, 2011
  11. arsie

    arsie Guest

    Jan 19, 2011
    Who else is thinking that for that price, it might be worth it just to rip out the headless bridge? Assuming its half decently built.
  12. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Inactive

    Jan 20, 2011
    Jay turser--inexpensive, not so bad player, interchangeable compatible parts. I wouldn't go w the cheapo eBay one. You know who buys those? People who don't listen to advice from TB.
    If you're going to go for a budget bass then-- Never mind. Buy whatever the hell you want.
  13. Dude, chill out a little. Your asking people for their advice for your very first bass guitar. The bass players in here are trying help you with with excellent advice such as buy a known brand like Squire. The reason that your are not getting a direct answer about the manufacture's quality from more experieced bass players, is that most of us, if any, have never heard of "Sunsmile" bass guitars. That should send a bad message by itself. In my book, the name "Sunsmile" would be kind of a suspect name for a quality guitar, not to mention it kind of sounds little dorky. Do yourself a favor, listen to others and buy a proven brand bass.
  14. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    +1 for picking up a bass from a known manufacturer.
  15. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    Never heard of that brand so you really have no idea what is going to show up.
    Also, I don't personally have a favorable opinion of the Steinberger/Hohner style bass. They feel funny and you can't really sit down with them. Also, they use double ball strings which are not common at all.
  16. Wannaflea

    Wannaflea Guest

    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI

    So much bang for ypur buck with the SS Jag, I'll probably pick one up when I go to uni