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NBD! Bacchus Fretless 4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Feb 20, 2016.


  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    b1. b2. b3. Just got her from my tech.

    Mods:

    Epoxy board
    Vintage bone nut
    Aguilar Js
    J-Retro pre
    Hipshot A bridge

    Just lovely.

    Replaced the Squire Vintage Modified fretless i gave to my daughter.
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
  2. mfbolton

    mfbolton Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Fort Wayne, IN
    She's a beauty! Enjoy!
     
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  3. How much do you have into it?
     
  4. Qlanq

    Qlanq

    Jul 9, 2007
    Swansea
    That is pretty.
     
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  5. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    After living with her for a day, i decided to go to normal jazz pups without the preamp.

    The tone just wasn't quite there.

    The minute i plugged her in...

    Good lord!!!

    There it was. Unbelievable!!!

    Killer fretless J tone.

    I love the hum-cancelling/preamp combo for my fretted Jazz, Bacchus and STR basses. Slap craziness tone for days. Fingerstyle too.

    Just different animals.

    But this fretless just sings with passive guts.

    The neck kills it to. Super flat radius, which i like a lot. Nice low growly action without buzz or clatter. One of the nicest fretless necks i've played.

    With this setup i have under $500 into it.

    That's including the epoxy board, bone nut, neck pocket shim and bridge.

    Very slick!!!
     
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  6. stacker

    stacker Banned

    Feb 24, 2010
    scotland
    I like their gear. I'dlike a Woodline semi-acoustic at some point.

    You paid $500??
     
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  7. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    the bass AND mods were under $500.

    i got a deal through my tech because i do a lot of business with them.

    mind you, that is with the changed set up from the original post.

    passive pickups and no preamp.

    so -

    bass
    epoxy board
    bone nut
    hipshot bridge
    passive pups

    oh and neck pocket cleanup and shim.

    under $500.

    it's not perfect... but nice deal.
     
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2016
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  8. stacker

    stacker Banned

    Feb 24, 2010
    scotland
    Wow!
     
  9. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    Under $500? Unbelievable!
     
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  10. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    how do they say here?

    your mileage may vary. and cost.

    -

    something of note:

    check the burst pattern.

    it matches the Jaco Fender Jazz as the lower horn area doesn't have the full burst like the top half does.

    Suhr does this too.


    hmmm...


    probably since the original had a pickguard. the rest is pickguard removal history
     
  11. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    in conclusion:

    all this bass really needed was a nut replacement and a decent bridge.

    SERIOUS nut replacement. MAYBE a shim. maybe better pups - i had some nice extra pickups in my pile, i didn't add those to the cost.

    the tuners are pretty sketchy, but it stays in tune.

    just full disclosure.

    i'll record a clip and post - someday.

    ta!
     
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  12. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    Thats cool. This is like the Squier version of their Basses I think. Nice to read that it plays very well.
     
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  13. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    i would say this is quite accurate.

    this, in fact, is replacing a Squier Vintage Modified fretless i recently gave to my daughter.
     
  14. jim777

    jim777 Tarantula Lobbyist

    Aug 7, 2006
    South Jersey
    That is sweet, congrats!
     
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  15. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    The whole Bacchus line up is great!

    I just got a 24DX4 Bacchus - hand built model with lacquer finish - stunning!
     
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  16. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Very nice!
    I see the "universe" series has a P-bass and that is very interesting to me. Did you have a chance to play the instrument stock before mods? If so, how did it compare to the Squire out of the box?
     
  17. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    have to say, the ONLY reason i went with the Bacchus Universe Fretless is it isn't offered in the rest of the line.

    similar to the P-Bass you mentioned.

    the Universe line is an odd duck. I would compare it more to the Squier Affinity - EXCEPT i think the Universe bodies and necks kick Squiers ass all the way up to the Classic Vibe (which i love and own). the hardware basically sucks though.

    i really liked the Vintage Modified Fretless i had. but the agathis body, neck coating and fingerboard radius bugged me.

    This Universe Fretless has a really nice poplar body (low grade wood, i know) - and has some OK grain.

    what REALLY sets this fretless apart is the quarter-sawn maple neck (no urethane) and the rosewood board. with the epoxy coating, the grain POPS like crazy man.
    AND the fingerboard radius is 16". i like flat.

    normally i wouldn't recommend the Universe Series - but like with the fretless, i don't see another P-Bass like that in the line.

    PLUS, it's friggin' 30,000 yen or $266 RETAIL!!! i got mine for less. shipping cost more than the bass.

    plus i LOVE the Bacchus headstock shape. kind of a wink wink, nudge nudge and a nod... if ya know what i mean.

    i was looking at the Fender Jaco - but good god, $1800 or $1400 for standard? i wanted the flat board. i was gonna Warmoth one, but cost.

    out of the box, it played great. but i knew it needed some attention. plus, Danny at Bass Japan Direct posted a demo video of the bass. (great site!!!)

    it was great fun dialing this thing in and just NAILING IT. especially for the $$$!!!

    bacchus p.JPG

    bacchus j.JPG

    neck.
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2016
  18. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    AND it came with a lightweight gig bag.

    No brainer.
     
  19. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    Aaand...

    I am a recent Dunlop Super Bright Nickels convert.

    Gorgeous on my fretted basses for slap and aggressive fingerstyle.

    Wasn't cutting it on the fretless with a different touch, though.

    The Rotosound Swing Nickels did the trick.
     
  20. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    NYC
    That rosewood fingerboard looks awesome! BTW poplar is excellent wood for bass bodies, pretty similar to alder.
     
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