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NBD: Overwater J Series Classic 4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by grayn, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. grayn


    Mar 6, 2011
    After selling a couple of guitars, I'd been scouring the web for a nice bass, to add to my collection.
    Mainly looking for a 4-string bass, with Jazz neck, 2 pickups, preferably with a classic look, active and hopefully, preowned.
    I was struggling a little but remembered my old English Overwaters, from a few years back.
    Probably some of, if not the best basses, I'd owned, over the years.
    Nothing selling preowned, so I tried their website.
    And wow, Yes.
    They were selling some preowned models.

    So I whizzed up to Carlisle, this morning (2 hour drive).
    Met by Chris May himself, I was given a brew and sat down for a lovely long chat about basses and bassists.
    There were 2, J Series Classic 4s on show, that I was very interested in.
    One in Fiesta Red, the other, in Sonic Blue.
    Both were in immaculate condition and had originally been built for the same guy.
    After playing them acoustically and amped up, I plumped for the red.
    It just felt right and sounded fantastic.
    So comfortable and responsive.
    The preamp and pickups worked just how I like, with a mid and mid-sweep controls.
    If somebody had told me I'd pick red above sonic blue, I'd have laughed at them.
    But the fiesta red, with tort scratchplate and cream pickups, just looks classic.
    The flame maple neck is a thing of beauty.

    Now it's home and I'm loving it.
    Looking forward to the next rehearsal with it, too.

    • Neck: Highly figured Flamed Maple
    • Scale length: 34” Scale
    • Body: Alder
    • Finish: “Fiesta Red”
    • Head Veneer/Finish: Matching “Fiesta Red”
    • Fretboard: Rosewood
    • Frets: 21 - Medium
    • Binding: Rosewood
    • Position Markers: MOP blocks + 2mm MOP side dots
    • Machines: Hipshot Ultralite - Chrome + Hipshot D Tuners
    • Bridge: Hipshot B Style – 19mm String Spacing
    • Pick-ups: Dimarzio Ultra Jazz
    • Controls/EQ: Standard J Retro (Volume, Pan, Treble, Bass, Middle and Mid-Sweep)
    • Scratchplate: Tortoiseshell
    • Weight: 9lbs/4Kgs
    • Year: 2009
  2. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    Nice lookin' bass. Congrats and enjoy.
  3. Nice! I would love an Overwater. Quite rare over here I think though. Enjoy it!
  4. AngelCrusher


    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    Well that looks rather awesome.
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