NBD sterling SUB

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by theinfamous, May 12, 2019.

  1. theinfamous


    Dec 22, 2014

    So I picked this guy up locally on the old Facebook marketplace today for what I would consider to be a very decent price. I am completely impressed with this instrument. This thing punches well above its weight and could hang with many American made basses. I can't believe how far "cheap" basses have come in the last 15 years. It's insane. I'm to the point where I think if you get a good knockoff version of the brand (squier, epiphone, sub, etc) the only reason you'd want the American made equivalent is because of the name on the headstock.

    Now I am not gonna go crazy and say this is totally on par with an ernie ball, but it is good enough.

    Obviously when I got it I had to immediately tear it apart to see what makes it go. 20190512_154623.jpg
    And there it is... what I assume to be stock wiring. About ten washers per pot because all they had in the parts bin were long shafts I guess?


    That's the humbucker you get. I'm not even mad its bar magnets. The thing sounds great.

    Now obviously the thing was filthy when I got it from the guy, but the strings have life in them still and it's a fantastic player.
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  2. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    Congrats! The SBMM Sub is a great bass for the money. Enjoy!
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  3. nnnnnn


    Oct 27, 2018
    Nice colour.
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  4. 92aceshigh


    Feb 11, 2017
    Brighton, UK
    Very nice OP. What's the weight like? Are the SUBs as heavy as the EBMMs?
  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    it's a good looking ax, OP. i like the 'presentation' --- and it's great that it delivers the "punch" for you. congratulations on your new instrument! :thumbsup:
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  6. daveyo


    Nov 6, 2013
    Cograts,great bass,very good quality and great player,I may buy one myself
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  7. theinfamous


    Dec 22, 2014
    It is heavy. I don't own a scale so I couldn't tell you exactly how heavy, but it feels heavier than my mexican fender PJ which I consider to be "kind of" heavy. It doesn't help that the pickup itself probably weighs a pound by itself.... (that might be an exaggeration but it is pretty weighty) I have yet to try it out live, so I'm going to see how that goes.

    I would definitely recommend it. It seems like they are a little hard to find used, but it looks like you can get them new for 299 everywhere, and I would consider that a very good deal for a bass of this quality. Like I said, if you don't care what it says on the headstock you can't go wrong.

    The only thing I would point out that is lacking about the bass is that the fret ends are slightly rough in places, but that seems to be a common issue with cheap guitars. They aren't cheese graters, but you can notice if you try. Also, the truss rod is a bit tight when its adjusted to spec, but that might change as it settles since I messed with it for a while.
    Last edited: May 14, 2019
  8. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    That is one of the wackiest things I've ever seen underneath a control plate. But from a manufacturing standpoint, maybe it's simply cheaper to buy washers than to keep multiple shaft lengths in inventory.
  9. theinfamous


    Dec 22, 2014
    For sure I would say its cheaper to buy washers. From what I've seen there are surface mount versions of this bass too (-no control plate) and that would dictate a longer shaft pot. Now really its just lazy to fire a few washers in there to compensate for the correct pot, but if it keeps the price point low and it works, who is going to argue?
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