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[need opinion] Brice HXB-405 5-String Nat B Fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Starwind, May 11, 2006.

  1. Starwind


    Mar 26, 2005
    I'm looking for an inexpensive fretless 5-strings. SX SJB-62 was my first consideration because of its price and the recommendation from TalkBass forum. However when I went the site (rondomusic), the Brice one attracted my attention. It looks really beautiful. And it's even lighter than the SJB. I'm wondering if the sound is good. So far I can only find very little review on harmony-central and the result is very confusion. someone give it very high score while some very poor score.

    Are there anyone own this bass? How do you like it? :bassist:
  2. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    I have owned SX basses, and my brother owns a 405 HXB, and an SX. The 405 is head and shoulders over the SX's in build quality, playablilty, comfort and tone. It is as pretty in person as on the website. I like SX's, and I prefer the SX vintage fender styling, but they aren't up to the brice level of quality.

    It's weak spot is probably the preamp and/or pickups, which aren't stellar, but they work fine and sound good. Also, If I remember, the bubinga top is really attractive, but super thin, and really more of a visual effect than something that will affect the tone, but the body is alder, which is a step up from the basswood of most similar instruments. If you can afford it and like the more modern look, it really is one of the great bass deals in under 300 dollar instruments.

    If you want one you should get one quick because I think that bass went pretty quickly last time it was available.
  3. Starwind


    Mar 26, 2005
    By the way here're information for this bass...


    35" Scale lenght
    A slim line, dual cutaway, contoured solid Alder body with headstock that matches the finish
    Highly figured Bubinga finish
    String-thru-bridge design for maximum attack and sustain
    Active pickups with active/passive pull tap, bass, treble, balance and volume controls
    Separate battery compartment lets you change batteries quickly
    Bolt on Maple neck with adjustable truss rod and 6-bolts for incredible stability
    Rosewood fingerboard features positon markers on side of neck
    All black die-cast hardware creates an incredible look
    Scale length is 35"
    Width of the neck at the nut: 1 6/8" at the 24st fret: 2 6/8"
    Overall length: 44 1/2" not including the strap button
    Pickups measure 4" x 1.5"
    String Gauges are .030, .045, .080, .100, .125
    Actual Weight is only lbs 8.5 lbs

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