Need some input on SX basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nomorehiros, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. nomorehiros


    Jun 29, 2008
    Hey guys/girls.
    Yes, I am indeed new to Talkbass and still green on basses in general.

    I'm looking to get a 4 string bass and was looking at the SX basses. I was borrowing basses from people and am now trying to get my own. Since I am low on finances I was wondering if any of you who have SX basses or have played one can tell me the pros and cons of the following basses:

    Thanks for whatever input you guys/girls can give.
  2. Essthreetee


    Aug 19, 2007
    Visalia, CA
    The 12st is supposed to be neck heavy and I don't know anything about the might try searching bg205 (I think that is the same guitar, only a 5 string version).

    Also, try doing a search on "essex" instead of will have enough reading for days.

    I have 2...a J, and a them both.

    Good luck and enjoy.
  3. Great for the money, but expect them NOT to be perfect out of the box.
  4. Timbo


    Jun 14, 2004
    Do you have any friends that play guitar bass? If so, if they can intonate/set up the bass most of the SXs should be fine. But do expect to have to get it set up and to put some new strings on it.
  5. b_carville


    Jun 26, 2008
    I got a jazz bass copy in February.It's ok.
    You will probably need a set up(mine did) & the strings they use sound lousy so factor a string change in the cost.The fret ends can be a little rough on the edge of the fingerboard & might need some filing.It will probably need intonation work as well.

    My bass looks great .All the parts are ok quality & functional..
    Mine sounds OK. Not bad & usable live but not great.It sounds best in acoustic duo/trio situations where I don't need to fill up with a truck load of low end.It blends nicely with acoustic guitars & for playing without a drummer.

    I don't know what model you're considering but the P basses are really cheap& while I've never played the P this buddy of mine says that it's a better sounding bass than the J.He's a great player & I trust his opinion.

    The electronics(pickups) are the weak spot I'm probably going to change mine.There not really bad(& they are useable) but there a bit bland.

    Rondo music's return policy is great! You can send it back or exchange til you get what you want.

    A lot of folks are crazy about SX's. They are great for doing upgrades & they look like you spent more money than you really did! Just factor in a set up & strings.If you can't do a set up yourself(check the net.It isn't hard & it's not rocket science)you might be spending a little more then you want.
    9 out of 10 budget basses need a setup any way.

    I do think these are better than the Squier Affinity basses & they look way cooler!
  6. jakusx


    Nov 11, 2007
    Fort Lauderdale
    I played a Squier P Affinity next to an SX PBass in the same sitting, both had been setup with the strings changed to new flatwounds. The SX was, well I don't want to say off the charts better, but it was a lot closer to my Fender P. I would honestly say that in a week or so, I'd get used to it and not notice. Well, actually the frets weren't finished too well on the SX, better than the Squier, but still rough. But, other than that, not too bad. Some liberal sanding would fix that.
  7. lowend1


    Feb 15, 2005
    I have the SJMB (Jaguar) in red and am very happy with it. There are some things to be aware of, though:
    Production quality can be inconsistent - I had ordered the 3TS first and returned it because the pickups were misaligned. When the red version became available, I ordered one and was pleased to find that the problem was not on every bass. Kurt is completely cooperative with regard to returns, so you won't get stuck with a dud.

    The bass is a bit neck heavy,and while that seems to be a big issue for some, it doesn't bother me all that much. My favorite bass, my 1976 Gibson Thunderbird, was a neck diver as well, until I repositioned the strap button. Basses with larger headstocks (the SX 'stock is a little larger than most) tend to be more susceptible to this, and while I haven't repositioned the strap button yet, my hunch is that it might help (along with a strap that doesn't slide off the shoulder easily).

    Each day I spend a little time tweaking, and each day it gets a little closer to where I want it to be. The only upgrade I see myself doing is replacing the bridge with a Gotoh 201, and maybe getting rid of the knobs (they aren't very good copies of the Fender pieces). It really is a good looking, good playing and good sounding bass, especially at that price.
  8. lowtide

    lowtide Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bradenton, Florida
    Owner: Buzzard's Bass Shop
    It may not be necessary to replace the strings because for the past year or so D’Addarios are installed at the factory. I'm not saying that all are but . . . the best you can do is give Kurt a holler. Kurt may not be able to pull rabbits out of the box but touching base at the factory may just get you the answers you're actually looking for.

    Also, in case you might be contemplating asking them if they perform anything more than putting your bass in a box, don't . . . they don't do upgrades or changes to anything. If you can't do it yourself with the TONS of info around then by all means take it to a tech . . . one that might even teach you as he's working on your putter. . . :D
  9. lowtide

    lowtide Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bradenton, Florida
    Owner: Buzzard's Bass Shop
    Have you tried adjusting the height of your pickups?
  10. nomorehiros


    Jun 29, 2008

    Thank you, to everyone's input!
    I'll take it all into account and will definitely set aside some time for adjustments, etc.
    More input is always welcome!
    Thanks a bunch!
  11. jayarroz


    Jul 10, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    I have a 4 string p-bass style with fender flats, sounds great. And I have a 5 string fretless, flatwounds "the originals" sounds great.......They are much better than a squier, hands down:smug:
  12. b_carville


    Jun 26, 2008
    Yeah I did.Once again these pups aren't bad,just a bit plain/bland sounding.
    A little bottom shy.I've played worse on basses that were priced twice as much.
    In low volume situations it sounds good as is.


    I just bought that, hope it's what I'm expecting....

    How long did it take for you guys to receive your basses? I live
    in Kansas by the way.

    Also, any really necessary mods I should do? Change the bridge? Pickups? I know I'll probably be putting a maple neck on it.
  14. lowtide

    lowtide Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bradenton, Florida
    Owner: Buzzard's Bass Shop
    You've got good taste . . .

    I estimate it should only take three days to get to Kansas. Rondo is in New Hampshire near the Keene, N.H. UPS. It takes mere hours to get to me in Plymouth, MA. You're mid-US so you should be the proud owner probably by the 4th of July at the latest.
  15. You may just keep it stock -- that's what I ended up deciding after playing mine. They sound and play good as-is. And I'd keep that neck too -- rosewood on sunburst is a classic look. :bassist:
  16. RED5


    Jan 14, 2008
    Suffolk County,NY
    I've had my eye on that one for myopen mic bass.Good luck witit. I got a Douglas sixer from Rondo. Played fine right out of the box. It was at least as good as my MIM Fender Jazz. Did a few tweaks tightened a few allens and played it the night I got it. I live in NY, ordered it Sunday night, had it delivered Thursday afternoon. I have nothing but good to say about Rondo and will most probably be buying from them again.
  17. Mines lovely, even stock pickups are fine. and cause im in the uk it even has the classic fender shaped headstock- buy one then learn how to thouroughly set it up. Go online theres loads of info on it
  18. The neck was the best feature on mine! I just received my SPB-62 3TS yesterday. It took maybe five or six days (to Oregon).

    I did a set-up. No big issues. It could probably use some more foam under the pup.I imagine I'll throw a Duncan 1/4 pounder and some Rotos on it.

    On the top of the wrapping they'll be a little package with two alan wrenches. One for the truss rod and a really tiny one for the bridge...anyhoo. Look out for those tools.

    Its a good bass!