New Bass Day: My First Roscoe

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kwesi, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. Here it is, Roscoe #5370!



    Roscoe LG3005
    Top: Boxelder Burl
    Body: 2 piece Spanish Cedar
    Neck: 5 piece wenge/yellowheart/maple/yellowheart/wenge
    Fingerboard: African Tulipwood
    Electronics: Aguilar OBP-3 w/ Nordstrand DC5 pickups

    I would've had this review up yesterday or earlier today but it's a good friend's birthday weekend and we've been hangin out and stuff so I've just now gotten the time to play it or type this up.

    Firstly, let me say that this bass is awesome but it took me a bit to get it there. When I first unboxed it and started plucking around unplugged, it sounded GREAT. I'm not one to judge a bass by it's unplugged tone but this one just sounded sweet. I plugged it up and I was so excited to play it that I forgot to tune up and it just so happened that every string was still tuned relative to each other so I couldn't tell. For about 5 minutes I was playing around and there was a bunch of buzz and clacking and just generally unpleasant stuff going. I finally figured out that it was tuned down about one whole step, corrected it and every string besides the B sounded loud and clear. I raised the action on the B a bit and it floored me :eek:! The only other basses that I had played with such a strong clear B were a Squier (seriously, lol), a Ken Smith and another Roscoe. Needless to say, I was very happy at that point.

    The fit, finish, and feel of this bass were all top notch. It really felt like it was made for me but besides the B string, I was actually pretty unhappy with the sound I was getting and even after playing for about 2 hours I still couldn't find a sound I liked. The mids seemed to completely overwhelm the bass's tone and it had this crazy punch to it. No matter how lightly I played it would be super punchy. I put it down and pretty much decided that I was going to put this back up for sale. I went and watched tv for maybe 30 minutes or so and when I picked the bass back up, fiddled a bit with my amps EQ and started playing, I heard probably the best tone I've heard from any bass that I had played besides my Spector Euro 4LX.

    I have no idea what happened in those 30 minutes but I really can't say enough about it now. That super punchiness just seemed to dial down and the mids are still strong but they work for the tone not against it. The slap tone is thick and crisp and the fingerstyle is tight and growly. One of the coolest things so far is that even when I dial the blend all the way back to the bridge pup, the slap tone doesn't really lose anything! I want to avoid using the word perfect but I don't think I've ever been so happy with a bass before :D. It does everything I want and then some! I have yet to find a tone that I dislike. I plan on hanging on to this for a long time to come :).

    The only other bass that I've dug as much as this is my Spector Euro 4LX and I've never honestly been able to say that about any other bass. The only thing I could imagine that I would want to add would be a pair of switches for coil splitting. How much would Roscoe charge for this? That would put this bass over the top!!!

    For those of you on the fence about getting a Roscoe, do it! You won't regret it.

    I do have one (hopefully minor) gripe, though. I'm a bridge player and dig in when I play and it seems that when I do so on the A and D strings I actually pull the bridge saddles towards me. When I let go of the string the saddle snaps back against the "walls" of the bridge resulting in this loud clacking sound. Is there anyway to fix this? I can't really play with a lighter touch because that's how I play and how I get the growl that I like. Any suggestions would be great.

    (Personal pics coming either tomorrow or Monday! :))
  2. Bassis


    Jan 28, 2006
    Cádiz, Spain
    Oh man... what a beautiful instrument...:hyper: Congratulations!
  3. BassBob185


    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    MY first bass was a Roscoe. I wish I had never sold it!
  4. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    wow :eek:
  5. congrats! it looks amazing!
  6. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I'd take that to the Roscoe forum here
  7. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008

    Have you sold your 6er Kwesi? I hope you have, you need to fund you new Roscoe! ;)
  8. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    Great bass Kwesi!
  9. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    Nice!!!! Are those Nordstrand pickups a different shape than usual? They look like they are wider than the ones I have seen before. Definitely a good idea to take with a new bass particularly when it is one with such a distinct personality.
  10. Doodaddy


    Jan 11, 2005
    West Monroe, LA
    That one is definitely a sharp looker!
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Great looking bass. Also, it is great you can get a slap tone that is to your liking out of it.

    The ONLY reason, I am not playing Roscoes exclusively is that the slap tone I get out of my Stingray or Jazz basses is better (to my ears) than the Roscoe.

    Also, if you ever have to deal with Keith or Gard, you will be amazed at how accomidating and genuinely nice guys they are.
  12. Still workin on it! A straight sale would make a up a good portion of that the difference :).

    Yeah, I noticed that too. They're slightly longer than the normal sized ones and have 2 screws instead of 3. I don't have any problem with it because I think these are the perfect sounding pups for this bass.

    The slap tone on this bass absolutely kills, but I can definitely see where your coming from. Both Stingrays and Jazz basses have still got this one beat but this thing gets crazy close to the Marcus Miller tone with the mids slightly boosted, the bass and treble maxed, and the balance set at the center. A tad more zing would make it a dead ringer for that MM sound, but I'm happy with it. Getting the pickups coil split could fix might fix that and if it doesn't cost too much I'm definitely having it done.

    While I haven't talked to Keith yet, Gard is really knowledgeable about how different wood, pickup and preamp combination sound and a great guy to boot. I bought the bass before talking to him but everything he told me about it was dead on.
  13. Wow! That's a beaut Man. I've always wanted to try out a Roscoe. Well maybe someday.
    Now I see why you're selling your Spector(s).
  14. bass4worship

    bass4worship Ready For Freddy, let rock

    May 4, 2009
    Sebring, Florida
    That one Beautiful bass, enjoy!!!
  15. puff father

    puff father Supporting Member

    Jan 20, 2006
    Endicott, NY
    Congrats on a beautiful instrument! Play it (wear it out) in good health!

  16. bass4worship

    bass4worship Ready For Freddy, let rock

    May 4, 2009
    Sebring, Florida
    About the bridge make sure the allen screw is tight on the side of the bridge if there is one. I can't tell by your pic if the saddle has screws or not, if so this locks them in so they don't move.
  17. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Congrats! IMO Roscoe's have one of the best sounding B-strings on the market. -The rest of the strings sound great as well. :D Enjoy, Art
  18. Hehe as great as this Roscoe is, I still love Spector basses :). If the Euro 4LX does sell I'm either getting a Euro 4LX-EX or a Euro 5LX-EX, lol.
  19. BigLoopDuke


    Jan 2, 2007
    DSM, IA
    dude - that's a tight bass. nice job.
  20. J. Crawford

    J. Crawford Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    Any updates Kwes?