NLBD - Diminutive rock machine

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by two fingers, Jun 18, 2020.

  1. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    My daughters (8 and 10 years old) recently started piano lessons (online with a great teacher in Nashville TN). That got them interested in learning bass as well.

    I took them into the jam room and they tried all of my basses. I have everything from 35" 19mm spaced 5 strings to skinny pointy Ibanez 4 bangers. All of them were too big.

    That began the search for a short scale. I brought up all kinds of images of pink Fender and purple Ibanez basses. I felt sure they would latch onto one of those. While scrolling through images of shorties, they both gasped at the sight of this.
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    First off, THEY love it. That's the most important thing. But the bonus is that I love it too! This thing isn't a toy. It's a real bass. After getting a good setup done on it, it plays great! It sounds great. It feels great. Fit and finish is great. I will definitely rock this thing out on a stage at some point. I played it for about a half hour through my SVT-CL and 610 the other night. It's warm and punchy. It'll get aggressive if you want it to. But over all I was very impressed.

    My younger daughter is ready to rock.
    (I love that kid.)

    In all seriousness, if you're looking for a shorty rocker, this thing is actually very nice. And it's under two hunnerd bucks! (If they both stick with it and start to argue over it I'll grab a purple one for sure.... just to keep the peace, right? ;))
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2020
  2. simongpaez

    simongpaez Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    The Woodlands , Texas
    Bought the same bass (silver) for my 11 year old and he is loving it too.
    I wish I started playing at that age :)
  3. seedokebass


    Mar 21, 2009
    I've never played one of those but they really do look like solid basses! That's so awesome there's good quality instruments like this for the youngins, it has to be way more inspiring to play something that sounds and feels good.
    Simon Fretless, Oddly and two fingers like this.
  4. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Aren't pointy basses dangerous for kids of their age? Just kidding... She is catching up on making bass faces quickly that's for sure (I see a great future for this padawan Obi-Wan)
  5. She's definitely starting off right on the stage presence side of things.

    I'm a big short scale fan, love it!
  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i'm seeing a purple jackson bass in your future! :laugh:

    congrats on your daughter's new instrument! congrats for having two cuties in your life! :thumbsup:
  7. ZedLepp


    May 12, 2013
    I would say just go ahead and get the purple one because it may come down to you and the children fighting over it.
  8. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    I've mostly ignored Jackson the past 40 years, but I recently acquired NOS examples of a couple of their 'offshore' products (2015 Mexican and 2016 Indonesian) and it seems that they have got Quality Control down to a fine art :thumbsup::thumbsup:
  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That's really great. Cannot underestimate the value of encouraging a kid to play an instrument.
    A few more years and she'll need a van to tote the rig to the gigs.
  10. Discount Bassy

    Discount Bassy Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2020
    Right Here.
    It's always cool to see a kid with an instrument rocking out.
  11. rocu


    Jan 28, 2015
    Missoula, MT
    Love happy kid pics.
  12. stigbeve


    Sep 24, 2014
    I did the opposite with my daughter when she turned 12. Ibanez GSR200 34" scale 4 string with 10 year old .45, .65, .85, .105 DR Hi Beams. Tough love :laugh:
  13. Steadfast


    Sep 28, 2015
    Search Me
    hey! I recognize that blue gig bag in the last pic. Lololol
    two fingers likes this.
  14. sleddogn


    Sep 8, 2013
    Love My Dogs
    yep, pic made my day, enjoy them rocking, lol
  15. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Man, you can rest easy. That G&L has found a happy home. It's not even in the bag. It's hanging on the wall because I grab it all the time.
  16. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    Awesome! Congrats on two new bass players day!
  17. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    I jammed on that same one in guitar center for a while. Its bad. I couldn't get any high end out of it though. Maybe just some new pots. Really fun to play though. Great job
    Simon Fretless likes this.
  18. Ha ha!... I just can't get enough of these pics of happy kids playing their first basses.
    A lime green Jackson?... What kid WOULDN'T love it! :D
  19. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Could be. It greatly benefited from a good setup. I have a reasonably-priced guy that I trust. So I didn't even plug it in before dropping it off with him. Honestly, it'll do the fat round short scale thing just fine. But it mostly just sounds like a passive PJ to me. And I own several of them.
  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Beats the crap out of my first (ugly no-name piece of junk) bass. Luckily, my school had a nice P bass for me to learn on.