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No name or unknown brands from China

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Inconnu, Nov 23, 2017.

  1. ...sold on Aliexpress, Made-in-China or other online sellers.

    Some look good, prices are very low... anybody as one, tried one, any experience?

    I’m curious about those.
  2. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88

    Sep 16, 2013
    Looking good and low prices are great but.......you will very likely get lousy fretwork, substandard electronics, poor quality pups, hardware and build quality.
    Chinese builders are contracted to hit a price point. Known brands will pay for a certain build quality and even at the cheapest end these guitars are usually playable and come with warranties that are honoured by your local dealer. Mail order no-names and knock-offs are a complete gamble. Sometimes they're ok, sometimes they're little more than a pretty wall hanging.
    Keep in mind as well that even minor work needed in the future might mean major $$$ because the components are proprietary to the local factory and proper replacements may require serious work to fit.
    Aliexpress is the largest online retailer in the world but they will sell anything with anybody's trademark regardless of any laws. IMO this makes them criminally untrustworthy and the very last place I would spend my money.
  3. Go for a seller with reviews, a lot of them don't use pictures of the bass you'll receive.

    That said, many of them are open to custom orders. Get them to build your dream body/neck on the cheap, then fit your own hardware/electronics to avoid the crappy stuff they generally use.
  4. Bass Man Dan

    Bass Man Dan Endorsing Artist: Ned Flanders' Bass-a-Reeno

    Oct 20, 2017
    You will hear good and bad. Pretty expensive project if you aren't prepared to do any necessary work yourself.
  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    1. Quality and QC are all over the place. Plenty of threads here where the pic on the site was not even the instrument they were selling.
    2. If there is an issue, you often are SOL.
    3. Many of these builders have no respect for IP. If they screw the companies, what makes you think they won't screw you?

    You get what you pay for. A Yugo looked a lot like a car.
    Flaked Beans and Roland GR 88 like this.
  6. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    I try to avoid MIC stuff, given their almost total disregard for our patent, copyright and trademark laws. I'll leave it at that, since to go any further would start to stray into geopolitics, which wouldn't be appropriate here.

    Though I did buy a couple of SX basses (used), which I suppose makes me something of a hypocrite once-removed.
  7. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    At least the SX came from a reputable dealer, which gives the original purchase some protection, and was legal.
  8. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    "At least the SX came from a reputable dealer, which gives the original purchase some protection, and was legal."

    I agree, Kurt Zentmaier‏ is a very straight-up guy. And some of his merchandise (Brice, some Douglas) is MIK.
    TolerancEJ likes this.
  9. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    The only one I’ve actually played is a Chickenbacker Ric bass clone. Decent fit and finish, but crappy electronics and weird hardware. Fretwork passable with a polish job. It didn’t sound much like a Ric though. About what you’d expect for $300. There are European and Canadian distributors of some of the Chinese knockoffs that are more legit and reliable than Aliexpress or DHgate, Logical Guitars and The Top Guitars a couple examples. No comment on the legality/morality issues, up to your conscience and risk tolerance.
  10. el_Bajo_Verde


    May 18, 2016
    It's a big gamble. I've seen/played some amazing ones that were on par with popular brands, and some that needed a ton of work to be playable. But any problems are easily fixed in my experience.

    I'd take a chance on one but I don't know how much extra I will get charged when it comes through customs. Afrer a certain price point, I might as well get a Schecter or Ibanez

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