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"NOS" TBC AP500MJ from a TBer

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassikLee, Aug 15, 2007.


  1. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    So, the short version goes like this: I sent BassDudeSA some $$, he sent me this bass. It is one of the TEN TBC basses he bought about a year ago. This one has the MM/J pickup config, and is 35" scale. I don't know if the original plan with this line was to have both 34 and 35, but this one is 35" for sure. I'll post pics in a day or three. In the meantime, my thoughts:

    The hardware is noname stuff, but solid. I recently got the exact same bridge used on this bass off ebay for $30 new. String thru, or not. Fixed spacing. It works. The tuners are fine, all the hardware is sort of "smoky chrome" finish, with works well with the natural ash/maple/pau ferro (sp??) of the bass. The body is swamp ash, with a "hippie sandwich" construction, of a center core, and bookmatched top and back. The top/backs are slightly over 1/4" thick, maybe 5/16. The core is hollowed out to shave off a bit of weight. This bass is not feather light, but is not the heaviest thing I've played either. Balance is VERY nice. The body itself is almost a slab body. It does have both a tummy cut and the contoured forearm area, but these contours are only in the top/back wood, which means they are no deeper than about 1/4". The neck is a VERY nice, three piece quatersawn maple affair. It doesn't move. Five bolts hold it tight to the body. This neck is VERY slim, front to back. If you've felt a US Millenium 5, this neck might be thinner than the Peavey. Fingerboard is nicely done. Frets are great. The nut is cut like I like!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I say that because on almost every production bass I have played, the nut slots are cut too high. This one is just right. The pickups offer nice tones. I'd say the J in the neck sounds just like a J in the neck. Not surprizing, I know, but the J in the neck of my Millenium sounds more like a P, so I figured I'd point it out. The bass has a nice burp, which if you dig in, transforms to a lovely aggressive growl. I dropped the action down just a tad, but I tend to run my basses quite low. I'll need to add some foam under the pickups to raise them up to where I like 'em. For the $$, these basses are a steal.

    Thanks to Sid for a killer bass, at a killer deal.

    Lee
     
  2. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    NY
    Yup, I agree. For the money they are solid basses.
     

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