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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gorn, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY

    In the description the guy clearly says it's missing two strings, but it's hilarious when you first see it.
  2. That'd work well as firewood.
  3. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    It looks like there might also be neck and pickup alignment issues... pretty funny stuff.
  4. It's the poor man's Pedulla.
  5. The pick up alignment is for "tonal" variety :D

    I must admit, I played a First Act Bass in a local store once. The price tag of 329.99 caught my eye and I just had to see if it was a good buy:eyebrow:
    The verdict..... Absolute CRAP
    Wavy neck, horrible finish and the action was about as low as the power line running into my roof.

    Its no wonder why CL is flooded with "Entry" level Basses like that. They are unplayable, unless your free set up in cludes a new nut, a neck shim, a refret and a routed pocket to get the bridge closer to where it should be:meh:
  6. Yeah, the few First Act instruments I've met have been scary-bad. Oddly, though, they apparently *can* do good stuff: Matt Pike of High On Fire plays a custom 7-string First Act g****r, for instance. I don't know why they don't take some fraction of that competence and apply it to their basic instruments to get something that at least, you know, *is* an instrument!

    Two strings rather than four on this one seems like a 50% improvement, anyway...

  7. KramerBassFan


    Jan 3, 2009
    Yep, I saw Matt with HOF once... killer show! :hyper:

    Apparently First Act has a Custom Shop, and uses cheapo instruments like the one above to act as overhead, so they can do pretty much whatever they want with their custom stuff.
  8. BBox Bass

    BBox Bass Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2011
    NW Pennsylvania

    That's exactly why I bought one of those basses a few months ago. I was putting together a Gene Simmons Halloween costume and didn't want to shell out the bucks for an Axe or Punisher. I saw the First Act on Ebay and picked it up for something like $50. The neck was junk; the fingerboard had started to come off and someone repaired it by driving 2 wooden pins all the way through. I replaced it with a spare I had in storage. After a setup, it played and sounded quite acceptable for a prop bass. I used it for half the night at my band's Halloween gig.
  9. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    Would it be any good to play Metal?
  10. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    That extra fingerboard space is for doing bends.
  11. 1SHOT1HIT


    Feb 17, 2012
    It's all subjective, this bass is just as good as any Fodera on the market.

  12. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Handmade single cuts? Bah, I say! Boutique shmootique. 2013 is gonna be all about 2 string First Acts.
  13. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    FALSE ADVERTISING, It's labeled a four string and there is only two on it! :D
  14. morgansterne

    morgansterne Geek U.S.A.

    Oct 25, 2011
    Cleveland Ohio
    brand should be called "last act," as you won't be invited back.
  15. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    $40 too much.
  16. cdef


    Jul 18, 2003
    I bet I could make that bass play just by adding an E and a G string.
  17. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    That would ruin it.
  18. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest

    $329.00?? I've never seen one that high before you should have seen how low they would go.
  19. I'd be willing to pay about 6 dollars for one. And thats only if I needed one of the knobs off of it for a real Bass.:D
    Maybe worth a few dollars more to smash it on stage if your band is into that.
    The place I saw it at is a small shop that mainly deals with rentals and "band" instruments. They also sell 4 string sets of D'addario nickels for........ 39.99$... That's not even the 2 pack:eek:
    its up to the consumer to research their purchases in advance, so I can blame them. They are located on wealthier side of town
  20. Is it called First Act because only a bassist in a support band playing a gig in your backyard would play one? I like the body shape.