Rondo Has More of the Ash Jazz Basses in Stock

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by patrickshofner, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    I bought one of those a few months ago as a backup bass and it's an incredible axe for the money. I liked that there's no ashtray I need to remove and hence no holes to look at. I'm actually thinking about selling it since it gets NO time, but it sure is purty!!
  2. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    Those ash basses are beautiful to look at but they are so daggone HEAVY!!!! (11 lbs +!) :(
  3. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Yes, they are heavy. Maybe that's how they get good looking ash for so's really heavy stock?
  4. Yeah, I've been waiting a couple months for Rondo to get these back in stock. I wanted a decent Jazz bass to have as a backup/ something a little different.
  5. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    Definitely. I had one (that I sent back for this very reason) that weighed over 12 lbs on a UPS scale.

    Call me an old man or call me a wuss but that was too much for this 44 year-old back to handle.
  6. If it sounds decent and plays well, i can swing it. I used to own a warwick. :D
  7. eqvolvorama

    eqvolvorama Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia
    Is this weight-thing only an issue on the ash-bodied Rondo's? Am I going to create the same lower vertebral issues if I get an alder one instead?

    I'm a complete wuss when it comes to bass weight. I hate having to shrug and twist my shoulders around every other song 'cause the bass is too heavy.
  8. Milky


    Jan 26, 2006
    Knoxville, TN
  9. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    Dan -

    The ash bodied basses are the heavy ones -- and this is true with ANY bass that is made of ash. It is simply a heavier wood -- some think this contributes to the better tone that they purport to offer. (This is not to be confused with Swamp Ash, which is much lighter.)

    The regular (alder) SX basses are just fine. I just bought an alder one last month and I find it quite comfortable and far more reasonable in weight. I haven't weighed mine but I would bet that it's between 8 & 9 lbs.

    For what it's worth, my SX plays great!
  10. eqvolvorama

    eqvolvorama Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia

    This is probably an hard question to answer, but we're both Yamaha nuts. How does your SX compare in overall build/quality to your BB415 or BB1000?
  11. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    The short answer is, "Not quite there."

    I don't know how much of a car guy you are but the best comparison I can offer is this:

    The SX is like a Hyundai Sonata. All the pieces are there, it works well enough, and for the price you get a great deal.

    The Yamaha is like a Toyota Avalon or a Honda Accord. All the pieces are there, they fit perfectly and the overall feeling is "World Class quality." Not flashy, mind you -- but total quality.

    Make sense?

    I will also say that between my Yamahas, the BB415 is definitely the higher-quality piece. That shouldn't be surprising however, since the BB415 was made in 2005 and the BB1000 was made in 1976. I've got to believe that Yamaha (and the industry in general) have made vast improvements in mass-production manufacturing techniques/technologies over the last 30 years.
  12. that is sweet lookin.

    I loves me some ash porn!
  13. eqvolvorama

    eqvolvorama Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2000
    Arlington, Virginia

    Makes perfect sense. So much sense, in fact, that I'm now obsessed with applying Automaker labels to all the bass brands I know. So much for productivity.
  14. jwsamuel


    Apr 26, 2004
    You're an old man. You're a wuss. :smug:

    But that does sound like a lot of weight to wear.

  15. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    Jim -


  16. jim primate

    jim primate bass guitarist.

    i've been dying for a black/black/maple jazz bass for ages. might pickup an sx and slap a new pickguard on it.
  17. ElBajista


    Dec 13, 2005
    Sebring, FL
    You aren't kidding. I love my SX, but it sure does kill my shoulder if I have it strapped on for too long. It's a pain I'm willing to bear, however.
  18. NICE ASH!!!!

    I like the ashtray though.