Roscoe Beck & Brad Houser basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by barroso, Nov 16, 2001.

  1. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i'm interested in the fender roscoe beck and in the reverend brad houser. can you tell me more?

  2. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I have the Roscoe Beck and can recommend it to anyone who wants a jack-of-all-trades instrument. Fit and finish on the RBV are as good as you'll get from Fender. The B is pretty solid; it's not the tightest I've felt, but it is one of the best-sounding I've heard. I usually leave the pickups set to single-coil mode, as I think the instrument sounds best this way, but if you're getting 60Hz hum or want a P or Stingray tone, the options are there. Overall, I'd describe the tone as "well-behaved". There's plenty of passive J growl, but even with the parallel mode, you won't get all of the crazy overtones and high-end ping that you might expect from an active J setup. It's heavy, but well-balanced and not too cumbersome to play when standing up.

    The Houser I believe is less expensive and has a more interesting look. Pickup switching options are similar to the Beck, but whereas the Beck has a universal volume and a three position pickup selector, the Houser has one volume pot per pickup. I haven't personally played the Houser, though, so I can't offer any advice regarding quality control or actual tone.
  3. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I wish Fender would make a production clone of Roscoe's custom greenburst Stevens 24-fret 6-string with full Jazz spacing. Now that's a monster. Given the aircraft carrier-like dimensions, though, I'll bet they won't.
  4. The Reverend Rumblefish basses are very cool. The 5's have a great B string, and they're all light, well-balanced, comfortable to play, and have tons of a nice, passive, growly tone. Their prices are very good, too.