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Starcaster Bass

Discussion in 'Ask Justin Meldal-Johnsen' started by Patski, Dec 27, 2013.

  1. Patski


    Feb 27, 2012
    Hey Justin,

    I noticed that you were rocking out on one of the new Starcaster basses at a recent Beck show. Just wondering what your thoughts are on these and whether you consider it a keeper :)
  2. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    It's a great thing. Thick, gnarly tone. Svelte, fun neck. Cheap, and well-made for the price. Cons: heavy! No neck dive of any consequence, but man it's a bit heavy.
  3. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    Agree with heavy, mine is 9.5 pounds. But it is an excellent instrument with large variations in sounds. Worth the weight.
  4. vegas532


    Nov 10, 2006
    Melbourne, FL.
    I got to play one of those yesterday. Man, you weren't BSing about the weight!
  5. Marihino


    Mar 25, 2010
    Hi Justin, thanks for your opinion. Have you tried the new Coronado as well? I haven't yet, and I do like the looks of this one better, and am wondering whether it's as good.
  6. Patski


    Feb 27, 2012
    Thanks Justin, much appreciated. I've had GAS for a short scale hollow body for a long time, and this looks like it could scratch that itch. These sort of basses never get stocked in any of my local stores so i'm dependent on talk bass for opinions. I've given up looking for vintage basses and have my eye either on this one or the Starfire reissue.

    The weight isn't an issue for me; my Jazz bass is about the same weight, and that's comfortable :)
  7. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    Coronado is cool. I just don't think it sounds anything like my original Coronado.
  8. Patski


    Feb 27, 2012
    I'm curious how these compare with the new starfire reissue. It sounds like the starcaster might be a bit more versatile and has better build quality. But I've heard that the centre block and high mass bridge in the starcaster gives it more of a solid body tone. Are those fair statements?
  9. jmjbassplayer

    jmjbassplayer Justin Meldal-Johnsen

    Mar 25, 2005
    I would definitely, definitely agree with all of that.