tried great, cheap bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jsonnenblick, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. I was traveling this weekend, and had some time to kill at Mars Music in Fort Lauderdale, FL. So I tried out an astounding bass. It's a Mexican Fender 60's Jazz reissue. I couldn't believe this was a _Mexican_ Fender. I AB'ed it with an American Standard J, and this bass was livelier, with more high-end, better vintage vibe, a comfier neck, lighter weight. . . I could go on and on. Also, and this surprised me at a big chain store, the setup on the 60's reissue was excellent. . . although many of the basses there had the highest action imaginable. . . like I was trying to play tunes on a hunting bow!
  2. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    They sound like a good deal. I like the "Vintage" vibe. Maybe someday I will have the guts to purchase another 4 string, and that one is looking pretty nice! I agree that big stores (we have a mars here) sometimes skip on the setup. There was a MIM P in there that had action about half an inch!

  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    In the same spirit, I played a Dean Rhapsody bass yesterday (The one-pickup hollowbody four-string) and it sounded fantastic. I picked it up out of curiosity, but was thoroughly impressed. I'm not sure about the $499 price tag, though.
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Should be $399. I saw one for $299 at Victor Litz.
  5. Yeah, some of the Deans are cool, too.

    I just traded for a Jeff Berlin Standard, and it RULES: Bart soapbars, gold Badass bridge, graphite-reinforced neck, ebony board. The tone on the bridge pickup is the growliest I can even imagine! I actually had a choice of the Standard or the fancier one with an exotic top, and chose the Standard because the alder body sounded warmer to my ears.

    I also played a fretless Dean at Guitar Villa, and found it to be impressive, as well.
  6. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    The store where I saw it is very small. They probably have to charge more because they buy and sell less. Oh well.

    still, $100 more is kinda steep. Yeesh...