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Tripled down on the $400 pawn shop Chinese no-name

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by mindwell, Mar 20, 2014.


  1. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    Acoustic USA endorser
    After a couple months of backlog and delays over finding a sufficiently wide ebony fingerboard blank, the luthier has finished and the $400 Chinese pawn shop bass has come back really, really nice. I'm astonished by how well it plays and how good it sounds.

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    Bass has a big neck, so after having two Indian ebony blanks not measure up, luthier went for a B-grade German board.

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    Myself, I think he did a hell of a job. Neck plays beautifully all the way down, and the arco sound is magnificent. It's a Bb, by the way.

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    I'll bring it in next week for some tweaks. Neck is pretty thick, so I might have it taken down a bit. Or maybe not.

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    This bass sounds and plays wonderfully, and not just with regard to price point. My wife, who has a DMA in violin performance from the University of Oklahoma, is very impressed with the sound. Upshot: I do not care about the weird cutaway. This is an excellent Chinese laminate bass, and I'm lucky to have her. Now I just need a name...
     
  2. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Queens, NY
    Heck of a score! Congrats! Enjoy it :)
     
  3. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Chicago
    It will play even nicer if you take the E string nut slot down.
     
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  4. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    Give yourself some time to get used to the thick neck. You might end up preferring it, as I did with my new bass.
     
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  5. Great shot that first picture! Will try that once myself.
    Enjoy your bass!
     
  6. Champagne

    Champagne Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    West Chester, PA
    Definitely give yourself some time. I gave mine time as well even though it was a little tough and had a little pain. Wouldn't change it now for anything.
     
  7. mindwell

    mindwell Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2006
    Wichita, KS
    Acoustic USA endorser
    UPDATE: since getting this work done three years ago, I've mostly played the bass at home with some church gigs here and there. Tonight I took it to rehearse with a vocalist and flamenco guitarist for an upcoming date to record "Misirlou" in C. Put bow to strings and the bass KILLED. Simple song, simple part, but that arco-produced bottom produced meant the doumbek (hand drum) wasn't needed, which facilitated a rubato feel and opened up the arrangement. Pizzicato, this bass doesn't do overtones and growl to the degree that I'd like, but it is made to bow. Really does sing.

    That's all. I'm just happy to feel sort of vindicated. Once we've tracked it, I'll put an audio file up for grins. Oh, and that fat neck? Fine by me.
     
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