I've been pounding the tar out of this redheaded stepchild for over a year, and I'll be damned if this thing dont(Start up even on the coldest of days).
Model Year: 2001
Price: $200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Daddys Junky Music Portsmouth NH.
This Bass was made in a land very far away. Far away from the land that is my humble opinion (embroiled in a self loathing funk). An Alder body with a maple neck makes this baby handle like a Rhino on wet clay.The Hardware on this beast leaves me thinking (Oh God why have you foresakin me). The P style pickup configuration on this Gibson love child has me grasping for a reason to go on.
The action on this Bass is akin to the punch drunk George Foreman on the ropes in the Jungles of Africa.The Neck (ahh the Neck) Nasa has calibrated there measuring devices on this Epiphone neck.
The sound of this Bass is that of a clubbed seal.
Mother of all workhorses!
Let me explain why i bought such a horrible bass. I was a virgin to the art of gear buying. I went into my local guitar store, and took the one that they gave me. i didnt shop around, compare prices or ask friends, i just bought the first one they showed me. It turns out that i could buy a nearly identical package (i bought the epiphone bass gig rig, it comes with strap, amp, crappy tuner, bass) at musicyo.com for a fraction of the price. $80 for the bass, $50 for a better amp, $10 for a quality tuner, unlike that piece of crap, $3 for a strap. Throw in shipping, and i could have gotten better than what i got with better customer service even if it is through the internet for a mere $175!!! i paid $400! And that wasnt even what they were advertising it for! So, basically, crappy bass for way too much. Don't waste your money on an epiphone bass. They make great guitars, but they should stiuck to their les pauls.
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sound Post Music
Made in korea, i think. maple body. 19 large frets. 4 strings. 1 vol, 1 tone. 1 split humbucker. passive. laminated ebony finish. p-bass body. die-cast bridge. overall, it's not too bad for a beginning bass, but it is way overpriced.
I really don't like the action on this bass. It is way too high, and the neck is warped, so i can't fix it. i can adjust, though, because until i save up enough to buy a quality bass this is all i have. there are a lot of file marks on the neck, and some of the frets are dented (that's how it came... i'll explain why i bought it later)
I played it through my 10 watt epiphone speaker that came with it, and it sounded horrible. but then i got a hartke 3500 amp with a 410tp cab, and when i played around with the graphic eq it sounded a helluva lot better. it's good for noisy, loud music, something that can hide all of the exsesive noise the pickup makes. it has a light, empty sound to it, they probably screwed up the pickups. compared to some of the other basses i've played, it sounds great, but thats only because the only other basses i've played were the squire version of this and the ibanez version of this. i would never use this in the studio, but it would be good for the stage, because i can go crazy on it and not care if it breaks.
It you have at least a few hours before each show, it is pretty reliable to play live. but there's a lot of sh*t to fix first. the truss rod has to be adjusted every few weeks, the innotation is horrible, it keeps gettingt screwed up, and it goes out of tune really easily. the knobs all bent within a month of purchase, the output jack needs constand readjustment or it will fall off and the strap locks- how do i put this. i was playing, not jumping around, just standing, normally, and the lock on the upper horn just flew out of the bass. the screw was completely stripped. so after i got an ice pack for where the tuning machines hit me in the face, i put some super glue in there and it hasnt bothered me since.