I was looking into the Schector Omen 5. I changed to this one as i had no expierience with a 5 string and wanted to stick with something i knew. (And to save a good chunk of cash to drop on the 5 later).
If it where lost and stolen i would buy it if my budget only allowed the same price range. However in that instance i may switch to the Schector.
If the buzz did not exist this bass would be perfect. Also the hiss on the preamp. The blemish behind the neck near the body would be a + but as i stated its minor and that would be nit-picking it.
Favorite aspect is the fact i own it, and that i can play any style in any hand technique and not have to adjust anything to have it sound right. Worst aspect is the buzz.
Honestly the bass is very nice. At just over $300.00 you can't go wrong. I would recomend it as a starter bass. Basically it boils down to, the buzz, the preamp hiss for a reasonable price. Your dicesion.
I gave it a 4 as the price makes up for the few issues, Not that the bass is a super sounding, great playing, hardcore $5k bass. But at $300.00 you get your money out of it.
Price: $319.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
34" Scale & 1-9/16" Nut
Soap Bar Pickups with Dean Pre-amp
Bolt-on Maple & Walnut Neck
I gave this catagory a 3 as everything seems to be standard. No special wood or hardware options. The dean preamp is pretty nice sounding (Cept for a hiss when cranked to max) But everythings pretty basic for features. Nothing special to warrant a higher review.
As far as action, there is alot of fretbuzz it seems if not plugged in. The buzz does not come through the amp much but unplugged, practicing, its nearly impossible to hear that E string. (Keep in mind i have not yet taken it in to be professionally setup since purchase) The buzz is defienently not that bad (IMO) and i am sure with the proper setup that action can be lowered without buzz.
The neck does not effect it in a good or bad way. I do gotta say the neck is smooth and have no hangups moving my fingers around on it.
Well, this was my first bass so i can't comparitivly speak. Though i have played on friends, and in stores and gotta say compared to those prices this was a great buy, with nearly the same playability.
No flaws that i know of. There is a slight abrasivness to the back of the neck toward the body but i only feel it on my thumb, and can not see it. Very minor and only catches my attention some of the time.
Gave this a 3 score as the buzz is there, so the action is high. do not mind it much and for a beginner bass it helps with finger strength and dexterity. Other then that there is nothing else wrong with the playability of this instrument.
I currently run the bass through an SWR LA15. I don't run any effects to it as i love a nice clean tone (Dist, an Volume Pedal will eventually be purchased)
I mostly play Metal. Alot of tool. Downtune the low E to B to play some slipknot and it sounds pretty good cept the factory strings that came with it aren't the right guage to handle the downtune.
I have slapped, fingerpicked, and picked. Other then the given differences the bass is nicely capable of handling any style.
Again my first bass but i absolutly get the sound i expected from a Bass.
Not too much knowledge on other basses, cept for toolin with friends from time to time. Other then the buzz forementioned I think this may even have a better sound.
At this time, maybe a Hipshot, or some sort of fast detune device for the e string. Or maybe not. Don't really feel an urgency to mod the bass.
The preamp is a bit noisy. Crank that all the way up you get a hiss. I keep it about mid and there is only noise when close to other devices such as tv's or radios.
At the price and quality, personally i would take it either to stage or studio. If i had the money for a more quality bass this would probably be a good bass for a live performance. Especially if the bassist is rather tough on his bass.
For the price i had to give this bass a 4 rating as i would have and may one day possibly pay more for this same sound quality.
This section i am not of much use. I baby that thing. It has a hard case it sleeps in, and i wipe it with a cloth everytime i am done playing her and put her to bed. (Just take care of my instruments i guess)
Anyways, what i do know is i have had the bass for two months and have not adjusted anything other then the bridge sadle height to try to rid the buzz previously mentioned. Everything is still good.
I use a kempur strap and this does a good job holding the girl, so i have not switched to a strap lock system as of yet. The knobs however, perhaps it is the care but they do not make any noise when i turn them. My electric guitar (Granted i had it through puberty and did not take care of it) has a crackle in the volume pot on her, thats anoying and left me not using the volume knob to silence her.
Well the changing seasons have not damaged it. Again i take care of her and she may have seen a fluctuation in humidity of maybe -10% (Normally around 50-55%) and a rise in tempurature of maybe 30 (To a max of 95) degrees since i have owned her. No use in this catagory.
I gave the bass a 3 as it seems sturdy. I have wailed away on it with no more then skin flakes and fingerprints as signs of wear. Plus i do not have the live playing or longevity expierience at this time to make a proper assumption, however, again. The price is right.
I looked at some Ibanez's, ESP's, and a few others in this price range. I choose the dean for the features and playablilty.
if this bass were lost or stolen, I'd probalby buy something better.
this bass could be better with a better choice of wood for the body, maybe ash or alder.
overall this was the best bass avalible in this price range, in my opinion.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $339.00 (new)
Where Obtained: motor city guitar
Made in korea.
basswood body, maple and walnut 5 piece neck.
controls are 2 volume 1 tone.
EMG HZ pickups H/H.
bodystyle is kinda jazz bassish.
comes with grover tuners.
I put GHS med. flatwounds on it. I had to adjust the relief to get the low action I like. the neck has no problems with the extra tension from the flats.
the neck is the best thing about this bass, its very thin but strong. it plays fast and comfortable.
easily comparible to more expensive basses.
this bass contained no flaws.
I usually use no effects for my main gig (praise worship), but for hard rock I use a DOD EQ, pro-co Rat, and Dunlop wah.
this bass can handle any style of music.
it has a thick full sound, but not very "woody".
the best sounding bass I've ever played was a Rickenbacker 4003, and it can't come close to that sound.
this bass has no excess noise, and seems to perform just as well in the studio as well as the stage.
This bass is very reliable for live playing, I play at least 3 live shows a week with it, and do not bring a backup.
I've only had to adjust the trussrod once, when I changed to higher tension flatwound strings.
all hardware and controls are in top shape after more than a year of use.
I've never had a problem with climate change, and we experince 4 full seasons.
For the price, this is a great bass. I looked at some Ibanez basses and a Fender but I just liked the way this one felt and played. I would probably buy another if it got lost or stolen.
Price: $339.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
Basswood body, bolt on Maple & Walnut neck, 24 frets, active electronics, 2 EMG pickups, available in Powder Silver, Transparent Amberburst, Transparent Black, Transparent Blue, Transparent Power Purple, and Transparent Red, Grover tuners
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I haven't had any trouble with playability. It compares pretty good to other basses, especially for the price. In my opinion it doesn't have any flaws.
I use an Ibanez amp with no effects. I mostly play rock and funk. It sounds great for the price. I really like it.
I've never used it live, but I would have to say it would be reliable enough for it. So far I haven't really had to adjust it. It stays in tune. I haven't had any trouble with the climate yet.