I love this bass.
The sound is excellent especially with the flatwounds. The look and style is eye catching to say the least. Cases are hard to find for it. But a Coffin Case will work.
All in all an excellent bass for the money. Couldn't be happier with it and would definitely replace it.
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Maple top, back, and sides
3-piece (maple/mahogany) set neck
Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
22 medium frets
Single humbucking pickup
Gibraltar III Quick Change bridge/tailpiece
Volume and Tone knobs
Action is very good, with little to no buzz.
Neck is long and takes a little getting used to.
Front strap button causes some balance problems at first (it's a little neck heavy) But once you get used to the size and balance it's no problem.
Does well with any style, Rock, Blues, Jazz etc...
Replaced the factory D'addario strings for some Rotosound flatwounds and the sound is now just incredible. Very deep and warm, but still has some punch to it.
MODS: Considering moving the strap button for better balance. The Tone knob could do more, but is acceptable. Although I am thinking of replacing it.
You should be able to play this in any situation or music type.
Pretty well built, but it is semi-hollow so some extra care is needed.
This is a gorgeous bass, it sounds really nice and cuts through well, it looks fabulous and plays even better, very unique. The only problem i have is that i can't find a hard case deep enough for it and ibanez are taking a couple of months to bring one out.
Price: $269.00 pounds sterling (new)
Where Obtained: Local music shop
This is a semi-hollow bass with a powerful single humbucker. The raised bridge and set in neck give a fantastic sustain in it. It's made from maple and really nicely moulded, and a rosewood neck. It has a volume and tone along side the violin holes. It's transparent brown which sounds horrible but when it's lit up it's a gorgeous deep red colour with the grain visible. It has four strings and 21 frets.
The action's fairly low, but i was advised not to mess with it too much as it's semi hollow and to do it straight away could mess up the body, but it's in a nice place anyway. The neck is really nice to hold and you can reach all 21 frets, and with the sustain on this, you want to have all 21 frets. I've never had a semi-acoustic before so it was a bit weird getting used to the thickness of the body and the headstock also weighs it down causing near knocks on the floor.
I've used this with a few amps, from big to small and it sounds good on all of them even on my tiny practice amp. It has a big treble sound but it's warmed up by the hollow body so you get a nice mix of warm and edge. I use this with my crybaby and it beats any other bass i've used with it. I've had no problem with feedback yet although i haven't used it on stage properly yet.
It sort of regulates itself as the body wood is thin...so any temp change and the body changes too so nothing happens to the action of sound. It looks delicate but it is pretty sturdy although i'm planning on going crazy on it soon.