DO NOT, I REPEAT, DO NOT BUY THIS TERRIBLE BASS. STICK TO A SQUIER JAZZ.
A terrble instrument. It was unplayable within a few months, all the electrics broke down neck twisted when it arrived , bought from the really useful music co in u.k. who refused to do anything to put it right. AVOID THIS HEAP OF RUBBISH LIKE THE PLAGUE
I am very happy with this bass. I'll be changing the white pickguard into a tortoise one, it will be marvellously used for Led Zeppelin covers and typical 4-string songs. My Sandberg still is bass # 1 but this Richwood is a very descent 4-string back-up!
Model Year: 2006
Price: $170.00 175 Euro (new)
Where Obtained: Gitaarhoekske
Richwood basses are made in Asia and imported by a company in the UK. Body is basswood, maple neck and rosewood fretbooard, all the specifications of a genuine Fender J-bass, except for the "F"-mark on the hardware. Passive PU's.
It is unbelievable HOW an instrument like this lefty J-bass-model can be manufactured for that kind of money. Everything is ship-shape in order, very pleasant and playable neck. It is a genuine Fender copy for 1/10th of the price! The only flaw I was told, because I haven't experienced it yet, are the cracking pots, but those are quickly renewed, if it turns out to be necessary.
This Richwood has the same Fender-sound. UPDATE: the longer I play this bass, the longer I'm getting aware that this J-bass copy sounds more lioke a Precision bass than a Jazz Bass. This depends on how the amp settings are put of course. I like its sound very much!
This instrument will be used for practice and for teaching, allowing me to get back to 4-string and to save my 5-string Sandberg's strings!
This bass is very wel built, but I will have to experience possible adjustement due to climate and weather condition.
UPDATE: weather change has no effect on the bass so far. I will put some flatwounds on this bass in the near future, probably d'Addario Chromes.