I bought my Ampeg from a local guitar dealer for around $600 (half the usual price) because some nasty weather damaged the dealer's store. He had to move alot of his items because of the damage to his store so that's why I got my Ampeg at half price. I wanted something that would be funky and this thing is great for that.
I love the Seymour Duncan Humbucking Basslines pickup. That's what is on the Modulus Flea4 and Flea5 and on Ernie Ball's basses, I believe. It has a really sweet tone (not to mention the fact that I can get a good variety of tones on it) and it is really easy to play. Nice low action. My fingers just fly across the neck. Also, I love the dark, clear purple finish over the quilted maple. It's absolutely bueatiful.
I can't say--this bass is awesome. I think though that it would be great if there were more colors to choose from (other than the burst vs. the purple), but I am perfectly content with the purple.
This thing seems really sturdy. The hardware is nickel and the fretboard is rosewood. The neck is bolted on. If this bass were dropped multiple times, then I would expect it to survive (and still be good), but I wouldn't try that because I love this thing too much---don't want to mess up the paint job.
I give this bass a 10 for sound, appearance, and construction. Whether you want to play softly like Darrel Evans, or funky like Flea, this bass is great!
Scale 30.3 "24 frets
neck: Maple (maple)
fingerboard: rosewood (rosewood)
Body: Basswood (with maple veneer on some models)
Seymour Duncan SMD4
control: volume, tone switch (windings / / or in series)
Color: Blue Pearl, Black Pearl, Purple Metallic, Black Cherry, Amber Burst and Purple Burst
Ampeg in 1999 proposed a line of guitars and basses with a wooden body, based on the famous guitar plexiglass "Ampeg Dan Armstrong". They have abandoned production in 2001. It is a low 'short scale', the fastening system of the handle allows access to the last fret. It is equipped with a MusicMan humbucker style that one can choose wired in series or in parallel with a switch. The bridge mass to choose to mount the strings through the body or not for more sustain.
Difficult to describe the sound, especially since I have not found the sound I wanted ...
its a bit too "modern" for my taste