It's a stick! More precisely, a bass without a body, the handle is extended to the bridge.
The bass has a standard length shaft, an adjustable bridge (the seller thought he was not), a trussrod screwed up by the handle, and an adjustable saddle.
The bridge is not adjustable rope rope because it is a metal plate that is received against the face below the lower and therefore accommodates the strings. It is held by screws that adjust the height of the bridge and its slope in a linear fashion only (no "waves").
Wood is obviously not great, I do not pretend to know me but it seems that it is of ebony, in any case be careful with what he screwed over. We'll see if the time is right to that piece of wood.
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The electronics are passive and ... minimalist. The son a few that connect the microphone (not great but not too bad for this price) twice knob (volume and tone) are hidden under the black plate.
There are three pieces of twisted metal that are inserted in the lower and bind fast enough to play seated or standing (strap is included).
A cover is also provided, but it seems to me that the front pocket was sewn on the wrong side (on top instead of bottom). The cover is better when worn inside out.
The manufacturer has probably had to change its name because bass and guitars were released under several names over the years. The bass is available in 4 strings (this model), 4 string fretless, 5 string fretless and 5 string. There is also a new model (Basstar Pro) with active electronics, headphone jack, new knobs for EQ, new bridge with more adjustment options (factory rope, and apparently, it is even possible to be flogging the new bridge alone to put it on a model pro), but I was not aware of its existence in January. Given the overall quality of manufacture of the device, I preferred model 4 string fretted.
The handle is not too late nor too large, the strings are well distributed, but the spacing between frets is large enough to kill me fingers! It takes a little practice to get used to.
For the rest, the interface is great, since it is a piece of wood that you carry two kilos (compared to the old Shergold I used to caress it day and night, my my back says thank you). The game is very pleasing given the particular shape of the object, either to the fingers, thumb or slap (special mention for the slap, especially after adjusting the bass, it's happiness).
Similarly, access to acute is ridiculously easy, since there is nothing to interfere. This allows you to find new gaming positions unthinkable with a low standard form.
The knob tone (outside the double knob) has a linear travel and the change is quite noticeable. However given the quality of the microphones, it is best to stay near the position that favors the treble.
The volume knob (inside the double knob) has a logarithmic race (the first three quarters of the volume are controlled with the first quarter of the stroke volume pot), which is a shame to make small effects when playing a Portrait of Tracy, for example).
The sound from the pickups is acceptable but not really great. It's a bit flat, and although the highs are well defined, bass is not terrible when played without an amp or without coloring the sound, it is preferable to the slap to make it sound properly. The medium-low on this course are favored low.
I have not put a game worthy of the name string and the strings provided are pretty bad. However, with proper treatment ultimately (equalization and / or compression), it is possible to obtain sound very good, or really not bad: I think the slap (its pretty clear but powerful bass) and sound round for the reggae / dub. However, attention for his round: it is better to keep quite a few acute although fret noises are audible, it melts into the music and it is better to keep the bass sound throughout.
I use this low since January 2010, I bought it for $ 180 in Quebec, I think it's pretty hard to find in France but international delivery is possible from a seller on the Internet.
This bass will not please everyone, and it should be taken for what it is and what it's worth. It is very convenient to carry anywhere (in its cover, it looks as if carrying pool cues), to experiment on the violin (settings, Unshrinking) or electronics (affixing a preamp and an equalizer, there is room under the black plate to put a bunch of stuff), just for fun ... Taking plenty of time to adapt to their needs and find the right settings, we arrive at a value for money excellent. Yet it is nothing but a piece of wood made in haste, but by agreeing to spend a little time and will, we learn much about his instrument and we get to enjoy all the qualities of instrument.
Given the peculiarities of the thing, there's no real competition. Better to be informed of the details (that's why I write this review), but once you are ready to assume it is a necessary purchase. I would do this choice without hesitation.