I have a 4 and a 5. They cost $675 and
$800 respectively. I like them because
the assymetrical neck is very comfortable
and they are rather light weight. The
Bartolini PU are another reason that I
acquired these, although my tastes have
since changed, and these are not standard
like JJ or PJ sets where you can just get
new PUs and pop them in.
It's very comfortable and light, with a
versatile but simple-to-use tone control.
It's also fairly compact. I liked the
big mid-rangey sound with solid but not
boomy low end for its sort of "precise"
I wish the 5 string had a 35" scale. My
taste in tone has changed so I'm less in
love with the classy "precise" thing and
have become more of a thudwacker.
I'm guessing that the bodies are poplar.
They are light, and the grain is small.
These are offset double cutaways, like
small fender jazz bodies, rear routed.
Finished in transparent gloss [one red
the other amber].
4-bolt necks, very sleak neck joint.
Necks appear to be 3 pieces joined plus
maple fretboards, 24 frets 34", compact
tilt-back headstocks. Dual tension rod
setup is easily accessed under a 2"x2"
cover at the neck base.
Bridges are garden variety cast bridges.
Bartolini PUs, big momma at bridge and
narrow at neck, 9v system with 3 knobs
for gain, blend, and tone PLUS a pull
switch, built into the tone knob, that
alters the EQ somehow [I like it], and
a series parallel toggle that seems to
have a small effect. Compartment is
shielded and bridge is grounded. I've
never had a noise problem with them.
Very straight-forward user-friendly with
minimal bells or whistles. Fast playing, easy to set fairly low action, versatile
range for soloing, slap-n-pop, but not
heavy on the "Motown Tone" although this
CAN be dialed up for SOME [but not all]
amps. Overall solid quality feel yet not
a heavy burden for your shoulder. Made
in USA in case you need to know. Not a
flashy techno-wonder, but well designed
and well built, especially for the price.
Since my only complaint is subjective and
there is otherwise so much to praise, and
on such relatively simple basses, I rate
them easily at "5".