Bought it second hand from a friend, used for a few years and sold it. It's a good bass I just have others that I prefer, just my personal feel, this could be your dream bass.
Very playable, 24 frets and and extra few frets and the lower strings, which adds more timbrel options for playing a few notes on the highest frets. Although I think I would prefer having three extra frets on the G string to add more tonal range to the bass. Tone is solid, and has a quite a few knobs to adjust that with that all work well. Most features are good but nothing fancy, but that is the price range. Spacing and action are okay, neck thickness is okay, etc. For the price range, its a good bass. Need to try one out for yourself.
The cut into the body that adds extra playability to the highest frets also creates a strange looking small hook, visual aesthetics or non-aesthetics depending on your tastes aside, it makes it very uncomfortable to hold it on your lap and play. If you only play standing up that wont be an issue, but if you want to sit down and play it can be uncomfortable unless you have a small thigh.
From what I have seen using it I never had any issues with it, but I only used it for a few years and do not know the long term durability of it.
A good bass, pick it up and play it at music store and see if the feel is right for you. If you like it go for it, you wont be disappointed.
Been a professional musician for 8 years. I play 6-8 shows a month in a Metal/Hard Rock band. It's an active stage show where we are moving around quite a bit from the drum riser to the stage to the floor.
I "inherited" one of these in a trade and I loved the way it played. Then I blew out the electronics some how. I loved the feel so much, that I ordered a new one with the Bartolinis in it. I paid about 425 with a hardshell case. It was ordered from a store in Duluth MN thru E Bay. It is now my main bass rig, and I no longer bring a back up to the shows (knock on wood).
The bass is user friendly and versatile. It's easy to dial in your sound. The "slap" switch is a nice feature for a little boost. The composite body with a maple neck and ebonal finger board make this thing so light it is amazing! I can do a 4 hr gig without needing to see the Chiropractor on Monday. the playability is awesome and the action is super low when set up properly. Lighter gauge strings are a must with this style of guitar. All in all the most bang for teh buck I've seen
With a composit body and a maple neck, it doesn't warp like a regular guitar does. It takes a little tweaking to get the truss rod just right when the seasons change. But once I get it dialed in, IT IS ON!!!!
Indestructible body, and the finish will never get messed up because it's in the mold. I beat the bejesus out of this thing and it continues to perform.
MOST BANG FOR THE BUCK!!! Gives other guitars that are twice the cost a run for their money.
Been playing bass for about 30 years. Currently play a 4-string Spellbinder bass (by Stanley Clarke and Tom Lieber), and a 10-string Chapman Stick.
Wanted an inexpensive 5-string to mess with, but wanted one that wasn't a complete washout. Research indicated that many experienced players liked this one, but occasionally it has production flaws. Unfortunately, mine is in the latter category.
Nice looking, not very heavy, small body. As you'll see, that's all I can find out about it at the moment...
Terribly bad construction in the neck. Arrived with a bowed neck (about 3/8 inch at the mid-point of the neck). In adjusting the tension rod, after about two cautious 1/4 turns, a loud SPANG! was heard, and rod apparently disconnected at the far end.
The bass was never even played. The neck was not well enough made so that it could even be properly straightened.
What was a good deal is now a horrible one, as it was used and no warranty. A new neck is going to be between $200 and $300, plus the cost of labor in replacement and setup. Not worth the money at any price.
As above. Finish is very nice, all lines clean. But apparently under the skin this one was sloppily constructed.
So quality = unplayable. As bad as it gets, since all the rest doesn't matter in this case.
Spend more money next time on a well-made instrument.
I went to Goodguys Music Store in Honolulu, Hawaii, just to browze, and then I saw Sleek looking bass hanging on the wall. I tried it and was kinda blown by the feel, it's design and it's weight. Months after, I finally puchased a brand new Curbow for $450.00. I could have gotten it much cheaper though Ebay, but I could'nt wait and it was there to be taken home.
It's 5-string, even though I was shopping for a six, It's all good. Great looking body, Lake Placid Blue. It's light weight comparing Carvin and Fender basses. The action to me is awesome for soloing or just keeping the groove. Slap switch (is cheating) however, It's great to have, some adjustments on your electronics and your are there. Importantly, it has a great tone that versital players would like. Curbow basses are indeed good basses for the beginners to advance players. Most of all, It's affordable.
I Love Bartolloni pickups. I just wish it came with Two of them instead with one.
Construction and design of the Cubrow is awesome. (won't get into woods) It's made for bass players or bass player who are actually guitar players or play through four set within the night. This body is solid, It once droped on stage and never seen one nick from top to bottom. In addition, the quality of the Curbow bass is the playbility and sound you can get out of it.
Curbow basses are quality bass and It's affordable. I recommend owning one.