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You get what you pay for
on 4 June 2012
Little introduction first. I'm a bass player of 2 years, and I've never owned an acoustic bass nor a 5 string. I own a no-name P bass, a Fleabass Streetbass (with an EMG in), an Ibanez SR370M, a 2012 Fender Jag and a 2010 Fender Jazz (Dimarzios and a Gotoh 201 - my main player) - so by no means am I a gear snob, but I do play bass.
I knew this buying the bass, but in case you don't know YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY THIS ACOUSTICALLY WITH 2 OR MORE GUITARS, YOU WON'T BE HEARD!
Tuner works for me
EQ does effect the bass tonally
Haven't tested the second input, but it's a nice feature for DI'ing
Looks great, from >10 feet away
Nice and resonant, the big body gives it plenty of acoustic playability
Nothing's fallen off so far!
It's given me an idea about how much I'd use that low B
Definitely plywood body, a fair amount of plastic
Strings it came with are AWFUL, I'd strongly suggest moving away from bronzes generally, but these are so bad. Flats for a thump, or rounds if you need to be heard with one guitar
Battery was dead when it came to me, even after removing the plastic covering on it
Preamp is VERY trebly. Now I play funk, slap all that stuff, so I enjoy a trebly, scooped sound, but this was ridiculous. When I play, it's bass all the way up, mids at about 7, and treble all the way down. That gives a reasonable sound.
Feels so flimsy
Fret spout, high frets, and ALREADY some wear on the fretwire?!
The fretboard isn't wood, I've NO idea what it IS, but oh well
Looks cheap, it's far paler than the picture, and the finish is strange
Overall, it's worth the money, but if you're looking for a entry to mid level bass, this WILL fall short. It's not as good as, say, a low-end Squier. As a beater around the house, perfect, to gig - not at all.