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By: GW Pettiford - Yeah~ask Veasley...,firstname.lastname@example.org
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Guitar players, both bassists and guitarist that second on bass - will LOVE this instrument. Okay, it is smooth up and down the neck - and balanced. You can set the string action so low your guitar pick will feel ultra thin! The tonality of great lows and crisp clear highs will turn your budget amp into a beast. I've played Lakland basses that don't respond as well...and it was a struggle on the 5-string Laklands...but the Six strings on the BTB series put them to shame. And the tweaked low end/to high punch won't punk you out on the bass solos ever again! I love the satin smooth finish; it's a chick magnet. Now, the chording is fantastic! I have played tetrachords on the 5/6 string versions. I will now be able to play full chords and even tune it like a guitar on the last four strings!! Somebody pinch me. This is a very, very superior axe for the price. $300 basses will be a thing of the past, and you'll appreciate the switchability 250Hz to 600Hz on a whim. Excellent!
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
I play rock, fusion, blues, R&B, Jazz and experimental stuff with this axe. It handles IT ALL!! I pop on it; I run bell tones that are crystal clear on even the oldest dog amps; the lows don't go indistinct on me down to 60Hz...and that's an extreme compliment!! You cannot be over-prepared with this axe - it fits in everywhere. Oh, yes!! With GOSPEL...it is absolutely heaven sent. Run some of the Fred Hammond stuff with this - you will cry tears of joy! Collections will double and triple once you're set free with this axe! Go for it!! This is a great axe to move forward from the 4s, 5s, and 6s. It will expand your playing like none other. Trust and believe, THIS...is the axe I've been waiting for!!
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
The woods have not changed for this axe, the neck through, the double truss rod, are all pretty much standard. The tone section is the heart of this beast, and it will not die!! The only thing I'd change is that once you buy it, have it modified for the 18 volt battery setup. You will thank me...it's GREAT as it comes stock, but it's all that and a bag of chips when you take the extra step to 18 volt! And for you players who do a lot of corporate gigging you'll understand what I mean. 90 minute shows will keep you smiling from ear to ear, since there are no set breaks. Love it!
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
A really fast neck can make or break your performance - this axe cuts it with room to spare - smoove!! It's heavier than the laminates that rely almost purely on pickup configuration and tone pots. It's wood! So it weighs a little...but will not kill your neck and shoulders after a night of gigging. This feels so good...it's heavy, but not a chunky industry standard like Yamaha, Mosrite, Laklands, bubingas and the like. It's efficient with the selection of woods, so it can be lighter than those. But don't get it twisted, this is a nice piece of wood that's physically and tonally balanced throughout. The wings are crazy cool, I get this "Prince is now a bassist," feeling playing it.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
The great thing about this bass is that if you want to hear it funk it up, if you want to hear smooth round tones with a funky edge, or gut bucket growl for blues...this gets you there from the "git-go". The smoothness helps reduce string noise. I love Elixirs on my basses; if not the Ken Smith or a custom mix that I put together myself. I've had as little as a 105 Low B...to a 125; needless to say, I love the Light to Extra lights on the top end because they FUNK better. But also, they tend to reduce hand stress - which nobody else seems to address. This 7 String BTB comes out with a great stock set to emulate. You can't go wrong. And at this price, I promise you...you will enjoy playing this one. I wouldn't take a Fedora over this one! You heard me right...I wouldn't...the added thousands of dollars in expense is not necessary.
How did the stain or paint job look?
This standard sateen finish looks new; has none of the overspray flecks anywhere. You can see that this axe was given much love in being put together. Even the ones that people play incessantly in music stores come off with a sustained quality look and satiny feel.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
The price is one of the key features that make this axe so incredible. No one in their right mind would expect such quality without at least double to triple or more added on to this price! Like I said: I wouldn't take an Alembic or Fedora...or Lakland in trade for it. And I love all three other basses.
How was the action out of the box?
Remember, out of the box is a good measure for how it will work for you time...after time...after time...after time. I don't own it yet, but have played it in order to give this review. This is an endless value. The pickups are unmatched with anything three or more times their price (unless you're gonna go to Sadowsky's -- which is extreme overkill -- that you'd have to be a total geek to do, in the first place). But Abraham Laboriel, Scott Ashburn, and Funkateer Miller, and Wooten likely wouldn't change the configuration on these axes. They're good to go. As I usually do, I will play the original strings for a month or two; then trade 'em out for the Elixir or Ken Smith strings. Yes, you can go cheaper, but why? Your sound will awaken like Rumpelstiltskin with this axe!