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I've been playing bass about 20 years. This is a pretty decent entry level bass. Even if you want passive pickups, there is a huge benefit to active EQ on a bass. It allows you to manipulate the mids for switching between slapping and finger style far more than any old school tone knob will do. This one has active EQ but only for a bass boost which is pretty worthless in my opinion. Mahogany tends to be a heavy wood. That's not necessarily bad, but it can really suck if you plan on wearing it on your shoulders for a few hours. Then again one of my favorite basses is made of some ash that weighs a metric fuk ton. Luckily Soundgear bodies are thin, so that should mitigate some of the weight. This is not the conventional ultra narrow string spacing of most Soundgear basses. It is 19mm at the bridge which is about the same as a Fender P-Bass. This will be bad for guitar players wanting a bass like the Soundgear narrow spacing, but it will be better for beginners' slapping. The bridge is fine with good contact and adequate mass. It is usually a stupid "upgrade" unless you hate the look. Most modern tuning machines hold tune just fine. Again this is generally a stupid "upgrade" unless you are putting on a hipshot or you are so fancy you need a smoother feel when tuning. Overall this is a solid deal on an entry level guitar. This level of features would have cost $250-300 10 years ago. I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. With that said, if you have a guitar store nearby, you'd be an absolute fool not to go play one first to see what you think.

If you rest your thumb on the pickup, split coils suck. They are sharp and positioned too far back. It is better to rest your thumb on the strings anyway, so that isn't a big deal.

The most important part of most of these cheap guitars is to figure in $75 to have the fretboard leveled and setup.

If you can do more like $300, you are better off on Ebay buying near mint guitars with your preferred pickups already installed.



I didn't find the reviews all that negative. They loved the slap tone. They were also comparing against $350 guitars. As long a s a buyer doesn't expect a real dynamic midrange and bright harmonics, I think they'll be pleased. What other new bass compares against this at $160?
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Any opinions on this bass? Seems like a decent entry level SR and can be pretty nice with tuning and a possible pickup upgrade later. I had an old SR stolen about 3.5 years ago and haven't played bass since.
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Any opinions on this bass? Seems like a decent entry level SR and can be pretty nice with tuning and a possible pickup upgrade later. I had an old SR stolen about 3.5 years ago and haven't played bass since.
Here's a link with reviews https://www.zzounds.com/item--IBA...oEALw_wcB=
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Bought one. Looking up reviews, it looks like this guitar is really well reviewed for a beginners bass. I searched my local craigslist and found a handful of the same guitars for ~$150-180.
New with no tax and free shipping makes it worth trying to me.
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Bought one. Looking up reviews, it looks like this guitar is really well reviewed for a beginners bass. I searched my local craigslist and found a handful of the same guitars for ~$150-180.
New with no tax and free shipping makes it worth trying to me.
Plus Adorama throws in a gig bag.

Saw this video of a guy setting up one of these that had some use. He shows why you should always wash your hands before playing.

https://youtu.be/R3NOj2yRbsw
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Unfortunately, this review is pretty negative (jump to end if you want the summary): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B83eL-LmWlo
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The body design is fairly standard, nothing speical.However the red finish is quite attractive.It has a modern look and feel to it.
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While I haven't played this particular bass, I have played similar ones over the years. My assessment is that it is a good beginner bass. The relatively low investment means it won't matter too much if it gets thrown around and left out in the cold. Someone who knows what they are doing will definitely be able to make this bass sing. If you know how to setup a guitar well, then this would be an especially good deal, but it will definitely have it's limitations. If you can afford a better ax, I recommend looking for one.

Just so you know, while I owned the 5 string version of this bass several years ago, I now own an Ibanez that is 4 levels up from this and it is a very nice instrument, especially compared to this.
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Any opinions on this bass? Seems like a decent entry level SR and can be pretty nice with tuning and a possible pickup upgrade later. I had an old SR stolen about 3.5 years ago and haven't played bass since.
I bought this bass second hand when I wanted to start playing. This was the first bass I had and it was very good for what it was. You get a lot of features that you don't get on similarly priced basses from other manufacturers. There's a lot of used ones out there for $80-$120, which is what I would go for, it will need to be setup whether you buy new or used. I still use the 20-watt Ibanez practice amp that I bought with it.
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I've been playing bass about 20 years. This is a pretty decent entry level bass. Even if you want passive pickups, there is a huge benefit to active EQ on a bass. It allows you to manipulate the mids for switching between slapping and finger style far more than any old school tone knob will do. This one has active EQ but only for a bass boost which is pretty worthless in my opinion. Mahogany tends to be a heavy wood. That's not necessarily bad, but it can really suck if you plan on wearing it on your shoulders for a few hours. Then again one of my favorite basses is made of some ash that weighs a metric fuk ton. Luckily Soundgear bodies are thin, so that should mitigate some of the weight. This is not the conventional ultra narrow string spacing of most Soundgear basses. It is 19mm at the bridge which is about the same as a Fender P-Bass. This will be bad for guitar players wanting a bass like the Soundgear narrow spacing, but it will be better for beginners' slapping. The bridge is fine with good contact and adequate mass. It is usually a stupid "upgrade" unless you hate the look. Most modern tuning machines hold tune just fine. Again this is generally a stupid "upgrade" unless you are putting on a hipshot or you are so fancy you need a smoother feel when tuning. Overall this is a solid deal on an entry level guitar. This level of features would have cost $250-300 10 years ago. I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. With that said, if you have a guitar store nearby, you'd be an absolute fool not to go play one first to see what you think.

If you rest your thumb on the pickup, split coils suck. They are sharp and positioned too far back. It is better to rest your thumb on the strings anyway, so that isn't a big deal.

The most important part of most of these cheap guitars is to figure in $75 to have the fretboard leveled and setup.

If you can do more like $300, you are better off on Ebay buying near mint guitars with your preferred pickups already installed.

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Unfortunately, this review is pretty negative (jump to end if you want the summary): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B83eL-LmWlo
I didn't find the reviews all that negative. They loved the slap tone. They were also comparing against $350 guitars. As long a s a buyer doesn't expect a real dynamic midrange and bright harmonics, I think they'll be pleased. What other new bass compares against this at $160?
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I've been playing bass about 20 years. This is a pretty decent entry level bass. Even if you want passive pickups, there is a huge benefit to active EQ on a bass. It allows you to manipulate the mids for switching between slapping and finger style far more than any old school tone knob will do. This one has active EQ but only for a bass boost which is pretty worthless in my opinion. Mahogany tends to be a heavy wood. That's not necessarily bad, but it can really suck if you plan on wearing it on your shoulders for a few hours. Then again one of my favorite basses is made of some ash that weighs a metric fuk ton. Luckily Soundgear bodies are thin, so that should mitigate some of the weight. This is not the conventional ultra narrow string spacing of most Soundgear basses. It is 19mm at the bridge which is about the same as a Fender P-Bass. This will be bad for guitar players wanting a bass like the Soundgear narrow spacing, but it will be better for beginners' slapping. The bridge is fine with good contact and adequate mass. It is usually a stupid "upgrade" unless you hate the look. Most modern tuning machines hold tune just fine. Again this is generally a stupid "upgrade" unless you are putting on a hipshot or you are so fancy you need a smoother feel when tuning. Overall this is a solid deal on an entry level guitar. This level of features would have cost $250-300 10 years ago. I wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger. With that said, if you have a guitar store nearby, you'd be an absolute fool not to go play one first to see what you think.

If you rest your thumb on the pickup, split coils suck. They are sharp and positioned too far back. It is better to rest your thumb on the strings anyway, so that isn't a big deal.

The most important part of most of these cheap guitars is to figure in $75 to have the fretboard leveled and setup.

If you can do more like $300, you are better off on Ebay buying near mint guitars with your preferred pickups already installed.



I didn't find the reviews all that negative. They loved the slap tone. They were also comparing against $350 guitars. As long a s a buyer doesn't expect a real dynamic midrange and bright harmonics, I think they'll be pleased. What other new bass compares against this at $160?
Um, did you watch it until the end? See this part: https://youtu.be/B83eL-LmWlo?t=508
They said: "So, the verdict on this bass: this is our first official DON'T BUY. This base sucks. We hated the tones". Sounds pretty darn negative to me. And then they go on to talk about the Cort Action 4 PJ that's in the same range and they said it's "way better - got much better reviews from all three of us". And it can be had in this same price point.
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Um, did you watch it until the end? See this part: https://youtu.be/B83eL-LmWlo?t=508
They said: "So, the verdict on this bass: this is our first official DON'T BUY. This base sucks. We hated the tones". Sounds pretty darn negative to me. And then they go on to talk about the Cort Action 4 PJ that's in the same range and they said it's "way better - got much better reviews from all three of us". And it can be had in this same price point.
Did you watch the actual reviews where they played it? "I'd say for the aggressive player, this is a great bass" The one guy giving the "verdict" didn't like it from the beginning. Both of the other guys liked it somewhat for the slap sound. They are recommending not to buy it at $200 vs. another competitor. I agree with that. Still, what bass competes at $160? The Cort is significantly more. I'll give you that the one dude's review is scathing, and the Cort would probably be worth the extra money even with out a cheap gig bag thrown in.
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Did you watch the actual reviews where they played it? "I'd say for the aggressive player, this is a great bass" The one guy giving the "verdict" didn't like it from the beginning. Both of the other guys liked it somewhat for the slap sound. They are recommending not to buy it at $200 vs. another competitor. I agree with that. Still, what bass competes at $160? The Cort is significantly more. I'll give you that the one dude's review is scathing, and the Cort would probably be worth the extra money even with out a cheap gig bag thrown in.
Yes, I did watch the full review -- that was my point. There is a new Cort Action PJ on Reverb with free shipping for $152. Just saying.
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I've heard good things about gio ibanez for beginner basses. You can always try them out in a store. I don't play bass, but I like the gio ibanez guitars.
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