3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 2, 2013
I have been playing this bass nearly every day since I bought it a couple months ago. I played around on some other semi-hollow basses in my local guitar shop, and didn't really like what I found. I took an absolute shot in the dark on this bass by a recommendation from a friend, and ordered it from Amazon. The company I went through was American Musical Supply, who shipped me the bass well before the estimated window, and inside the hard shell case I ordered with it for extra protection. I would recommend these guys if you can't find amazon backed shipping.
Now, for the bass. I love how it feels. The neck is smooth and surprisingly fast. It looks and sounds like a more expensive guitar than it is. The round wound strings and single JCB-1 pickup compliment each other very nicely, and it has great action. It also has a mahogany block underneath the bridge, which makes for some great sustain. I feel like I can play faster and more effortlessly than on my Fender, which requires some muscle. The electronics are simple, It has a volume and tone control knob, as well as a three-way toggle switch. The three-way switch gives you 50(clean hollow tone), 250(hollow-electric tone) and 500(electric) which can imitate the rock tone of my Fender P Bass. All these tones are unique in their own right and fun to play around with. You can play around on this bass for hours and not get bored, especially combined with amplifier settings. I would recommend it to anyone, this bass can tackle any genre but metal with ease.
As good as this bass is, though, there are a few things that irritate me about it. First of all, the strap mounts are not in the most ergonomic position. The one on the bottom is fine, but the top mount is on the base of the neck. This makes the bass want to tilt forward if you are standing playing with it (I am a very skinny guy), and it also makes the heavy neck take unpredictable nose-dives if you aren't supporting it. I have given up on playing it with a strap, and have moved to sitting on a bar stool or chair until I can get it to a shop and get the mounts redone.There are also a couple quality issues on my model worth noting. First, the 50-250-500 three-way knob is on very loose, and sometimes it will look like it's set to 250 when it's actually on 50. If i pull it back towards 50, it's already there and the knob finally pulls back and lines up. Not a huge complaint practicing, but it would be bad if I were switching quickly during a gig. The other thing that bothers me, is that there are minor flaws in the silverburst finish. There are a handful of white specks in the black, that are barely noticeable unless you're the one playing it. There is also a very small black smudge above the pickup that will not polish out, but isn't noticeable again unless you're playing it. Also, reading about worse quality guitars received from other reviewers, I figured I'd just keep it. To compare this to the quality of a $450 Fender Telecaster I bought about 4 months ago, it was shipped from the same company and arrived in immaculate condition with no flaws in the wood, finish, or knobs.
I'll wrap this review up now with some pros and cons:
-Beautiful bass, looks great and plays like a dream
-Great value for money
-Wide variety of tones can be achieved
-Strap mounts are not in a comfortable position
-There are some flaws in the finish and in the 3-way knob that should have been caught by quality control and fixed on my bass.
Overall a great bass for the money and I would recommend it to anyone that loves playing bass and has $700 to spend.
UPDATE: After over a year of owning this bass, I have found that the most comfortable way to play it is standing up with a wide strap (I think mine is 3" wide). This way you will not fatigue your wrist resting it over the wide body. Also, when changing strings, don't take all 4 off at a time, or if you do make sure you're holding onto the bridge or it will slide right off. I learned this the hard way, I wasn't holding on to mine and the saddles and adjustment screws all fell out as well. I spent an afternoon doing a full setup on my bass before I could play it again. This bass has held up well, and I don't regret purchasing it at all. It's great for blues, rock, jazz, and that great woody tone in general.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
I have been playing bass for a little more than 2 years. My first two bass's were solid bodies. I wanted an semi-hollow to round out my collection. I did a lot of research before committing, and that all spoke highly of this bass. So I was willing to take a gamble. The bass has an amazing, rich low sound. I have passive and active pick up solid bodies, and they can't touch the sound the Epiphone puts out. The controls are great as well. There is a knob that allows you to dial in distortion so you don't need a foot pedal to go from clean to rock distortion. Also the tone knob lets you adjust to where fret noise is almost eliminated, while still maintaining the richness of the tone. The factory set up is great as well. I haven't had to change anything. It felt right, right out of the box.
It's a looker too. I've had as many compliments on the looks as I have the tone. It arrived on time, and was in great condition. I inspected the finish closely, as that was the only negative I had read about the guitar, but it was flawless.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 20, 2013
Set up, and totally playable upon arrival.
Great action, and tone to match, wish I would have bought this years ago.
No flaws that I've found, but I'm more interested in playing it than looking at it.