BG1K 3TS Review

manufacturer: SX date: 05/28/2008 category: Bass Guitars
SX: BG1K 3TS
Left Handed Bass Pack with Everthing you need to play bass guitar! Bass, Amp, Bass Bag, Tuner, Strap, Cable, and Instructional DVD.
 Sound: 3
 Overall Impression: 3
 Reliability & Durability: 5
 Action, Fit & Finish: 1
 Features: 5
 Overall rating:
 3.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 3.4 
 Users rating:
 4 
 Votes:
 34 
review (1) 13 comments vote for this gear:
overall: 3.4
BG1K 3TS Reviewed by: kranoscorp, on may 28, 2008
5 of 7 people found this review helpful

Features: This is a Precision bass made by SX. The bass is somewhat modern, possible made in korea. The neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard and 20 frets, and is fairly uncomfortatble. The highlight of the bass is the body, which is made of alder. It has a sunburst finish, passive electronics, standard controls for a pbass and pickup configuration. The bass came with a tuner, strap, chord, gig bag, and amp. The tuner, gig bag, and strap are usable. The chord and amp are both bad quality, and need to be replaced. As a reccomendation, the SX bass amp is not worth the extra money. // 5

Sound: The Precision bass is famous for it's variety (not as much as the jazz, but even so), so it can be used in a variety of genres. The problem with this is that it was so hard to find a good sound through it. The bass through the amp sounded terrible due to the stock pickups and SX amp. It sounded somewhat muddy, the tone was undefined. The sound was usable, but far from satisfactory. // 3

Action, Fit & Finish: Action was and Still Remains the worse I have ever had the misfortune of handling, it was sky high. The finish was laquer, and while it did not have any glaring issues, it was unimpressive. The sunburst looked very cheap. The frets were terrible cut, it was like playing on a chainsaw, and the neck was not comfortable to play on at all. Although rondomusic boasts of it's contours, they are terribly cut and are not comfortable at all. // 1

Reliability & Durability: The SX reputation showed itself in this area, the entire bass was very durable due to the alder body (which is the only reason this score is so high), while the hardware was terrible. The stock pickups have an undefined sound that warrented an immediate change, and the electronics was often loose, cheap, and generally sloppy. The hardware got the job done, altough you will need to change the bridge and tuners if you want to advance to a higher level with the bass. The finish, although cheap, seemed durable. // 5

Overall Impression: I play litterally everything excluding worship and country. The style of the bass generally suited me, but the inherent flaws it contained made it a huge bore to deal with. To make this bass usable, severe replacements and sanding needs to be done. Although many people buy this bass for it's modibility, it would probably be cheaper and easier to make a bass from scratch than to remove the finish, reshape the contours, and exchange the neck, electronics, hardware, and pickups. Altogether, this is easily the worst bass I have ever played in my life, and I would never reccomend this to anyone. Those strapped for cash should probably wait another $50 for a Squier bass. If it was stolen, I would laugh at the thief for doing me a favor. // 3

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