Price paid: £ 213
Purchased from: Thomann
Sound — 9
Does what is expected of a Jazz bass. Turn both PUs full up and adjust the tone to taste and there you have it, excellence! Turn down the bridge PU and a diffent sort of excellence. Turn up the 50 & 100hz on the amp and get deep down warmth. Turn those down and the trebles up and funky twanginess. Its not active and its not a Precision but I've already got some of that. Can't wait to gig it.
Overall Impression — 10
I play blues, rock and funky stuff. A P-Bass may be slightly better for the rock but I bought a Jazz because it is a Jazz. Played 35 years, bass, acoustic & electric gtr, fiddle, mandolin etc. Highly delighted with this, not just for the price but because it is really spot-on to play and to look at. Try one before you spend more money on something else. Do I care that it doesn't say Fender on it? No! Would I replace if it got stolen? Yes.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I'll wear out before it does! Hardware is nice an shiny chrome and looks like it will last. The pots are smooth and the knobs chunky and robust. Better than on my Ibanez ATK300. Take two guitars to a gig no. This one will do just fine. The finish is nigh on perfect and to a high standard. The quality control if my J-bass is representitive is fine.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Action a bit too high but easily changed. V slight ding on the back. The frets, tuners, bridge, PUs, pots etc are very good. It stays in tune. The body is a lovely warm maple colour and the neck with the block inlays and binding is perfect. The hardware is chunky without being over-the-top.
Features — 10
Maple Body, Maple fingerboard with black block fret inlays. Came in a cardboard box. You can add more features but when it has just what you want and exactly as described 10 is the only score. Price included the Fender 30 discount offer ended 15th Jan 2012.