When you want that bone-rattling deep, smooth bass sound, made famous by artists as diverse as Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), John Deacon (Queen), Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy), and Dee Dee Ramone, you want the 6th Street Pub Electric Bass from Monoprice!
This bass guitar features a split single-coil pickup, which produces a smooth sound with tremendous low-end presence, which is perfect for the driving rhythms of heavy metal and progressive rock. It is constructed of basswood, with a bolt-on maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. The nut is 38mm wide. It has chrome plated knobs, one for volume and one for tone.
The bass is fitted with medium strings (.045, .065, .080, .105) and has been professionally setup by Master Luthier Roger Gresco, so it is ready to play right out of the box. It comes with a 5mm sponge gig bag and a truss wrench.
Pros: Craftsmanship is very well done. For a bass at this price, I am surprised at the quality. Neck feels good, non-intrusive. It plays great. Tuners are a decent size for easy turning. Sound quality is decent even with the really bright strings. Electronics work as they should, as well as the volume/tone buttons. With a proper pickup swap, the tone knob adjustment will most likely be more noticeable. I can notice out now, but not like on other basses.
Cons: The pickguard had quite a number of scratches when I took the bass out of the packaging. If I was paying a lot more for this bass, I'd definitely RMA it but at the price I got it for, it doesn't really bother me. The rest of the body itself was unblemished. The lower pickup is "angled" but that can be fixed. Stock strings definitely need to be swapped, way too bright. Other than that, no complaints.
I ordered this bass when it was on sale for $112.47, free shipping. Delivery time was as expected since this is coming from California via UPS and I'm all the way in Miami, FL. The bass itself is definitely worth it. I really like the craftsmanship and the way it plays and sounds. I've seen and played more expensive basses that don't feel as good as this one. Do I recommend it? Definitely. It's a crazy bargain and I'm extremely satisfied. My previous review, I didn't peruse the bass too well, but after proper inspection and playing, it's a 9. I will most likely get another one the next time it goes on sale. Also, attached is my unboxing video for this bass if you want to see how well-packaged it is.
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Rating: (8 out of 10)
Reviewer: BigDan from Moorpark, CA
4/30/2014 11:34:37 AM
Good for the price
Pros: Good price.
Decent setup makes it quite playable out of the box.
Classic P-bass looks.
Cons: Pickups weren't level.
Stock strings extremely "twangy."
Tuners are tiny - they look more like guitar tuners than bass tuners to me.
"Tone" pot doesn't seem to do much of anything.
I've been playing bass for only a short time now. A friend of mine hooked me up with a fantastic Charvel neck-though-body bass that I've been practicing on and playing for the last few months. I wanted a cheap second bass that I could throw in the back of my station wagon without worrying about damaging a more valuable instrument, so when I saw these come on sale I decided to pick one up.
Since I'm not an expert bassist by any means, I'm going to try to stick with objective measurements in my review here.
The first thing I noticed when I unpackaged the bass was that it was extremely well packed. Despite the shipping company doing a pretty good job of beating up the box, the bass itself arrived without any blemishes.
I'll start with the problems I noticed. First, the tuners on this bass are tiny. I think they are meant for a guitar. This means that if you cut your strings to length as normal (normal is to leave about the distance between three tuners as extra slack), the last wind on the E and A strings will look like they are about to pop off the tuners.
Second, the pickups weren't level, they were both tilted forward. This was because the foam behind them was angled. I corrected this by cutting off the factory foam and replacing it with two pieces of self adhesive window insulation foam strip from the hardware store.
Third, the stock strings are pretty "twangy." I know a lot of bassists like bright strings, but these are over the top in my opinion. I swapped them out for a standard set of D'Addario EXL170 nickel-wound lights and am much happier with the tone.
Finally, the "tone" pot doesn't really do much of anything. I can turn it through it's full range of motion while sustaining a note, and I can't tell much of a difference in tone. It's not a big deal, but something to note.
Now the positive. As an experiment, I plugged the bass into an amp straight out of the box and tried playing it, and after tuning it up, it played just fine, which is pretty impressive for a bass at this price.
The setup is quite good out of the box. The nut on mine is cut just a hair lower that I prefer, but everything else is spot on, including the intonation. If all of them are set up as well as mine is, I would be perfectly comfortable recommending this bass to a beginner. It's much better than both the department store specials and the Squier basses I've tried.
I also plugged it in to RockSmith 2014 and was grooving along immediately.
It's also quite a lot lighter than my Charvel, meaning that I can use any old guitar shoulder strap comfortably.
Other thoughts. The "gig bag" that it comes with is better than nothing, but not by a lot. If you plan to haul this bass around, I'd recommend upgrading to either a 20mm gig bag or a hard case if you can budget one. Personally I'd prefer that the bass come with a shoulder strap instead.
All in all, I think this bass is a bargain at it's price. Throw a new set of strings on it (around 15 bucks for the EXL170 set from Amazon or BassStringsOnline) and jam.
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