"6th Street Pub" Electric Bass - White
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.
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|Rating: (7 out of 10)||Reviewer: BigDan from Moorpark, CA|
5/5/2014 9:41:24 AM
|Update on my previous review|
|Cons: - Bridge does not have enough adjustment range
- Nut cut too low
After submitting my previous review, I have spent some additional time playing and setting up the bass. As an aside, Elixir Strings has a great series of videos featuring John Carruthers that show you how to set up your bass. You should be able to find it if you go to YouTube and search for "Elixir Strings bass setup".
I decided to do a full setup on my bass once I had the new strings on it.
I started with the truss rod adjustment, which was only a hair out of spec. No issues here.
I hoped the nut was cut properly, and moved on to bridge height adjustment.
The bridge height was actually quite high out of the box. The problem I came across here is that the bridge does not have enough adjustment to get the strings at the correct height. With all 4 saddles at their lowest possible adjustment, the strings are at 9/64ths at the 12th fret, while an "ideal" setup is between 8/64ths and 6/64ths.
Once I had adjusted the bridge, I began to get a very loud fret buzz when playing open A. Further investigation showed that this was caused by the nut being cut too low. Perhaps the initial high setup was done in order to mask this problem with the nut?
This being a cheap bass, I decided not to go to the trouble of cutting a new nut. I used the old CA glue trick (carefully place a drop of CA glue in the groove in the nut to raise it back up), and after the glue dried and I had replaced the A string, the buzz is gone and it plays much better.
It was at this point that I noticed that several of the tuners were loose on the headstock. I removed the strings again and tightened the large nuts with a box wrench (I don't recall the size wrench I used annoyingly, it was an inch size rather than metric).
I still think this bass is a good deal for the price, and I would still recommend it to someone who wants an inexpensive instrument or to a beginner. The extra 1/64th of an inch of string height isn't a huge deal, but it is something to be mindful of. Just be aware that you may need to do a bit of work to get it ready to go. Personally, I'm a big fan of being able to do basic work on an instrument you play.
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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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