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Bourbon Street Jam Electric Bass - Black
You know the sound. It is that bass sound with solid lows and bright mids and highs, that tend to pop to the front of the mix. It is favored by artists as diverse as Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Geddy Lee (Rush), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Mel Schacher (Grand Funk Railroad), Robbie Shakespeare (The Wailers), Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report), and Robert Trujillo (Metallica). Now you can get the same type of sound with this Bourbon Street Jam Electric Bass guitar from Monoprice!
This bass guitar feature two single-coil pickups, which helps give it a brighter sound and makes it ideal for slap playing. It is constructed of basswood, with a bolt-on maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. The nut is 43mm wide. It features a separate volume control for each pickup and a single tone control, allowing you to balance the output of each pickup to produce the exact tone you want.
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.
This is a solid piece of equipment. It has held its tuning with the original stings for the past two weeks and is a blast to play. The outer packaging arrived a bit dinged up but the contents were fine as they've packed this really well. I'm very happy with this purchase.
PROS: Better than expected
Let me get this out of the way: I love this bass. I love the design, how easy it is to play, and most importantly how it sounds*.
* There is a massive fret buzz coming from the E string and the G string when I play certain notes. I haven't had to fix or maintain a bass in quite some time so I went to http://www.reddit.com/r/bass to get some assistance. I was told that I need to fix the truss, or check the fret height, or it could be the bridge/nut.
Unfortunately, I haven't done this type of stuff in so long I don't know where to begin. There are several different walkthroughs and videos on the internet on how to fix each of those problems. However, I don't think I should have to fix them on a brand new bass that was supposedly set up by a luthier.
Being packaged as good as it was, I don't think the shipping caused this problem.
The certificate that was included with the bass said it was set up by a master luthier. How is that possible? The fret buzz is loud and ridiculous.
It's a great bass, but I think I may have to return it due to this buzz problem. It's too bad, I love how it sounds and looks. Even the M logo doesn't bother me.
Excellent action *
Sounds amazing *
Easy to tune
Packed extremely well for shipping
CONS: Fret buzz coming from E and G strings
PROS: cheap. plays well, feels like a fender jazz. solid.
Thank you monoprice for your great customer service!
PROS: Monoprice return policy.
CONS: Bad finish, bad setup- could not adjust neck to adjust rattle. Received with damaged volume pot, causing humming
The one I received had streaks in the finish near the neck, looks like it was touched or rubbed against before the paint was fully dry. Burrs in the wood on the neck where it meets the body. "A" and "G" strings were extremely buzzy (not fret buzz), and could not be fixed adjusting the bridge. Not just string or fret buzz, it seemed to vibrate the entire neck which affected the tone tremendously. I have a feeling the truss rod had been disconnected or something before I received it because gentle pressure on the neck would cause the strings to lay flat and limp on the fretboard. Just not a solid peice. I am shipping it back today for a replacement hoping I just had bad luck on this one, it happens. I'm hoping the next one will turn out better and I just received a defective one that fell through the cracks. At this price I'm not expecting a premium bass, I was just hoping for something playable in an emergency backup situation.
Not sure how such a defective unit instrument could pass inspection.
PROS: Electronics seemed okay, great return policy
CONS: Paint finish problems, Wood finish problems, intense vibrating and buzzing.
My only complaints concern the supposed setup by a "master luthier" and the gig bag. The setup out of the box was atrocious. The action and intonation was off to such a degree the instrument was unplayable. It's an easy 20 minute job to fix it but please don't go on in your advertising about how all the guitars set up before leaving your doors. This one had not been touched by anyone who knows anything about guitars. Also, the gig bag is a plastic, crinkly joke. Monoprice should either spend a few dollars more to improve the quality of the materials used in the bag or leave it out altogether. It takes away from the overall quality of the instrument and has no practical value other than keep the dust off. For these reasons, I took 2 points off my rating.
That being said, it's a fantastic instrument that I highly recommend. I haven't seen anything that comes close at twice the price.
PROS: Fantastic tone, playability, and flawless finish
CONS: Setup out of the box was not good
Gig bag is useless
CONS: Needs setup work
My out-of-box experience was not favorable, but on the whole I like the instrument, at least relative to the cost. The sound is exactly the sharp single-coil tone I was looking for. When amped appropriately, think Rush from Counterparts through Clockwork Angels. Every individual component seems to be well-made, although I get the impression it was assembled by people who have never played a bass. The remaining fret buzz is a concern, but it's not a big problem given my playing style. Others should be careful. Had I paid twice this much I would have returned it without a second thought.
PROS: Excellent construction
Ringing, Geddy Lee-worthy tone
Crazy low price
CONS: Initial setup is utterly broken
Strings cut too short
This is a no brainer at this price.
PROS: Nice look, plays good and sounds good.
CONS: The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is the fret ends are a bit rough. Mind you I've bought $1500 basses that were the same.
Product Number: 610700
First at all, I am not a musician but I am learning to play the electric bass & taking lessons with a musician friend of mine. He is a long time customer of Monoprice and he convinced me to buy this item.
I purchased it, but unfortunately, I received a defective one. It had not any physical damage and the paint finish is really very good. The problem was that it had some construction malfunction or set up defects, which makes the instrument sound improperly. It is just . . . un-playable.
Depending on the fret position, the sound is not clear and it is like every note crashes when played. That is very odd because Monoprice also includes a certificate of inspection with the guitar bass statement the following:
This is to certify that your Monoprice Pro Audio Series Guitar was set up under the Direct Supervision of, and personally inspected for quality construction in great Detail by Master Luthier, Roger Gresco.
Well, I can assure you that Master Luthier did not play or inspect this unit otherwise, Monoprice would’ve never sent such a defective instrument.
Fortunately, they a have a trusted and a fair return warranty policy.
On 06/19/14, I requested a RMA asking for a replacement and return label and they sent it the next day. I just hope (and asked them), the next one they send, can be really inspected by Master Luthier, Roger Gresco, so the instrument can sound great and work better, as I had expected from some great reviews I read, praising the unit posted here.
PROS: Good price! Better return warranty policy!!
CONS: Got defective one