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6th Street Pub Electric Bass - Red
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.
I decided to crack it open and see if I could fix it, and sure enough, no shielding. What did we expect for this price, right?
The good news is, I did my best to shield it with copper foil using standard techniques and now there is virtually no noise. That is to say, the (now very minimal) noise is the same whether my hand is on the bridge or not.
So, yeah! It can be fixed, if you care. (Unlike my Squier strat which is hella noisy no matter how much I try to shield it!!!! Grrrr)
Anyway, still a nice bass for the price, can't complain. Doing your own shielding on a budget-price axe is kind of a given, I guess...
Great for beginners and casual playing
PROS: Nice finish
Overall good quality build
Decent gig/travel bag
CONS: needed some adjustment to address string buzz, but tools are provided.
Tiny gap exist between neck and body (.025)but assembly is tight.
PROS: Excellent quality at this price point. Hardware is solid. Good setup.
PROS: I was impressed by the craftsmanship, playability and overall feeling. This Bass has a great neck, good pickups and good sustain. Though I updated the pickups and it really does sound and feel close to a p-bass.
CONS: None. just add a solid case in options.
PROS: Sounds Great. Looks Beautiful
CONS: A tiny bit uncomfortable on the leg if playing sitting down.
I must have won the neck and setup lottery. Not only is it a beautiful piece of maple and a lovely piece of rosewood, but the digi tuner says it's in reasonable tune on every string on every fret. Which fret wires, BTW, are reasonably smooth and just the right height/width for the P-bass neck and taper, and only buzz when I make them. This bass is easy to fret and tap in high positions, and long throws that "big reggae club" sound in the low positions I was hoping for when I bought it. Pup drives plenty good out of the box.
Haven't opened it up, but I have put some D'a chromes on it, and the tuners seem OK and the bridge even better. The bass intonated fine up and down the fretboard with new strings, BTW.
Long P-bass strings make a large ellipse when they're doing their thing, folks. Low P-bass funk freqs can make some amps clip too. Just sayin.
After buying the Monoprice cutaway acoustic and the Tele, I felt pretty good about grabbing this bass.
Now I can say, "Monoprice, you got a real type of thing goin' down gettin down, and there's a whole lotta rhythm goin' round!"
PROS: Really good P-bass sound.
Setup is great.
Body finish excellent. Great neck!
Outstanding value. Right on the Money. Even a Family Man can Barrett!
This is a good bass.
CONS: The red. I can't put my finger on it right mao, but it'll come to me...
The bass also came with a little bit of a crooked tone knob. Doesn't get in my Righteous Dub enough to matter.
PROS: Sounds great, built sturdy, Looks great nice color! Plays good with neck relief adjusted.
CONS: The neck relief was set flat and buzzed, I reset the relief and it sounds great with no buzzing.
PROS: Price, Build, Sound
CONS: None so far
The delivery was perfect, well packed and no damage. The damn thing was in perfect tune right out of the box. The action is good but not fabulous. I also own a $1000 Ibanez bass that of course has better action, but the Ibanez has other problems this one doesn't.
The bass is perfectly tuned harmonically, unlike my $1000 Ibanez that I had to send back the first one because the bridge was placed such that it couldn't be harmonically tuned. $1000 and they couldn't spot that before it left the factory? This one has no problem like that.
Also the $1000 Ibanez developed noisy pots shortly after purchase. Obviously the Monoprice bass is new, so I don't know if that will be a problem but I hope not.
As I said, the action and play of it are totally acceptable. No "dead spots" that I have found yet. I'm not the greatest player but I can make it sound really nice. The strings it came sound good and bright but I'm used to coated Elixers so I can't wait to throw a set on it.
Overall the build quality is gorgeous, the bass is beautiful, no complaints there.
I'm very, very happy with my purchase, and at the price I paid for it, it is a steal and a half. If you're looking for a first bass, or, if you're like me and you just like the color red and want to see what a bass this inexpensive sounds like, you won't be disappointed :o)
Input jack is on the plastic pick guard like the Fender P Bass, but I am guessing that either the Fender has some kind of backing or a more substantial pick guard. I have been using an older input cord with plug that seems to be made to a different spec, smaller than the Monoprice ones. So I think that might contribute to the problem. I will take it apart and tighten it and post back then.
PROS: Really loving it. Tuners are nice, neck is great, frets fine
CONS: Input Jack wobbles, and connection is flakey