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Bourbon Street Jam Electric Bass - Sunburst
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. 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.
The first thing that I noticed when unpacking it was how heavy it was. It felt more substantial than I expected. I would expect that between this and the bridge that the bass would have pretty decent sustain. Like any player the first thing that I did when unpacking it was try to play. I was surprised, shocked and saddened to see that the instrument was shipped pre-tuned. Due to the almost 200 lbs of pressure from the strings on the neck when tuned any slight bump or nudge during shipping will throw the neck way off. Stringed instrument should be shipped with no or very little tension on the strings.
I don’t know if it was a result of being shipped under tension or if it was just a poor setup but there was a tremendous buzz on the ‘g’ string and when striking an open ‘a’, there was a loud thud coming from the headstock. I think the thud was from either the nut or the tuning peg. Whatever the cause of sound was, it was very noticeable. Correspondingly, the action was very high also.
I hope that I just got ‘a bad one’ and have set up an RMA to get another shipped back to me. Hopefully this one will play as nice as it looks.
PROS: Looks Great
CONS: Fret Buzz
My home studio has needed an inexpensive bass with this awesome tone for a couple of years and I am so glad that I waited for Monoprice to release the Bourbon Street Jam. My price threshold kept increasing as I looked at Jazz basses in the Fender lineup - but I have NO REGRETS with this bass. None at all.
PROS: great Jazz bass tone, classic looks, flawless finish, affordable price, extremely playable, good setup right out of the box, stays in tune, overall good build quality
CONS: bridge volume pot is bent slightly off-axis and is somewhat difficult to rotate
If you are starting out or looking for something to toy with. I can think of a better starting point honestly.
PROS: sound - I found the tone of this bass to be simply excellent. I have taken it a few places and played it against MIM, and MIA jazzes and most everyone agrees they liked mine better. take that with a grain of salt. I feel I got truly lucky.
fit and finish - It was what I expected out of the instrument. There are a few finish flaws. None of them worth complaining about. I was surprised to find that the neck and head we a single piece of maple. I find the bass a pleasure to play.
Bridge - nice high mass bridge
CONS: The tuners were pretty bad for me. While tuning up 2 of the pegs would pop and lose their tuning. I had to be really really gentle to get them to tune. They did not hold the tuning well.
The strings were terrible. the would not hold a tune for more then a few minutes. I replaced them with some flats and I am really happy with the tone and play-ability now.
Setup - the setup was not great. With a little adjustment I am pretty happy. not the lowest action but more then acceptable to me. Fret ends need some love, but I once again expected it for the cost.
Bridge - the resting place for the string ball end is too small to get them to rest in the bridge. they are secure, but the ball end doesn't rest in the holder.
Monoprice still rocks though!
PROS: Great price, great build
CONS: Excessive fret buzz
PROS: Beautiful, Playable, Amazing tone.
It is a beautifully finished triburst guitar with a satin finished neck , straight fretboard, and decent pickups. That's all I need.
I play these basses through a Fender Supersonic, 60 watt head and 4x12 cab using the Fender Bassman simulation and they all saund fine to me. I get that big thump as well as mid tones I want.
Great guitar at an unbelievable price.
I would buy a bass guitar case for it rather than the supplied gigbag and I did change to some expensive, silk wrapped strings, but I have to do that on $3000 basses too. PS, you have to tune all of the guitars.
I would love to see a 5 string version of this and maybe even a 7 string. I get them both too.
Monoprice needs a great bass amp rather than that little 8 inch bass practice amp.
PROS: Quality even when price is not considered.
Maybe less expensive pickups, but no complaints for the price.
PROS: good feel, versatile tone, pretty to look at, solid build.
CONS: pickup height seems set.
Great bass for the price. Right out of the box it had a good rich sound and plays well. The basswood body has a good resonance and feel (better than my basswood Fender Mustang). While the pickups are good for the price, I decided to drop in some cheap, but fantastic pick-ups from Stew Mac and now it sounds like a million bucks.
I've seen a few reviews mention fret buzz. While some might not need it, mine needed to be set-up out of the box. It had some fret buzz on the A string. Nothing a little adjustment couldn't fix. And nothing out of the ordinary.
2 months ago