Bourbon Street Jam Electric Bass - Sunburst
    Product # 610703
    Bourbon Street Jam Electric Bass - Sunburst
    Product # 610703
    Color : Sunburst
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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.

    Body Style Double-Cutaway
    Body Material Basswood
    Neck Material Maple
    Fingerboard Material Rosewood
    Construction Bolt On
    Nut Width 38mm
    Scale 864mm (Full-Size)
    Weight 9.7 lbs
    Machineheads Chrome
    Pickups Single-Single
    4.6 / 5.0
    26 Reviews
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    1 Star
    Let me first say that I have never had any problem with any product that I have bought from Monoprice. I am usually the first one to recommend their products so after reading the reviews of the guitars I was excited at the prospect of buying a bass. When the packaged arrived, I found it to be well packed. There was cardboard wrapping the headstock which flared out to the side of the box for stability. The bass was inside of the gig bag. The gig bag itself is pretty thin and not well padded but at the price for the bass, any gig bag is an added bonus. Inside the gig bag the bass was wrapped in a Styrofoam type bag.

    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


    April 30, 2014
    Made my bass-playing friends jealous
    I brought my sunburst Bourbon Street Jam into work to show some gig-playing bass friends (they own several bases that cost a lot more money) and they were amazed. One offered to buy it from me on the spot. No dice) All of them played it through my Fender Rumble 60 amp and stated over and over that this would be a perfect back-up bass for their gigs.

    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
    July 30, 2014
    Really happy with it
    Over all I am really happy with the instrument. I replaced the tuners and the strings. I expected to do both. I expected to also change out the pickups and am really surprised I do not feel that is at all needed. In fact I think if I did I would regret it. the bridge is more of a visual annoyance then anything functional with my con.

    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.
    February 24, 2016
    A very solid, great looking instrument but...
    I love Monoprice products! My particular purchases have been great and the items top notch. Based on that I had high hopes for this bass. The bass arrived quickly, well-packaged and in great shape as is Monoprice's custom. It's a great looking instrument, but the fret buzz in my particular bass is excessive, so I haven't really enjoyed the sound or anything. It buzzes basically throughout the whole neck, even when making adjustments. Don't know if my particular bass is defective (it happens), but I am really surprised that this instrument left the shop's quality control sounding like this. I was considering getting one of the electric guitars and perhaps a second bass, but now I'm having second thoughts.

    Monoprice still rocks though!

    PROS: Great price, great build

    CONS: Excessive fret buzz
    July 18, 2014
    Response from Monoprice
    I requested a replacement bass (RMA) and Monoprice was super responsive. They immediately emailed me return instructions (piece of advice: do not discard your original packaging), and I was able to return the original bass via UPS at no charge. The return was processed the same day Monoprice received the bass and a replacement was at my doorstep within a few days. The bass still had some fret buzz and alignment issues, but they were completely resolved with a short visit to a music shop for a pro set up (all guitars/basses should have a pro set up IMO anyway). Love the look, sound and quality of my replacement bass! I can't wait to play a gig with it in a couple of weeks. My next purchase will be one of the Rote 66 electric guitars. Thank you Monoprice!
    November 18, 2016
    Monoprice Administrator M
    I've been playing bass for almost 40 years. I am a collector and have many basses including vintage Fenders, boutique basses like Ken Smith etc...I wanted to buy an inexpensive bass to leave at my Church which I play at once a week, I liked the way this J bass looked on the website and for the price, I decided to purchase one, with a very little set up this bass has become my new main axe. I think I'll buy another one to leave at my Church :-) Thank you Monoprice!!!

    PROS: Beautiful, Playable, Amazing tone.

    CONS: None.
    July 11, 2014
    Decent Electric Bass & Affordable
    I don't own any expensive bass guitars, but the inexpensive, $400 ones I do own seem to play just fine and this bass was only $113. I think it plays as well as any I've used.

    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.

    Great Finish

    CONS: None.

    Maybe less expensive pickups, but no complaints for the price.
    December 12, 2014
    Well done Monoprice!
    I have been playing bass for 7 years and this is an incredible instrument. Right out of the box, easy to play, great tone, the neck feels good, and it seems really well built (the jack seems especially sturdy). I've played with it live quite a bit since getting it and have had no problems with anything. The only disappointment I've had was that the neck pickup is slightly too high and the magnets are bumping on to the E string (causing a loud "POP") if I play too hard/use a pick near that pickup, and it seems the screws are fixed and cannot be moved to adjust the height. However, I find it pretty easy to avoid by not playing as hard. I doubt this is the case with every bass and that mine is just a fluke. Overall, AMAZING bass for the money!!

    PROS: good feel, versatile tone, pretty to look at, solid build.

    CONS: pickup height seems set.
    May 18, 2014
    Great bass for the price.
    I needed a cheap bass that didn't sound like a cheap bass to do some recording, jamming with friends, and in case aliens land and the only thing that can stop them is funk.

    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.
    December 1, 2016
    A great bass for the $$
    I needed a good 4 string to teach my students. My main bass is a Tobias 5 string... The Monoprice Jazz bass is higher in quality and with better pickups and lighter weight than the Mex Fenders that are 4x as much.....
    January 28, 2016
    Excellent value
    I was very pleasantly surprised. For the money you won't do better. Finish was very well done. Playability also very good. I expected to need to do a set up it was actually set up very well out of the box.
    December 11, 2016
    2 months ago
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