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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.
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.
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.
PROS: Craftsmanship is very well done. For a bass at this price, I am surprised at the quality. Neck feels good, non-intrusive. It plays great. Tuners are a decent size for easy turning. Sound quality is decent even with the really bright strings. Electronics work as they should, as well as the volume/tone buttons. With a proper pickup swap, the tone knob adjustment will most likely be more noticeable. I can notice out now, but not like on other basses.
CONS: The pickguard had quite a number of scratches when I took the bass out of the packaging. If I was paying a lot more for this bass, I'd definitely RMA it but at the price I got it for, it doesn't really bother me. The rest of the body itself was unblemished. The lower pickup is "angled" but that can be fixed. Stock strings definitely need to be swapped, way too bright. Other than that, no complaints.
PROS: Great looks, nice sound, awesome price. It has chops.
CONS: Needs better or at least some shielding.
PROS: Feels great sitting without a strap. Yay no batteries!
CONS: All I can find is one screw on a pickup was a little askew but that is nitpickin.
A few craftsmanship problems, in particular the gouges on the pick guard. It looks as if whoever screwed it in place was having a bad day because there are pretty deep nicks at nearly every screw location. Would be nice if Monoprice would send me a replacement pick guard for it. That and the tone and gain knobs with the wanky assembly I can fix easily enough though. At least the paint job is good
For the price I got it at, I am quite astonished at how good it sounds. I've had a few much more expensive basses and tone wise this is surprisingly close.
Except for the pick guard issue, I am quite satisfied. I think I got much more than my money's worth of musical instrument here.
So, any chance you can comp me a replacement pick guard Monoprice?
PROS: solid deep smooth tone
well set up
nice fast neck - easy player
arctic white? paint job
CONS: deep gouge marks on the pick-guard
tone and volume knobs are slightly crooked and uneven height
Thank you for your review, glad to hear you are enjoying PID 610751. Regarding the pick guard, would you be able to send a photo of the gouge marks? We do not carry any replacement pick guards unfortunately, however I can assist you in setting up an RMA for a replacement should it become an issue. I sincerely apologize for the issue with the pick guard. Please let me know how you would like to proceed.
PROS: Smooth matte neck finish, perfect cosmetics, quality feel to controls, nice sound
CONS: At this price, there is nothing I could consider a negative. At three or four times its price, there would be nothing I could consider a negative.
PROS: decent quality, sounds fine
CONS: poor set up by Master Luthier Roger Gresco
PROS: Great finish and look. Great sound. Excellent packaging. Adjustment tools included.
Very smooth volume and tone pots. Great value.
CONS: Nut could be made out of better material. Included case is fine for around the house, but not traveling.
Machine heads were not perfectly rotated into precise alignment, but this does not affect the performance.
Overall I would say this is a great beginner to mid range bass.
PROS: Solidly built, great price, decent tone.
CONS: All strings had bad buzz out of the box at the first 5 frets.