I mistakenly thought the bass would come with a set up included like the 6 string guitars. However, my frets are a mess and unplayable. Why are some people reporting that theirs came ready to play? Should I send mine back
Mine arrived with the G string's nut slot cut so deep you couldn't play that string. I filled the slot with super glue and baking soda mix and re-filed it. After that it's a decent instrument. I'm not a bass player, and just wanted one to play around with when jamming with friends, and it will serve that function well. It could use a fret leveling next time I have the strings off, but most new guitars do. The pickup is fine, and the controls work well. The output jack is a bit sloppy but works OK. I'll probably replace that at some point as well. Overall I'm very happy with the bass, but I would hesitate to recommend it to a beginner who doesn't know how to set up a guitar/bass himself and fix minor problems in the process. I rated it only three stars because shipping the instrument in an unplayable condition is not really excusable.
Very accurate P-bass clone. Overall the value is excellent. The fit and finish on the body is perfect, the frets are perfect, and the finish on the neck is acceptable. My only complaint is the tuning machines - they're sloppier than I'd like. However, given the overall quality and price I realize compromises must be made.
I spent about 30 minutes setting it up - putting on new strings, setting the neck relief, action, and intonation. All adjustments were easy to make and have held well. The tone is acceptable, perhaps a little muddy and a little muted.
I previously purchased the Monoprice-branded J-bass clone, and from my experiences the Indio-labeled items appear to be better quality fit-and-finish wise, but compromise on the hardware.
At first I was very pleased with the bass, but as I spent some more time with it, I noticed some flaws. First, there was hum from the bridge not being properly grounded, which i fixed. Second, the pickup isn't that great and wasn't mounted straight, and when I went to replace it with a Wilde P-46, it wouldn't fit in the pickguard. I had to file the opening to get it to fit. I eventually replaced the electronics completely, but still wasn't happy with it. Also the neck had a small gouge on the left side of the fretboard between the nut and first fret. It didn't effect playing, but still very noticeable. I doubt they would let me return it now due to the fact that I gouged the pickguard and threw away the electronics. Oh, well. At least I still have another bass to play.