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dragonzmad
09-05-2005, 11:20 PM
http://www.rondomusic.net/spj62.html

Specs from Rondo:

Solid Alder body creates an authentic vintage sound
Dual cutaway body provides access to the upper frets
Contoured back for hours of comfortable play
Bolt-on Maple neck with adjustable truss rod
Rosewood fretboard with 20 jumbo frets
High output "PJ" style pickups with two volume and one tone control
The design of the neck and fully adjustable traditional bridge provide superior action making the bass very easy to play
All chrome hardware and white guard complete the look
Width of the neck at the nut: 1 9/16"; at the 20th fret: 2 9/16"
Overall length 45"; Scale length: 34"
Width at the widest point: 13"
Actual Weight is only 7 lbs


I placed the order on August 29 and received the order September 3rd. The item shipped 3,000 miles very quickly via Fedex (from NJ to CA).

{Overall 4/5} $148 (including shipping)
This bass is extremely awesome for the price. It is comparable to an MIM.

{Look and Finish 4.9/5}
The picture on rondo music does not do this bass justice. The bass is pretty.. Thats all I can say. The sunburst looks great and the clear coat looks great also. If you scan the bass VERY closely and I do mean VERY closely you will see some minor sloppyness but unless you are looking for it, you WILL NOT notice it

{Factory Setup 3.5/5}
The intonation was pretty good, not perfect. I had to drill a bigger hole in the bridge so that the daddario (normal gauge) E string would fit through. I probably need a bigger nut to accomodate the standard gauge strings but I'm not going to bother changing it. The bass currently has one buzz but I think its because I set the action too low (A,11). I don't really know what a truss rod is for or how to adjust it so I left it alone. As far as I can tell the frets don't need any work.

{Playability: 4/5}
My biggest gripe is the spacing of the frets... I am not used to the "jumbo spacing" but I guess its something I am going to have to get used to. I believe the neck is a Pbass neck. It feels good to me. I don't have a preference for necks so I can't tell you how good it plays. I hear people say that some necks play faster than others... I can't really tell the difference. Again.. for slapping its fine. I can slap fine on guitar so I couldn't really tell you if the neck is good or bad for slap. I don't tap so.. I dunno. Overall it plays well, I just don't like how big the spacing is between the frets near the neck. I think the pickups might be too close to the strings because notes sustain forever and even cause some feedback.

Electronics: 3.5/5

I hear everyone say that Sx basses immediately need the pots and output jack swapped out. Maybe so, but they seem fine to me. The Precision pickup is awesome. Its not noisy at all. I may swap it for the Dimarzio split P i have sitting in my other bass but I really dont see a reason to. The jazz pickup can get a little noisy so I am going to replace it with one of those stacked dimarzios. Its just me being picky, its really not all that noisy. The output of both pickups seem pretty good. 2 volumes and a tone control. The tone control only gives a buzz when the jazz pickup is on. Again its not very noisy.

Tone: 4/5

I give it a 4 out of 5 simply because my needs are simple. If I can blend with the band, have a good slap tone (thx to the jazz) and have some beef behind the Precision pickup then I don't have any problems. I can also mimick a fretless sort of by turning the precision partially up jazz off and the tone off. This bass is very versatile.. Again, it will compete with an MIM.

Hardware: 3.5/5

The bridge needed drilling to accomodate a normal gauge E string. I can't really knock points off for that because it accomodates light gauge strings just fine. Its personal preference. The knobs are shiny. The tuners feel cheap but I guess they hold tuning well. I don't expect a bass to stay in tune after it is placed back in the gig bag. I tune before every practice just out of habit so as long as the tuners don't move while I am playing, thats good for me. But they do hold tuning decent even in the bag. The pickguard doesn't match the color of the bass. I mean what the hell.. ship it with a black pickguard

Other: The bass gives off a little feedback when I play with my amp cranked all the way up. It might be the amp or it might be that pickups are wayy to close to the strings. I really see no reason to switch pots and pickups. The only reason I'm doing it is because people say that xxx is better than yzyz.

$148 and this is an AWESOME bass. Setting the action and intonation are as easy as counting to 10. Thats all you may have to do with this bass. If you don't like light gauge strings you may have to drill a bigger hole for the E string on the bridge. All the modifications I did were childs play. Arguably I have an MIM. Maybe I should change the pots and the nut but I won't because the bass sounds and plays good.

Pics are kind of large but here they are.

bass (http://www.geocities.com/dragonzmad/1.jpg)
bass (http://www.geocities.com/dragonzmad/2.jpg)
bass (http://www.geocities.com/dragonzmad/3.jpg)
bass (http://www.geocities.com/dragonzmad/4.jpg)
bass (http://www.geocities.com/dragonzmad/5.jpg)
bass (http://www.geocities.com/dragonzmad/6.jpg)

I also have some sound clips of me messing around. This is recorded straight into the board. No mixing or anything. I don't know what settings me knobs were on either.

sound clip (http://www.geocities.com/dragonzmad/TRACK006.mp3 )

right click on the soundclip link and save it to a location on your computer.
if you left click on it the link won't work

dragonzmad
09-05-2005, 11:32 PM
ALSO for the soundclip.. the bass playing doesn't start until 1minute and 30seconds. sorry about that, just fast forward to a minute and 30seconds

Jamie
09-06-2005, 01:07 AM
Theres a problem.. you need to upload everything elsewhere. Too many people are viewing your pictures and your sound clip so its overloading the (crappy) geocities space you have.

Theres http://www.photobucket.com or http://www.tinypic.com for pictures

and http://www.soundclick.com or http://www.dmusic.com for the audio


:)

Jamie
09-06-2005, 01:12 AM
Mate, your bass doesn't have "jumbo spacing" it has jumbo frets. Thats a name for the fret wire (the guage/height i do believe). It's a 34" scale meaning the gaps between the frets are just the same as in most 4 strings :thumb:

dragonzmad
09-06-2005, 07:35 PM
Theres a problem.. you need to upload everything elsewhere. Too many people are viewing your pictures and your sound clip so its overloading the (crappy) geocities space you have.

Theres http://www.photobucket.com or http://www.tinypic.com for pictures

and http://www.soundclick.com or http://www.dmusic.com for the audio


:)

lol. The links are working great now. (if you are using internet explorer) you have to right click and choose "save target as" and save the clip to your computer to listen to it. remember though that the bass playing doesn't start until you get 1min 30secs into it

d-1
09-18-2005, 08:09 AM
Nice review, but the sound is a bit screwed

1-D
09-25-2005, 01:29 PM
Nice review im gasing for one of those

dragonzmad
09-27-2005, 07:13 PM
Just an update to the review:

The feedback was eliminated completely by screwing them down farther (1 minute job).

I stated that the tuners feel cheap but they definately hold tuning well. I can pull this instrument out of the bag, plug up and play without tuning and feel confident that the bass will be in tune. When I say that "they feel cheap" I am not trying to imply that they wiggle or that they look cheap.

No buzzes after I set the action. didn't touch the truss rod.

Pickups are definately up to par. Electronics are decent also. I'm starting to dread using 2 volume pots so I'm looking at wiring it to have 1 master volume, 1 blend, and 1 tone pot. This will be done when I get off my duff and take the dimarzio's out of my other bass.

No complaints. Probably one of the best investments I could have made being on a strict budget. Would still use it as a backup if I had a $10,000 custom.

Worrpigs
09-28-2005, 08:07 PM
nice review.