Advantages warm tone, excellent for price
Disadvantages finish smudges easily and a couple of scratches
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|How well constructed is it?||very well|
|Range of tones||quite rich|
When it came to buying a bass guitar I didn’t have a clue what I was looking for except that I wanted a good quality beginner instrument. I had a good look for online reviews before purchasing but these were thin on the ground. I had little ideas of what models were any good but I had heard that Yamaha made good reliable starter guitars so decided on that brand. After visiting a local music shop owned by a guitar player and trying a few instruments out I decided against the Yamaha as the Jim Deacon FPB62K was a better instrument for around the same price. I paid £169 for the bass from an independent music shop in December 2009.
The maple neck has a rounded design. It is a nice size and is comfortable even for smaller teenage or woman’s hands to grip and move up and down the strings. The neck is bolted on which can lead to lower quality than guitars which are built in one piece but I have yet to hear any dead spots from the neck design. There are 4 bolts holding the neck on and there has never been a problem with stability or any movement in the neck. The fret dots seem to be just painted on rather than inlayed but after a year of heavy use have not worn away at all.
In terms of the electrics the split pickup is passive yet seems to have little problem with interference. The three knobs on the front of the bass allow you to adjust the volume and vary the treble and bass tone allowing you to play about with intonation a bit. The bass takes a standard line to connect to an amp.
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