I decided to purchase this kit because it was reasonably priced and I wasn´t sure I could get a good result for I haven´t done anything compared to this before. So to say - not a big loss if I screwed it up and decided to burn it afterwards.
Looked for reviews on it on the net and found satisfied builders. Took on the challenge and this is my review:
The neck: it was straight as an arrow, no nicks anywhere but the frets needed leveling quite a bit. I bought the Thomann fret file, Göldo fretboard guard and ordered a few Euro´s fret rocker from the net. Did my first fret job ever, took a couple of hours and voila - nice result. Fits the neck pocket very well.
The body: in very good condition and smooth surface. took some splinters away with sanding paper from the grinded parts (neck pocket and pickup/pot holes). Other than that it was ready for paintjob.
Painted the body with acrylic sanding primer, painted with acrylic paint and put some acrylic laquer on the surface - all in garage and with spraypaint. Also put acrylic laquer on the neck. Sanded between different paints and polished.
Pickguard: two plastic covers on the surface and no scratches on it. It would have been aligned well on the screwholes of the body, but the jack was about a 1mm too close to the end of the pothole. A very tight fit and could damage the jack on the long run. These don´t cost much though - so... Had to file a tiny bit of plastic away from the neck end of it to fit well (took about 5 seconds).
The pickups: easy to install ( no soldering needed) and work fine. Surprisingly good tone for cheap pickups.
Pots: they are a bit too "loose" and turn a bit too easily. They work though.
Strings: the set that came along was poorly wound and I decided not to use those. Bought the HB valuestrings and they work well.
Tuning pegs: Look nice, a small loose "gap" when turning to both ways. But they hold the tuning nicely. Easy to install on the neck.
Putting it together after painting: everything went to place ok. Putting all together with tuning the strings and adjusting the trussrod took about 4 hours.
Now I´m using it to play in our band and it performs very well. I´m already looking for a new project and would like to find a Musicman-style kit ( Thomann??) Thank you.
so I bought this set just for bass-building-practice and for fun. But: The quality is really good, and if you can do a nice finish on the bass, it can be a really nice instrument! Okay, the mechanics aren't top notch. I think, the Pickups also could do better. But for that price, the quality is way better, than I ever expected.
I built the bass out of the box, just to test if everything was okay, BEFORE I start to invest my time and money.
The neck is straight and has a really nice finish. The bass has really no flaws at all. The playability is nice, though I personally would recommend to exchange the strings at first. The small flaws are totally okay (not the straightest pickguard).
What really could be a problem for some people: The manual doesn't really fit to that explicit instrument. I think it's an earlier version or something. At least you would have to improvise!
I would buy it again and think about getting the J-Style-Set as well.
Note: What was a problem at my set: I checked the body wood and it wasn't basswood! It was an Asian wood, I didn't know until then. Thomann promised to check that and change their provider!
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