Having read the reviews I was expecting the possibility of problems / issues. So it was with some trepidation that I opened the box. I can say I was utterly, utterly surprised. So lets start with the aesthetics.
Fit and finish:
It's flawless. I really have tried to find something negative to report but there isn't anything at all. The neck is beautiful, quality, one piece construction with a deep rosewood fretboard. Frets are superbly finished, there isn't one sharp edge, anywhere.
Poplar? Feels nice, not heavy, solid and resonant. The paintwork - it's a joy, it's perfect. It has a 3 layer laminated scratchplate. The finish and feel of the volume and tone is excellent. The bridge and machine heads - all perfectly aligned, good quality, feel solid.
I expected to need to do 'something', I have never had a guitar that was good to go out of the box. I even thought I would be tied up for hours fiddling and changing settings. Not a bit of it! The neck is set perfectly, the string height is spot on, the intonation if dead on. All I had to was tune it.
I am using a Pocket Pod. To say I am happy with the pickups is an understatement. With my Line 6, anything can sound like anything and there were and are no issues with pickups, volume or tone.
Well, it's exercising my short stubby fingers which is a bonus but, I can reach and play what I want which is always difficulty for me with a guitar with a long neck. Short scale does not mean short on sound or depth. And the feel and finish of the neck is just a dream. I spent the night tuned for Jason Newstead Cunning Stunts solo with a big, silly, grin on my face.
Sometimes cut price means dubious quality. I honestly have no idea how something so so good can be for sale for so so little. Bonkers, and I got a long guitar lead thrown in. How can that not be the bargain of the century. For the price of a labelled gig bag I got a beautiful bass guitar and I have nothing but praise for Thomann and their own brand kit. - Wow.
You know how it is as time passes and the new toy gloss wears off. Yep, it happened. I have to admit with some music (if you can call what I do music) when using my Pod, I am struggling a bit to get anything like a decent output from the bass for certain genres of music.
I really just couldn't get it up there and the reviews I was reading said - CHANGE THE STRINGS. The advice was that the ones that are fitted set are poor quality, they have low output. I was being told to spend some money, spend more money, change the strings.
But, I am from Yorkshire, we as a breed have very short arms and VERY deep pockets. So, I decided to have a look instead of ringing Thomann. Hmm. The pickup output was spot on at 8.56 so there had to be another reason. Logic kept saying, I shouldn't believe it could be the strings that's bonkers.
Come on, think about it, they are just steel wire vibrating in a magnetic field. So. It if was 'just the strings' playing them harder would have some effect wouldn't it? But it didn't, well, not enough to notice. I needed a longer ponder and then I pulled the pickups. It was an 'argh' moment. The foam rubber P. Bass pickup support blocks had compressed, they were clearly setting the pickups way too low. Well, way too low (for me). So, I re-set the screws, gave the covers a pull and bingo - ROARING. No, before you state something like buzz, crack and sustain, they are not too close to the strings, in fact they are perfect, just like my Les Paul. I'm ripping it.
SANITY WARNING. DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ ON THE WEB. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY, THINK FIRST. THINK BEFORE SPENDING ON NEW KIT OR NEW STRINGS. iF YOUR OUTPUT IS LOW START AT THE BOTTOM - loosen the pickups, lift them, set them, until they hit their sweet spot.
Dear Mr Thomann. Please, do you sell additional / replacement foam blocks or do I have to nip down to my local hardware store for some draft strip. Thanks.