Posted by Mickster on July 20, 2001 at 12:35:36:
In Reply to: Yamaha BEX-4C vs. Epiphone Jack Casady Signature Bass posted by Ron on July 20, 2001 at 06:47:28:
: Anyone played either/both of these basses? Opinions? Comments? Raves? Rants? I'm quickly becomming a "semi-hollowbody" convert. I saw a good review of the Epiphone on www.gibson.com/magazines/amplifier/1997/2/ax/
: I haven't been able to find anything on the Yamaha.
: Y'all help me out here, OK? Thanks.
O.K. It's lunch time. The Epiphone Jack Casady is,IMHO, THE MOST underrated bass
on the market today. This instrument has such a pure, clear and natural tone that if you've never heard one first hand, words almost fail anyone that tries to describe it. To put it in a bass type category, it would most closely fall into the Fender Precision category. It sounds pretty close to the mellow, non
punchy type tone of a Pre-CBS P-bass, but, it also has a very open acoustic tone, finished off with just a hint of a Rickenbaker's growl. The neck feels like a typical Gibson; flat and wide. At 1.625" it's just a little narrower than a Musicman's neck at the nut. Since it's a hollow body, it takes a few days to get used to the large body which pushes your right arm up quite a bit while playing, but, it's really no big deal and the sound far offsets any initial discomfort. The thing I like most about the Casady is its very versatile sound. It has only one pickup as you know, but, it responds so well to the slightest change in the tone controls that when you turn ALL the midrange to zero, it sounds like an upright bass with frets, no kidding. I could ramble on, but just believe me when I say that no one would not like this bass. I'm convinced the only reason it's not more successful is due to Gibson/Epiphone not marketing it properly. As far as the Yamaha goes, this guy I know from another forum says that it sounds pretty good, but, doesn't have the unique tone of the Casady. He did say that the Godin A4 while not sounding the same, has the only sound he's heard that could compete with the Casady. I myself haven't heard either one, but, I'd find it hard to beat the Casady's tone. By the way, I bought my Casady without ever hearing one or playing one first hand; a gamble yes, but it paid off well. I'd recommend one to anybody.
I hope this helped, and that you decide to get one.
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