I played it 10 minutes at Chris’s Guitarlighthouse dot com-his front deck in Antelope. I liked the simplicity, the look, sound, playability and price.
I’d been checking out CL ads for a replacement for my old Ibanez Gio 4-string starter bass with shot tuners.
Something minimal and cheapish, one pup only, single volume and tone controls, passive-no battery, lightish in weight, knockout pretty. Yea, a Fender Precision Bass clone.
And I found one! Called an Epiphone Accu Bass, I think this bat-wing 4-string electric bass dates from 1996, or close to it.
Thankfully, this bass has machine heads that tune like butta and sounded pretty darn good even through Chris’s little guitar practice amp-and with a wonky input jack.
Since I had to jigger the patch cord to hear it, he threw in a free replacement jack and lowered the price from $165 to $140USD. Nice!
You’d pay Fender’s Custom Shop $300 extra for the ‘road worn’ treatment on your new 2018 genuine Fender fake vintage P-bass. And viola!
Here’s the same look for half the money and a free bass thrown in. Fake authenticity can be expensive. Look at my fake P-bass’s genuine corroded bridge.
This stock thumb-rest is too cool for school.
Stripping it down for jack replacement took 10 minutes; re-solder job another 15. Easy.
It cleaned up prettily with damp-then-dry tee-shirt rubbing, followed by Ernie Ball Instrument Polish on micro-fiber cloth. Pots sounded good but I sprayed them with cleaner on GP.
Stringing up the beast is the next step.
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