New Old Stock Behringer 4-String P-Bass Clone

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Here’s my latest flea market bass guitar, a Behringer 4-string p-bass clone from maybe the early oughts, but near new.
dsc06368Paid $75 USD after hard bargaining with my Afgan used instrument dealer at Denio’s flea market in Roseville, CA. It’s not the first bass he has sold me.

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My instrument dealer was unclear on the string tree concept.

Behringer amps are all around but you never see any bass guitars from them.

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Exact clones of big Fender lollypop tuners. They work OK.

I gather it was a student bass sold in Europe as a kit, with one of Behringer’s student amps, case and other material-mostly as an attempt to sell amps, it seems.

 

 

 

 


It needed tightening of every single component, as is usual with old bass guitars. They must set up a lot of low frequency vibration. Here I am peeling off the PG’s protective plastic film. After all these years.
This example is a very lightly played almost exact clone of a Fender Precision Bass from about 1957. Well, it plays like a P-bass, but it sounds like a Behringer.

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I’m always struck by the quality of these Asian clones.

Single split pickup, tone and volume knobs, rosewood fretboard, nice smooth maple neck, like new frets.dsc06374
G string was missing so he threw in a mismatched one, which doesn’t sound much different from the three strings left in the set.
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And that sound is hollow and boomy, with a certain not unpleasant rasp added. From the nice looks, red silks and the echo-chamber-in-a-blimp-hanger tone, I suspect them to be GHS Boomer strings.
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The neck has about the right relief but intonation was bad til I fixed it. Bit of buzz on the D string but I’ll fix that too. It plays and looks nicer than it sounds right now but I’m pretty confident a set of new D’Addario Pro Steel rounds will mostly fix the sound.
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If I feel like it I’ll swap out the pickup too, for an upgrade. I love a new project. Now I’ll have to drive out to Guitar Center for new strings. And to play all the basses on the walls of the Thump Room. Bummer.
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