The sound was nice, Sir Paul like in tone with flatwound Labella strings providing woody thump.
But ergonomic problems over the viola shape meant trade it, sell it or do more Physical Therapy.
So today I rushed over to Loyalty Pawn #3 to buy this 4-string Canadian Godin Freeway 4 bass.
I checked out the OLP 5-string and the Yamaha BB305 but this Godin was calling me.
I brought with me a clip-on tuner, headphones and my fragile battered Vox bass headphone amp to try them out. The Freeway 4 did not disappoint.
Condition was excellent with few scratches or dings, strung with nice thumpy not-too-bright roundwound strings of unknown brand or age.
Looks like Godin makes all the components. Machine heads are the compact type and work smoothly.
Bridge is duel mode, with this string set passing through the body.
No detectable humming noise, unlike the cheap basses I usually buy, everything looks and feels very high quality, at least equal to a MIM Jazz I once owned.
I learned on Ibanez basses so the narrow nut and neck suit me, my one pet peavy on the P-bass.
Neck finish is gloss, fret ends are smooth. A good neck, easy to play. Even the setup was fine with minimal intonation needed.
I offered $190, we settled on $200 so he wrote the price as $185.61 so he paid the tax of $14.36-I got a penny back.
Of course I could hear finger noise as usual when student me plays roundwound strings.
But these mystery strings were thumpy, powerful and not too bright. So I don’t need to change them for expensive flatwounds.
I have been busy playing this thing but I haven’t yet tried to make that burpy-bridge-pup Seinfeld bass sound, one reason I wanted a P/J style in the first place.
[31 Aug 2019-Posted this on Talkbass.com and was informed the small strap pegs are Schaller locking type for which I need an adapter. But my ErnieBall locking strap seems to hold OK.]
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