- Body shape
- Truss rod
- Stacked VTVT design
- To my ears; both have less high-mids and more low-mids. Compared to a regular VVT jazz bass, I could get closer to the P-Bass thump.
- They are meant to look old, so I don’t mind damaging the finish by accidental hits
- Tuners work in reverse, will take a little time to get used to
- Single coil hum
Flea JB highlights
- Rare color
- Affordable; yet gig-worthy. Ideal for the road or risky gigs
- Very good sound & feel for its price
- C-shaped neck is overall playable for the general public
- Obviously artificial relic work
- Needs some fretwork
- Pick guard is too tight. It’s not easy to take it out & in.
- Comes with crappy gig-bag with awful backpack straps
CS JB highlights
- Sounds like a truck (that’s a compliment). Very woody, deep, yet articulate sound
- Has two piece alder body – probably supports the overall sustain
- Sanded neck feels great
- Quarter sawn neck is known to be very stable
- CS is known to use the best woods & craftsmanship available; I can confirm that by the sound & overall feel of the instrument
- The nitrocellulose lacquer finish will wear in no time, and the bass will turn into an organic relic
- Comes with glamorous hard case
- U-shaped neck might not be preferred by everyone
- Ashtrays obviously need to be removed
- Pick guard needs a dent for easier truss rod access
Overall speaking; the sound & feel of the CS bass really is better than the Flea JB. It would be the first jazz bass I reach for.
“Better” is obviously a subjective statement. It is hard to describe, but to me; the sound is full, rich, vibrant and “woody” (for lack of a better term). It’s like, on some active basses, you hear the EQ more than you hear the wood. On this passive bass, I hear the “wood” more than other passive basses – if that makes sense.
However, Flea JB isn’t a bass to scoff at. I would gladly gig with it, and I see any player taking it to the road or risky gigs already.
Is the sound / quality difference worth the enormous price difference? That’s a question only the player can answer. My FAQs on bass guitar & minimalism can help you decide though.
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