Let’s talk about bundles and the fact that they are one of the best things that musical instrument manufacturers and retailers ever came up with. I mean think about it: you pay a pretty reasonable (sometimes a little too reasonable) price for an instrument and a whole bunch of accessories. You get them and now you can just keep playing with all of the new stuff you get out of it. Great stuff right? So let us take a look at Crescent Electric Bass Guitar Starter Kit.
The bass guitar is designed to not stand out in the crowd too much, but to blend in with the many other, more popular and more expensive options available on the market. This gives the guitar a simplistic look that would have a hard time standing out in a crowd. The double-cutaway and the full-body single-color styling choice don’t do much to catch your eye. This is where the pickguard comes to save you, me and the guitar. Providing a slight bit of uniqueness that makes the guitar look a little like a crescent moon and a whole lot like it is buyable.
The body of the guitar is thankfully made out of a very popular material: basswood. Basswood is used in so many bass and non-bass guitars nowadays, you might start to wonder if all guitars are made of it. The answer to that is – no, and the answer to why it is so popular can be read a little further on. Basswood has a nice, mahogany-like resonance with the lower tones of a guitar, providing a deep and thick tone. The basswood is rather lightweight and comfortable to hold and play, though it is a little on the soft side, so watch out for dents and scratches.
The neck of the guitar is made out of maple, which is a traditional choice among guitar manufacturers nowadays. It allows the guitar to be durable and have a long life, thanks to the warp resistant qualities of the maple, as well as its resistance to dents and scratches. The neck is bolted onto the body which is never my favorite choice of a joint, but in this case does an adequate job of keeping the guitar neck stable. The fretboard of the guitar is made out of rosewood.
The guitar comes with a fixed bridge system. This provides the instrument with a great level of action, one which a lot of beginners will enjoy, as well as decent string stability.
The nut of the guitar is made out of cheapish, synthetic material, which is always rather unfortunate. This results in the guitar not having the cleanest sound out there.
The tuning machine of the guitar is made to look good. It does the looks part of its job well, but suffers in the tuning stability department. Though most beginner bass guitars do.
The bass guitar comes with a single pickup located at the middle of the body. The single pickup is a split-coil pickup, which is a cheapish but effective solution to keeping the sound of your bass guitar flexible. It provides the instrument with the ability to have two radically different types of sound, thanks to the pickups’ ability to be both a humbucker and a single-coil pickup. This means you can have a clean, deep sound or a slightly dirty but bright and clear sound.
The controls on the guitar are as simple as it gets, with the guitar coming with one master volume knob and one master tone knob.
Crescent Bass Guitar Sound
The guitar has the ability to sound whichever way your beginner heart might desire. While the sound is limited and has a lower output than you would expect, it does have the flexibility and strength to impress and satisfy most beginners. The tonal integrity is kept through a nuanced sound being picked up. The guitar can sound bright or mellow as per your demand. The only thing that might bother you is the little bit of string noise present in the sound of the guitar.
Overall, this bundle is an interesting choice for your first bass guitar. It provides you with a whole lot of basics, even including an amp for the player. On the other hand the guitar is not that high quality and, I suspect, neither are the accessories. Will work well as a beginner instrument though, before you eventually switch to a new instrument.
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