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moosers's review (G1212 Junior Jet Bass)

By moosers, 08/02/2009
The Gretsch G1212 Junior Jet bass guitar was made in Korea and has 19 frets and has a single humbucker pick up. It is 3/4 in size and has a volume and tone knob to control the pick up. While it is a low end model, it is made pretty well and sounds pretty good overall. While some will stray away because of the size, it has a unique quality to it because of this. Even though this bass isn't 'stacked' by any means, for beginners or someone who just likes to have a bass around (like me), this bass works great.

UTILIZATION

The neck and feel of this bass is good overall. The action sometimes tends to be a little high, but that could just be my particular bass. It is definitley a playable bass and while I have certainly played more fluid feeling basses, this is feels a lot better than some low end basses that you extremely tough to play. It is easy to access all parts of the fret board and its small size makes it really light and easy to carry around. Since it only has one pickup, the sound isn't too versatile, but the basic tone sounds good.

SOUNDS

I have used this bass mostly for rock and pop and it has definitley worked fine in both situations. It isn't the fattest bass tone I've ever heard and definitley can't come close to matching the sound of a Fender Jazz or P Bass, the overall sound is usable and sounds like a normal bass guitar. The tone is limited to the one pickup, so you don't have all the control in the world. Since I'm not a professional bass player, and just like having a bass around if I want to pick one up to play or for recording, it works for me.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had my Gretsch G1212 Junior Jet bass guitar for about five years. It has served me well and while I would love to get a Fender bass, for the price I like this bass better than the lower end Fenders. Until I can afford a bass in the next price tier this bass continues to be serviceable to me and would recommend it to anyone looking to pick up a good sounding cheap bass.
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Cool small scale bass. (G2210 Junior Jet Bass)

By heads on fire, 31/12/2011
General
Model Name: G2210 Junior Jet™ Bass
Series: Electromatic Collection
Color / MSRP* / Part # :
Black
$400.00
251-4610-506
Tobacco Sunburst
$400.00
251-4610-552
Body
Body Shape: Jet™
Body Back: Basswood
Body Top: Basswood
Neck
Number of Frets: 20
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Dot Position Inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 12" Radius (305 mm)
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple
Scale Length: 30.3" (77 cm)
Headstock: Jet™ Style
Truss Rods: Standard Truss Rod
Electronics
Middle Pickup: Gretsch® Mini Humbucking Middle Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Hardware
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Bridge: Standard 4-Saddle
Tuning Machines: Enclosed Die-Cast Tuning Machines
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Miscellaneous
Strings: NPS, Gauges .045-.105
Unique Features: Mini Bass Humbucking Pickup, 30.3" Scale, Deluxe Enclosed Die-cast Tuners, Bolt-On Neck
Accessories
Control Knobs: "G" Arrow Knobs

UTILIZATION

This is a nice bass in the lower to mid range price level. It is a short scale, which I'm usually a little weary of, but this bass has a neat shape and pickup that works that smaller size very well. It plays easily, looks good, and sounds great plugged in. Parts and finish are of a good enough quality at this range.

SOUNDS

This thing sounds awesome! I could get a lot of different tones, from thuddy mud to crisp and trebly. This is a good riffer bass - pick players will LOVE it. It has a surprising amount of versatility for how small it is, but it excels greatly at anything with a bit of dirt in it - rock, classic rock, stoner doom, sludge, crustcore, crabcore, garage punk. A friend of mine even plays his in a reggae band!

OVERALL OPINION

The bass is very easy to play, being a shorter scale. One thing I found that was very fun with this bass was playing it through a guitar amp with a distorted signal, and then riffing away with friends playing guitar! It was a blast, and it sounded very cool.
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