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This is the unboxing building and review of a diy p bass kit you can get on eBay for around $65:
Here is the kit I bought (price has gone up a little):
Much like the strat kit I reviewed last time, this p bass is clearly made in China, though it shipped from a US warehouse in California, so again, I got it in just 3 days. This basswood p bass kit looks a little nicer than the strat kit. It has a decent wood grain in the body and neck, although there is a hideous wood filler spot on the back. If you’re looking to make a beautiful looking instrument, it’s probably best to start elsewhere. The hardware is good enough, it gets the job done, and the pickguard is prewired so there is no soldering required. But again, like the strat kit, there were no instructions or pilot holes drilled, so putting it together took some guess and check. All in all, this kit only took about an hour and a half to build, including an error i made installing the bridge. Yes, I measured, I just didn’t measure correctly (*slaps forehead). I realized three not so great things about this kit when putting it together, 1) it was missing a bridge screw, 2) there isn’t any hole drilled for the bridge ground connect. So you can see, temporarily I had the just run it straight to the bridge for this demo. And 3) the pickup poles don’t line up with the strings, so the pickguard slots weren’t milled out in the correct spots.
Let’s hear how it sounds:
All I can say is wow! I’m shocked. This thing actually sounds and plays really well. Even the kit strings play and sound great. This kit is Far better than the strat I built, and way far better than I expected for $65.
So to summarize:
Things that are good:
No soldering required
Good wood grain on neck and body
Straight neck with fairly level frets
Pickup sounds great
For $65 and an hour and a half build time you get a fairly decent instrument
Things that suck:
Big wood filler spot on the back
Missing a screw
Missing hole for bridge ground wire
Pickup not aligned with strings
Despite these flaws, I’m gonna go ahead and say this kit is g2g! Just slap a finish on this kit and you actually have a half decent bass for $65. I know, I don’t believe it either. And no I’m not getting paid by the manufacturer to say that. I’m just as skeptical as you are right now. I’m guessing these kits are hit and miss. Maybe I was just lucky and got a good playing neck and a great sounding pickup. Maybe I was just unlucky and was missing a screw and hole for the bridge ground wire. Either way, for $65 I’m really impressed.