AliExpress “Dragonfly” 6-string bass Review

It’s been a while!! I’m reviewing my new 6-string bass purchased from Music_Heartbeat on AliExpress about a month ago. In a nutshell I’m very impressed with the build quality and feel of this bass. The pickups are great, though the preamp has a little less control than I like (it will be upgraded in a few weeks).

I can’t speak for every seller on AliExpress, but Music_Heartbeat makes KILLER instruments. I recommend them if you’re looking for a hand-built solid bass guitar! Specs:

Swamp ash body
Maple top
Maple/Mahogany neck
Maple Fretboard
Chinese pickups (splittable)
Chinese 2-band preamp
Generic Monorail-type bridge (16mm)
Generic Hipshot-type tuners

Comments

Bass Player says:

Man that bridge pick-up is growley! I like it

Egil Hansen says:

You should have named it Moby Dick! 😀

UncertainJesus says:

Very nice playing brother

David Sutkin says:

Tasty playing bro.

alfieboy1973 says:

Great review, and amazing playing! Mind telling me what the list price is?

gingaleanda says:

Good vid mate, cheers:)

Carlos Tiago says:

hey friend, I have some changed the pickups and electrical part see my videos

Bob C ock says:

killer man. sweet bass, sweet playing

Staghein says:

THE GROOVES. THEY ARE TOO SWEET

Tata Nganga nChi-city says:

So after this time….how has the bass held up??Please Sir!!??

jamone27 says:

Hey can you give me a call about your bass 4109845031 Deryl

Jukebox says:

if the bass doesnt stay in tune then its probably the nut or the saddles.

nikita amosov says:

сразу вспомнил про Картмана. Все черные умеют играть на бас гитаре

MikMech says:

Nice review !
Thanks for sticking with the same riff and no distortion. Makes comparing the tone so much easier.

Jerome McCarthy says:

Hey man. Appreciate this review.

How is the bass now, nearly 3 years on? Is it still serving you well?

Im thinking about buying a cheap 6 string and changing some of the parts as well

Daniel Irvine says:

Hey can you please repost a clip with the John east in her this is very interesting thank you for your time I have been thinking about these basses for a while but to scared lol

idorenyin akpan says:

Great….soon shop with AliExpress

Scott Patterson says:

VERY NICE BASS THERE CHRIS. I HAVE JUST ORDERED MY THIRD GUITAR FROM ALI, THIS TIME THE YNGWIE MALMSTEEN STRATOCASTER. MY FIRST ORDER WITH THEM WAS SNAGGED BY CUSTOMS. ANYHOW, I AM TOTALLY ADDICTED TO ALIEXPRESS AND THE WHOLE CHINESE “REPLICAS”. THEIR QUALITY HAS RISEN BY LEAPS AND BOUNDS.

Bryan Bass says:

Hola amigo Cris. saludos desde Costa Rica; Me encanta tu sonido con éste bass económico. Yo quiero uno pero me da miedo perder el dinero aunque sea económico. Cuál es tu consejo para hacer la compra en AliExpress??? Gracias por tus videos son muy inspiradores.

Xzantes says:

Do you still have the bass? If so would love to hear the changes you made and how the wear has lasted!

Lasse Aaltonen says:

I always thought chinece istruments were totally bad.

now I really want this one fretless…

DeathDefier says:

цвет подходящий

okolekahuna says:

I like the idea that you will change the bridge for a wider spacing.

Jeremy-Rigged says:

Appreciated the time you took to make this review… nice playing too, was digging the groove.

MaliVinnyB says:

Nice playin son!!

dETROITfUNK says:

some good playing

Tiago Romeo says:

I don’t know do you link to Aliexpress from Bass?

Dylan Lemke says:

I’ve heard really bad things about AliExpress. Did you experience any issues?

123Videos says:

3:29

JohnBurgessMusic says:

The bass looks great, though its hard to judge sound quality through video. How has the bass held up long term structurally? The ali express basses Ive seen in person seemed to be pretty solid in terms of the wood construction, but they obviously cut costs on hardware and electronics. No big deal I suppose for the price, Id be tempted to get an unfinished bass without hardware and put quality stuff on, maybe do a nice oil finish on the wood.

Hal Kearton says:

sellers on aliexpress change quickly but as of 2018 the make is “human” and the seller forrest music store on aliexpress has the same body carving and neck joint but different hardware and block inlays which i like

David Chrapla says:

How has the bass been treating you?

Brian Kulakowski says:

that thing is no joke looks solid !! great job !!

Egor Krapivkin says:

It’s the player, not the instrument. Very cool, man!

Allen Brown says:

Aye i got a boom bass cab to the tank1015

митя says:

фига шшыкаладка играет

Derrick Harriott, Jr. says:

Good review. Great skills.

LONGEST90 says:

THAT IS THE BEST TONE I’VE EVER HEARD THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING MY EARS ORGASM

LarreeTheExhortationist says:

Exactly how much did you pay for it and how long did it take to reach you from the time you placed the order? I think you did a really good job of reviewing it.

Office Jedi says:

is the Toe Jam and Earl theme song??? sounds similar…anyways great review! seems to be common though with these chinese brands to replace the hardware and electronics if you want superior performance.

Ronny OnBass says:

I tried ordering a bass on that site SEVERAL times with NO luck. Most of the sellers on that site are crooked and don’t do what they say. I would NEVER send my monies over to Ali-Express. Probably never get it back if anything were to go wrong… which is highly Likely!! That bass sounds a bit dead and staccato.

Tiago Romeo says:

Man! Hello guys! You cant’ talk about Bass Aliexpress? Who link this is site? Thanks man.

cucho sanchez says:

wooow genial lo increíble el sentido musical
.

Chris S says:

Great playing – sounds great!

jazzyitalian1981 says:

Surprising to learn that China can produce, sell and ship an instrument like that for $600. I mean, I couldn’t buy the materials and parts for that much.

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