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Great bass with action problems
By Darwin T.
My Contemporary Club bass arrived in good shape (from a different dealer). The workmanship, overall, was good; the high-gloss finish is stunning, but the nut was cut haphazardly, although with a zero fret, it's not a problem. I replaced the strings with LaBella flats that are made for the Hofner violin and club basses. If you choose these, you will get slightly higher tension and a great mellow tone. A very attractive, lightweight bass.
Now the bad news. If yours is anything like mine, you will find the action way too high, and a truss rod adjustment will not do a thing. (And the neck on mine was fitted properly and was straight--the problem was not an error, but a result of the way the bass is built.) I had to have the floating bridge removed and sanded down, which cost me $100 but resulted in good playability. Of course, you could do this yourself and save money, but be aware of the hazard of taking off too much wood, or letting the strings touch the lower pickup.
Some players will like the sharp, trebley sound of the bridge pickup. If you want the fuzz tone of "Think for Yourself" you'll love it. I don't. But both pickups are very responsive; you can overdrive the bridge pickup easily. The neck pickup, used alone, produces a huge, fat tone. The bass is very easy to play, the neck is narrow, and the experience is very different from playing a slab bass.