As with the Danelectro, the single volume and tone control with a three-way pickup selector means this bass isn’t able to realise its full twin-pickup potential, as you can’t alter the way the pickups blend. But while this may remove that desirable adjustable sweet spot facility, it actually unleashes some real no-nonsense delivery.
Individually, or with both pickups working at the same time, this has a surprisingly solid and fully rounded sound with great note definition.
Having a set-neck construction increases the sustaining properties of the bass and the shorter scale length ensures a tight clean delivery. Add that to the tough tone and this becomes a surprisingly gutsy little beast that seems ready to rock at every opportunity. Of course there’s enough tonal variation to suit most genres, but it really responds well to being driven hard.
It’s a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing this one!
Pros: Classic-style design; super finish; manly sounds.
Cons: Shame there’s no case or gig bag.
Verdict: This Artcore bass is well priced, nicely made and sounds good - you should try one.