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LEJ Hollow Body !!!! the 1st

 
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Brian



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2009 2:46 am    Post subject: LEJ Hollow Body !!!! the 1st Reply with quote

Yes, the New Hollow body is available. This is an Ash Hollow body 4 string with 3 pc maple neck and maple finger board.









Review by owner Matt Gilroy ;
This bass is just ridiculous Smile I've played it every day this week and continue to find reasons to like it. I like jazz basses but sometimes wish they would have some more nuts across frequencies. People continually show me examples of "monster" jazz bass tones and my ears just hear a slightly diminished bottom end and a bump in low mids and treble growl sizzle to compensate. I call this the Schroeder bass cab effect Wink I love Pbasses but often find that they have this beautiful full growl that is uneven in spots - particularly low E to A while the A to D just explodes off the fretboard. Obviously, this is just my opinion but it has had me hopping between Jazz and Precision basses for about 10 years so i have some experience in trying to change my opinion! I've owned some boutique basses that are non-traditional in design (like Stambaugh/FBass) and still stumbled across a lack of "something" - usually either a personality or natural aggression. It's almost as if "versatility" means a boutique bass can be anything but isn't really anything on it's own in terms of character to begin with. It's highly likely to all be in my head so I'm not suggesting these were poor basses.

So I guess the question is - whats different about the LEJ? Firstly, both of my LEJs are COMPLETELY balanced tonally. Theres mids there as per the traditional vibe. Theres treble sizzle as per the traditional vibe. But theres also rich low end. I don't have to "tame" or "boost" a LEJ to suit my playing style - it pretty much responds to my attack on every string and has sweet spots all over the place depending on my technique and needs. And I'm not sitting there feeling like 480 volts of preamp has taken away the natural sounds of the wood and processed something artificial.

The HB is an ash/maple jazz bass and can sound like one - easily. But it is also a full, clear, rich hollowbody - meaning this is a superb jazz bass with a fat bottom and real earthy growl. But the critical thing - is that it's not just some slapped together combination of bass vibes that is a watered down mix. I should probably stop trying to compare it to other bass designs and tell you that it is a completely new animal. I'm now heading off to play it again.


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