Author Topic: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!  (Read 7181 times)

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Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« on: April 12, 2010, 07:05:02 PM »
First off, excuse the fact that I'm giddy that I got such a stellar deal on this bass (posted by Ikdog on HCv1 Classifieds before it died and he actually turned out to be in my town so I got the cash-in-hand discount price... thanks Tony!) ... but anyone that is looking for a well-built P-bass clone should check out the Excel basses. You can get 'em for well under $200 online and although the tuners are spaced a little farther apart and the headstock is a little longer and really lacking enough meat in the right places to allow it to be reshaped into a Fender-esque profile (save maybe a Tele bass shape)... for build quality and playability it beats most of the Stagg, SX, and Squier fare hands down and could even make the MIM Fenders nervous.

I was just looking for a platform to start from for adding the Rio Grande P pickup and BadassII bridge I had lying around and after playing it with the stock bridge and pickup for 3 days I have to say that I'm not sure it'd be worth the swap. It sounds good and sustains really well and about the only mods I'm considering ATM are a BWB pickguard to match my '75 RI J bass and maybe a set of flatwounds. Even the sunburst is nice and is only diminished by a few odd grain swirls in the wood underneath. A nice bass all-around. Recommended!

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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2010, 01:08:16 AM »
I'm glad (or comforted) to see the first post in the instrument section... is in the BASS section!

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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2010, 03:43:51 AM »
I'm glad (or comforted) to see the first post in the instrument section... is in the BASS section!
Well, everybody knows it is the "One True Instrument (tm)" :thu: Back when the "Dudepit" was active they had a forum just for inexpensive basses that was pretty good. That Excel bass looks like it might not be much work to "stealth" - that logo looks kinda big in the photo? And yah, think more about it before changing anything - those guys over on TB would be much better players if they practiced instead of spending their time modifying perfectly good axes and jabber jawing about it on TB ;).
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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2010, 01:09:30 PM »
Agreed... on all counts.

The logo IS that big BTW. The headstock is 9" from the fretboad to the end... .5" more than my J bass. I have a Tele bass headstock profile done up as an overlay and think I could pull that off although the round bit at the end would be slightly smaller than it should be since the cutaway on the Excel is so severe. If I did that and shot the neck with some nitro this bass would stealth pretty well, yeah.

I'm with you that I'd rather spend more time playing it than modding it.

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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2010, 06:52:44 PM »
I'm glad (or comforted) to see the first post in the instrument section... is in the BASS section!
Well, everybody knows it is the "One True Instrument (tm)" :thu: Back when the "Dudepit" was active they had a forum just for inexpensive basses that was pretty good. That Excel bass looks like it might not be much work to "stealth" - that logo looks kinda big in the photo? And yah, think more about it before changing anything - those guys over on TB would be much better players if they practiced instead of spending their time modifying perfectly good axes and jabber jawing about it on TB ;).

You must be talking about 'Tim's HoBags' forum from the Pit.  Gawd, I miss that place.   :thu:
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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2010, 07:00:11 PM »
You must be talking about 'Tim's HoBags' forum from the Pit.  Gawd, I miss that place. :thu:
Congratulations! For getting the right answer you get promoted to "Charter Member" status ;). Yah, I went away for a couple years and I guess the 'pit must have too?
They are back but not much goin' on last I checked:
http://thedudepit.ning.com/
Useta be much more fun than TB :(.
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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2010, 07:12:07 PM »
Aww, garsh, 't'weren't nuttin...

Yah, I guess Dave is either getting a bit long-in-the-tooth or got fed up with trying to admin the site.  I know they went thru a big change a few years ago and, since then, things just haven't been the same. 

Life is change, I guess.  Seems like change is all I get, at any rate.  Others seem to get the foldin' money.

Anyway, thanx for the status.  I like the digs here - guess I'll hang around!   :thu:
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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2010, 07:57:00 PM »
... I know they went thru a big change a few years ago and, since then, things just haven't been the same. 

Man, that sounds really familiar... don't it?!?

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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2010, 09:08:18 PM »
... I know they went thru a big change a few years ago and, since then, things just haven't been the same. 

Man, that sounds really familiar... don't it?!?
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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2010, 09:20:50 PM »
Man, that sounds really familiar... don't it?!?
"It's deja-vu all over again" :facepalm:

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Re: Excel P-Bass copy... great value!
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2010, 09:48:06 PM »
They [the DudePit] are back but not much goin' on last I checked:
http://thedudepit.ning.com/
Useta be much more fun than TB :(.
Don't bother - I just checked it out. You can't even read the forum without registering and there are like 1 post every few months :facepalm:. The forum software over there makes HC 2.0 look good :o.