Love this thing
Some friends asked me to join their band. It went like this:
"We need a bass player. You play bass, right?"
"I play drums. And I sang bass in choir in high school."
"But you play guitar, right?"
"I own a guitar. I wouldn't say I play it."
"Perfect. Show up Thursday. Randy has a bass you can play until you get your own."
So a few months later I got a Rumblekat. I've had it two years. I love this thing.
>Good lookin. Sure, up close mine has a few places where maybe they didn't scrape all the stain off the binding as best they could, but there's not much to complain about. And I got it from the guitar gallery so it's not like there were any surprises. And the back on mine is just gorgeous. And no big plastic covers anywhere. Just three knobs and a little cover plate.
>Smooth sound. This thing will brighten up and start to bite if you play with a pick (which Woody did most of the time) but is super smooth with finger style playing. It just hums and sustains forever.
>Light and playable. Nice guitar.
>Lovely fitted case available
The not as good:
>The finish could be a little better, sure. But this isn't a $2k axe. It's affordable and it plays nice and sounds good and looks pretty darn good.
>Tonal range: The two humbuckers don't deliver a wide range of available sounds. Sure, they're a little different, but it isn't the range of tones you'd get from a jazz bass or something.
>A bit neck heavy so a wide strap is advised.
Things I've changed:
After a few months I added some hipshot ultralight tuners to reduce the neck dive.
More recently I also swapped to a hipshot bridge. That was a little tricky because the top of the Rumblekat isn't totally flat at the bridge so I had to shim the hipshot bridge (by using thin nylon washers under the mounting bolts). The bridge did actually make a difference (I wasn't expecting much) in the sustain department (as in this jsut sustains forever), as well as the ease of setup.
I'm considering swapping one of the volume knobs for a blend control instead.
Just ordered some flatwounds and some tapewounds to see how thumpy this thing can get. I suspect that the answer is MEGA.
So now 2.5 years, one album, and a bunch of shows later I call myself a bass player. And I own more than one bass now, but this is still the main one. It is so pretty under the lights, is a breeze to play, just sounds lovely and has been utterly reliable. For reference, my band plays classic-ish indy rock. We call it dust rock. Anyway, this here geetar has and continues to serve me well.
As usual, Kudos to my Sweetwater sales rep Jeff Jent. He helped me pick the guitar, helped me with advice on strings and other gear later. Best customer service in the industry.