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Anyone played this bass before? I'm thinking of getting a 4 string bass (I only have a 6-tring and a 4 string fretless, no 4-stringed fretted). I tried the Aerodyne and I liked it a lot. Very stylish and ergonomic. Any comments from my bass-freak friends on that bass?

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I've never played it... I never really liked Fenders at all.

 

But the BP review of it was really good i think. Hold on while I look through my pile of BPs............ok after a quick search of my pig sty of a room, I've come to the conclusion that it must be in an Issue I let my girlfriend borrow.

 

Sorry :(

 

Just play it thoroughly....

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That's as good as the BP review says it is. I played one about a month ago. It would work well in a variety of music. I could play that in a dance band, and take it to a metal gig the next day if I wanted to. It's definitely a Fender thru and thru.

 

The bridge pickup is the Jazz one, and it's perfect. As for the P pickup, well, it's a P. Just right, and not too brash. Cuts through a loud band (with the right amp), and can play nice too.

 

The review's online HERE if you want to read it.

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I picked one up at my local music store and loved it!! Unfortunately for me, i can't afford one at this time but it was very lightweight, ergonomical, slick design, smooth fretboard, just plain sweet!! I seen a review in BassGuitar magazine where E.E.Bradman said these things..........No position markers on the fingerboard,no room for upgrade in the control cavity,the neck pocket was tight(which is a good thing). That's all i really know about them besides the fact i really want one myself!!
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hmm. let's see what the search brings up on "aerodyne"...

 

searching...

 

ding!

 

ok, kids, there was already a thread begun on the aerodyne last month, which is about the time BP reviewed. further, i posted about it a month and a half ago in my thread about my midwest trip.

 

check out the links:

aerodyne (07.16.03)

 

aguilar, fender, and lakland -- midwest trip observations (07.07.03)

 

[soapbox]that's why we have the search function. if you have questions, it likely has answers. give it a creative try the next time you feel like starting a new thread. use it, live it, love it.[/soapbox]

 

the general consensus, and what i thought after playing one, is that it's an incredible mix of price and performance. the tone and feel are spectacular. it's unique looking enough, yet still familiar, which is exactly what fender has to do to stay fresh in the marketplace.

 

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Originally posted by robb.:

hmm. let's see what the search brings up on "aerodyne"...

 

searching...

 

ding!

 

ok, kids, there was already a thread begun on the aerodyne last month, which is about the time BP reviewed. further, i posted about it a month and a half ago in my thread about my midwest trip.

 

check out the links:

aerodyne (07.16.03)

 

aguilar, fender, and lakland -- midwest trip observations (07.07.03)

 

[soapbox]that's why we have the search function. if you have questions, it likely has answers. give it a creative try the next time you feel like starting a new thread. use it, live it, love it.[/soapbox]

 

it appears i am still the only one here who has played it. the general consensus, and what i thought after playing one, is that it's an incredible mix of price and performance. the tone and feel are spectacular. it's unique looking enough, yet still familiar, which is exactly what fender has to do to stay fresh in the marketplace.

 

robb.

Uhm, robb, the reason I provided a link was because somebody else wanted to quote the article, but didn't have their BP mag handy at the time. :)

 

I know how the search function works, thanks. :) With all due respect, not all of us folks may have the time to use it. We may be in school or work, and there's probably a good chance that some of us may just be posting impulsively. Please understand, thanks. Even with a search, though, it's still fair to make a new thread every now and then. (Especially for the newbies.) Otherwise, what's the point of asking?

 

Also, did you not read my little blurb earlier within this thread?

 

Originally posted by by tazzola:

I played one about a month ago.

Not trying to start a war here, just an observation.
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i'm glad you posted a link to the BP review, tazz. it's a good review, and the link is very helpful. my post was directed at MontieuX RelocateD, however...

 

[pontification]greenboy left the forum because there were too many new guys asking questions that had already been answered. all they had to do was search and poke around for a while and all their questions would have been answered. instead, he got frustrated, took his football, and went home.

 

i went through some of this when posting technical stuff about how amps and speakers work together. i spent a lot of time trying to make sure i was thorough enough to satisfy those who could really crunch the math, yet basic enough that anyone with patience could understand. and then a few days later, someone else posted a thread asking questions i had already answered.

 

i understand that when a someone has a question, it's easy to post that question instead of doing research. but it's better for the community at large to do research first and post threads later. MontieuX RelocateD isn't a new guy, so he should know better. i would have suggested using the search feature if i thought he didn't really know about it. as it is, i think he deserved a little gentle, friendly ridicule for it.[/pontification]

 

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Originally posted by robb.:

it's better for the community at large to do research first and post threads later

Seconded! And if after a search you can't find things then post away - it may be that the question has been answered already and the person that posted that reply knows where it is and can post a link to it.

 

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I played an Aerodyne...

Here's my idiotic opinion:

 

It's a serviceable bass. Relatively comfortable to play, makes appropriate low-end sounds when the strings are plucked. Not a real "boutique" instrument. It's exceedingly average. Nothing to jump and shout about, but definitely does the job darn well for the price (about $400, if I remember correctly). I played one through an Ampeg SVT4 Pro and an Ampeg 8x10 at Guitar Center. The bass sounded pretty clean and didn't have any overly noticeable faults (bad frets, loose knobs, etc). I doubt I'd want one of these as my #1 bass, but it'd be fine as a "step up" bass for relative newbies or as a second bass for more seasoned folk.

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Originally posted by robb.:

hmm. let's see what the search brings up on "aerodyne"...

 

searching...

 

ding!

 

ok, kids, there was already a thread begun on the aerodyne last month, which is about the time BP reviewed. further, i posted about it a month and a half ago in my thread about my midwest trip.

 

check out the links:

aerodyne (07.16.03)

 

aguilar, fender, and lakland -- midwest trip observations (07.07.03)

 

[soapbox]that's why we have the search function. if you have questions, it likely has answers. give it a creative try the next time you feel like starting a new thread. use it, live it, love it.[/soapbox]

Sup robb? Thanks for the links (and the sarcasm ;) ). First link wasn't very useful at all (only 3 replies). The second one, was pretty cool, though. But it was about a bunch of different basses, this thread in the other hand, is about the Aerodyne...

 

...anyway, thanks to everyone for your input!

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Originally posted by CMDN:

It's exceedingly average. Nothing to jump and shout about, but definitely does the job darn well for the price (about $400, if I remember correctly).

The BP Review Article says it's $899.99 ...

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I touched one - that polished black surface was irresistable. It's a fingerprint trap... surely there is a government conspiracy to record the fingerprints of bass players. I bet there's a transmitter embedded in the truss-rod cavity. That lab in Tucson, they hear your every note, they know who you are. Sorry lab guys, I just don't have that many cool licks yet.

 

Anyway, the fingerprints of most bass players are already on file at the local Police Dept.

 

Anyway, I didn't play it cause my mission that day was to try some Ampeg Porta-Bass and I wanted to blow up the 1x10 with a 5 string. The 2x10 took the B pretty well at modest volume.

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The BP Review Article says it's $899.99 ...
I definitely wouldn't pay that much for an Aerodyne bass.

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there's a difference between list price and retail price. there always has been in the music industry. BP always prints list price, because that is the only objective way to compare prices, particularly when they were rating each unit relative to its price.

 

just so everyone is clear, the list price is the price suggested by the manufacturer. the retail price is the price you paid for it, or more generally, the price a store is asking for it.

 

robb.

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Musicians Friend has it listed for $629.99, so you can probably find it in a local store for $50 - $100 less.
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Originally posted by Rik:

I want one. Tried one out at the local store, and was impressed with the light weight and the overall comfortable feel.

I loved it, too!!! One thing I disliked was the "fingerprint trap"... is there anything you can rub on it so it doesn't do that? :confused:

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Yeah. But rubbing it on leaves fingerprints.

 

(yuk yuk) :rolleyes:

 

Gotta say this sounds like a very nice bass. Wish I could try one. For myself, I'm kind of glad that there's a new thread; I'd like to learn more about it.

 

I want to say it's MIJ; is that right? Anyone know?

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i think car polish works nicely for repelling fingerprints to some degree, but there's really nothing that works really well.

 

i am inclined to concur that it is MIJ. the BP review indicates as much, too.

 

the only think i'm not so keen on are the obviously plastic smoked knobs. others may like them, and that's not nearly a deal breaker. i'd consider one if that were the market i'm in.

 

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Went to pick up my Stingray from the shop today, and while I waited in line for my bass, I picked one of these up and plugged into an Ampeg SVT-3PRO. The tone was somewhat lacking from the P/J combo, and honestly, almost ANYTHING sounds good through an SVT. You Ampeg guys know what I mean. The neck felt somewhat comfortable, just like any other jazz bass for the most part, but the body's [carved] 39" radius top just made playing feel wierd. First archtop instrument I didn't like. It's not like a Les Paul and flatten around the edges, but the entire top is arched. Just makes for a wierd feeling instrument. As far as the rest of the instrument, it felt like a jazz bass, maybe a little lighter because of the arch-top, but I was hardly impressed. The black chrome hardware seemed to be an attempt to catch up to Ibanez's 'cosmo black' and the controls were less than easy to figure out, but hey I'm used to an active three band equalizer. The stained rosewood fretboard looked like a cheap ebony ripoff, and the inlayless fingerboard was just blah. Personally, I'm not too much of a fan of finished headstocks either, and the black headstock just seemed to be hiding something. And to top it all off, the jazz bass without the pickguard just made me scratch my head.

 

In summary: WHAT THE HELL WAS FENDER THINKING? :cry: I'll take my Ibanezes and Ernie Ball's thank you very much. :thu:

 

Can be found here: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=91089&highlight=Aerodyne

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Originally posted by Timothy Lyons:

In summary: WHAT THE HELL WAS FENDER THINKING? :cry: I'll take my Ibanezes and Ernie Ball's thank you very much. :thu:

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As a man with a Stingray... Have you tried the S.U.B.? I'd be interested to know what you think of it.

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Originally posted by MontieuX RelocateD:

Originally posted by CMDN:

It's exceedingly average. Nothing to jump and shout about, but definitely does the job darn well for the price (about $400, if I remember correctly).

The BP Review Article says it's $899.99 ...
I thought it was $699
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Originally posted by Addix Metzatricity:

Originally posted by Timothy Lyons:

In summary: WHAT THE HELL WAS FENDER THINKING? :cry: I'll take my Ibanezes and Ernie Ball's thank you very much. :thu:

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As a man with a Stingray... Have you tried the S.U.B.? I'd be interested to know what you think of it.
Hmm... I played the S.U.B. the very same day I tried the Aerodyne... didn't like it. You're probably gonna stone me for this but... I'm not very crazy about the Stingray, either. Is not comfortable TO ME. I know is an awesome bass and many of the people I look up to use or used 'em.

 

From musicman I really like the Sterling. At least is a little bit more ergonomic, FOR ME.

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Originally posted by robb.:

you're not the only one who prefers a sterling to a stingray. the stingray has a really big body that just makes me feel stoopit.

 

robb.

Eeeexactly!!!!!! I feel the same way on a Stingray! Ufff... I'm glad I'm not the only one. :D

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