Today I received a used (4 months old) Phil Jones Bass Double Four amp!!! 🙂 Maybe not a “Stagg modification” but I am so happy with it that I found it worthy of a quick post.
After using my Stagg through my iPhone dock over the headphone output (far from ideal…), I was on the lookout for a good practice amp. I discussed it with my teacher and he recommended the Phil Jones Bass amps amongst a few others. That should be a decent amp for my Stagg as well as my acoustic double bass. PJB amps are hard to find in the Netherlands but I was so lucky to find a PJB double four for sale for a price I could just afford! I did not hesitate for long and decided to take the plunge and bought it unseen…
This is one of the smallest combos on the market but it delivers a very nice and deep sound. Much better as to be expected from its small size!
So, in the next days/weeks I will be experimenting with my new little red friend to find the best settings and so on! My first impression is very good, it sounds really nice and clean. It also looks to be extremely well made (build like a tank). And also not quite as bright red as in the picture.
Below some more pictures. Some with an iPhone for reference so you can see how small it actually is!
The PJB Double Four from the top
No mystery about the brand there…
Side handle, the amp can be placed on two sides
Frontview of the PJB
Rear view of the radiator
Frontview with an old iPhone for reference
Topview with an old iPhone for reference
After some careful consideration I decided it would be a better idea to get a new Stagg RDL bass with the improved rosewood fingerboard instead of putting more money in the black bass. I started to like the Stagg more and more and was also using it increasingly at home besides my acoustic double bass. So I was on the lookout!
The RDL version of the Stagg is hard to get in the Netherlands. Or in fact Europe… Not so many music stores or luthiers stock the “old” Stagg model to begin with and the new model was nowhere to be found… I asked around for a few quotes and got back everything between 499 euro (in Germany and out of stock) to 699 euro (on order). That is a staggering 40% difference!
In the end I decided to order the bass from my regular local music store, van Gorp music, at a very decent price. A little more than 499 euro but I got it in only a few days! I picked a honey coloured one.
It was only later that I found out that one of the luthiers I had visited a few times before also sold the Stagg EUB, a bit more expensive but with a planed fingerboard and adjusted top nut… Too bad. But I visited him later anyhow and he did a very good planing job at a decent price.
I think the newer Stagg version is a much better bass than the older version. It has the aforementioned rosewood fingerboard that looks, feels and sounds better, better body supports (now screwed in so that they don’t fall out everytime) and the better headstock design. All in all well worth the relatively small price difference.
Today, April 28th 2014, I bought a used black Stagg EUB! A purchase I never thought I would do as in the past I thought these basses looked absolutely hideous… Well things change!
I started on DB in september 2013. At first just to be able to support my 7 year old daughter at home while practicing. She had picked the DB as “her” instrument and as I had no musical background whatsoever I decided it would be wise to join her at her lessons. But once the DB bug hat bitten me I was sold! After about 6 months I bought my own acoustic DB that I have been enjoying immensely.
We have a caravan that is on a campsite all season and we spend a lot of weekends and holidays there. I did not like the fact that I was “bassless” during our frequent stays on the campsite so I decided to have a look around for a cheap, portable EUB.
I found one in the neighbourhood for a very reasonable price and after I tried it at the sellers home I decided to buy it. It was an older model Stagg EUB, still with the italic Stagg lettering and the old, small headstock. But it was in a pretty decent shape and I was pretty pleased with is. Even when my daughter said: “Wow, that is really ugly dad!”…
After using it for a while at home and on the campsite I decided this was a keeper so I could now start upgrading it… How could I know this would eventually lead to this website…