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About This Artist Vintage Hybrid, a P-J styled Bass

The Artist Vintage Hybrid Bass is an innovation model that blends the traditional P-style Bass and J-style Bass features.

It comes with a white-gloss finished Poplar body, 3-ply black scratchplate, matte finish natural Canadian Maple neck and headstock, 20 frets on an Eco-Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays, an ABS nut and open-geared chrome tuners.

With a newly designed active preamp circuit that can deliver exhilarating active and passive tones, our Artist Vintage Hybrid Bass is great for both a classic vintage sound and keeping up with the demands of the modern bassist. The Vintage Hybrid P-J bass features passive P-style and J-style pickups, with an added EQ control from the active preamp. The cut/boost controls for both treble and bass make this an incredibly versatile bass guitar. There is a 9V battery chamber on the rear of the body for easy battery replacement.

The Tech Features

Brand: Artist

Model: Vintage Hybrid

Neck Construction: Bolt-on

Body: Poplar, white gloss finish, 4cm Body Thickness

Neck: Canadian Maple, natural matte finish

Fingerboard: Eco-Rosewood, 20 Fret, ABS Nut

Pickups: P-Bass Neck Alnico V Magnet, J-Bass Bridge Alnico V Magnet

Controls: 1x Push/Pull Volume for Active/Passive, 2x Active Tones (bass & treble cut/boost) ,1x Balance control 

Hardware: Chrome

Machine heads: Vintage P-style Bass open-geared.

Neck Profile:

  • Scale: 34'  (864mm)
  • Nut Width : 42mm
  • 1st fret Thickness: 20mm
  • Neck Shape: Modern D
  • Radius: 14' (350mm)

Optional Hardcases: REBC300RC, REBC350FTB

Optional Bags: HGBAGEBASS, BAGEB

(12476)

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Reviews (18)

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Fantastic

By: on 31 October 2021
The bass and case came in 2 days. I’ve been inspired to start playing bass again after many years (I know). Picked up my old Squier which was lent to my son’s band’s bassist only to find the neck so warped, I couldn’t even play it. So I purchased this bass ( and a Fender Rumble 40 which is really good too) because of the price and great reviews. I’ve had a few basses new and second hand over the years and found this to be an excellent playing bass straight out of the box. And the finish and tone is really nice too. I’d rate it equal to other much more expensive Ibanez, Squier and Washburn that I’ve had brand new. The active feature brings the sound up front a bit more without sacrificing the tone. It literally sounds like it looks, Precision or Jazz. Warmth and growl. Action is sweet and the strings sound great. My bar was set pretty low because I’m not a great bassist and didn’t want to spend a ton. But overall I’m really impressed with this instrument and look forward to practicing and getting my chops up. Thanks Artist for a great product and service.

Artist Guitars Response
It is our pleasure and thank you so much for leaving us this feedback. We really appreciate the support!

White vintage bass

By: on 30 July 2021
Excellent product again from Artist Guitars. This bass is my 8th purchase from Artist Guitars and they have not let me down, beautiful metallic white vintage bass guitar, Excellent quality and perfect sound, Thanks to all at Artist Guitars

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for your feedback and continued support for us. This is highly appreciated. We're always happy to be of service to you. Feel free to contact us anytime you have questions.

Very Impressed

By: on 27 July 2021
Thanks Artist Guitars, This is my second purchase very impressed with the quality and the price. This is my first Bass Guitar, Your products were recommended by a person who's opinion I trust, my cousin a professional musician and fanatical guitar collector. He said, "This company has good quality instruments and affordable, hell If it doesn't work out I buy them off you, the build quality is great and the price you can't go wrong. " I was very impressed from the first impression out of the box, they look great and the action is well set up very playable . Excellent service fast delivery no hassles. I'm enjoying my guitar and bass journey so far. I'm looking forward to my next purchase in future Thanks for the follow up email.

Artist Guitars Response
We are so stoked to hear back from you and that you are happy with our products and services. We really appreciate your support and please extend our thanks to your cousin for recommending us to you.

Mike

By: on 16 May 2021
Great service, very good instrument. Low action,sounds great. Would I purchase more in the future...absolutely!

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for the support Mike! WE really appreciate this feedback!

Solid quality P-J bass at this price point

By: on 10 March 2021
This is the second bass I've purchased from AG, and the 4th instrument. As usual, the turnaround on order to shipment and delivery went without a hitch. Regarding the Vintage Hybrid P-J itself, this is an inexpensive but quality instrument for beginner-intermediate musicians playing the bass. At around half the price of the entry-level name-brand models, you won't get a better deal on a budget. Tone is the main thing I was concerned about when purchasing the P-J, wanting that warmer low-end that a typical P-bass would offer with decent mid-range. The P-J has both split-coil 'Precision' style pick-ups, plus a J-style bridge pick-up, with a 9-volt battery for the active boost. The passive tone setting is OK, it is definitely quieter than I would have thought, compared to the JB2 which has a strong passive presence. The active setting is in my view definitely needed to get clear and clean gain, although leaving the dial to mid-level produces a cleaner tone than turned all the way up. The tone controls for blending the pickups works well, no issues with this. Combined with the bass and treble controls, everything does what it needs to do, with the ability to get near to the right balance between the two. Again, compared to a name-brand entry-level bass, you really cannot tell the difference by ear. In terms of the look and feel, the white gloss finish looks very sharp, and there were no observable marks or defects. Construction and joinery feel and look solid. The neck and frets play very cleanly, I didn't notice any marks, scuffs or rough edges. There's been some comment about the width of the neck, personally I haven't found this to be an issue. I find it more comfortable to play than the JB2 which has a narrower neck from the 5th to 1st fret. Children or those with smaller stature would find a bass a challenge to play, and at full-scale length with medium-jumbo frets, maybe this isn't the best option. The weight of the P-J is really well balanced, feeling comfortable for extended practice sessions. Tuning is easy, the strings hold their correct pitch once set. The bridge and truss rod positions were fine, I didn't get any fret buzz or find it difficult to hold down against the frets. The only thing that I was not entirely happy about is the quality of the tone knobs and the pick guard - compared to the JB2 model, these fittings feel and look cheap. I guess you have to make some trade-offs to get an instrument down to an achievable cost. Time will tell how durable they are. There's also no manual, it really would be nice to have even a link or QR code to a manual. I resorted to taking a screen shot off the product page. Straight-to-right-angle 3ft lead, .71mm pick and hex key included.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you so much for the details review and feedback. I have sent you an email to address the feedback you had with the knobs, pickguard and manual. Please feel free to reach out if you have any further questions or concerns. Cheers!