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AXL Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar  

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The look of a veteran axe.

The Axl Badwater APJ-820 Bass Guitar has a distressed body, and boasts EMG-designed split and single-coil pickups”the preferred brand of many of today's best bassists. Players looking for a bass with hot features and a look that's anything but ordinary need look no further. No area of the AXL Badwater bass was spared from the destruction”even the headstock and backplate have vintage distressing. The Axl Badwater APJ-820 Bass has the look of a of a well-seasoned thumper.

FEATURES
  • Distressed body and headstock
  • Antiqued hardware
  • EMG-designed pickups
  • Solid alder body with Original design
  • Distressed, classic-style pickguard
  • Natural, distressed headstock finish with burned AXL logo
  • Solid alder body
  • Rock maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Antiqued and anodized hardware
  • Dot inlay
  • Classic antiqued bridge
  • Plastic nut

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SPECIFICATIONS
  • Split and single coil
  • EMG-designed pickups
  • Volume and tone controls
  • C-neck profile
  • Bolt-on neck joint at the 16th fret
  • 12" radius
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • 34" scale length
  • 46" total length
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AxlBadwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 14 reviews)

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AXL APJ-820 Bass Guitar

This is a review of my experience (so far) with the AXL APJ-820 bass guitar. This bass is comparable to the Squier/Fender P-Bass special with one single and one split coil...Read complete review

This is a review of my experience (so far) with the AXL APJ-820 bass guitar. This bass is comparable to the Squier/Fender P-Bass special with one single and one split coil pickup. The longer I play this guitar, the more I am impressed with it. I got this bass in late August, so I've been playing it long enough to form some opinions of it. When I first received the guitar, I was very impressed with the quality through out at this price point. Almost unbelieveable, really. as some folks have mentioned, the machine heads are probably one of the weakest points of this guitar, followed closely by the bridge. Both, however are serviceable, and should be fine for normal use. No different really, than any others in this price range. Some folks have mentioned a "ping" when tuning. This is not the machine heads, but rather the round wound strings sticking in the plastic nut. A drop of "Drop'll Do Ya" silicone lube in each nut channel took care of that problem, and tuning is now smooth and quiet. After playing it a week "as is" to get a feel for the guitar, I adjusted the truss rod to flatten the neck out to my liking. I also lowered the saddles, and set the intonation. Now this thing rocks! The pickups are very high quality, and sound great. The pots are smooth and work well, and when you change volume and tone, they actually work, unlike some other inexpensive guitars and basses. The strings that came on it are actually decent, I wore them out, and replaced them with my favorites, but hey, they were not horrible to start with, as so many others at this price point.I got the Crackle finish, and under the lights, some folks are fooled into thinking it REALLY is an old guitar. I do set them straight, and let them know that it is one companies take on these new "instant vintage" look guitars and tell them about others doing it. This leads me to an interesting point. AXL also sells these and all their guitars with a normal new look. They call the basses in that series "Marquee" and they also look nice, so if the "Bad Water" look doesn't do it for you, be aware you can get shiny new looking ones also. I hope Musician's Friend starts carrying these soon. This guitar will not replace my Fender Jazz basses, but, it is a fun alternative to them, and I have used it on stage just to see the reaction, and, it does get one! It is also worth noting that you can get six of these for what EACH of my Jazzes cost, and yet, I'm happy with it. I would recommend this guitar with NO reservations to anyone. Pros know that you get what you pay for, but, I can honestly say with this particular bass guitar, you do get a bit more! Have fun!

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You get what you pay for!

I was asked to play bass in a pinch, so I looked around for an affordable bass with killer looks. I settled on this one in the off white finish, and although there...Read complete review

I was asked to play bass in a pinch, so I looked around for an affordable bass with killer looks. I settled on this one in the off white finish, and although there are some minor problems I am happy my purchase. I was very excited to see the aged white finish, unfortunately though it is really more of a worn natural. It's not white at all, so beware! I figured I'd give the bass a try, and I wasn't disappointed. The P/J combination of pickups can achieve some cool tones, and the instrument seems sturdy. I've gigged with it once without a backup, and it stood up just fine. The only other complain that I have is that although the aged hardware is cool, the tuners could really use some improvement. Overall, this isn't a bad bass, but I think it will suit me best as a backup for the future. Recommend for its killer looks for a low price!

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AXL APJ-820 Bass Guitar

By Ed Conley,

from North Branch, Michigan

Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

This is a review of my experience (so far) with the AXL APJ-820 bass guitar. This bass is comparable to the Squier/Fender P-Bass special with one single and one split coil pickup. The longer I play this guitar, the more I am impressed with it. I got this bass in late August, so I've been playing it long enough to form some opinions of it. When I first received the guitar, I was very impressed with the quality through out at this price point. Almost unbelieveable, really. as some folks have mentioned, the machine heads are probably one of the weakest points of this guitar, followed closely by the bridge. Both, however are serviceable, and should be fine for normal use. No different really, than any others in this price range. Some folks have mentioned a "ping" when tuning. This is not the machine heads, but rather the round wound strings sticking in the plastic nut. A drop of "Drop'll Do Ya" silicone lube in each nut channel took care of that problem, and tuning is now smooth and quiet. After playing it a week "as is" to get a feel for the guitar, I adjusted the truss rod to flatten the neck out to my liking. I also lowered the saddles, and set the intonation. Now this thing rocks! The pickups are very high quality, and sound great. The pots are smooth and work well, and when you change volume and tone, they actually work, unlike some other inexpensive guitars and basses. The strings that came on it are actually decent, I wore them out, and replaced them with my favorites, but hey, they were not horrible to start with, as so many others at this price point.I got the Crackle finish, and under the lights, some folks are fooled into thinking it REALLY is an old guitar. I do set them straight, and let them know that it is one companies take on these new "instant vintage" look guitars and tell them about others doing it. This leads me to an interesting point. AXL also sells these and all their guitars with a normal new look. They call the basses in that series "Marquee" and they also look nice, so if the "Bad Water" look doesn't do it for you, be aware you can get shiny new looking ones also. I hope Musician's Friend starts carrying these soon. This guitar will not replace my Fender Jazz basses, but, it is a fun alternative to them, and I have used it on stage just to see the reaction, and, it does get one! It is also worth noting that you can get six of these for what EACH of my Jazzes cost, and yet, I'm happy with it. I would recommend this guitar with NO reservations to anyone. Pros know that you get what you pay for, but, I can honestly say with this particular bass guitar, you do get a bit more! Have fun!

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth slightly more than I paid

By Watchthebassampjumparound!

from Lansing, MI

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Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this Axl APJ-820 bass with the crackle finish "used like new" for 60% of the regular price as a back up to my mexican fender P bass that I've had for 6 years. The Axl is ok, but not as good as the fender in any regard. The Axl was bowed and I had to get it set up for $35 and the stock strings sucked so I spent another $15 on new strings...I condsidered buying the Squire Modified Jaguar bass from a local shop which is in the Axl's price range and probably should've gone with that. Here's my overall comparison on a scale of 1 to 10 of the Axl and Squier (A = Axl) (S = Squier).Bridge: Both do the job, nothing special (A 7) (S 7)Pickups and tone: Axl gives a good punch, so does Squire. Axl has better low end, but Squire has more tone options... A 8 S 8. Stock strings: A 3 S 7. Axl's were dead. Neck: A 8 S 8. Both are pretty good. Tuning keys: A: 4 S: 7 Axl's are very tight. Headstock: Axl looks cooler to me. A 9 S 7. Tone and volume knobs: Axl's are scratchy A 4 S 8Squier's give you an individual tone knob for each pickup. Input jack: A 5 S 7. Axl buzzed.Looks: A 10, S 8 (which is why I bought it in the first place.)Resale: I have to go with the Squier. Weight: Both are light and easy on the back. A 9 S 9Feel: The axl leans down a lot. The Squier stays on about a 45 degree angle. A 6, S 8. Overall, the Axl is an ok starter or back up bass. If you're in love with the looks and willing to put some cash into it, go with the Axl. Otherwise, take the Squier.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

outstanding

By paperfish

from lexington nc

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Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

My band bought this bass as a backup for our Yamaha after the Yamaha fizzled on us at a gig. We jury rigged the Yammie and finished the gig but went right out and bought the Axl and as happens frequently the Axl has become our bass player's #1 axe. So far all we have done to it is to take it out of the box. We have played a couple of gigs with it and we are well pleased with the fat sound this bass provides. Our bass player loves that "Third button" as he calls it. He has been playing bass for thirty years and has played all kinds of basses, but he feels as if this bass sets him apart from all the other bass players in our circuit. Definately a stand out. This is one dang good bass. Worth much more than it sells for. We like it a lot. Buy one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

You get what you pay for!

By Jay

from Long Beach, CA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great looks

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

I was asked to play bass in a pinch, so I looked around for an affordable bass with killer looks. I settled on this one in the off white finish, and although there are some minor problems I am happy my purchase. I was very excited to see the aged white finish, unfortunately though it is really more of a worn natural. It's not white at all, so beware! I figured I'd give the bass a try, and I wasn't disappointed. The P/J combination of pickups can achieve some cool tones, and the instrument seems sturdy. I've gigged with it once without a backup, and it stood up just fine. The only other complain that I have is that although the aged hardware is cool, the tuners could really use some improvement. Overall, this isn't a bad bass, but I think it will suit me best as a backup for the future. Recommend for its killer looks for a low price!

(1 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Don't even

By just looking out for others..

from Twin Cities Mn.

Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

I was looking for a beater and came across this thing. All the reviews looked good so I thought what the hell, and bought one based off the reviews, and the way it looked in the photos. What a mistake! I know its cheap enough, but you would get more satisfaction using the money for toilet paper. First off the neck is so warped there is not enough adjustment in the truss rod to even come close to getting it half way playable. The tuners "all of them" are very sloppy, and it feels like a toy in your hands. Maybe I just got a really bad one or something. However, the body was very usable. So I ended up taking some spare parts I had, and rebuilt it. I put a mighty mite jazz neck on it, some schaller tunners, a heavey duty bridge, new pots "this bass come with really cheap wiring" and bought some seymour duncan quarter pound pick ups. Now I have a very playble bass that looks cool, but buy the time you factor in the cost of the parts needed, and the labor to install them I should have just went out and got a 600 dollar bass. Do yourself a favor....... Dont get this thing unless you have a box of old parts in your closet, and like tinkering. like I said, I know it's inexpensive, But it's just a toy.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great tone from a ''distressed look''

By HAX 09

from Binghamton,NY

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Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this bass as a back-up for my ''gothic t-bird but started using it more because of it's tone and playability.It had to be set-up out of the box but after that,the sound and looks are great,many comments on the looks.The only downside is that the tuners could be better.

(1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Worst ive ever played!!!

By Lisa Walworth

from Undisclosed

Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this because my church needed a bass player and i new how to play but didnt have bass anymore. I saw this bass, like the reveiws, and the reliced look. When i got it the first thing i notice was how bad the neck was. Somthing wasnt level where the neck and the body met because the neck was leaning so far forward it was immpossible to play. so took the neck off, and put strips of paper in there to level it. The neck was straight, so restrung it and the strings made neck to bow in so i took the strings back off and ended up bowing the out to make up for the stings and now its straight. hardly stays in tune. Buy a better Bass!!,

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Badwater Series

By Desperado-BIkxH

from Tennessee

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Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

I have had this bass since AXL came out with them. In my opinion It is as good as a Fender P Bass or better. I also have 2 of the 6 strings with are as good or better than a Fender, great to play

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Solid Bass

By Wunderwhirl

from South Carolina

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Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

Used one of these at a gig when my Fender P-bass cut out on me at a previous gig. (Fenders finest for you there). Anywho, my Fender still wasn't out of the shop by the time my next gig had rolled around so I borrowed this one from a friend. I was just expecting it to be mediocore, after all its only about $200. Needless to say I was actually pleasently suprised that it had great tone and that I enjoyed playing it. It just seemed to have more personality than my P-bass. Having the Jazz pickup option was awesome. It performed well for the gig and I almost didn't want to give it back I liked it so much. It did have two cons though: 1) It was a little unbalanced. The neck tended to want to nose dive a bit.2) The jazz pickup seem to have a bit of a buzz. I suspect a grounding problem. Probably a extremely quick fix. Despite the 2 cons it is a great bass at a great price. I went out and bought the Marqee Jazz bass because I was wanting a full jazz option but I plan to pick up one of these babies in the very near future! Fun little bass!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Badwater Bass not Bad

By Coopbass

from Phiily

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Comments about Axl Badwater APJ-820 Electric Bass Guitar:

Brought bass, adjusted the neck and height of the front pickups to my specs and BAM!!! It took off like a 747 set airplane. The bass fresh out of the box was nice. The look of coarse is the bomb as well. You can get Motown sound out of the bass as well as a combination of a "jaco" sound from the bridge pickup. I always liked the bass from the first time it was presented to the world. A very decent instrument for a very, very decent price. I've been playing for over 20 years and this is one of my first picks to do gigs. It's light, it has tone, The big thing about this bass is that you can easily get to the high notes. A plus in my book. "Great Bass".

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