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  • Distressed, solid alder double-cutaway body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
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Vintage vibe, modern edge.

The Badwater Capricorn electric bass has all of the custom-shop vibe of a vintage bass without the huge price tag. Each bass is hand-distressed with Axl's award-winning Badwater finishes, so every single instrument is one-of-a-kind—just like you!

The original design of the Capricorn bass combines classic elements with modern appointments to appeal to players who appreciate vintage style but want a bass that sets them apart from the rest.

The Badwater Capricorn Bass (AJ-820) has an offset alder body, a maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. The industry-standard 34" scale length helps ensure excellent tone and intonation, while two single-coil EMG-designed alnico pickups provide round low end with plenty of midrange punch.

Independent volume controls for each pickup make it easy to dial in a range of tones, from warm and fat to crisp and aggressive. The antiqued two-piece pickguard is reminiscent of classic designs, but adds a subtle modern edge, and the vintage-style bridge and elephant ear tuners complete the vibe of a bass that bridges the gap between vintage and modern. Case sold separately.

Features

  • Distressed, solid alder double-cutaway body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 2 EMG-designed single coil alnico pickups
  • Antiquated hardware with vintage-style bridge
  • 34" scale length
  • Two-piece pickguard
  • Elephant ear tuners
  • Case sold separately

EMG-equipped, killer looks, and a one-of-a-kind finish, all for a steal of a price! Order now.

 
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AxlBadwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Amazing bang for the buck!

      I have 29 years experience of playing bass. I play in two different rock bands about 2 to 3 times a month. I now own 25 bass guitars and have owned and sold many...Read complete review

      I have 29 years experience of playing bass. I play in two different rock bands about 2 to 3 times a month. I now own 25 bass guitars and have owned and sold many types/brands. This is the 51st bass I've purchased. My first bass was a very cheap short scale no-name Japanese model which was pretty lousy in Dec 1983. It's amazing to me that almost 30 years later you can buy a "cheap bass" costing the same when adjusted for inflation that is this good! Just like that first bass of mine this comes in a cardboard box with two Allen wrenches and an instrument cable. No case or gig bag. In this low price range, the body wood is usually a cheaper variety such as basswood but this bass is solid alder, the same wood as used in US-made basses costing 5x more. The neck is bolt-on maple with a rosewood fingerboard. The frets are nice and tightly installed but the edges could have used a bit more filing especially on the G string side. The index finger on my left hand is a little chewed up from sliding up and down the flat c-shaped neck. As soon as I got the bass I had to intonate it. The bridge is basically what you'd find on a cheaper Fender bass. It is quite adequate and offers full adjustment for string length and height. I bought the brown version and I must say it looks more expensive than it's price! I'm guessing Badwater means it has that used worn-in look. All of the hardware is bronze colored. The tuners also look like what you'd find on a low-end Fender but they work well enough. I thought I'd have to replace the pickups on such an inexpensive instrument but they are surprisingly good. They are Jazz bass type alnico and have decent volume and tone. Three knobs are volume, volume and tone and they turn solidly with very little noise however the quality of the pots is pretty low especially in the tone. There's very little variation in tone quality compared to a more expensive bass. I may in the future change all of the electronics. I didn't need to adjust the truss rod as the neck was pretty straight. The strings were just ok. I removed them and installed Dean Markley Helix NPS MediumLight while also lowering the saddle height. Huge difference! I debuted this bass last night in NYC with my 3-piece surf rock band and it was quite impressive! I received several compliments from other musicians on the beefy, chunky sound emanating from this Capricorn. Very easy to play and pretty light on my 47-year-old shoulder.
      This bass is a keeper. It's a diamond in the rough. It just needs a little tweaking and maybe some fret filing but I'd say overall this bass is a steal! China has come a long way.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Well this is disapointing

      I was really excited to receive this bass in the mail. I've been looking for an affordable bass to use for home studio work.
      I got home, plugged it in, and...Read complete review

      I was really excited to receive this bass in the mail. I've been looking for an affordable bass to use for home studio work.
      I got home, plugged it in, and dialed in a pretty good tone. Within about 10 minutes, the input jack had fallen off the guitar completely. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the jack plate was not even molded to the contour of the body, so the tiny screws attaching it to the bass were basically useless.
      On top of the plate falling off, the solder came off half of the jack.
      I guess "you get what you pay for" applies here, but I was really hopeful about this bass after reading such good reviews

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I think this bass is awesome!

      Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

      I think this 4-string bass is awesome!

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Amazing bang for the buck!

      By bassman

      from Central NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Electronics Are Low End
      • Frets Need Filing

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

      I have 29 years experience of playing bass. I play in two different rock bands about 2 to 3 times a month. I now own 25 bass guitars and have owned and sold many types/brands. This is the 51st bass I've purchased. My first bass was a very cheap short scale no-name Japanese model which was pretty lousy in Dec 1983. It's amazing to me that almost 30 years later you can buy a "cheap bass" costing the same when adjusted for inflation that is this good! Just like that first bass of mine this comes in a cardboard box with two Allen wrenches and an instrument cable. No case or gig bag. In this low price range, the body wood is usually a cheaper variety such as basswood but this bass is solid alder, the same wood as used in US-made basses costing 5x more. The neck is bolt-on maple with a rosewood fingerboard. The frets are nice and tightly installed but the edges could have used a bit more filing especially on the G string side. The index finger on my left hand is a little chewed up from sliding up and down the flat c-shaped neck. As soon as I got the bass I had to intonate it. The bridge is basically what you'd find on a cheaper Fender bass. It is quite adequate and offers full adjustment for string length and height. I bought the brown version and I must say it looks more expensive than it's price! I'm guessing Badwater means it has that used worn-in look. All of the hardware is bronze colored. The tuners also look like what you'd find on a low-end Fender but they work well enough. I thought I'd have to replace the pickups on such an inexpensive instrument but they are surprisingly good. They are Jazz bass type alnico and have decent volume and tone. Three knobs are volume, volume and tone and they turn solidly with very little noise however the quality of the pots is pretty low especially in the tone. There's very little variation in tone quality compared to a more expensive bass. I may in the future change all of the electronics. I didn't need to adjust the truss rod as the neck was pretty straight. The strings were just ok. I removed them and installed Dean Markley Helix NPS MediumLight while also lowering the saddle height. Huge difference! I debuted this bass last night in NYC with my 3-piece surf rock band and it was quite impressive! I received several compliments from other musicians on the beefy, chunky sound emanating from this Capricorn. Very easy to play and pretty light on my 47-year-old shoulder.
      This bass is a keeper. It's a diamond in the rough. It just needs a little tweaking and maybe some fret filing but I'd say overall this bass is a steal! China has come a long way.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Well this is disapointing

      By rhoads7

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

        I was really excited to receive this bass in the mail. I've been looking for an affordable bass to use for home studio work.
        I got home, plugged it in, and dialed in a pretty good tone. Within about 10 minutes, the input jack had fallen off the guitar completely. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the jack plate was not even molded to the contour of the body, so the tiny screws attaching it to the bass were basically useless.
        On top of the plate falling off, the solder came off half of the jack.
        I guess "you get what you pay for" applies here, but I was really hopeful about this bass after reading such good reviews

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very cool low-priced bass!

        By Bassman Dan

        from Eau Claire, WI

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

          I've been playing bass for over 45 years and currently play in two bands about four or five times a month; small venues. I am been using a 1968 Fender Telecaster bass (P-bass)that I bought new in 1972. I was looking for a good practice bass and really fell in love with the look of these AXL basses and will say that I'm more than satisfied with the playability, the sound and the quality of workmanship in this $200+ bass. The styling is "way-cool" and is just what "old-timers" like me are looking for! I would recommend this bass for anyone as an inexpensive starter or as a cool item to have in your collection for an experienced player. As far as comments about poor quality, if it isn't perfect, send the thing back. Muscian's Friend has a great return policy. I am very pleased with this purchase.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this bass!

          By Michael Aubin

          from SF Bay Area

          Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

          AXL Badwater Capricorn bass - seriously, I can't believe how good this thing is for so little money. It feels solid, and plays and sounds great! The neck looks straight and the action was set nice and low. All I had to do was adjust the intonation a tad, but no big deal. The sound is bright and snappy with a decent bottom end too. I get a nice crunch when I hit it harder. No construction issues that I can see. Not everyone is going to appreciate the way it looks --distressed wood, burned-in logo, quick and dirty paint job (I got brown), tarnished hardware-- but I think it's cool. If you play a Jazz bass, you will feel right at home on this. Worth checking out for sure.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

          SERIOUSLY, don't listen to any of the horrible reviews! I just played a show with it and it sounds amazing! Honestly, I was expecting some kind of crap bass with a nice look to play around with in my free time and the base sounded so nice that I use it to play live shows with my band!

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not worth the free shipping cost.

          Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

          I ordered this thing and played it unplugged for a while, as I hadn't had a chance to plug it in.First thing I noticed was the wood was split at the neck joint, not just your normal finish stress crack, but an actual split in the wood. I decided it could probably be fixed if I like the bass enough, and it seemed an alright player for the money. Then I plugged it in and...well, nothing. The knobs crackled, but that was the only noise the bass produced. I will not buy an Axl or from here again.

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Worth More

          Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

          Get this bass set up right and you've got one professional style bass at a beginner's cost. I have other basses varying in costs of up to $1,200 and if I had to sell them to make ends meet, I'd probably keep this one considering it's high quality pickups and controls and excellent smooth feel on the neck. Not a bad weight either. You won't be disappointed, just make sure to have it set up by a pro. Well worth the money and more!

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Awesome Bass

          By Kite

          from Phoenix, AZ

          Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

          I got this bass as my first bass, and still use it! It's got amazing tone, but the tuners are a real pain, and tone controls occasionally bring a buzz. Altogether, this bass is one of the best for it's price range. If you want quality, go to this bass.

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My favorite bass

          By Wunderwhirl

          from South Carolina

          Comments about Axl Badwater Capricorn Electric Bass Guitar:

          This is my third AXL product I have bought. I have a fire engine red model. I have loved this bass right out of the box. Even before plugging it in. When I did plug it in it sang through my amp. The jazz pickups really have nice flavor that required very little tweaking on my amp. I first bought it as a backup for my fender P-bass but have reversed their roles since I enjoy this one better. This is now my primary gigging bass and it has never failed me. Its very solid and very good looking. I never fail to get at least one or two compliments on it at shows. These basses should be selling for alot more.

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