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OLP MM3 with Flamed Maple Top 5-String Bass

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Quality construction with basswood or elm (natural finish) body with flamed maple top, North American maple neck, and maple fretboard dish up fat, de...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get the reach of a 5-string at a bargain price.

Quality construction with basswood or elm (natural finish) body with flamed maple top, North American maple neck, and maple fretboard dish up fat, deep tone with punch. Superior components include chrome hardware, open-gear tuners, a heavy-duty bridge, and an MM-style pickup.

FEATURES
  • Basswood or elm (natural finish) body
  • Flamed maple top
  • North American Maple neck
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 21 jumbo frets
  • 34" scale
  • Black dot fret markers
  • Chrome hardware
  • Open gear machine heads
  • Music Man-style humbucker
  • One tone and 2 volume controls
  • Heavy-duty bridge
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4.0

(based on 18 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not too bad but not too good!

I am a fan of the low action bass. In this bass, this is a problem because the second and third string have a terrible buzz in the 12 and 15 frets,so this...Read complete review

I am a fan of the low action bass. In this bass, this is a problem because the second and third string have a terrible buzz in the 12 and 15 frets,so this problem limit me to put all the strings more higher and rest me speed. When you close one of any of the volume and put the tone open high, you gona hear a big hum even if you have a good amps and preamps. When you open both volumens control you can get good punch sound even like the original Musicman and that is the stronger part of this bass. Any way, if you are looking for an "all around bass" to play a lot of styles like me, this is not the bass for you especialy if you are a rock or jazz player. I return it for those reasons. If you play pop or reggae or you are a slap player you can get it. Once again for that reason I give a 7 because pop and slap are the stronger part of this bass and it look great too. Thanks to Musicians Friend for their great return policy!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Disappointed

First, I must say, it is possible the bass I got was a total lemon, but most likely, the one I got reflects the general quality of the OLP line. The finish...Read complete review

First, I must say, it is possible the bass I got was a total lemon, but most likely, the one I got reflects the general quality of the OLP line. The finish and genaral appearance of this bass is outstanding...but... The control knobs: the first knob does nothing. The second knob is volumne, and the third knob seems to be some type of sweepable frequency boost/cut? The fretwork is amature at best, the frets cut into your left hand while playing. The tuner gears are sloppy. The action is high. The over sound is no where near a Music Man. This is a really cheap (cheaply made) Chinese bass. The old saying" 'you get what you pay for' does not apply to this bass. Look elsewhere for a bargain bass.

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4.0

Expect the unexpected

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I am from the old school that believes you should be able to work on your own instrument. That being the case, I don't trust any instrument to come to me ready to play. I bought this bass as a cheap bass for my students to play on at my studio. After I set it up, I realized that the build quality was quite higher than I thought it would be, so I changed the tuners and put in better pots. Believe it or not I think the p/up sounds fatter than most so I left it. I spent $100 extra bucks and a little time on it, and it sounds awesome. Don't let anyones bad luck or ignorance sway you. This is a quality product.P.S. I only changed the parts out, so it would have black hardware. The upgrade was just a bonus I didn't anticipate.Play on

 
5.0

best passive 5-string bass

By MR. Bassman-O1wVt

from venezuela

This is one of the best passive 5-strings you can find it the market. I have played and owned tons of basses, including original fenders, ibanez, rickenbackers,etc. The mm3 sound like an axe that cost 4 times it`s price. I reclently used my honeyburst one to record professional stuff and it works really good. The flame top looks better than you can see on the internet and is a great bass to play from solid lines to fast slap and tapping stuff if you adjust it the right way. I recommend this bass for every level players. Plug it into a nady mse-100a enhacer and a good amp and it will sound more like and "active" bass.

 
5.0

Amazing

By Basslover329

from Jersey

I got this bass for my b-day and i love it. It just is amazing the action is really low its great just buy it.

 
3.0

Not the most bang for your buck

By Basscatbill

from Nevada

After playing this bass I was quite surprised by the sound. They don't sound quite like a Music Man which their aiming at, but still sounds ok. The quality isn't bad, just a lot a annoying things. Bad wiring, pots, loose bridge. I ended up selling it and going with a G&L L-2000. Aimed at the same styles of music, but by a far better bass (better than a real Music Man too). G&L also makes a Tribute series which is made overseas and still sounds/plays amazing but for much less

 
5.0

Who needs the MusicMan version?

By punkskabassist87

from Westfield, MA

For the longest time I was longing to reach those lower octaves to open the door for variety and experimentation with my ska band, and I'd always liked the sound that came from the MusicMan Stingray. With the $1300 pricetag, though, I looked elsewhere. While Fender has Squier and Gibson has Epiphone, MusicMan has OLP. I ordered the OLP MM3 5-string with the natural finish, and it's a beauty. I've had it for a while now and I've had no hardware problems with it, and the tones you can get from adjusting the knobs are incredible. The biggest thing switching from a 4-string to a 5-string is getting used to how close the strings are, but I did and now I never want to go back to my Fender Jazz Bass.

 
5.0

Review

By Fretlessbassman

from Washington D.C.

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For the money this is a great bass. Action is fantastic, Pickups are great, looks fine!This Bass will growl and it can also be mellow . Good for Rock, Funk, and Jazz! It's built like a tank! I have the natural finish and it looks great! If you are thinking about buying a Fender Jazzman or Fender P-Bass, try this out first. You will be surprised! I have five Basses now, this is my favorite! It's not a StingRay, however it's very close!

 
2.0

Good but not solid

By hurshykiss

from Denver, CO

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I have the OLP mm3 flame top five string. Nice looking bass. Good sound. I bought it because I double in bass and guitar in my band and have for two years. Wanted to try a five string. Great to start but after about three months, the wiring on a pot broke. The G tuner fell out turning a restringing because holes were stripped, and the strap knob stripped out of its hole. The bass is decent for at home practice but a few trips and few gigs and it doesn't have much longevitiy. If you are going to go five string, you are going to have to spend some money to happy in the long run.

 
3.0

Looks Can Be Deceiving!!!!!!

By Steve MAc

from San Diego, Cali

I had this bass for about a month and the first one I bought had bad wiring. I exchanged it for another one which sounded ok, but in the middle of a concert the nut popped where the B string is. The bass doesn't sound bad but it's not durable. I would recommend this bass for beginners. If you're an experienced player then I would suggest that you check out that Cort CURBOW.

 
5.0

A Beauty

By FlyingV490

from Haddonfield, NJ

I thought this bass would be a cheapie piece of wood, but I love it!. The natural finish looks incredible, the fretboard is very low action (but could be a bit smoother), and it sounds great. Honestly, I can barely tell the difference between this bass and any MusicMan bass I've ever played. It rocks!!

 
4.0

Not too bad but not too good!

By Wilfredo Vazquez

from Puerto Rico

I am a fan of the low action bass. In this bass, this is a problem because the second and third string have a terrible buzz in the 12 and 15 frets,so this problem limit me to put all the strings more higher and rest me speed. When you close one of any of the volume and put the tone open high, you gona hear a big hum even if you have a good amps and preamps. When you open both volumens control you can get good punch sound even like the original Musicman and that is the stronger part of this bass. Any way, if you are looking for an "all around bass" to play a lot of styles like me, this is not the bass for you especialy if you are a rock or jazz player. I return it for those reasons. If you play pop or reggae or you are a slap player you can get it. Once again for that reason I give a 7 because pop and slap are the stronger part of this bass and it look great too. Thanks to Musicians Friend for their great return policy!

 
5.0

good bass for the price

By Joe-zlRmd

from Mansfield, OH

yeah so i like this bass a lot for the price, its got some pretty good action on it, and i especially like change on and off with the bass and bridge volume, i haven't had any technical problems so far. And besides the looks are sweet, nice flamed maple and gotta love the pick guard. Definitely not the best bass i've ever played, but dont get me wrong, i love it, especially with that price. Good bass for intermediate players too.

 
4.0

A Great Five String.

By Mr. William Bassman

from Oxford, Alabama

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First of all, this bass looks excellent. It also plays great. That being said, yes, you will probably have to set it up to your playing style. That's a given with any instrument. The makers cannot guess what your playing style is. Don't let that discourage you from getting this bass. It has an excellent tone even through a crappy Silvertone practice amp (I've tested it!). It sounds amazing hooked into a Kustom Cab (I tested THAT!). If you're looking into a five string, you can't go wrong with this one. Or if you just want that second... or third... or fourth bass to rock with. GO FOR IT!!!

 
5.0

Mine was great

By shredforone312

from Manassas, VA

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I love this bass. It feels so natural. The strings are a little loose, which allows me to get a real groove going. The pickup is beefy in tone, kinda rumbly. The pickup also has a great place to rest your thumb if you play fingerstyle. The only upgrades/tune-ups i had done were installation of straplocks and a full setup (action adjustment, intonation set). Great bass for this price. Played it many times on stage in front of hundreds and it sounded great. Can't go wrong, just expect to put a little more money into it (probably $50 max) than the sticker price shows.

 
2.0

Disappointed

By 1954bassman

from Hickory, NC

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First, I must say, it is possible the bass I got was a total lemon, but most likely, the one I got reflects the general quality of the OLP line. The finish and genaral appearance of this bass is outstanding...but... The control knobs: the first knob does nothing. The second knob is volumne, and the third knob seems to be some type of sweepable frequency boost/cut? The fretwork is amature at best, the frets cut into your left hand while playing. The tuner gears are sloppy. The action is high. The over sound is no where near a Music Man. This is a really cheap (cheaply made) Chinese bass. The old saying" 'you get what you pay for' does not apply to this bass. Look elsewhere for a bargain bass.

 
5.0

Solid, strong, and versatile

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have the elm body w/ the natural finish, and have had it for over a year, now. The bass has quite a versatile sound. The 1st control is the bass volume; 2nd is bridge volume; and 3rd is the tone. With only the bass volume on, I can get from a great blues to nice warm jazz sounds depending on the tone setting. With only the bridge volume on, I can get great punch n' funk. Both volumes up and it'll growl and rock! No tech problems, easy to set up. Good intonation and stays in tune really well for me. Neck can be hard on the hand after playing too long, though. Best guitar I've ever bought for the price, IMO.

 
4.0

Not the greatest but nice

By Basser-KPYpW

from Hawaii

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The bass is really nice, it's top strap holder was weak, the screw came off of mines and the replacement screw is hard to find so the price of the bass if you wanted to resell it may go down.

 
5.0

Unexpected Greatness

By SurfsUPWilson

from Schenectady, NY

I bought this bass about a year ago replacing my 4 string Fender P-Bass. i was looking for a more versatile bass and i found it. I have played a lot of basses and this bass is probably one of the best sounding basses i have ever played. The only difference between it and the original StingRay is the name on the headstock. It is so good that i just bought another one in thoughts of converting my older one into a fretless.

 
1.0

Cheap junk bass

By BassDude

from San Diego

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Typical assembly line cheap junk bass made in China. Very cheap nut and bridge that buzzed everytime I hit a string. After 2 years of light use the neck warped so bad the bass is unplayable. I plan on taking out the frets to see if it can be salvaged as a fretless.

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