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Lace Helix 5-String Neck-Through Electric Bass

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The Helix bass line features a sensuous body design in quallity hardwoods, DAT-system style control knobs with 250K pots for volume and tone, and pro...Click To Read More About This Product

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Sleek design and innovative electronics make for an intriguing mix of sight and sound.

The Helix bass line features a sensuous body design in quallity hardwoods, DAT-system style control knobs with 250K pots for volume and tone, and progressive Lace Alumitone 90s soapbar bass pickups. This premium model has laminated 6-piece neck with through-body construction, a mahogany body, and a 3-way selector switch. The dual Alumitone pickups are Jeff Lace original design, and are current driven versus the more traditional voltage-based pickups, providing a broad-band response for tighter top-end, more mid-range, and a huge bottom end. They're also more environmentally friendly (no more battery discarding) and make the guitar about 2 pounds lighter than it would be with the alternative. The Helix bass is also 34" scale length with heavy-duty 5-string chrome bridge and sealed chrome tuners, a twisted "H" inlay on the fretboard, and comes with a Red Label Design gig bag.

  • Patented Lace Helix body shape
  • Multi-6 laminated neck-through maple with mahogany sides
  • 34" scale
  • C-shaped neck
  • 21 Frets
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • 15" radius
  • 2 Lace Alumitone 90s soapbar bass pickups
  • Lace DAT volume knob with 250K pot
  • Lace DAT tone knob with 250K pot
  • Heavy-duty 5-string chrome bridge
  • Heavy-duty sealed chrome tuners
  • 3-way selector switch
  • Rosewood fretboard with twisted "H" inlay at 12th fret
  • Made in the USA
  • Includes Red Label Design gig bag
Weight: 7.6 lb.
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What a disappointment

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I received this bass after returning a made in Mexico Fender Jazz bass with a truss rod that could not be adjusted. There are so many things wrong with this instrument I don't know where to begin. First thing I noticed was the finish work was terribly shoddy where the fretboard meets the body as well as the nut installation. I had to buy a set of rat tail files to actually make the nut close to where it needed to be initially, but I will eventually have to replace it. The volume and tone pots were loose and I had to remove the knobs to tighten. Unfortunately when I put the knobs back on they now rub against the sides of the routered indents and make it difficult to turn. Today, with no warning, the neck pickup has gone dead. I removed the back plate and it has something to do with the wiring as I can get it to work intermittently, but with static. With all that said I do have to say it is a good looking axe, lightweight and the passive pickups do sound pretty good. I have not had enough time with the thing being playable to make any further comments, but it is most definitely not worth a fraction of the price.


A Different Kind of Bass

By Ashley Shelton

from Ohio

Overall, I am pleased with this guitar. Our band plays out about a dozen gigs a year and it has served well. The Lace comes with a custom padded case which is good looking and functional, but not worthy of protection if you were flying or shipping. I have never investigated a hard case. As an older musician (age 51), I really appreciate the incredibly light weight of this guitar, especially late into the third set. I have received many comments and questions about it while playing out. The tone is great. The alumitone pickups are not active, so it can remain plugged in without draining battery life. The volume is louder than a passive instrument, but not quite as loud as an active setup. I typically run it with the passive amp setting. This is an excellent platform for jazz, rock, top 40, but if you like to thump and pop, this is not the guitar for you. It has a rather narrow neck for a 5 string which is a preference for me.
Pretty simple tone and volume controls. Dials on the Lace are different than the standard knob controls and take a little getting used to. I actually like these better than the knobs as they have a "stickier" rubber feel when you need to get to them quick. I have a preference for the neck-through consruction.
Overall, this is a fairly well made instrument. I did have some problems with the initial setup that required a couple of trips to my local luthier. They were unfamiliar with the brand, but were able to rectify a few buzzing strings. "Oh year, your the guy that owns the "Space Guitar."" The amazing thing about the "Alumitone Pickups" is that there is no noise, no hum.
I would rate the value as just better than average. The lace is really in a class by itself since it is such a unique instrument. Most other basses are immulations of other guitars. The uniqueness of this instrument must be factored into the value equation.


Poorly made and too expensive

By Magic

from Las Vegas, NV

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I was really excited about receiving this bass after returning a made in Mexico Fender Jazz that had an improperly installed truss rod. I was able to set this up in just a few steps, but that's when it became difficult keeping up. The pots were loose in the cavity. I removed the knobs and tightened them all down. At that time the knobs would no longer make a complete revolution in the cavity. Seems that could have been designed better. The next day the wiring completely went out on the neck pickup. It has now been returned. The instrument has a great look and the weight was wonderfully light. The alumitone pickups had an interesting sound. Unfortunately the finish work on where the fretboard joins the body and the area around the nut was very poor.

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