Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar Natural 889406560956

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The Atlas Solo JB350/CM4 is a solid top fretless bass that takes advantage of innovative Breedlove bass bracing featuring the JLD Bridge Truss system. Voiced with the textured response of mahogany, th... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Atlas Solo JB350/CM4 is a solid top fretless bass that takes advantage of innovative Breedlove bass bracing featuring the JLD Bridge Truss system. Voiced with the textured response of mahogany, the concert deep body with monitor soundhole sounds great acoustically and is ready to plug in and play out. This Breedlove guitar is a high-performance instrument offered at a price that working musicians can afford. The L.R. Baggs LR-T CV Tuner Preamp features a 3-band EQ, presence, phase, and a stealthy chromatic tuner. Includes a Deluxe Breedlove hardshell case.

Features
  • Jumbo, extra deep body, soft cutaway
  • Solid Western red cedar top
  • Mahogany laminate back and sides
  • Extra deep body: 5" at heel, 4" at tail block
  • Lower bout width: 17"
  • Improved Breedlove bracing with ultralight JLD Bridge Truss for stability and sustain
  • Breedlove "monitor" side soundhole
  • Black binding, top, back, corner caps
  • Abalone rosette
  • Breedlove offset dot inlay pattern
  • Satin finish, body & neck
  • Breedlove Atlas rosewood bridge
  • Rosewood fretboard, Scale length 34"
  • Nut width 1-5/8" tuned to E on lowest string
  • Double action truss rod, soundhole adjustable
  • Chrome Grover bass tuner Keys
  • L.R. Baggs LR-T CV Tuner Preamp w/ onboard chromatic tuner with in-line mute, presence, phase, EQ
  • D'Addario EXP bass strings
  • Deluxe Breedlove hardshell case included
  • Designed by Kim Breedlove
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BreedloveAtlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Stays in tune (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

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5.0

Amazing axe!

By Frank Bonifazi

from Fort Collins, Colorado

Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

Just got my BJ350 last week and can't stop playing it! This is my 1st fretless bass, but I've tried out many. This is a special instrument. The tone is wonderful - rich and loud acoustically if your remove the side port cover...just what I need to hear my pitch. It takes a while to get used to the dots being the on-pitch if you're coming from a guitar or another fretted instrument. I would prefer fret-lines, but I'm getting the hang of it. The built-in tuner works well, but is positioned a bit far back on the side to see easily. Some say the neck is chunky, but I like it a lot better than my Ibanez SR400's "fast, slim" neck. It's more substantial and I think it adds to the sustain. I don't have big hands. The JDL rod inside is probably helping as well. The tone is miles ahead of less expensive acoustic bass guitars. I don't normally buy guitars with laminate sides and back, but in this design, I don't think it hurts. This axe is build tough like a tank. The L.R. Baggs preamp seems fine but it takes some finesse to play without the "growl" - at least with the round wounds it ships with. Even with them, you can play delicately and reduce the growl and the touch of this axe is superb ...you can control the whole note ASDR envelope- unlike a fretted bass. I?ll be trying some mics out for recording to compare. My K&K Meridian?s goose neck seems a bit short for this big body, to have enough positioning flexibility like for my acoustic guitars. I'm thinking a stand mounted tube condenser or a ribbon will sound great. I like the matte finish ? it hides dings well and is tasteful. The tone is somewhere between an upright and a fretless electric (either solid or hollow body). It's a very cool tone and I think is a new one the scene that makes its own statement - perfect for my more progressive Americana tunes (not Roots). I have a new appreciation for Korean workmanship. The inside looks cleanly executed and even sanded ? no splinters or sharp edges on braces etc. Francesco - www.NewAmericana.net

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love my breedlove

By JB

from TEXAS

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Too Pretty

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Playing It
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

I don't have to haul my double bass around which is a 4/4 and with the right flatwound strings you couldn't tell the difference.I just wish I could use a bow on it.Some of our songs require I use a bow.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great unplugged a challenge on stage

By Dia the string

from Wales. Uk

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • Feedback On Stage

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Unplugged

Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

I have played fretless for over 30 yrs, I know a good bass when i play one so when I picked up the bass I immediately changed the strings to flat wound thomastic and also bought a rubber insert into the front sound hole. This stopped the treble end and made the bass sound richer ie similar to a double bass.

My acoustic amps are all schertler so easy to match to an acoustic instrument, however on a couple of gigs I have had so much feedback I have had to revert to a solid body fretless. This is a pain.

Playing is easy with a good response across the fretboard. I found there was a higher than acceptable action when I had the bass, I altered the truss rod but found at the lower action a lot of ring on the E string! As the bridge is fairly cheap you can't individually higher lower each string so I changed the strings as noted above to a lower tension set which did the job and over a week or so the neck came into a good action.

Overall I'm happy but the bass i have now is massively better than the one I purchased all those months ago! You need it set up properly and think about where you sit on live gigs as this is a feedback king. Apart from that I like it and play it often as a 1st choice when it behaves. For to price it's good value.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Singing fretless tones

By Stickman

from The Great Northwest

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Rich Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

      This bass is simply a step above other comparable basses in tone, looks and playability. The side monitor soundhole is fantastic for keeping your fretless playing in tune, as well. A great instrument that will find its way into your hands over and over again.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Not USA made but not bad

      By John Lennon

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

          This fretless bass plays very easily for a fretless bass. That being said there are a few places on the fingerboard where the string will rattle. The acoustic sound is pretty loud but a little too trebly for me. Plugged in it sounds amazing and I will use it for recording. Overall it is a great bass for the price, but not a professional level instrument.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          better than AJ250

          By Unnamed User-A2M-2

          from Hayward CA

          Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

          I had the old AJ250, and it was OK, but I dropped it and it was never the same. I sold it and was without a Acoustic for a while. When I got this BJ350 I was very happy with it. The Baggs pickup is much better than the Fishman. Also, the one shown in the picture is the old model Baggs. The new one is also an upgrade. Very easy to play, good sound, and the "monitor" sound hole is awesome. It looks like they were concerned with balance as the battery compartment for the Baggs is in the tailpiece of the guitar, and it makes for easy access. Great thump!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good value for the money

          By Chuck Sylvester

          from Cinnaminson, NJ

          Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

          Features: Pretty basic 4-string fretless acoustic bass. decent undersaddle pickup. Sounds pretty natural plugged in. A nice extra is the spare bridge saddle provided. That way you can change the action but still keep the original saddle in case you mess up. Comes with round wound strings. If you leave them on very long, you'll start to get little grooves in the rosewood fingerboard. I replaced mine with D'Addario Chromes, which are easier on the fingerboard and my fingers. They also sound less "zippy" than roundwounds and more like an upright. Mine came in a nice luggage-style hard case, but I believe newer ones are shipping in a high quality pasdded nylon case. Quality & Reliability: Quality is pretty good, although the nut on mine came loose. Easily fixed with a light touch of white glue. Other than that, it seems well built. I used the spare saddle and cut it for the exact action I like- fairly low, but not so low that you get too much fingerboard buzz. Look & Feel: Satin finish isn't as nice as gloss (in my opinion) but for the price, it has a great look and feel. Neck is a bit chunky, more similar to an upright neck that an electric bass. But it plays smooth and easy. This bass is louder unplugged than others I played (Fender, Michal Kelly, Dean, and Ibanez). It also sounds great through a bass amp- lots of lows, but with enough articulation. This instrument is made in Korea. Final setup and QC is done in the States. A very good value for the money. If I could split the starts in half, I'd give it 4.5 stars.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Happy to own it

          By Otto-cTJUy

          from Saratoga Springs, NY

          Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

          I bought this bass thinking I would use it once in a while for acoustic jams, but it's become my main bass since I bought it. It's a pleasure just to sit around and play with the radio and not have to have an amp.

          (30 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This is one sic puppy!

          By Steve

          from Whittier, CA

          Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

          There's not a lot of choices out there for a quality acoustic style bass. There's Ibanez, Dean, Washburn, Laguna as well as other laminate imports. None of them are of a high quality nature even though they are usually pleasing to the eye. I bought and then traded in my brand new Laguna acoustic electric bass in towards the purchase of this instrument. Having owned an domestic Breedlove 6 string, quality materials and craftsmenship were expected even at import status. I was not disappointed. It's simplicity and " meat and potatoes " attitude, demeanor, and character make this a choice player! From it's stylish peghead through it's thick fat ebony fret board, across it's solid red cedar top to the guitar pick shaped sound hole on the top side this bass screams quality instrument at a moderate price. I liked it better then the Taylor or Martin basses being offered. Being a guitar player first and a bass player second I love playing all over the neck with a tendencey to get melodic as oppossed to rythymic, I find this bass an absolute blast to play. Came with the action a little higher then I'd like but what new guitar doesn't. Fretless might not be for everyone but I'm enjoying the challange and discovering new tones everyday! Yep, this is one sic puppy. If it wasn't for the action I'd give it 5 stars but I don't like giving anybody 5 stars anyway. 5 should be reserved for perfection!

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I'd Take This Over An Electric ANYDAY

          By voodoochile808

          from New York City, NY

          Comments about Breedlove Atlas Series Solo BJ350/CM4 Fretless Acoustic-Electric Bass Guitar:

          Played this bass in the store the other day. Ended up buying it two hours later. This thing RESONATES! It has a very deep, sweet, crisp sound (especially after I put on phosphor bronze strings), and it is LOUD! I didn't know acoustic basses could produce this much sound. The solo series "monitor" sound hole is a nice feature--really makes the playing experience more enjoyable.The action is incredible--I could play it with one hand if I wanted to.Plugged in, this bass is hands down the best I've ever heard. Up until I played this one, I was never impressed with acoustic basses, so I was shopping for an electric bass. But when I picked up this one, I was so impressed I bought it instead of the american fretless j-bass.

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