Maxam 43” Beginner Bass Review – An unexpected punch of versatility
The dude in black has passed the test! While minor flaws can be pointed out, for this price you'll be getting more quality than you deserve, so shut yer trap! Joking aside, this is a great pick for any beginner, thumbs of from me!
Upon sifting through all the items available on the market these days, we have to admit that Maxam wasn’t exactly a brand we had high expectations from. We also most definitely did NOT expect to get this punch of versatility and very solid sound from it. Let’s dive into this one!
Elegant is obviously the word of the day. The bass looks like Johnny Cash designed it, or at least colored it, with all-black everything. The body has a sleek double-cutaway design and is quite smooth, but there’s actually one thing we want to discuss first – this thing is light! It measures in at just 6.5 lbs (3 kg), which is more a guitar weight than a bass weight.
While this does impact the overall sturdiness of the instrument, the light weight makes the bass quite easy to hold and play, which is something newbies are bound to appreciate. Apart from that, the body is smooth and locks in properly to the player’s body. The neck isn’t thin, but is far from the chunky side too, meaning that it won’t hurt your hands and will give the proper feel a four-string should give. Pretty much the same goes for frets, which are neatly placed and well tightened in.
Another notable part is the headstock, which has this slightly edgy vibe too it with a slightly sharpened upper side. We think it’s a nice touch and a little something to give the bass an extra pinch of flavor.
The bass utilizes a solid wood body mixed up with a maple neck and a classic rosewood fingerboard with 24 frets and classic white dot inlays.
In the electronic department, we are likely looking at the factor that secures all that versatility we have praised in the intro. It’s a magnetic single coil plus humbucker combo of a Jazz pickup in the bridge position and a precision pickup in the neck position. This is a passive bass, thus it features a single Tone control knob for each of the pickups, along with a must-have Master Volume control for adjusting the instrument’s overall audio output.
Among other notable features, we’re looking at a standard four-saddle fixed bridge – black in color of course, black hardware, along with a set of four die-cast that do a solid job in keeping the bass in tune. We like that the bass has additional components included in the price, specifically a hex key and a cable.
Perhaps the most prominent feature of this product is the price, or value for money. From the right retailer, this dude in black can be yours for as low as $150, and for the quality it offers on all fronts, that’s just killer stuff.
We’re not sure if it’s the wood combo or the pickup mixture, but this bass can really cover a lot of ground, most than the vast majority of similarly priced items. Now don’t expect a $4000 beast packed inside a $150 guitar, but for the price, the level of versatility and possible sonic tweaks that actually sound solid is pretty darn wide.
If you crank up the Jazz pickup, you will get a bass-fueled warm and mellow tone suited for less aggressive styles of music, but if you put the precision pickup to the max, you will awaken a punk rock, metal fueled beast with loads of punch and crunch. As is often the case, the sound you might prefer the most could be right in that golden middle area.
Apart from that, the light weight secures easy playability, and the neck thickness enables you to first and foremost focus on your musicality and not worry about overcoming physical obstacles of chunky gear.
- Top-notch versatility
- Elegant design
- Light weight
- Great value for money
- Tonewood could be a tad better
- Minor fret buzz