Although I have only had my Starburst Gamma for a short time, I can already tell that it’s a superb bass! It might have similar looks to its fraternal twin, Rock-It, but the two have differences that allow them to complement each other when played together (look out, world, here comes Pure North!) and I would love to highlight what’s special about each of them.
Below, I have outlined the five categories that are most important to me when I’m rating a bass. This is purely my opinion and preferences for my instruments, but I hope it might help give you an idea of what it would be like to own one.
I usually prefer punchier basses, but I love how mellow the Starburst is! It adds a lot of warm, calm depth to my playing that I haven’t experienced with any of my other basses thus far. It sounds great with fingers and with a pick.
I think this is pretty obvious. Every time I look at this bass, I find something new to stare at. Although I was expecting it to be more on the whiter side instead of the creme tone it is, I really love the depth to it.
Compared to the weight of most other brands, Gammas are always lighter, but the Starburst is a bit on the heavier side. Most bassists will be fine with the weight of it, but it does bother my shoulder when I play it for extended periods of time.
The fretboard on Starburst feels identical to that of the Rock-It, and I have no complaints about either! They feel like heaven and make it easy to play complex patterns and rhythms because the silky neck pairs perfectly with the rosewood fretboard.
I haven’t had an issue with the Starburst so far! I hope it remains this way, especially with the paint!