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I have this friend... looking at Cruise basses (mostly because I'm always talking about how great Hamers are). Any general advice, things to watch for, etc in finding a good Cruise? Are the mid 90's MIK's okay? I see that the USA model sells for $500-1000 with a lot of sold's under $600, this seems like a steal compared to Hamer guitars. Thanks!

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The Korean made Hamers were good quality, so those Cruise basses will be OK.  Holding out for a USA version to come up at a good price is worth the wait. 

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I second holding out for a US version, especially at the prices they come in at.  Also, recognize there is a 1st Gen and 2nd Gen. Cruise bass.  1st Gen was set neck and a totally different beast, harder to find and more expensive.  The 2nd Gen is the more JB looking version, and came in both a 2Tek bridge or a Gotoh bridge config.  The 2 Teks are generally heavier, but apparently have sustain for days, though I personally have not been fortunate enough to play one.

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Can anyone post a neck comparison between the 1st Gen and the 2nd Gen Cruise bass and the MIK bass? The only Hamer bass I have ever tried was a friends 12 string MIK Cruise bass. 

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The first generation Cruise Bass had a full size Gibson-ish neck.  The nut width was a standard 1 5/8" like a Precision Bass.  The second generation Cruise Bass was a higher quality version of a Jazz Bass with a narrower nut and thinner neck. 

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Thanks for the comments!

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Posted (edited)

Ist Gen trussrod cover spelling?

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Edited by LefThanDed

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May have a 2nd gen 2tek CB w/ OHSC ready for sale soon... New Bass Amp Day and other things in works may require sale...  (Bass has a little bit more greenish tint in person..)

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One caveat I will add to 2nd gen neck sizes...the 4 string models have the slender J-bass profile, but the 5 string models have a fuller asymetrical profile (it's fuller/rounder on the bass string side and a little more oval/flatter on the treble string side).  I'm a guitar player who if need be can hack his way through a gig as a mediocre at best bass player, but when I play my 2nd Gen Cruise 4 string and then my 2nd Gen Cruise 5 string back to back I quickly realize just how much more I really like the way Hamer shaped the 2nd gen 5 string Cruise neck.  The 4 string neck feels more traditional, the 5 string more "boutique"...again, I'm not a real bass player though YMMV.

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Posted (edited)
20 minutes ago, holLoWskull said:

One caveat I will add to 2nd gen neck sizes...the 4 string models have the slender J-bass profile, but the 5 string models have a fuller asymetrical profile (it's fuller/rounder on the bass string side and a little more oval/flatter on the treble string side).  I'm a guitar player who if need be can hack his way through a gig as a mediocre at best bass player, but when I play my 2nd Gen Cruise 4 string and then my 2nd Gen Cruise 5 string back to back I quickly realize just how much more I really like the way Hamer shaped the 2nd gen 5 string Cruise neck.  The 4 string neck feels more traditional, the 5 string more "boutique"...again, I'm not a real bass player though YMMV.

Perfect description... The 2nd gen 5-string CB's had a asymmetrical neck design similar to the original Tobias Basses in the late 80's/early 90's... 2nd gen 4-string CBs exhibit (IMHO) a slightly narrower J-Bass neck profile

 

Edited by geobluto

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