Review by Robb Weir of The Tygers of Pan Tang
Ok so here’s my Review.
What can I say other than I have nothing but praise for this guitar.
The fender Jaguar has always been my weapon of choice with my Telecaster bringing up the rear, but now with the Cassidy CE531 I have a new problem and that is which of the former do I leave at home because this guitar it compact beautiful to look at wonderful to hold and easy to play with a sound that’s every bit as good and in some cases better than the top name brands. The pickups are very good indeed.
I’m always a bit worried buying a guitar from a relatively unknown source but those fears were quashed as soon as I plugged it in .
It’s all very well having your Gibson Fenders and Gretsch’s but these are produced on mass and in my opinion lack the personal touch you get from Cassidy and to discover recently that my axe is only one of three was a bonus.
I for one will be spending a lot more money with Cassidy and if this guitar is anything to go by I won’t be disappointed.
I received my Bluesville BVB361 (ASH) on the morning of my band Tripwire’s (a Cassidy endorsed band) show supporting Evil Scarecrow. I already knew that my instrument would be set up to a professional standard as I had been in regular contact with Simon through the whole process of choosing the correct instrument all the way through to the set up and strings I required. I was pleasantly surprised as it was perfectly in tune and looked as beautiful as it did from the website and the photos sent me of the bass that was going to be sent to me. The set up was incredible. Intonation was perfect and hammer ons and pull offs were a breeze, something that a lot of basses at the same price point don’t deal with even after a pro set up.
The sound is phenomenal. Whether you need a clean or dirty tone, this bass can handle both with ease without losing any clarity. You can even get the same clarity anywhere between the blend. My first proper time playing the bass was in during a live show and it really shone through. I used to be a Thunderbird man, but the sound of the BVB361 broke through the mix without overshadowing the other instruments. I have been using it in the studio too. The amount of sounds you can get out of this one bass is amazing, I’ve been using it exclusively while I’ve been recording as nothing else I own comes anywhere near.
The finish as I’ve said already is beautiful. The grain of the Ash really looks amazing. I have since removed the pick guard as its unfair to your eyes to cover up more of the bass than you need.
The hardcase that came with it not only looks the part, but is sturdy as anything and as I said earlier, the bass arrived in tune. That’s a sign of a great case, surely! I’ve also dropped an amp on the case a couple of times and there’s not even a dent!
The only flaw I’d say is that this bass has is that it’s a little too heavy for my stage show. I like to move around a lot and go crazy. Maybe I’m just a weakling, but it’s not too bad. I can still jump around and run to the bar with it and slam some shots mid show. But the sound, looks and build quality really overshadow this problem so I can’t fault the BVB361.
I’m looking forward to my next purchase from Cassidy. I’d like to thank Simon for being there every step of the way and really caring about my needs as a player. Not just top quality instruments are made at Cassidy, they have top quality service too.
Here’s to a long partnership (hopefully)…
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Review by Luke Walton
Over the past few months I have been researching and playing precision basses with the intention of adding one to my ever growing collection. I recently got back in touch with Simon to reboot my lessons to maintain a good standard of playing on the low end. I discussed with Simon my keen interest to buy a precision bass and mentioned I had liked a few models on his website. By the time the kettle was boiled he had brought out the basses we discussed for me to try. I was immediately taken aback by the Bluesville with its stunning ash body and polished finish.
After playing it and hearing the low end boom with that classic precision sound, I knew I was going to treat myself for Christmas. The service Simon provided was second to none. He showed me every ash Bluesville in stock to establish my favourite and he offered to change the scratch plate from white to black upon learning my preference. It was set up perfectly and ready for me to collect within two days of my order. I thought this was very efficient especially during the festive period.
The ash body was exquisite and the pearl inlays look fantastic on the Rosewood neck. The finish also looked very professional.
Playability and sound
The first thing I noticed was the powerful low end boom. I know with this bass I wont have a problem being heard. Already it strikes me as being a very versatile guitar from general rock to a punchy slap/pop sound. The frets on the neck have been taken in, so moving my hand up and down feels very smooth. I have had previous problems in the past with basses that were neck heavy, however with this guitar I find it is well balanced.
I will admit I was a self confessed brand snob, however upon playing the Cassidy guitar range I was convinced to change my ways. The sound the Bluesville generates and the instant presence it provides, the price is generous to say the least.
This guitar can happily hold its own against its competing models and Cassidy Guitars sets the standard for service and price.
The CB901 UKCB has been developed in consultation with Pato Munoz a leading session player and teacher in Madrid, Spain. A key consideration was to meet the exacting requirements of Studio / TV / large scale production environments where minimum electronic noise is mandatory. We have also been fortunate in working with Bartolini USA who Custom Wound their Industry Standard Hum Cancelling Pickups for the CB901and added their Premium Active Electronics to complete the project. Here’s his Video Review…
I Purchased the Cassidy CE501TK guitar in January 2015.
Full details and specifications of the Cassidy CE501TK can be found here…
Take a look at the final setup and demo video of Chris’s guitar here…
This review is a little unusual as the guitar in question was a UK Custom Built project for a very lucky young man called Michael Eastham who worked alongside me in my workshop during his Half-Term School holidays throughout the build. This was a great experience for Michael and has produced a top quality guitar which I’m sure he will treasure for a lifetime. Although still a young man Michael has attended lessons for a number of years at the Cassidy Guitar Studio and is now an accomplished Guitarist and Bass player. He also has a fine collection of guitars – so he knows what he is talking about…….
Review by Michael Eastham
This guitar is by FAR the best guitar i have seen, played and owned. As if the fact that it was custom built wasn’t enough, I can gladly say I had the brilliant opportunity to help build this excellent instrument.
It sounds perfect, it looks perfect and it was great to help build, and everything extra; the stands, and string changes, the extra work put into the build, have been greatly appreciated.
This guitar could not be any better, and i would rate this guitar a definite 10/10, thanks again Simon Cassidy!
Full specifications of the Cassidy UK Custom Built ST1 can be seen here.