In 1991 Deviser (Japan) created Bacchus Guitar and bass brand, which at the time focused in producing copies of Gibson and Fender with incredible attention to detail. Also Bacchus offered their own designs. They made their own pickups and electronics too, something unusal for Japanese manufacturers. These electronics are really good quality. That's why most Bacchus users very rarely change the pickups of their instruments.
Wood is stored and dried naturally for the needed time, ensuring the stability of the necks, avoiding problems in the future.
In 2005 Bacchus ended their production of copies and concentrated on original designs.
Apart from their top end Japanese production, Bacchus also has a more affordable line of instruments called "Universe Series". Despite the low price tag, you get a lot for what you pay.
Bacchus Universe Series BJB 2 RSM Roasted Maple Olympic White
This is is a traditional shaped bass that is obviously based on a Jazz Bass but with some cool appointments and an incredible attention to detail.
The bass is made in China but the assembly and full professional setup is made in Japan. That makes a huge difference. We really think this is one of the best basses in this price range.
For starters we have an alder body instead of some cheaper timbers and then there's a roasted maple neck that not only plays great but is also more stable thanks to the roasting process.
But there's more: we get a set of great sounding humbucker pickups (completely noise free) and passive electronics. This is a really solid sounding bass with a slightly darker/fuller sound but that still manages to remind the cassic sound of a Jazz Bass.
It is an easy to play bass and the mid weight body prevents the neck from diving in, a problem when the bass is too light. Traditional 34" scale and a narrow neck (38mm nut) complete with 19mm string spacing make this bass really comfortable to play.
To sum up, we think this is one of the best Super J Basses in the market in this price range. Don't let the low price tag fool you. You get more thatn what you pay for, simple as that.