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  1. Ludwig, Germany

    Incredible Sound, good handling, beautiful design, high quality materials – altogether: good work BITE-Guitars and thank you for this beautiful bass!

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  2. Bernhard, Germany

    Great instrument and super smooth experience configuring it. Wolfgang and team were super responsive and supportive! Will for sure buy again… looking for 5 strings… 😉

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  3. Martin Særmark-Thomsen, Denmark

    I have owned several basses in the same or higher price range. None of them added anything to my playing, so I kept browsing between my 20+ cheap, mainly stock Squier basses.
    Then I took a chance and took a BITE. Every time I pick it up it scares me 🙂
    It sounds amazing. Every little detail in the sound is very well articulated. Just by changing your playing style – or adjusting with the controls (which actually works throughout) – it’s possible to get the tone and expression you want for any genre.
    And it is a very easily played instrument. Effortlessly, with no strain on your hands, you can get clear harmonics, thumpy lows, growling snaring snaps or loads of slappe-di-plucke-di-slap. Every time I play it other band members, fellow bass players or guests notice the sound and the spot-on balance in the mix.
    The craftmanship is excellent, and easily exceed what I have experienced on way higher priced brands. No gaps, loose components, rough fits of shortcuts. Just amazing craftmanship and assembly. Even after travelling 1000 km (measured in a straight line) the setup was flawless.
    On top of that, the dialogue with Wolfgang was top class.

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  4. Mr. T, Norway

    Great experience overall. The configurator is brilliant and the ordering process easy. Friendly and service-minded, fast delivery, “bullet-proof” packaging. The instrument is flawless, beautiful and very smooth (comfortable with great playability). The Bite pickups are outstanding – very powerful. Highly recommended!

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  5. Bram, Netherlands

    Awesome bass, superb playability, great service.

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  6. Al, USA

    Those BITE videos on youtube really do represent their true sound. Just incredible! I own a Rick 4003, a Stingray and a couple 7enders. My BITE outpunches them all ’nuff said.

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  7. Elio Fiorillo, Italy

    To me, the most important thing in an instrument is his playability and overall comfort, and this bass has plenty of it. Strings never feel stiff, the neck has the right space between the strings and the neck is easy to fret, while (or because) it has a thicker D shape. Personally I prefer that, because I never fret the notes with my thumb, and that’s almost the only reason to have a slimmer shape for me. The bass isn’t heavy, its weight is standard/light and the body is smaller than the norm. This, compared to bigger basses like my semihollow bass, give away some support for the right arm, tough is only a really minor incovenience and only when you finger right under the neck (wich is out of fashion but I like). But again, it is only matter of getting accustomated to and is a good trade off for less weight and price.

    The second most important thing is sound, and output levels: I prefer higher output basses because I always lean towards fingering stronger than I should and this bass has an impressive output, wich really helps me playing lighter. It also helps with effects, like envelope filters, overdrives and flangers. And the sound itself is really defined. I use the bass 99% of the time with the pickup wired in series and the result is dark, yet roaring and really powerful and punchy in the lower/groove register. The higher register really seems like it sings, it amazes me. I want to specify that notes sounded really “full bodied” also in the high register.

    Regarding durability, everything seems made to last. With appropriate care and handling, I foresee to keep and play this bass for at least the next twenty years without issues, and I really hope so.

    Regarding aestethics, it is a nice looking bass. I love the colors and the bitten head, woods looks very nice too. I’ve chosen to have my signature lasered on the body, and that for me it’s “that thing” that turns me on. Like it’s Elio’s bass, and that’s it. A signature look and sound.

    The price was good too. I can’t afford very much and this was the chance to have something designed my way (simple things that usually are never put togheter in the same basses) paying less than more famous options that , tough with similar quality, would have been a sort of compromise in terms of features.

    Would I buy another one? Hell yeah, but mostly a 5-er or a fretless, because this one is so versatile I can do whatever I want with it.

    My bass is a 4 string Punch model, with black locust fretboard, the wider neck choice with dots, an humbucker in bridge position and a 4 way switch between pickup in series / neck only / parallel / bridge only. The body is caramel and the pickguard is tortoise red, non matching head and the body has my signature lasered on it.

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  8. LocoMoto, USA

    what can I say? I first noticed the BITE brand through an alanaalberg video. the more I delved into their site, the more fascinating I found their approach to the bass guitar. I built my bass online, a short time later they sent me a mail announcing dispatch, it came with stunning pictures of my bass, the bass arrivd, I unbox it, tune it, plug it an find the sound hard to believe.

    I play it every day and have not found single flaw, this brand is waaay underrated, could charge 3 times their prices

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  9. The Max, Austria

    Smooth, powerful, punchy. Simply great!

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  10. cay33, USA

    Lead time was 3 weeks, I got my Jawbone 2 months ago. The bass arrived completely wrapped in thick foam inside a thick box with add-on pieces of cardboard protectors inside. The bass was flawless, not a single fingerprint on the hardware. I own an Ibanez, Sadowsky, Lakland, and Miller, sold my Fenders years ago. I haven’t seen anything liek the Bite level of accuracy and neatness before.

    I took off the scratchplate and did a continuity test , connected several shield spots and ground joints. The highest reading was 24 ohms, not kohms but ohms! Just what kind of shielding paint you guys apply is beyond me. No wonder there is not the faintest noise to be heard from this bass. The Bite tone itself beats everything that hangs on my wall or was hangin on my wall. This is the one bass that I will run back into the house to save come flood or wildfire. 

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  11. Stan the man, Australia

    The bass guitar is exceptional, compared to others in our collection the build quality is first rate – as good as Carvin, better than ESP custom shop, leaves fender and gibson in the dust.
    Only 2 guitars I would recommend to a serious buyer – A second hand Carvin or Bite.
    We will be back for more

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  12. KOEPPE, Germany

    Fat and clear sound!
    Superb playability!
    Excellent craftsmanship and quality!
    Great service!
    I advice to buy one 😉

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  13. James C, USA

    Met my expectations for sure!!
    I love that bass. No issues whatsoever. Top notch craftsmanship and assembly. The setup was perfect even after shipping.
    I’d order another from Bite without reservation. I will definitely (and have already) recommend the Bite brand in the future.

    Solid product, love it!

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  14. OJB, Germany

    Wonderful sounding bass. Very cool look and nice handling.

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  15. Rikk, Japan

    Great sound, comfort neck , powerful pup. Thank you for the wonderful bass ! Tons of options, what else you want? Go order NOW!

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  16. Simon, Austria

    outstanding build quality, fast and friendly. thank you!

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  17. Renaud Camiglieri, France

    I ordered a bass from Wolfgang, he kept me informed of the whole process by email. He is a passionate person and he sent me back the bass which became my main bass! Not a buzz, an extra tone, super efficient pickups, a great neck, in short a great job.
    Just a remark, why no hardcase? I would have agreed to pay him more!
    I hope you will have other models with 24 fret necks, active with the same bass generator system!

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    • BITE Guitars

      Thank you for raising this question. It is true that we do not actively offer a hardcase in our shop. Instead we offer a very solid and well-padded softcase which we found to be more protective even. However, we have also sent out a number of basses in hardcases to customers who asked for it. Upon request we are happy to offer a hardcase from our standard brand or source any case you prefer from Thomann or other supplier.

      Please be aware that a hardcase does not fit into our standard shipping box, so it will increase shipping costs outside the European Union, every inch counts. Generally speaking, we ship insured and carry the risk of damage or loss until delivery to your doorstep. Our standard packaging has proved to be very reliable, we have sent basses all around the world up to Australia and not had a single case of damage or loss to date. 

  18. Martin Kannekens, Netherlands

    It’s a super bass!
    Great sound and superb playability. I enjoy playing it every day. I hardly touch my other guitars anymore.

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  19. Jan, Switzerland

    I’m absolutely happy with my Bite Custom Bass. Not so heavy, not so big and awesome sound and feeling……

    Btw. my Bass has a wonderful printed pickguard……

    I would like to have a Bite 5-String too…..

    Thanks Wolfgang for the decision 😉

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  20. Dec, UK

    Quality build with my chosen spec.
    Plays a dream

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  21. Subham Bhattacharya, UK, India

    When I heard of Bite it was the middle of the covid-19 pandemic in 2020. I have always been a fan of the Fender like bass design however I have never owned a Fender(not even a Squier) and I don’t think I will ever own one now. I was planning of getting one when I heard of Bite bass and they made my life easier. I can have PJ config on a J bass body how can you even beat that?

    The components are absolutely top notch. The pickups can easily hold their ground against my other bass with Barts. However the simplicity of this bass takes the cherry. Just plug and play…the pickups us almost noiseless (the P pickup is silent, J pickup has a very very faint noise which is absolutely acceptable).

    My only complaint with Wolfgang and team is that they didn’t come up with a 5 string option at that time. Well I got my grail bass which I intend to pass to my grandson/granddaughter when the time comes.
    Bite bass# 101575.
    Bite Jawbone RPJ

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  22. Adam, Canada

    I love my Bite bass. Having my bass built was an easy process. They helped me pick out a neck that best suited me. I play it all the time, and recommend it to any bass player looking for a bass that not only sounds great, but has great playability – Adam.

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  23. Matthieu, France

    The bass: great looking (blue Halstatt finish), light weight (bit of a neck dive when unstrapped on the lap), and an easy neck. The pickups are doing a good job, strong signal and nice sounding. When played unplugged, the sound is already present with a nice resonance.

    The customer service: fast, courteous and efficient.

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  24. Steve, USA

    Bite technical assistance during design and ordering of my bass was great. Quality and workmanship of bass was excellent. Great neck, thunderous output. Concerns – the pickup switch (i.e. knob) started making noise when switching. Cleaning it made no improvement. Tone pot hardly makes any change in tone, and seems to be getting worse (i.e turning the knob makes very little, if any change in tone. A different size capacitor might help. My plan is to change out all of the electronics.

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    • BITE Guitars

      Our basses are subject to full statutory warranty. Steve’s bass has a BITE humbucker in the neck position, this means 2x1000mV high-output single coils in humbucking series mode, in other words really hot. We were careful to keep the sound well-defined, maybe a bit too well for Steve’s taste and amp setup. We offered to send him custom-tailored replacement electronics free of charge.

  25. Leonardo, Switzerland

    I’m so happy I bought it!! Sound is terrific! and look is great. I’m seriously thinking to get a five strings for Xmas!
    Thanks guys you are doing a great job!

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  26. Florentin, Romania

    Amazing pickups and excellent customer service ! Thank you so much

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  27. David Bueso, Spain

    I am the proud owner of the Heartbeat Bite bass and I am delighted with the amazing quality of the instrument, both construction and sound wise. It plays wonderfully, it is light, it has an amazing tone that cuts perfectly through the mix and the looks are gorgeous.

    Regarding Bite as a company, same flavour: they offer a great support that makes deciding the build and the ordering process a really easy thing to do. They pay a great attention even to the smaller details to ensure that the bass they build is just the bass you are expecting, and it ends up being even better!

    Best custom bass you can get for the money, period!

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  28. Ricardo Mestre, Portugal

    You need to be an experienced bass player to appreciate all the details that make a Bite bass such a fantastic instrument.
    I’ve been a bass player since 1994 – before ordering my JJ Bite bass, I’ve played a Rickenbacker 4001 (since 1995) and an SX Jazz bass since 2010.
    My Jawbone (JJ) Bite bass is exactly what I thought I would get, but even better.

    Neck? Amazingly fast, comfortable, no sticky finish that would slow you down.

    Pickups? Please make yourself a favor and listen to a demo of the sounds of the J Bite pickup. It’s loud AND clear. Usually, when you increase the output of a pickup, the definition (clearness, focus, detail) goes out the window. Goodbye highs, hello low mids. If you try to add those lost highs through EQ, it doesn’t sound natural at all – it will sound harsh because you can’t put those back.

    Why do I need a higher output? – you may ask yourself. Because the louder the signal is, the less you need to add gain. When you add gain, the noise will be amplified too!
    A common ailment to such a problem is using active pickups. But when you use active pickup, the woodiness, the natural character of your bass is gone.
    With the Bite pickups, you have the clarity, definition, focus, the BITE (hence the name). Clear as bass, punchy, articulate.

    The body: Light! Surprisingly light, which is achieved by the use of cavities. That, together with a fantastic neck, make it one of my go to basses. And I have 8.

    Bottom line: If you care about your instrument being top notch, with no added frills for the sake of looking expensive, such as exotic wood tops, make yourself a favor and configure a Bite bass down to the tiny details. If you are set on buying a Wal or a Fodera for 9 times the price of a Bite bass, why are you reading this review? 🙂

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  29. F. van der Haar, Netherlands

    I love the way you can customize your own bass, the website works fantastic, contact with Wolfgang was swift, accurate and friendly and above all: the Bite bass looks, plays and sounds fantastic. I am not a fulltime bassplayer, mostly I play the guitar. I took it to rehearsals with some bass players and they were amazed by the looks and the sound, playability, the way it cuts through the mix and overall the price-quality balans.

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  30. Alex, USA

    I was lucky enough to win my Bite Custom Bass in an online giveaway. After spending some quality time with it, here are my impressions:

    I went a little over the top with my aesthetic options, but why not? That was part of the fun, and with a ton of customization options, I figure you might as well go for it. I’m really happy with the result. It’s really pretty and unique.

    I went with the J style neck and P “Punch” bass body. It’s a full scale 34” neck with a 1.5” nut. It has an oil, low-gloss finish and is honestly one of the best feeling necks I’ve ever played. I’ve got the action dialed in pretty low, where I like it (courtesy of the high-mass Gotoh brass bridge).

    It came set up well, but I didn’t love the La Bella flats that were on it. I switched to my usual Earnie Ball cobalt flats that are a slightly lighter gauge on the E and A, so gave it a quick adjustment, which was easy to do. The fretboard is black locust, which is a sustainable rosewood substitute, and the feel is basically identical to rosewood.

    The body is incredibly light and it’s scaled down slightly from a traditional P body, which I like a lot. It’s easy on my back and easy to play. The finish is good quality. It’s hard and doesn’t seem prone to scratching.

    The split coil P pickup is super high output (1000mv). Even though it’s passive, they recommend using active settings on an amp because of this. However, I find that sucks the oomph out. Maybe turn the gain down, but just a hair. I get a lot more volume out of it than my Fender P with normal, medium output pickups, but it’s not overly trebly or distorted due to the high output. I really like the tone. It’s definitely got a good growl, but also a very clean, even, and ballanced tone across frequencies. It definitely cuts through the mix and I think I like it better than the Steve Harris pickup I put in my other P.

    Bottom line, I am really falling in love with this bass. It has become my new #1. I still can’t believe I won it.

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  31. Hannes, Austria

    – best powerful pickups on the market
    – outstanding tone
    – ergonomic (lightweight, no neck dive)
    – great value for money
    – sustainable product

    No regrets.
    Love my Bite Punch

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  32. Joerg, Austria

    Nice people, good quality built, great playability and killer sound. If I would have enough space at home then I would for sure order another one. Thank you bite guitars!! A++

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  33. Davide, Italy

    For years I thought I had a very good bass, but then my new BITE arrived, and blew me away: the quality and playability for a custom built instrument in this price range are simply astounding. My other bass rarely even comes out of its case these days. I have also received compliments from everyone who’s tried or even just seen it.
    Keep up the great work, and if possible keep on adding new configuration options!

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