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In the market for a good bass??

Postby daposti » Sat Oct 22, 2011 6:35 pm

I'm looking to buy a bass guitar. I have previous experience of playing normal guitars but not bass. The music we're looking to make is modern dance,House, funk possibly some rock or reggae even dub step. We have around £300 to spend. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a decent bass in our price bracket that would suit our style of music. The obvious things that spring to mind are Fender which are quite expensive or Ibanez. We want something with ultra clean pick ups, brand new, a good playing action that suits our style of music. thanks in advance. Daposti
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby 4TrackMadman » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:54 pm

The new Ibanez guitars are really bad on build quality in that range:
http://www.houstonmusicreviews.com/GearReview/IbanezSR505/ibanez_sr505_bass.htm

I went through two of these until I gave up and got a Sterling (by Music Man) - cheaper than Fender and even though it was also made in Indonesia, like the Ibanez, the quality was far superior. This thing plays like the Music Man Sting Ray at 1/2 the price. Can't recommend it enough:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/sterling-by-music-man-sb14-bass/580994000002000?src=3WPGWXX&ZYXSEM=0
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby daposti » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:07 pm

I forgot to tell you im based in the UK and the sterling basses are £600 here which is like $1000. Thats above my price range but thanks for the tip. I'll try to avoid an Ibanez. Daposti
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby inderface » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:32 pm

If i had £300 to spend on a bass id get one of these
http://www.dv247.com/guitars/squier-vintage-modified-fsr-70s-jazz-bass--82192

But shop around for a better price this is the cheapest i could find but you may be able to do better.
They are 299 in other stores..
And the money i saved id put towards a setup job around 40 to 50 quid.

These are made under license by fender and are really good .
2 pickups and that classic sound.
And if setup well will play like a dream.

I hope that helps.......
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby Jack Ruston » Sat Oct 22, 2011 9:44 pm

See if you can find an early 80's tokai fender copy. They can be extremely good and are still quite cheap.

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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby . . . Delete This User . . . » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:06 pm

the yamaha RBX range usually has a few little bargain gems ...
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby Jack Ruston » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:43 pm

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TOKAI-JAZZ-BASS-VINTAGE-1983-HARD-CASE-/200646744652?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV&hash=item2eb77a5a4c

Have a look for this sort of thing. Lawsuit era Tokai Jazz or Precision. You can get the price down on the auction listings. They can be very cool sounding.
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby Ant Gamble » Sat Oct 22, 2011 10:55 pm

Hi there,

I have the following basses:

4s 1993 Fender Jazz bass (jap) 70s re-issue
4s SB310 Bass collection
5s Yamaha RBX765
4s Music Man Sting Ray 3eq
4s Line6 Variax
5s Yamaha BTB675 NT
4s Warwick Corvette $$ Ltd
4s Traben Chaos Core

I think I can say that I'm very lucky - I have a lot of different types of bass that produce some incredible tonal ranges (the Corvette $$ is beyond reproach). However, the cheapest was the Traben - I picked it up for £250 and I have to say, it's an awesome guitar for the price tag. Easy to play, looks good, has 3eq...and a 5 position switch that changes between the pickups (2 x pickups, each with 2 sets of coils) - you can pickup from the neck or body more to change tonal character. Very flexible sound.

Also, stays is tune well. Important for tracking!!

Check out some of the videos on youtube.

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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby daposti » Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:57 am

Thanks for the advice guys. I'm looking at the Traben or a Flea street bass but im slightly more impressed with the Traben for the extra £50. Any thoughts on the Flea street bass? most welcome
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby 4TrackMadman » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:26 am

Traben is a great bass, I second that. Not huge in the looks department but it plays and sounds great.
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby _ Six _ » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:08 am

Farida make excellent basses for the money. I paid £1000 for a USA Jazz and this one isn't far off! If I had my time again..

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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby Dan LB » Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:23 pm

Some good suggestions so far.

If it was my money, I'd be looking at buying one of the SQUIER VINTAGE MODIFIED JAGUAR BASSES then paying for a fret levelling (if required) then a setup and a good set of strings. Maybe spring for a new bone nut too.

At a later date then, when funds allow, possibly a change of pickups.

Either that or an old Tokai. I had a Hard Puncher for a while and I stupidly sold it

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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby monkfish » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:35 am

+1 for the Yamaha RBX range. They aint as cool-looking as some others but they are versatile, well-made, play well and sound great. I love mine.
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby r.strefford » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:05 pm

I'd be bidding on this!

Musicman OLP eBay

You could get that for well under £300 and it'll do all you want it to! Obviously it's not new but if you got it for around 250 you could afford a set up etc.
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Re: In the market for a good bass??

Postby r.strefford » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:08 pm

You could also check out Cort if you're only thinking of new instruments. They have a few gems in their range.
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