I am venturing into the 4-string world to make myself a more well-rounded musician. I played Trumpet for 25 years, ran live sound for 10, and have been working on guitar the last 10. I am wanting to buy a bass to a) learn it, and b) record with it, direct, into Logic. How good it sounds is important - I can hear mud really well. I will be doing Blues, Blues/Rock, Praise/Worship, and would like it to do Jazz (that seems more EQ than anything though - hope Marcus Miller doesn't show up in here and whomp me for that statement
I made the mistake of listening to Yes Big Generator recently and now cry
every time I walk by a Rick and its price tag - love the sound of the Rick. Until I can afford one of those
, I need something cheaper, $300-500 range, and used is ok.
I found a Warwick Rockbass Fortress 4-string used for $500 in excellent shape - not sure if that is a great deal or not. I liked how it sounded, better than any of the squire stuff I think, and it seemed versatile - might be able to get a Rick sound. Its Ash which I really like - haven't found anything else in that price range with an Ash body. T-bird seems cool but seems a bit limited. I am open to upgrading pickups on the right bass.
So for quality, sound and versatility, is the Fortress the one? Or should I be looking at something else?