Best bass for around $1,500.
Hi, I am at a stage in my life where I am fortunate enough to be able to afford a higher end instrument. I plan on going to music stores and trying out a bunch of them, but frankly don't know what is out there. I am going to look at Music Man and possibly a Ric. I just learned about the G & L line a few days ago and will check them out. That got me thinking that I don't know what I don't know. So, what 4string bass would you get if you had around $1,500 to spend? What brands/models should I be looking at?
I will probably stay with my trusty 20 year old Yamaha RBX-350 but who knows:bassist:
What kind of music are you into? Who are some bassists that you admire in terms of the sound of their instrument?
You can't really go wrong with any of those choices. Play a bunch & pick the one that appeals most to you. :)
Try and find a nice used Valenti!!!!!!!!!!
For $1,500.00 I would get a Carvin LB70 (basically an active, 24-fret jazz bass) souped up with as many options as I felt like, and probably still have a bit of cash left over. Looks like it would currently cost around $1,200 including shipping and case to order one with my main bass's specs.
What's important to you? Looks, playability, sound? Name brand recognition? Is there a particular music genre you favor? Etc, etc.
If it was me, I'd probably buy some bluegrass and jazz lessons instead of another bass. Lol
I would look at the TB classifieds. Generally anything you buy there you could flip for the same price as you paid. For the price you're looking at you can find a very quality bass. Myself I play Spector & G&L. You can find a great Spector Euro for around a grand. A US G&L for around the same. I had a friend score a very nice Lull jazz bass for around $1500 as well. like everyone said, depends on the sound you're looking for, vintage, modern, grindy, active, passive, etc.......
if u buy used off of TB you can get a $3,000 bass for $1500-1700
I have really enjoyed the Roscoe and Sadowsky I purchsed from TB,
My Roscoe sells for way over $3k new,I paid about half that.
The Musicman Bongo is just an incredible,incredible bass, the 3 band EQ is amazing.
The Musicman Sterling is like the Stingray,but has a narrower neck at the nut,like a jazz bass,
so I like it more than the stingray.The body is smaller and lighter too.
The 2 pickup versions are great,great,great.
The Roscoes all play amazingly,and sound thick and warm..after trying every bass out there, I stuck w Roscoe, they have the tone I've searched for, for years..
If u go to the Roscoe areas of Talkbass, the threads are almost fanatical, people rave about them in such a way that I just HAD to check it out..u can almost feel how much love these players have for the brand when u read the posts..
IMO if u can get a $3-4k bass used for $1500-1700, I would do it, most of the used high end basses on TB are so clean,they seem new,
go used. (unless u need to finance it, use a credit card etc)
Also, get something with the right nut width, (1.5 is narrow for a 4 string, 1.75 is wide)
and the right tone you prefer...
If you love bright,clanky bass tones like Chris Squire, u might want to start a thread like,"which basses sound bright and clanky..?"
and tons of players will give you suggestions..
try to focus in on the type of sound you like..
Brands like Spector, Roscoe, Musicman, Fender, Sadowsky are all over the TB classifieds for a reason,
they're classics, and are usually pretty great..
Rics are different than the Fender-ish type basses. The bridge is a different design and feels different against the hand when palm muting,if you're not used to one, it's an adjustment. I say PLAY one at a music shop before getting one.
Good idea to play a lot of things at guitar center, then make a note of what u like..
rosewood or maple board
narrow or wide nut
passive or active
what kind of pickups
see which features enable you to play more comfortably, take a list of them, and then scan Talkbass classifieds for a while, be patient, sometimes the right bass might come up months later, but look every night..
eventually a dream bass will come along with all the features u like.
The new American Deluze Jazz basses are very very nice
Where are you located?
I was in the same scenario a few years ago, I bought a used Valenti. Its #097. Now I'm selling my Spector to buy another Valenti VMJ4.
Whatever you do, buy used. It'll give you much more bang for your buck.
Yeah man, for versatility I think a Lakland 44-02 would be awesome for you. If you can snag a used US one and maybe spend a touch more than $1,500, you'll be super happy you did. Amazing necks and with the PUP setup on those, you'll be set!
Thanks. Ok, Here is more info. (Sorry in advance for the long post.) I have been playing in bands for over 20 years now. I play and like all sorts of music. My current band is a bar band that plays a variety of music. Hank Sr, John Denver, Luke Brian, Eric Church, Neil Young, Tom Petty, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, Stones, Guns N Roses, Poison, Even a Metallica song. (Ok, so it is Turn the Page, but we do Metallica's version:) We do that all in the same night. My band before this one did all original country music, the band before that did all original hard rock music.
Bassists I admire are: John Paul Jones, Duff McKagan, Rudy Sarzo, and Jeremy Plato.
I am basically looking for brands in that price range. Since I just found out about the G & L brand, I could have missed them. I am in no rush to buy so i will be trying a bunch of brands. I don't care about name brand recognition. For me it is going to be all about feel and tone versatility. I am good with used or new. I have never heard of Sadowsky so that is another one to look into.
So I am basically looking for a list of higher end brands that are well liked on here. My plan is after playing them and settling on the one I like, I will then look all over the net and local music stores to find the best deal.
Thanks for the input so far. The people on here are the best.
Agree with the above, $1500 used will get you an amazing bass since it seems that except for some models/brands the higher up you go the bigger the hit on resale. Great for buyers, not so much for sellers.
I think that when you go past the $1000 range for NEW, unless you get a lemon which happens, you really can't go wrong in terms of workmanship/quality and it comes down to personal taste.
I just got my first Spector, a Rebop, and I am totally in love with it. It's got a small, very rounded, contoured body which I'm a fan of (no huge slabs for me), I love the shape and it sounds fantastic - very lively, in your face sound but it's got a nice warmth with the flats it came with. You can get one new for $1500 or you can probably buy TWO used ones for that amount! Or you can go a step up to a used neck-through Euro Spector models (Rebop is the bolt-on model).
Another one I would recommend is an Ibanez Prestige . Beautiful instruments hand crafted in Japan with lots of tonal range and probably the slimmest bass neck around. Those go for around $1500 new I believe.
So if I had $1500 to spend, I'd probably get a Euro Spector or a Prestige
As mentioned already, $2500 - $3000 basses pop up every now and again for half that.
And of course, you can always play it safe and get a new Fender American Standard Jazz!
If I had 1500 to spend I would be looking on the TB boards for a nice used Fender AVRI '74 jazz...so nice
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