Going back to 4 string.
My first decent bass was and still is - Ibanez SR505, which I love and which served me well though gigs, practices and recording.
But now more and more I realize, for the kind of music we play, I tend to avoid the low B (tuned down to A in my case), having to play same notes on higher A string for sake of cutting through and just liking that way.
I am thinking of switching my primary bass to a 4 string, unfortunately with my budget, I will not be able to keep Ibanez.
I am looking for something in 600-850$ range. Since I really liked the weight of Ibanez as well as very thin and fast neck.. I was looking at Sterling SB14 by MM.
Would that allow for the same tonal control that Ibanez provided (which had quite an extensive on board eq and 2 pups vs one) looking for mid oriented punchy pick tone to complement GK rig.
Or any other suggestions would be great! (We play alternative Rock, pretty loud - one guitar)
Why do you avoid the low B?
why not restring the 5-string to have a high C?
Well maybe its just the way this bass is, but the B string, seems way too bassy for my likes... I would say it lacks of tighness and punchiness, becomes pretty much a background noise in our band setting .. any kind of use of ligh OD / Fuzz makes it disappear from the live mix.
Would have been more suitable for different kind of music, or maybe its just my preference.
try tuning your 5 to DGCFA#
I bring up these issues about the 5th string because I used to have the same problem. I had to change my technique around to get the B string to sound better.
+ 1 for the high C. Solves your problem and all it costs you is a set of strings.
Your current player is an Ibanez SR505, and your budget is $600-$850.
If you like your Ibanez (the SR505 is $650 new), and want a 4-string (the SR500 is $600 new), how is Ibanez out of your budget?
My B string is 135 usually ... tuned down to A, bass has been professionally set up for that.
We play all our stuff in Drop D... so low A is being used primarily to spice stuff up.
Thanks for the interesting advise though with high C! I will look into it.
But just in case, Any Positive / Negative comments about MM Sterling SB14?
Get a Spector legend. I also have the ibanez and the neck on my Spector feels so much better.
Well, the SR500 has the features you want, so that option is always available.
I don't think a Sterling Ray would be a good choice for a replacement - it's really not the same features.
Spector Legend is around the same quality, but not as many knobs for flexibility.
My other recommendation would be a Yamaha TRB1004. Yamaha makes pretty good quality basses.
Video demoing the TRB1004J: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgsZpXsj-ks
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