Help me choose a new bass.
Hi, I've been playing bass for almost 2 years, I just play in my bedroom and I don't have a band or anything. I currently have an Ibanez GSR200 and a Fender Rumble 30, I'm pretty happy with both, but I feel like going a step up and buying a new bass. I have to say that I'm not really a technical guy, I just know when it feels right and it sounds right. There aren't a lot of musicshops where I live nor second hand basses so I kind of don't have a wide array of options. I mostly play progressive and alternative rock, I play with fingers, sometimes with a pick and I slap occasionally.
The two basses that I was thinking about were a Fender standard MIM jazz bass and an Ibanez SR600. I tried them out and thought the SR600 had a great light body and a thin neck, however I surprisingly didn't think the neck was really fast(most people do) I don't really know why, the neck on my GSR200 is somehow faster and smoother and a fast neck like that for me is very important. The pickups on the SR600 were a bit dissappointing. They simply sounded quite weak to me. The Fender didn't really play as nice, however I was able to get better sounds out of the Fender. It had a nice punchy jazz sound, but the neck pickup couldn’t really give me a growly precision sound as I would like. If possible what I would want most would be a pj bass with both pickups being really close to individual p and j basses, but my budget is 750 euros, not one more euro and I don’t think I can get a nice PJ Bass with good sounding pickups for 750 euros. So I’d really appreciate some advice on the Fender and the Ibanez, and perhaps some other basses that could suit me. This is my first thread and I'm not english so please don't mind if I make any grammatical errors or if I say anything stupid.
You can't go wrong with a Precision.
If I were you, I'd be playing all the basses I could right now. I'd only buy an instrument I played...the very one. You can't really say that all of the (X) models from (Y) company are the same. They aren't. QC is very low these days and then there are individual pieces of wood to consider. If ya pick up 5 J basses, they will not all be exactly the same. You've gotta find the right one.
Now, you can tell a lot from the general model...neck shape, fretboard radius, close approximation of weight, overall fit to your body, feel, ect. That's enough to point you in a good direction but I'd not play one J bass and then order another online, ya know?
You should also budget to have the instrument set up by a reputable tech. Even if an instrument was set up perfect for the player you bought it from, it might not work for you. There are also string changes to think of.
Good luck in your search,
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