|Guinness20 ||02-25-2014 04:32 PM |
Help me out! Which would you choose?
I'm really struggling choosing between these four basses. Having been into a guitar shop and spent ages playing a load of basses, I've narrowed it down to these four. Now it's weighing up the pros and cons of each. Without sounding douche-y, it's not so much about the price. The stingray hh is as high as I can go, so it's just about which bass suits me best.
Absolutely loved the Fender american standard p bass - the finish on the back of the neck was superb and it had the clarity of a jazz bass but with an additional low end punch. It is the cheapest, but as I'm between bands there's no point buying any pedals that could become redundant when I join a new band. There would be a couple of things I'd have to do if I bought this though - I'd have to put a black pickguard on it (can't beat red with black pg & maple) and I'd have to get the pickup flush to the body. I'm a finger player and like to rest my thumb on top of a pickup, but felt like I didn't have much room to rest my thumb on the angled split pickup.
The Fender american deluxe jazz bass is probably the best looking of all the contenders in natural. Again the finish on the neck was great, and the fretboard with the blocks and binding is stunning. However, I didn't care for the passive tone at all. Then again, I could just leave it on active and still be happy.
I actually started with the 2eq stingray - I'd never played a stingray before so was blown away by how punchy it was! But the 2eq was too bright for me, so tried the 3eq stingray. It's a completely different animal! It still sounded aggressive, but I had more control over it. Wasn't perfect though; the finish on the back of the neck was really nice but not to the standard of the fenders. I haven't listed a colour in he poll because I'm not sure yet - can't afford the ash-bodied version but the hardwood is still really nice. The candy red finish looks different depending on the light but can be beautiful, and also love the blue pearl. I would have a wait on my hands depending on the finish I went for (possibly up to 16 weeks!), but it's not like I don't already have a bass, and I think the right instrument would be worth the wait.
Then I thought about the stingray 4hh bass. Now I haven't played this so there is a bit of a gamble, but then I played a regular epi thunderbird knowing the classic pro would only be better. I'd have that much more versatility available.
So those are the choices. Apologies for such a long opening post, just kept waffling :scowl: I play heavy rock - metal, but then a versatile instrument covers me if I start to play other types of music in the future. The deluxe jazz is the only one I'd be able to pick up and play straight away, but then I think I like the tones of the precision and stingray slightly more. So what would you do? :help:
|tangentmusic ||02-25-2014 04:36 PM |
I love a Jazz in a natural finish, but that's just me. Very nice bass. Very pretty. Very versatile. Can't go wrong with one... Altho... The P-Bass is nice too...
|peledog ||02-25-2014 04:39 PM |
Those are all great basses. A P bass has more low mids, while a jazz has more low end. Any of the basses you've listed will fit in with what you want to do music wise.
There will be varying on opinions about which bass would be the most versatile. Getting tones can depend on your hands and where you pluck the strings - closer to the bridge or to the neck - and then the type of pickup will ultimately control the tone. I think as far as versatility - a two pickup bass with EQ is easiest to work with. Personally, I like a jazz bass.
If you see yourself playing more than one genre, my suggestion would be to go with a two pickup configuration.
|Malak the Mad ||02-25-2014 04:58 PM |
Over the past couple of years I've come to the conclusion that I'm a Jazz-man, both for their necks and bodies. So, given the selection before me, my choice is an obvious one. Also, I would assume the active/passive choice would lend to a little more versatility.
I forget who the bassist was or what band he plays for (I think it was a Christian rock band), but someone on TalkBass posted a Youtube video of his. The gist was when you're in a live situation, a bass just sounds like a bass. To that end he simplified his whole rig, ditching most (if not all) of his pedals and putting together a two-output junction; one to the amps and one to the soundboard/PA.
|lowfreqgeek ||02-25-2014 05:12 PM |
Regular 3-band Stingray. I've loved my P and J basses for many years, but the Stingray does it for me these days. I can get just about any kind of genre I want out of my fretless SR5.
|cv115505 ||02-25-2014 05:23 PM |
Depends on what you already have... if this is going to be your only bass, I would pick either the Jazz of the MM HH configuration just for the added versatility... a close second would be the P with the MM H coming in last. You can get a usable P tone from a J IMO so I would likely go that route.
|Killens84 ||02-25-2014 05:28 PM |
There's just nothing like a good passive P bass.
|rfslick ||02-25-2014 06:00 PM |
Depending on your individual taste, you will never go wrong with either a Jazz or Precision. They are universal and almost everything else was fashioned after one of them.
|Guinness20 ||02-25-2014 06:19 PM |
Well I currently play an Epiphone classic pro thunderbird. I absolutely love it, but it's quite muddy so I want something bright (not too bright though!) and some clarity.
It's tough with the jazz because, if I don't like the passive tone it's a fair assumption I'd just leave it on active. So it may as well be an active bass, like the stingray(s). Comparing the two - both have treble, mid and bass controls. The jazz has the pan knob, but the hh has the 5 way selector. The jazz has a real nice clarity to it, but for me the stingray is a bit brighter - not to the extent of a real clank on the strings though. But then I wouldn't have to wait for the jazz, god this is so hard!
To anybody out there who owns both an sr4 3eq stingray and a 4hh stingray, of the two which do you prefer? Is the hh significantly better cos of the 2nd pickup and selector?
|bassgod0dmw ||02-25-2014 06:21 PM |
Originally Posted by Guinness20
Wasn't perfect though; the finish on the back of the neck was really nice but not to the standard of the fenders.
I think you have that backwards. ;)
It's also interesting you felt the 2 band EQ was brighter than the 3 band. I've noticed the opposite.
As for single H vs. HH, it's a personal preference thing. I've had a few of both and greatly prefer the single H models.
|Guinness20 ||02-25-2014 06:26 PM |
No, it felt a little stickier, maybe that's the wrong word. Defintiely wasn't as smooth as the fenders, though it was still nice.
|P Town ||02-25-2014 06:35 PM |
I voted for the Am Dlx J, in natural, because I already own one. I bought it after buying the Am Dlx P in natural It was such a nice instrument, I decided to get the J as well. I will say, that even though the J cost $100.00 more, I prefer the P. But, if you own both, (flats on the P, rounds on the J), you are ready for anything. I plug them into my B-15, PF-500, B-100R, B12-XTC, BA-110, DI, or anything else, and the weakest link in the chain, is my lack of talent, and ability.
|bassgod0dmw ||02-25-2014 06:36 PM |
If it was brand new it's possible that there was some wax buildup, but that will come off and the neck will essentially feel like a bare piece of wood. If it was used it could have just been dirty.
|Jungy ||02-25-2014 06:40 PM |
I'd get the P-Bass from your description. Any chance you can try a G&L L2000? Active/passive, 2 pickups, custom built, within your budget, different sound to the Stingray ( may or may not like).
|Guinness20 ||02-25-2014 06:46 PM |
I'd love to try one but in the uk I've never come across a shop that sells them. If I adjusted the screws on the p bass pickup to get it sitting flush to the body could there be any potential problems? It's just because I'd like more space to anchor my thumb on top of it.
|bassgod0dmw ||02-25-2014 06:52 PM |
Pickup height is another personal preference. Sinking it so it's flush with the body is pretty low and you may not have the output you want from it.
|Gizmot ||02-25-2014 07:04 PM |
These are all decent basses -- but I second the recommendation to try a G & L L2000. They have a wider palette of sounds than the Fender and more "cool guy factor"
|Guinness20 ||02-25-2014 07:11 PM |
**** really? Didn't realise that getting the pickup flush could cause such problems. That's a big turn off!
|Guinness20 ||02-25-2014 07:19 PM |
I know sorry. It's just I realised I could afford the h. Also, I didn't get much info of that thread. I mean I've only just found ot getting the precision pickup flush could compromise it.
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