New here and i am sure its been asked before
Hi as it says new on here have been playing guitar for about 18months and bass for about 4-5 months. so firstly Hi
at the moment i have an ibanez GSR190 which i put wilkinson pick ups in. It is / was good as a starter but i want to upgrade a little. I do like the feel of the guitar profile etc.
I am based in the uk want to spend around £400 (but can push that a little if needs must) and would prefer a passive rather than active bass.
Ive been looking at
Yamaha RBX 374
And if i pushed the money a little a fender standard jazz
I'd prefer to buy new (brought an ebay guitar once to find it was a fake ... didnt even know they did fake guitars!!) so fingers burnt and want to be safe in the knowledge it is what it is.
I dont really have a brand loyalty as long as its good for the money.
Oh yer i have found with the guitar that i am poop with trying a guitar and knowing its the one for me. I need a few weeks to know if its right not half hour in a guitar store, so trying it out for size doesnt really help that much.
Any ideas on what to get??
Have a look around, find what's nice to you.
It matters not what brand or price. Find something that plays and looks nice TO YOU and only YOU. Because if you get a bass that you don't love, you won't want to play it.
Definitely have a look at a standard Jazz (I have one, very versatile) or a Sterling by MusicMan S.U.B. Ray 4. Yes, it's active, but is a terrific bass for a pretty sweet price. Actually, here in Australia, they bumped the prices up a bit recently, probably because they were just as good as a regular stingray.
Play what you like.
How about the Yamaha Yamaha BB424 or 424x?
If you like the feel of the Ibanez, stick with that. Higher end Yamaha basses or great, but I have never liked the lower end ones. They feel really light and just not well made to me. Ibanez (to me) is a lot of bass for the money in the lower and mid range price points.
And WELCOME to TALKBASS!
They are active?? I thought they were passive... Shows what I know and hence asking for people's ideas.
I want something that's going to serve me well, versatile as I like most genres of music (mainly rock and metal though) and yes to mr sticking to ibanez makes sense, I like the look of the yamaha's too but most of the higher end ibanez and yamaha appear to be active
If you've been playing only 4-5 months, I question whether you've had enough experience to determine that "passive only" is your preference. Get the best bass you can for the money you can spend. Never mind "passive vs. active".
IMO, avoid the RBX. The TRBX is nice, and the Ibanez is pretty solid. As stated above, don't rule out the Sterling By Music Man series.
If you're dead set on passive, at that price range, I'd be checking out the various Squier models.
One question: what is it about your current bass that makes you want to upgrade? Only asking because a new, more expensive bass is not a guaranteed upgrade in terms of what you like about a bass.
The new Yamaha TRBX range look really, really awesome. That would probably be my first port of call out of those you list.
Ok so i have been doing some research throughout today and think i am probably getting myself more rather than less confused on what i want. Noted the people saying try what feels good to me.. the trouble is with that i have done that with guitars in the shop but its only half hour or so and i've then got it home to find i dont really like it or whatever. (i find things grow on me slowly and i take time to decide if i like things or not)
So i think thanks to some advice and looking around on the forum i am down to the following options
Yamaha TRBX 504 (assume this is both passive and active??)
Squire Vinatage modified (from what i can see most say dont pay the extra for the Fender)
looked at the music man one and call me a tart but i don't like it ascetically and for me if it don't look right i wont want to pick it up and play it.
Thanks for the help so far by the way great forum
Go for the squier.
I've been playing a couple of years and as well as learning to play there's been a big element of learning what I want to play, both in terms of getting the sound I want and a feel that suits my playing style. I've been through... how many basses? At least 10, and I'm only just now starting to feel I'm narrowing it down... even then it's only a matter of time until I get the next bright idea about wanting something completely different!
going to stop looking now as have just seen a schecter raiden special 4 which appears to get good reviews... ahhhhhhh too much choice!!! hehe
If you don't really know what you want in a bass yet then IMO a fender/squier p or j is a great foundation to get started on. Most of your favorite tunes were probably recorded with something Leo designed!
I want this one:
Precision TB (70's Telecaster Bass Design)
Jazz (Lefty Offered)
Jazz '70s (Lefty offered)
Jaguar Special V
Jaguar Special HB
Jaguar Special Short Scale
Just to add a bit of perspective (if it's possible) I've been playing bass for about 12 years and only last couple of years did I settle on a bass that was "totally for me." Try not to worry about it so much if you're only 4-5 months in, it's very different from guitar. Get a cheapish bass and see if you like it after a few weeks, if not you can flip it and try something else :) Good luck!
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