Hi. I've been completely away from playing for roughly 16 years. Recently, my wife decided she wants to learn guitar, so we walked to our local shop and bought her a used US-made Gibson at a decent price to get going. While i was there i picked up a 4 string Toby Pro and (this should not be surprising to any of you), the bug to play the bass again has bitten me. BADLY
My wife was having a hard time getting me to leave the shop. And for the last week I've been doing some research on buying a decently priced and decent sounding bass to go for. I used to be a metal player, then transitioned into somewhat avant-rock style. Now I'm more interested in learning jazz and perhaps latin/carribean rhythm. My hands are small (and yeah, I'm somewhat small too) so neck length is a factor. I'm OK on a 34". And used to own a Stingray 5. I want to keep my purchase under the $800 range but i could go up over $1k to get the right match for me. Here's the instruments i have in mind :
- Toby Pro 4
- Ibanez 1205E
- Warwick Thumb 5
The Toby Pro 4 (neck-thru model) is a Korean build. It felt really
good in my hands. I did not plug in however. From what I've read on this forum the electronics are not stellar. But once upgraded this would be a SWEET instrument for the money. The store wants $550 which i think is about $150 too expensive... Any idea what this bass is really worth? Sounds like being out of production might make it desirable on the used market.
The Ibanez 1205E is 5 string made in Indonesia, which I've not played yet. I've found a used one for roughly $750 and it looks to be in excellent condition. Every review about this instrument says it's a MONSTER bass for the money, in all respects.
And lastly, the Warwick Thumb 5 bolt-on. I've played a Warwick many years ago and remember it feeling/sounding pretty good. this one has a Wenge neck with a Bubinga body. Two J-style pups, both near the bridge. Price is roughly $1200 which is stretching my budget but it's def not off the table. A question about Warwick though. People seem to either love or hate them. And their resale values seem proportionally lower than their list prices. I imagine its because the market is now flooded with them?
As mentioned, i really want to learn jazz and Latin rhythm (and still play some rock music). It seems that you need a 5-string to play a lot of modern music. So my head is leaning towards getting a 5-string. My heart has already fallen for the Toby 4, but i realize the limitations of not having the low B. It's sometimes nice to play a 4 though! Any advice on what is the best of this bunch? I feel like i will always be able to find a deal a Warwick 5. and i could buy both the Toby and Ibby for the price of one Warwick (although my wife would hang me if i did
). But i want something to enjoy for many years to come. Thanks for any insight you can give!