Good Intermediate Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stampy, Jul 15, 2008.


  1. Stampy

    Stampy

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    Just wondering to myself what could be a good intermediate bass as my next purchase. I was thinking maybe a higher model Ibanez with my goal of being a Geddy Lee bass.
  2. gmstudio99

    gmstudio99

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    Why get the Ibanez if your goal is a Geddy Lee? Just save up for what you really want.
  3. Stampy

    Stampy

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    I guess that works too lol:bassist:
  4. RickenBoogie

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    I see it like this, there's good basses, and not so good basses, and the real "intermediate" thing of it is the pricing. Considering anyone can buy a "beginner" bass for under $300, a $750-800 bass is a big step up. But the Geddy bass is a bigger step up than the price would indicate. That's what you want, a Fender Geddy Jazz, so don't sell yourself short. I sold mine to a good freind for way less, and I've seen plenty of 'em around $500. Do what will make you happiest for the long term.
  5. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

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    Not sure what you mean "intermediate"? Some pros on this board gig and respect SX basses, which are generally considered beginner instruments. Do you have a budget? What are you playing now?
  6. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

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    If a Geddy is what you want, it is perfectly reasonable to expect to find one in the "intermediate" price range if you're willing to go used. Looks like there's quite a few on ebay, just to give you an idea:

    http://instruments.shop.ebay.com/it...geddy lee&_sacat=38078&_fromfsb=&_trksid=m270

    Of course as Phil said quality is not always based on price, as SX has proven quite a few times, as well as the Squier Vintage Modified series.
  7. Thunderthumbs73

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    +1
    I've a bass I just acquired as a fluke, an Yamaha RBX260. It's about the lowest end Yamaha bass you can but, but dang, the thing sounds good, and plays good, all things considered. I could play this thing for tons of gigs and not feel short-changed. In fact, I'm thinking about taking it with me to my gig in Toronto this weekend for an annual convention I'm playing. I agree with Phil even though I don't own one. I respect the SX, particularly when it's set up well, and I would likely gig with it if I had one.

    If you know what bass you really want, then you really should save up for that bass. On the other side of the spectrum in terms of price, I know I really want a certain boutique-quality bass, and I'm going to save up for that and not buy other nice ones, but which aren't quite what I want, which ultimately delays the intended main purchase.

    Good luck to you.
  8. fullrangebass

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    Carvin basses are good basses and good value for money
  9. Stampy

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    Thanks, ill be on the look out for a used Geddy those are at damn good prices.
  10. kaiser_sosea

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    I love my Carvin bass which has proved to be an excellent value and workhorse IMO and I bought mine new. You can find them used in the price ranges you are talking and have great "bang for your buck" in a really professional instrument.

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