Help me decide on a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Myrriad, Feb 12, 2013.


  1. Myrriad

    Myrriad

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    Budget is about $600–700, and I'll be ordering new. I want something with a smooth sound, like smooth jazz, but also able to handle a good slap or metal sound. Basically artists like:

    Rage Against the Machine
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Primus
    Seether
    Smooth jazz style music
    And other rock/metal

    Looking at a MIM Fender Jazz, but not entirely sure.
     
  2. DwaynieAD

    DwaynieAD

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    sterling by musicman
     
  3. atomicman96

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    If you're looking at 4 strings, you really can't go wrong with a Fender Jazz. Great bass. You can find a good one in that price range. If you're looking at 5 strings, don't overlook Ibanez. They make some good stuff, though the soundgear necks are a bit thin for me.
     
  4. Myrriad

    Myrriad

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    Ahh, 4 string for now.
     
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  6. Myrriad

    Myrriad

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    I've been hearing good things about the vintage modified Squier, is it comparable to/better than the MIM Fender Jazz?
     
  7. Myrriad

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  8. JACink

    JACink

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    My friend, here on TB, everything is comparable!! :D

    However, there are so many comparisons that after a while it will just confuse you, so, as many more will say in the near future...

    Go try both and see which one you like more!!


    (p.s: I have two Squier VM's and love them!)
     
  9. Jawbone

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    1st there's a ton of good "used" basses in that price range - check out GC, MF, basscentral or CL. I picked up two of my last basses off the used list at MF and GC. Got a Fender CS '64 Jazz NOS at GC for $1,700. With all the goodies and case - looks brand new. Picked up a JCassady Silverburst $519 from MF in their used section they shipped it like it was new - perfect condition.

    I know you say Jazz, but it sounds like you should look at the Flea basses. Go to his website. Otherwise there are a ton of used Jazz MIA in that price range out there.
     
  10. Myrriad

    Myrriad

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    Sadly I don't have access to any music shops to try any out, and I'm going to buy new.
     
  11. audioglenn

    audioglenn Gold Supporting Member

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    I've got six of them. I bought them all used and they are great basses! Why six? Because some were so cheap I just couldn't pass them up. I've started to swap the necks on to other J basses I have. The only thing is that one of them is considerably heavier than the rest.
     
  12. Myrriad

    Myrriad

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    It's pretty much between the VM Squier and the MIM Fender at this point.
     
  13. JCheung

    JCheung Supporting Member

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    Why not a classic vibe Squier Jazz? Sterling by Musicman Ray34?
     
  14. Tvrtko

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    I have VM Jazz 77 anf VM P bass. Both great guitars. You cannot go wrong with Squier VM.
     
  15. Stev187

    Stev187 Peavey MegaBass Club! Supporting Member

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    Search the archives here for info on the CV Jazz. A bunch of us love these basses--I rank it up there with some US Fenders I've played and owned.

    --Steve
     
  16. Myrriad

    Myrriad

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    I've added (and nearly decided on) The Schecter Guitar Research Custom C-4, any word on that?
     
  17. mrbanzai10

    mrbanzai10

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    Mtd crb excellent nass
     
  18. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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    maybe a tribute L2000, they are really versatile and can easily go aggro for the harder stuff
     
  19. BassDaddy77

    BassDaddy77

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    I'll cast another vote for the Squier VM Jazz. Terrific bass for the $. They have won over legions of fans.
     
  20. MycooLeeyun

    MycooLeeyun Supporting Member

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    Sounds like you're pretty set on buying new, but considering that you don't really know what you're looking for, I'd check out the classifieds here on TB. You can get a WAY better bass in that price range if you buy used, and TB members tend to keep their instruments in new condition anyways! If you don't like it, you can flip it and not lose much.
     
  21. wcoffey81

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    there's nothing wrong with a Schector either! so don't give up on them.
     

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