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Help me decide please...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JDLowEnd, Jan 23, 2014.


  1. JDLowEnd

    JDLowEnd

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    I am currently in there market for a more "well rounded" bass. I currently have a squier vm precision 5 string bass that gets most of my playing. Next I have a parts precision, think pino palladino, cv 60's body, aftermarket neck, and vintage '62 pickup. I was looking for something that can fill the void, I am looking at either the reggie Hamilton jazz bass (p/j, active/passive) with a hipshot bass extender. The other option is a G&L L2500 tribute bass. I currently play in a rock band that has a few songs in "d". I have already learned the songs on my current 5 string as well. I am just wondering people's thoughts on these two basses. I use a pf-500 and a pf1115he. I use a few pedals (overdrive, delay, and sonic stomp). Ideally I am looking for that "Swiss army knife" bass that I can use for anything.
    Thanks,
    JD
     
  2. Selta

    Selta

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    Without a budget it's hard to say or give any real input. For me, I'd look at EBMM Bongos. Talk about Swiss Army Knife... I have a fretted and fretless, and well, have been essentially GAS free since.
     
  3. JDLowEnd

    JDLowEnd

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    I'd like to keep it under $1200 I believe at this point, my girlfriend wants me to start putting money away for a down payment on a house...
     
  4. Selta

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    Used Bongo 5 H/HH/HS should all be able to find in that price range. This would be my personal go-to choice. I can't say enough good things about these basses. I've yet to really find a tone that I couldn't get in the ballpark out of my HH or HS.
    The Warwick $$s are pretty nice too, and again should fall in that range. The one I had was a tank (weight wise), but had some pretty good tonal options.
    L-2500's are nice, with lots of tonal options baked right in, especially if you get on with the K switch.
    You can probably even find a Bolt On USA Spector in that range, which would be not as many options as the previous ones, but still has a wide tonal platter and are top notch basses.

    Those are the only ones I can really speak of having owned in the past or presently own.

    If you're going to look at the L-2500, look at the M-2500 too.
     
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  6. stonewall

    stonewall Supporting Member

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    Fender Jazz nothing it wont do.
     
  7. JDLowEnd

    JDLowEnd

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    Selta,
    The mm basses you listed, sound pretty modern as far as tone is concerned. I still want to me able to nail a vintage tone as well, with also having the flexibility of a preamp
     
  8. bungletrpg

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    Maybe a Lakland 55-02?
     
  9. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out.... Gold Supporting Member

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    :rolleyes: pfffttt....shelter is overrated! ;)

    anywho, I tend to feel like my J bass is very versatile. It is an MIJ 92 AVRI 62. I use it in all situations from my crossover/thrash band to pit orchestra gigs etc. I think the only style I have never used it for is klezmer...granted, I also make small adjustments in technique and EQ settings since it is more than just the bass that creates the sound!
     
  10. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Jazz bass of some sort. You can get a MIA Standard for around $700, toss a John East J Retro into it and you'll have vintage & modern covered pretty well. You can also find a Lakland JO or DJ for your price range...killer instruments.
     
  11. JDLowEnd

    JDLowEnd

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    I have been looking at the john east retro preamp.....
     
  12. Selta

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    What are you calling "vintage tone", though? I can nail what IMO are vintage tones with my HS reasonably well. It won't be a P with flats, but it'll be close enough to be confused with one in a mix. To a purist though, I'm sure they're not even close :D
     
  13. zeusathood920

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    I recently got a fender v jazz bass I play metal, progressive, rock, country, indie. Plays well with all. What type of delay do you have?
     
  14. JDLowEnd

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    It's an analog delay, one of those cheapies from joyo, does what I need. Seems like a jazz is the way to go, I'm hoping that having the precision as well will give me versatility
     

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