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Help me decide!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by harpspitfire, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. harpspitfire


    Sep 30, 2013
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    very new to modern basses and not sure whats what, looking at 3 low pricers to play at home- not sure which is better sounding and easy to play , but in my price range
    Ibanez GSR200
    Yamaha RBX 170
    SX ursa 3RN CAR-- lowest price and also includes bag
  2. RoyZ7


    Jan 11, 2014
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    Don't know about the last one you've mentioned, I am new to bass too (not to guitars) so I will tell you from what I've found out as a beginner,
    I've tried the Ibanez and the Yamaha in the store and I can tell you that the Ibanez felt much better, it is very light (so is the yamaha) and very very comfortable, the body AND the neck. the woods give an excellent feel.

    not sure about the others but the Ibanez has active pickups and a pot for "bass-boost" you can get a few types of sounds out of this guitar just by dialing different values on the pots and the boost.

    they all have jazz pickup as the bridge pickup and precision pickup as the neck pickup, the SX ursa 3RN CAR (which I know nothing about) looks more like a fender precision bass and as such I guess it has the "slowest" neck as it's probably a little larger from the others at the end of it.

    you might learn something from my thread here

    I got a Fender Squier Jazz Bass which I didn't like, eventually I've returned it and now I am going to get the Ibanez with flatwounds strings and actually excited towards it, it's an awesome bass, I've played it.

    it also depends on the styles you want to play but if you go with this type of guitar you might also be able to consider Squier precision bass.
  3. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
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    You can also get used instruments... get a better bass for about the same price. What is your price range?
    The three instruments you've listed I have tried, they are all pretty decent beginner instruments imo, but as mentioned you might also want to try used.
    Whatever the case, it's best to go to a music store and try them out, find one that's comfortable and has the sound you're looking for.. the Ibanez and the Yamaha are usually at GC, the SX you most likely won't. Try out some others too.

    Other good instruments within your price range:-
    these three are active basses
    Sterling Sub Ray 34
    Squier VM Jaguar
    Ibanez SR300 ( I would recommend this over the Ibanez Gio series- much better basses- used, you can find them cheap- usually on CL. Where I live, I know of two going for $125)

    Some examples of used:
    Ibanez SR300 ($179)
    Sterling Sub ($179)

    Squier VM Jaguar ($99!)

    Each of these basses are imo better in quality and sound.. cheaper too!

    FYI.. An Ibanez GSR200 used is $89

    Shipping/tax to your door usually adds an additional $25
  4. Jefff


    Aug 14, 2013
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    Buy the one that speaks to you. If none of them speak to you then it doesn't matter which one you buy.

    Any structurally sound bass can be made to play well by a good tech.

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