I have £1000 to spend on a new or used bass, can I have some suggestions please?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Basssssist, Jan 16, 2013.


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What bass or amp should I buy?

  1. Fender Jazz Bass USA

    28.5%
  2. Fender Jaguar Bass

    4.3%
  3. Gibson Thunderbird Bass

    3.8%
  4. Rickenbacker 4003

    10.2%
  5. Musicman Stingray

    13.4%
  6. Warwick Corvette/Streamer

    6.5%
  7. Fender Jazz Bass Japan

    7.5%
  8. Gibson RD Artist Bass

    0.5%
  9. Gibson Grabber/Ripper

    1.6%
  10. A decent stack amplifier (please specify)

    9.1%
  11. Other (please specify)

    8.1%
  12. A holiday.

    6.5%
  1. Basssssist

    Basssssist

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    I have a budget of £1000 (I might be able to stretch to £1100, but I'm not sure). I ordered a Gibson Thunderbird Non-Reverse in December, but they gave me an estimated shipping date somewhere in June. And I refuse to wait six months for something I paid £850 for!

    I already own two Fender Precision basses, so I do not want another one for the time being.

    EDIT:

    I play alternative rock music, and my amplifier is a Fender Rumble 30.
  2. msb

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    Holiday , or just tuck the money away . You're bound to see something you want sooner or later ...
  3. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    Yay! First to vote!!

    Obviously I'm saying this with no knowledge of your musical/sonic/tonal/esthetic tastes. That being said, if I had that much money dedicated to purchasing a new bass, I'd drop it on a genuine Japanese Fender. Certainly, I love my export-model Aerodyne, but there are some exquisite non-export Jazz models from the Land of the Rising [DEL]Humidity[/DEL] Sun.

    http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/products.html

    There are a lot of colors to choose from and no shortage of matching headstocks (a touch that I feel is sorely lacking here in the West). Plus, there's plenty of P/J configurations among the Jazzes, another personal preference o' mine. And yet, with all the non-standard colors available, the walnut model just screams "CLASSY" to my eyes.

    http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/jb62-wal.html :cool:

    Just my two-pence-worth.

    Cheers and have a blast picking something out!
  4. smogg

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    I vote stack, you already have two nice basses. Since your profile includes the word "metal" then go big. :bassist: 2X410, 1X810, 2x212, 1X412, or a Barefaced Super 15 and an amp in the 700 to 1000 watt range.

    Non metal, a 410 or 212 and 300 to 500 watt head.
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  6. Wallace320

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    It's what I'm goin' to do in these days, for approximately same price, for a Corvette Pro 6er (not havin' that money, I'm actually plannin' to sacrifice a Precision alike bass - way better than that instead - of mine just to do that)

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  7. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    If you want to get something immediately, this won't help, but if you can wait a few weeks (less than 6 months!), I can highly recommend the ACG Graft range. A British-built custom instrument to your specs for the same price as a US factory-built model, and fantastic quality.

    If you choose a body that's already built it will cut the time down - the following links have the pricing at the top:

    J Type bodies

    Recurve bodies

    Finn bodies

    For a better idea of what the end products look like, check out the ACG Graft thread and my recent NBD thread.
  8. mystic38

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    For that money, a used US made quality bass .. given you have a precision then #1 would be a Fender jazz.. but G&L, EBMM etc.. ..something to your liking... say 2-8 years old in minto condition.

    1. it will be the equivalent of a current $1300 guitar
    2. it will never be worth less than you paid for it
    3. With luck it will appreciate slowly over time

    From a retained value perspective i would steer clear of anything not built in the USA or any small, less known or boutique company.
  9. mystic38

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    p.s.

    looked hard for the "donuts" option in the poll!!
  10. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    Just looking at your profile, what amp do you currently own?

    If you really want a bass, go used. You can really get a lot of bass for the money.

    If I was from the UK, I'd do the following:
    1. Go on holiday to the US (New York or Philadelphia)
    2. Browse their Guitar stores. You will have tons of choices, and could easily score a MIA Jazz for around 450 GBP. Mass transportation is readily available in this part of the US, so you won't really need a rental car.
    3. Or check out Craigslist in advance, and secure a meeting in a public place if you find a bass you like while in the US.
    4. This way, you get to vacation, and grab a nice bass.

    Just curious:
    You don't happen to have any American military friends that are stationed in the UK?
  11. Fly Guitars

    Fly Guitars

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    How about importing the non rev Thunderbird - they were on ebay at seven hundred and something - or best offer a few days back.
  12. klejst

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    I was curious to why the Precision bass was not on your list of choices until I read your first post :p

    I would say if you are happy with the Fender brand then perhaps give a Jazz bass a try. Most Fender exclusive players either use both a P and J, or use P's or J's exclusively however either own or have used the other sometime in their career.
  13. 4001

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    Get the 4003. If you don't like it I'd bet that a used 4003 in excellent cond. gets more $$ than most of the rest of that list.
  14. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    I love spending other people's $$ :)

    Your profile doesn't say what rig you have, but If you already have a couple of basses I'd make sure I have a decent rig to pay 'em through. Not knowing what music you play or in what context makes recommendations a crap shoot.
  15. Basssssist

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    I have updated the original post with more information :)
  16. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    If you only own a 30 watt Fender combo amp, I'd suggest purchasing something more substantail before adding another bass.
  17. tomydacat

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    SPECTOR bass look them up..
  18. NightTripper

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    As much as I wanted to vote for the Rickenbacker, you should probably get a good amp. Can't go wrong with a good Ampeg stack.
  19. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    If you are having fun through a Rumble 30, and want to ever play with a drummer/band, then a real rig is definitely a priority. I'd get an amp that pushes 500 watts into 4 Ohms and a pair of matched (=identical) 8 Ohm cabs (112 or 210). You could use both cabs for loud occasions and 1 for practice/ on your own. Not sure what's available near you, but you should be able to do fine with that budget.
  20. mizzou541

    mizzou541 Supporting Member

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    If I planned on spending around that amount on a bass right now I'd probably be looking at a Lakland Skyline or Spector Euro series bass. Not that it has anything to do with what you may prefer but that's just my $0.02. :bassist:
  21. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    If you're gigging I'd say amp. Otherwise I stand by my original suggestion.

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