I need bass buying advise

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  1. Thommarx

    Thommarx

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    Hello all i am a 16 year old student and have recently joined my 2nd band. My current bass is a squire vm jazz. I listen to alot of artistst that use a p bass and love the sound but... I don't like the wide necks of them,:( i have roughly £400 to spend on a bass but am not sure what to buy here are a few of my thoughts
    Fender modern player jazz satin v2
    Washburn t14
    Ibanez gsr200
  2. Maxdusty

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  3. mcnach

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    Honestly, you need to try them and judge by yourself... A bass may feel great to me and horrible to the next person.

    Try buying used, on gumtree or eBay, so that you can sell them on if you don't like them without losing (much) money.

    What don't you like about your bass?
    I've played a few gigs on one of them and I thought it was a pretty good bass.
  4. Thommarx

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    Thanks for the replies guys my bass played well but well it has a grain issue I'll post a pick soon
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  6. nogoodwithnames

    nogoodwithnames Supporting Member

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    Washburn t-14 is a decent quality bass with a very playable neck, but the pickups left a bit to be desired. IMO
  7. Thommarx

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    Not sure if this link will work if it does it shows my basses defect [​IMG]
  8. Thommarx

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    Do you see why i call him patch yet ?
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  9. Thommarx

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    3 piece maple body the top wing is some sort of quilted/marbled maple
  10. rfslick

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    I can't see the defect in the picture. Most cracks can be fixed fairly easily. I have a precision that was cracked all the way down the center.
    You will never go wrong with either the jazz or precision!
  11. shenager

    shenager Supporting Member

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    Hey that's kinda cool. Kinda. Mostly bummer but interesting thinking how that would actually be made. Is there a history with that bass?
  12. rfslick

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    If the one piece of maple is the defect, that is a great identifier should it ever be stolen. I wouldn't worry about different wood. If there is something else, I haven't seen it yet.
    I see the different wood is the grain issue. That certainly will never affect the playability. Most of them will just have straight grain. What you have is nicer.
  13. Thommarx

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    From what i can tell it was a factory mix up and i brought it heavily b stock for £100 the whole wing is like that yet the other two pieces are perfectly matched ??? But thats Korea for you
    Every person who sees it usually asked why i have a broken bass lol
  14. rfslick

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    I wouldn't worry about it. Play on!
  15. Thommarx

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    Also for a punk/rock player a natural jazz bass doesnt really suit
  16. rfslick

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    Ok, get something a different color, but don't let this one out of your sight. Someday you will want it!
  17. Thommarx

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  18. rfslick

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    That's pretty cool, but, you'll never go wrong with the Fender.
  19. DannyBob

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    Get a squier p bass and buy a jazz neck for it. It will be a direct replacement
  20. mrb327

    mrb327 Just say No to Tort Supporting Member

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    For the grain issues, stain it or paint it (see avatar pic)


    For sound, install a parallel/series switch on the VM Jazz and call it a day
  21. PJRL

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    I play an AV-62 Jazz & an AV-P Bass and have no trouble with either or going back and fourth. I also have big hands. I play guitar to, Strats, Les Pauls or SG’s. I personally think people make WAY too much out the P VS J neck thing. Learn to play them both. Don't limit yourself to one neck shape and think it's the only one you can play. Another popular bass would be a Ric, again the neck shape is different, I can play them just fine also. Think of neck shapes as part of the interesting individual features that make them all what they are, don’t be held back by foolish trivial things like neck shape or width.
    Rant over…….;)

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