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Inexpensive, Modern Sounding Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by atticpenny, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. atticpenny

    atticpenny Supporting Member

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    Hey everyone. Searched the site, but didn't find threads exactly about what I'm looking for.

    I am a big fan of vintage sounds (J and P), but lately I've been pretty bored and am itching to try something different, just for fun. So, I'm looking for suggestions on more modern and unique sounding basses, not traditional J or P sounds or pickup config. The main considerations are:

    1. Must be decent quality (however, brand name or country of origin doesn't matter to me)
    2. Inexpensive (up to around $1000, but preferably cheaper since this is for fun only)
    3. I prefer 1.5" jazz necks, but that isn't a show-stopper.

    Anything you think I should be looking at? Trying and messing around at a local store isn't helpful, as all the stores around here are chain stores and sell just the same Fender stuff that you find everywhere, and there really isn't much beyond that to try.

    I'll probably end up buying used and unplayed/unheard. Thanks!
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  3. GM60466

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    Used fender american jazz standard.
  4. nostatic

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  5. stonewall

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    Stingray or Sterling
  6. jonnybass1

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    Seeing as you said not traditional I would suggest either a Warwick Rockbass one of the newer ones or an Ibanez SR series bass. Both very modern and new cost less than $1000 or can be found used for around $500 for higher end models.

    Oh and both have 1.5" nuts.

    Cheers!
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  8. quiltkitty

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    Ibanez SR. I love both of mine.
  9. DwaynieAD

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    ibanez. did half of you even read the OP?
  10. Riseinside1892

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    Ibanez SR. There is a model for just about any price range and they all feel comfortable and play well.
  11. RED J

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    Peavey Millenium BXP. I got a killer deal on a five, there was no fault to be found with it . My problem was that I couldn't get it to not sound modern, I'm a vintage sound guy. so for light money, maybe would work just right for you ?
  12. Dr. Cheese

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    Ibanez is an obvious and very common source. I came very close to picking up a SR405 from a pawnshop for $149 the other day. I still may get it because it is a great sounding bass with a great neck.

    Peavey USA Millenniums and Cirruses are killer basses that have been fairly cheap, but their prices are starting to creep up.

    Used Yamahas are also killer basses that can be pretty cheap. Finally, the new G&L M-2500 Tribute is fantastic.
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    Sterling by MusicMan SB34 or SB35.

    Great Stingray vibe, very good construction, much lower cost.

    Bob
  14. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    A used Ibanez active bass would do the job, as would a used Epiphone Thunderbird Pro. The active circuit version is out of production, but there are plenty of them around if you look. They are cheap and have a very modern sound.
  15. Maxdusty

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    Spector ....Ibanez SR700.... Warwick... lot's of "non-traditional" basses out there that are pretty decent.
  16. bassbenj

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    Some folks are such Fender Fanboys that as soon as someone says "bass" they figure that can only be a Fender.

    Yes, Ibanez SR is THE classic non-Fender "modern" tone. I've got two. Love 'em to death. Look for the SR500 series or higher used. Great buys out there.

    I will say that another not so widespread choice is a Conklin. The tone on mine is truly amazing in clarity and high end transparency. It's like the modern, modern, but may not make your price range unless you can find used. My Alembic is similar but definitely will not make your price cut.

    For lower bucks but still a pretty modern bass would be an ESP Ltd. I've got a B206-SM. Killer looks and plays like dream. Nice modern sound (though not as extreme as those above) and just a tad over $400 new.

    I would also suggest if you just want to play with modern sounds as an educational project the B206-SM is perfect as the 6 string extended range and modern tone lets you experiment with the world of modern extended range bass without a big cash outlay.

    And Oh yeah. Another one to look for are Tune basses. They have some Alembic clones that are afordable yet give you the flavor of those basses. I was playing one at Sam Ash and almost bought it until I came to my senses and realized I owned the Alembic it was copied after so why buy the clone?

    Happy Hunting.
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    If Fender Ps and Js are the typical 'classic' bass, Ibanez SR is the typical 'modern' bass. An SR505, being a five string, is probably what I'd identify as the obvious modern alternative.
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    LOL.. very true. Fender does have some nice basses, just not when the post is about looking for a non-Fender type bass.

    I have a Tune. It is nice and quasi-Alembic. Very thin neck profile wise, almost flat. Tell you what, being that you're interested in a Tune and all, I'll trade you the Tune for your Alembic. :)
  20. JCheung

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    I had a short phase where I wanted a non traditional sounding 5 string bass on a decent budget. Tried a SR505 and it had a great slap tone and was really easy to play. Ibanez necks are known to be slender. I'm sure there are plenty of SR basses used that will stretch your dollar

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