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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JCheung, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. JCheung

    JCheung Supporting Member

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    So it probably wasn't until I joined TB that I really delved into different basses and different tones. Ignorance was bliss, I played fine, sounded alright, and learned to play in rock and worship bands setting just fine w/o really nit picking my own tone. Around a year ago I started lurking and recently started supporting...but now I have GAS...:rollno:

    After happily playing my SBMM Ray34 I am apparently convinced I love Fender basses...and once I get one I'm sure I'll be convinced I have to get more...

    But, for the time being I have a question for you illustrious fellow TBers. In order to feed my GAS (and not spend too much money since I need the funds to go towards a personal rig and pedals) I want to trade my Ray for a Fender P, J or PJ. I say any of those since my bass influences all play different Fenders and I love them all. If I were to post my Ray for trade, would I be selling myself short by trading for a stock MiM Fender Standard? Would I be selling them short? My Ray34 is from 2012 and I'm just not sure if the MiM would be an equitable trade.
  2. joeyl

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    I would try to play a Fender for free first, either borrow from a friend or try one at the local music store, I'm pretty sure you will like it because everybody likes Fenders :p

    As for value, a good condition, fairly new MIM would be of comparable value, I would avoid anything before 2002 because of non standard pickups and woods.
  3. JCheung

    JCheung Supporting Member

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    Cool, yea that's what I was figuring too. I have played a few Fenders at my local GC but they mostly all suffered from neglect and were in pretty poor set-up. I guess my ideal would be finding a local to trade basses with or a really well trusted Tber. Maybe I'll post a feeler on the classifieds. I don't suppose there's any other specifics on years aside from post 2002?
  4. Malak the Mad

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

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    Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass…it's like the methadone to an American-made Jazz's heroin. :D

    Seriously though, check eBay, CraigsList and Guitar Center's used database to get an idea of what your Ray goes for. That should give you a baseline to start working around.

    Oh, and I was also serious about the CV Jazz recommendation. It's so solid I won't even use the "…for the money I spent" suffix. It's just an all-around excellent bass. ;)
  5. Grateful

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    Been there, done that. Bought one, sold it. Bought another, sold it. No longer there. But my overall '::meh:-ness' re: Fender is at least based on buying and plaing, not TB hype or bashing.

    Just because your idols play Fenders doesn't mean you will necessarily sound like them. When I had a Rickenbacker, I sounded more like Stan Lee than Geddy Lee.

    +1. In the past, I have traded basses I liked for basses I should have like because TB said I should like them, and most of the time I didnt like them.

    :rollno:

    :D
  6. JCheung

    JCheung Supporting Member

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    Oh I personally love how I sound with Fenders, just amplified by frequenting various forums
  7. Marko5657

    Marko5657 Supporting Member

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    Whichever you end up with, you’ll miss something about the other one, and eventually want more yet.

    I don’t know your finances, but if you like your Ray34, maybe save up for a Fender and have both. I presently have three favorite basses that I rotate, which appeases my GAS and satisfies my fickle nature.
  8. JCheung

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    For now I will be only able to keep one of my two basses, and might donate my Korean traben array 4 so its the sbmm. I guess I'll post a feeler.

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