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Too much ideas for my next bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cornelius Dawse, Jun 2, 2013.

  1. Cornelius Dawse

    Cornelius Dawse

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    Last summer, I bought an Epiphone Les Paul Special bass, because I wanted a bass that rocks, and it has a sweet Gibson growl that I really dug! But, after 6 months, I grew out of it, found someone to buy it at the end of the summer.
    Since I decided to sell it, I spent MONTHS AND MONTHS reading on here and all over the web what would be my next bass.
    Since all my bass idols uses Jazz, I always wanted a Jazz. I went toward the Modern Player, because of the humbuckers, but the fact that, in my situation, I would be unable to try one before buying was a turn-off. A quick thread made me look for the Classic Vibe or a Mex, and I thought that the Mex would be a great choice (although I have yet to find one for less than 600$, but I don't mind too much,)

    So far, no problem.

    My problem is that I keep changing my mind. Just today, I wanted a Spector, a Höfner, an Aria, earlier this week, I wanted a Warwick, a Schecter Stargazer, the list is endless, and this has been going for months!

    And the morning after, I want a Jazz!

    I think I just don't want to have a Fender like everyone. I've always been fond of those 60's looking basses, or to anything that looks like a Ric, which is my dream bass.

    And earlier today, I thought that just changing the pick-ups in my Les Paul would solve all my problems.

    Can anyone help me? Convince me that, since I always end up wanting a Jazz Bass, that it's the right choice? Or just explain me what the heck is happening to me?

    Thank you so much, Talkbass! :D
  2. Crystalman85

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    You have what many musicians have called g.a.s(gear acquisition syndrome). basically it's an urge to wanting and buy new bass gear. we at talkbass all have that. and we're not just gassing for bass guitars. we also has been gassing for amps, effects, pick-ups, etc. eventually it'll past once you have found the right gear.
  3. thebrian

    thebrian Still can't think of anything good to put here. Supporting Member

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    I will never stop passing my gas!
  4. Bassic Playing

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    Oh G.A.S, thou art a fickle wench.

    Play lots of basses, you'll find one that seems right.
  5. KeithAlanK

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    You don't have a single clue what you really want.
    Admit this to yourself, and all is good.

    Spend the next year making friends with other local bassists, with the ulterior goal of testing their basses and amps so you can find your way. Group therapy, and remember it goes both ways--bet there are some local players that would love to try your Les Paul.

    Once you find a bass OR an amp that really works for you, it's MUCH easier to zero-in on the rest of your signal chain.
  6. Cornelius Dawse

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    Ah, it's the GAS...
    I have that for effect pedals, did not think it would interfere with my choices of bass.
    I guess I should just stop thinking about it.
    *Sigh*

    Although, do you guys think that I should try and change the electronics of my Les Paul before buying something else? If I then love the sound, I would keep it, for sure, since it's the only thing I hate about it!
  7. BillyRay

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    Here's the beano for GAS:
    1. Log off the forums
    2. Join a few bands and take lessons
    3. Play the heck out of your existing setup

    Or, more succinctly, less eBay more Mel Bay.
  8. IAmACrocodile

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    Can you pin down what it is about the sound that you don't like, and the type of sound which you are aiming for?
    If your current pickups are the same dimensions as the Thunderbird pickups, then there are plenty of good options. Jason Lollar and Mike Lull both make Thunderbird pickups which a lot of people seem to really love. :)

    Or if your guitar takes the larger Gibson bass humbucker (commonly referred to as the mudbucker), Curtis Novak's Fatbucker could be the perfect thing for you!


    Good luck with your search!
  9. Cornelius Dawse

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    ...It is just not what I'm looking for! It really has a Gibson growl, reminds me A LOT to Krist Novselic's tone on his Rippers and his RDs, while I realized I'm more of a Fender-like tone. That's why I usually use my Precision a lot more.

    In this case, I really think I'll just stick with the original plan, and stop GASing so much.

    Except for pedals.
    I'll never end gasing for pedals.
  10. Gearhead17

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    Take advantage of 30 day return policies with Guitar Center, Musiciansfriend.com and prymaxevintage.com. You will be out the shipping back and forth generally, but if you really want to try out that specialty gear - it's a great option.

    It might be best to start charting out every bass you have owned and what you liked and did not like about it. A simple Excel spreadsheet can help gather your thoughts better and really narrow down your choices.
  11. Cornelius Dawse

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    I'm in Quebec, where MusiciansFriend doesn't ship and where GuitarCenters does not exist, but I never even thought about return policies and refunds and all that! That's something I have to consider!
  12. 3star2nr

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    sound is a very subjective thing with many variables. One of the biggest factors is the amp your plugging into and how the bass is setup and shielded.

    It also depends on the kind of music you play. Warwicks are great basses for slap and funk style players, but I have seen them used very effectively for boss a nova and more jazzy kinds of work.

    Jazz basses have a warmer less metalic or tinny tone, IMHO they are the best route for rnb and chiller sounding stuff, but again there are many factors, in this case the pickups.

    Most schecters I've played are really good for aggressive high gain kinds of music.

    So now how to choose, you gotta play them. Weight and comfort and balance are factors you cannot determine online u have to play them. You can get pretty much any bass to sound the way you want if you spend enough time tweaking the amp and get it setup properly.

    IMHO I think as musicians we spend way too much time concerned about improving tone rather than improving technique to the point of diminishing returns. One can make an argument that 90℅ of our target audience can't even tell the difference, so the question becomes who do you want to play for and what are your goals.

    Get a bass that stimulates creativity and is comfortable and fun to play
  13. Gearhead17

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    That's unfortunate that you cannot use those places. Check out every local shop you can. Sometimes a 3 hour trip to try out a few basses is worth it. Look up dealer locations for your brands of interest.

    Listen to everything 3star2nr states. Lots of truth right there.
  14. Cornelius Dawse

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    Indeed. I'm definitely worrying too much on gear! Haha!

    I might end up with a Squier, if that's what I like the most!

    Thanks a lot, guys!
  15. 3star2nr

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    Don't buy a squire I have one and I regret it. By a Mexican fender. Much better quality and lighter.

    I'm in the process of saving for a new bass to replace the squire.
  16. Beano_z

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    Now, seriously, I wouldn't hurt to get something which has good re-sale value (consider 2nd hand). I would go for the Jazz, worst case after half a year you sell it off and don't lose too much.

    The search for the 'right' bass will take very long, for some it never ends. You'd better be prepared for what's coming.
  17. Cornelius Dawse

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    Well, some circumstances make that I have to play a bit of guitar, so I'm more than likely get a Classic Vibe Jazz, and with the saved money, get a Jazzmaster!
  18. Crystalman85

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    Maybe you should stop eating beans and you won't have so much gas.:p lol just kidding.
  19. Crystalman85

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    I agree. I've played many different bass guitars over the years and I eventually found the right bass guitars for me.
  20. Osztertag2112

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    I would go to a store and sit down and play every basd there. A jazz serms like a good option though. Probally my favourite bass of all time is a jazz bass.

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