Upgrading my bass ... maybe

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bwwhite, Feb 11, 2014.


  1. bwwhite

    bwwhite

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    I have a Schecter Stiletto Studio 5-string bass that I play through a Markbass CMD 102P 2x10 combo amp. I'm considering the purchase of another 5-string bass. What would you all consider to be an "affordable" step up from the Schecter? Could I step up for under $1K?

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

    Bruce

    PS--I only play in a band at church.
    PSS--I do love my Schecter. Just want to broaden my bass horizon. ;)
     
  2. BruceBass3901

    BruceBass3901

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    What are you hoping to achieve by upgrading?
     
  3. JellinWellen

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    If you sold/traded the schecter and had about a 600-700 budget You could maybe find used Am std. Fenders at that price. 5 strings models that is, that being said schecters are very nice basses.
     
  4. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

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    I have a couple possibilities.. You could gor for a used G&L USA L2500... probably one of the best made, most versatlie basses on th emarket to date. Another, less conventional solution would be the Reverend Mercalli 5... somewhat similar to the G&L design, but much better looking IMO... I have basses from both of these companies and I love them both.
     
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  6. bwwhite

    bwwhite

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    BruceBass3901--That's a very good question. Don't know that I have a good answer except "I just want another good bass" (even better than the one I have).

    JellinWellen--I don't want to sell my Schecter (love it too much). Also, Fender basses, although praised nearly universally, just don't appeal to me.

    cv115505--Good suggestions. Both are quite nice looking.

    I believe I will have to haunt a few music stores and play some expensive basses and see where that leads me. :)

    Bruce
     
  7. bassgod0dmw

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  8. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

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    I always say keep your first bass.

    You can get an ok new bass, but likely move up a step if you buy used.
     
  9. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    I've got a Stiletto Elite 5 string, which was my first 5er. It sounds great and looks cool, and plays pretty well, but I found the string spacing too tight for my big right hand. So my second 5er had 18mm spacing. But if I *had* liked a tighter spacing, I'd have gone for a G&L 2500, either used USA or new Tribute, which is 17mm (0.5mm wider than the Schecter).
     
  10. bwwhite

    bwwhite

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    Now I'm thinking of upgrading the pickups in my Stiletto Studio 5. I've got an appointment with a local bass luthier (Brown's Guitar Factory) to have them take a look at it and make suggestions. I'm also going to put on a set of Elixir Nanoweb strings. That might satisfy my upgrade urge for a while. Of course, I'll also hit GC and play some expensive basses. :)
     

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