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1983 birth year bass suggestions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassAndReeds, Nov 4, 2018.

  1. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    So I’m considering a birth year bass. 1983. Preferences but not limited to:
    - P, P/J , Soaps, M/M
    - 19mm string spacing
    - has a tone knob
    - 5 string preference (4 is ok though)

    I could spend a decent amount (thinking up to $2,000) for the above. Or I could just get a cheaper (less than $600) bass without everything I want.

    Suggestions? Thank you.
  2. Dluxe


    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Afaik there were no mass production 5 string basses in 1983. Ibanez and Yamaha in 1985 or so but with very narrow spacing at the bridge.
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  3. 4sight

    4sight Supporting Member

    Music Man Stingray
    G&L "Wunkay" (L1000)

    At the cheaper end of the market, I bet Yamaha were making some nice BBs in the early 80s.
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  4. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    I thought I was noticing a lack of 5 string options. Thanks. Saved me some internet time. 4 string is fine.
  5. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    In no particular order...off the top of my head and with no recollection on spacing:

    Ibanez Musician

    Fender Precision Walnut Special

    Ovation Magnum (doesn't quite meet your PU requirements but still...)

    MM Sabre

    Aria Pro II SB1000

    Yamaha BB1000 or higher
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  6. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    1983 Precision Elite II......while my old Alembic is the only bass I have sellers remorse over, I also have a little remorse over getting rid of this. The only reason why I dont dwell on it near as much is because the Alembic was purely a choice -- I had to part with my Elite II because of other extenuating factors in my life at the time that were beyond my control

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  7. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    Again, back in 1983, 5 string basses were a rarity. They only really started becoming popular/more available towards the end of the 1980's/early 90's. You might find an Alembic or something of that ilk, but of course your choice depends on your budget.

    Other good choices of basses from that era would be:

    Aria Pro II: especially something from the SB series with a through neck.
    Ibanez: Musician, Studio, RoadStar, etc.
    Yamaha: BB
    BC Rich
    Westone: Thunder IA, IIA, IIIA.
    Any of the usual suspects: Fender, Gibson (Victory!), MusicMan, G&L, etc.
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  8. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    Seems it’s going to be a 4 string. I’m partial to non “usual suspect” basses, but I may just have to concede with a Fender from that year. Or maybe a G&L. I have a tribute SB-2 with a tone mod though. So it may be redundant.

    Westone is interesting. I don’t know anything about the company. But some of their natural finish basses look nice to me. Don’t know about sound.
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  9. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Ha! That was my first thought too when I saw thread title!
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  10. SideshowDom


    Apr 12, 2009
    Salinas, CA
    I'll have to look into these as well. I've been thinking about getting a birth year bass and I'm 1983 as well, haha.
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