$2000 Decision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Star, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 18, 2008
    CT, RI, NC
    My parents agreed for my high school graduation to allow me to buy a bass, amp (or any combo thereof) up to $2000.
    My dilemma is that I don't know what to get :meh:
    Typically, Ive gone to passive basses with a warm sound, and I'm not all that much of a gear head, but Ampeg seems to be the standard choice for amplification. (Ive been playing about 5 years and have really only owned a Jazz bass and a Carvin amp, but Ive tried out many things)
    Ive been bouncing around the idea of a Stingray, a used Rick 4001, DA Plexi, American Jazz..things like that in terms of basses. And makers such as Ampeg, Ashdown, Marshall..things that give off a bottom end.
    Could I get some ideas?
  2. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Used Mesa Boogie 400+ and the new Fender American standard. Save up some cash for a nice cab.
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Go to GC and get the Markbass 1x12 combo for $800 cash, and then spend $1,200 on a nice bass Look on TB and get a nice one used for $800 and save your sweet parents $400.;)
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Is this going to be gigging setup?
    What kind of music do you play?
    Which model amp do you use now? Is it working for you?
    Are you happy with your bass? Has it been setup lately?
    What type of strings do you use?
    What you overall goal with you new setup to be?
  5. A Geddy Lee Jazz bass and a Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout 1x12 you might have to pick up one of them used to hit the 2k number though...
  6. bobbybass85


    Dec 19, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    +1 on Ashdown amps, I have a Mag 2X10 combo with a 15" Extension cab and i LOVE it. It's not quite the SVT through an 8x10 but for the size and definitely for the $$$ it is rig that's hard to beat. As for the bass situation my GAS list would include a sterling 4 or stingray 5 (if your into the 5er thing)... thats my $0.02
  7. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 18, 2008
    CT, RI, NC
    Nothing in terms of "gigging". I dont have a band right now. So I'm at home, and at the occasional jam session.
    Typically play Motown, Queen, Blues (Cream, Allman Brothers).
    Carvin 100watt amp. Don't really know anything else. It doesnt capture a deep, smooth end, something like the sounds of John Paul Jones's studio sound - that kind of clarity is what I want, w/o the grit when the volume is turned up.
    Im happy with the Jazz bass, but I would like to bring something else to the party.
    I bounce around between Ernie Ball Hybrid Slinky and Rotosound
    The goal is to achive a deep, smooth sounding rig. A deep, round bottom end, w/o getting distorted or muddy.
  8. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    Ha! I've been out gigging for years, and don't have $2000 tied up in my complete working rig!!

    What are you playing now?

    EDIT: just saw what you have.

    How about a nicer amp?

    I've been somwhat impressed with the new Markbass stuff.

    You could get a nice amp rig, and tell your parents to save the rest of their cash.
  9. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 18, 2008
    CT, RI, NC
    MIM '64 Jazz Bass Remake strung with Ernie Ball Hybrids and a 100watt Carvin Amp.
  10. twistdpair

    twistdpair Endorsing Artist: Enzyte Male Enhancement Products

    Aug 28, 2007
    True dat.

    Unless you're gigging, I would go with a good sounding lower-powered combo and spend the $$$ on a fine instrument you will keep for a lifetime. Go to the closest well-stocked music store, play all day with one good amp, and buy the one that speaks to you (come here first and then ebay before making a commitment). If/when you gig, your rig will usually only be so you can hear yourself - you'll usually be mic'd or DI'd into the PA.

    And congratulations on your alumni status!!
  11. jmain

    jmain Oo, Uhn't uh, Yes!

    Apr 23, 2005
    Alexandria, VA
    Spend some money on what you wanna get to get your sound, but don't spend it all thinking you're gonna get it.
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I'm huge into Ampeg tube amps, but I'm also down with this little Markbass LMII. Cheap, small, great tone very Ampeg-tubelike. It's totally clean, too. It won't do distortion at all. It's the amp in all their combos, too. If you want a combo, you might like the Jeff Berlin or the Mini CMD121P. Both will cut a loud gig and they sound very full for their tiny sizes.
  13. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 18, 2008
    CT, RI, NC
    I was at GC for a few hours trying things out and I found in terms of amps, I found that the SWR WorkingPro series is quite good, as is the Little Mark ll by MarkBass.
    And for basses, Stingrays, it might have been this bunch, I don't know, but the G string seemed unbalanced by comparison to the other strings - very twangy.
  14. bassalo


    Jan 23, 2008
    Have you tried the MIA Precisions? The 2008 model line seems to be gaining a reputation as a sweet year for Precisions. I have an 08 and love it. Would be a nice bass to get those deeper tones you want to bring to the party.

    GC might knock a few bucks off the price tag, but Perfect Bass has a 10% discount for all TB members. Just type talkbass in the promo code during checkout. You can score a new one at a great price!

    Search the forum for some reviews on the '08s. I know there's a few that I've read, some pretty detailed...
  15. Calvan


    May 13, 2008
    San Diego
    have you thought about a genz benz amp at all? their new shuttle series combos are awesome in tone (especially for that smooth low end you're looking for), way small and convenient, and still pumps out tons of power. since you mostly just play at home and jam sesh's, it would be a great space saver and easy to haul when needed. you could get a really nice one for no more than a grand.

    check it out...
  16. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    You aren't the first person to experience the Stingray weak G.

    It's a somewhat common problem so I hear. I've experienced it with a few Rays. Not all of them, but more than a couple.
  17. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 18, 2008
    CT, RI, NC
    I have tried the American line of Jazz and Pbass. They are very good basses, and I really am considering a MIA Jazz as part of the deal - but theres also a part of me that wants something different to be able to work with. Like, Ive been knocking around the idea of the DA Plexi Bass (Im fully aware of how heavy it is).

    I also some some Genz-Benz. They were very powerful indeed.
    But I also mentioned by findings towards the SWR line. How do you all feel about those as for something in my situation?
  18. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Go out and try EVERYTHING you can lay your hands on.

    Buy what you like the best and can afford.

    I play Sadowsky, Fender and Music Man basses.... so it is almost certain that I would be recommending one (or all) of the three on this forum.

    I also love Ampeg heads and cabs as well as Markbass heads... same thing.

    We are all different. Try lots, have fun and buy what speaks to you.
  19. savit260


    Mar 6, 2006
    It's been a while since I played a Dan Armstorng Plexi bass, but those are short scale as I recall.
    Don't know if that makes any difference to you, but it's worth a mention.
  20. Dark Star

    Dark Star

    Jun 18, 2008
    CT, RI, NC
    Im fully aware of the specs of it; short scale, weight issue, all that. The only thing that makes me hesitant about it is that there is no real definite place that I can get sound bites of it in Deep Bass/Bright Bass. The best I have is Black Sabbath 4 and "Are You the One? Are You the One?" by John Mclaughlin when Jack Bruce played a fretless one.