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$2K: Which would you buy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Oct 15, 2019.


  1. Rickenbacker 4003S/5

    78 vote(s)
    13.6%
  2. Sandberg VM5

    140 vote(s)
    24.4%
  3. Sadowsky MetroExpress Five

    183 vote(s)
    31.9%
  4. Fender Geddy Lee American Jazz and shut up!

    109 vote(s)
    19.0%
  5. Fender Vintera Seventies Jazz

    27 vote(s)
    4.7%
  6. Sire V7 Vintage Five

    13 vote(s)
    2.3%
  7. Fender Tony Franklin Jazz

    23 vote(s)
    4.0%
  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I will finally get my Fender US Geddy Lee out around Christmas or New Year. The problem is that it has taken me so long to get it, I am not that excited about it anymore (that could easily change when it actually does come home.) I am thinking about letting it go for something a bit more expensive or maybe even something cheaper. This is not a serious poll. I just want to know what some of you think.
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
  2. wjl

    wjl

    Jul 18, 2017
    near Frankfurt, Germany
    endorsing nothing except maybe free and open source stuff, like Linux
    None of these. For around 2k, I'd buy a Christopher 3xx series, or a nice Strunal. Probably the first of these, because the shop who sells them is far better in setting things up than the shop who sells the others.
     
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  3. Thundar

    Thundar Living in sin at the Holiday Inn

    I'll take the Sandberg VM5 for the win! Reverse P and a MM? :drool::bassist::hyper:
     
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I know nothing about either of the basses you mentioned.
     
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Yes, reverse P and MM. They sound marvelous.
     
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  6. Thundar

    Thundar Living in sin at the Holiday Inn

    well then....end of thread then, Baby! ;)
     
  7. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I'd just go with the one you're already paying off.
     
  8. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Maybe. I will say that I lean towards the first three basses the most. Playing the new five string Rickenbackers has reminded me how much I loved my old 4000, and how much I loved the Rickenbacker tone and feel in general. I think Sandberg has the most impressive and versatile electronics. It could be my only fretted bass easily. I mentioned the Sadowsky because I have wanted one for at least twelve years, and it would be good to finally scratch that itch.
     
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  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I cannot argue with common sense.:)
     
  10. BakedMaple

    BakedMaple Banned

    Oct 6, 2019
    I would have voted the Franklin, but the color selection is horrid.



    I did vote for the ric, but for under 2k you could get a German Warwick corvette 6...

    Wenge on wenge neck... maple or ash body... I may be biased...

    [​IMG]
     
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  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I don’t think I will ever buy another six.
     
  12. BakedMaple

    BakedMaple Banned

    Oct 6, 2019
    Your back will thank you...

    I skipped over the 5’s and went straight for the pain....

    My car weighs less...

    I’m just trying to be like my hero Anthony...
     
  13. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I'd at least play if for a year or three. But we're wired very differently as far as how our GAS manifests, as we've already established. [​IMG]
     
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  14. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Anthony Jackson always sits. I believe his basses do not even have strap pins.
     
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  15. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    My eldest will be in college this Fall. No matter how much GAS I have, after this bass, extra money will be for travel and college expenses.
     
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  16. Luigir

    Luigir

    Mar 15, 2018
    I guess that time is a good GAS cure.
     
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  17. alembicbones

    alembicbones

    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    Doc,

    It was a tough decision. I voted the Ric just slightly ahead of the Sadowsky MetroExpress. It might not be right for you but in my groups I'm playing with, the 4003s/5 is the perfect tool. Classic Ric tone, and in a 5 string that actually was thought out really well.

    That being said, a Sadowsky is really a jack of all trades. Back in the start of 2019, I was asked to sub for a 10 piece cover band with a very diverse set list. I didn't hesitate to choose my Sadowsky. These basses just work with so many genres. I haven't played a MetroExpress before but I assume they in general play and sound like an NYC.

    If I'm not mistaken, you play live a lot in the church setting. I think the choice here is the Sadowsky (however you could really expand some minds playing a 4003s/5).

    Basically, I'm a real fan of both. You can't go wrong either way.

    Best Wishes,
    Bones
     
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  18. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I have no doubt that both the Sadowsky and Rickenbacker would be just fine in church. Jazzes and Rics cover very similar sonic territory.
     
  19. lowdownthump

    lowdownthump

    Jul 17, 2004
    I voted for the Ric5. You have Jazz Bass and the fretless covered. Sometimes it is nice to return to where we started. And those Rics just look cool .
     
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  20. wjl

    wjl

    Jul 18, 2017
    near Frankfurt, Germany
    endorsing nothing except maybe free and open source stuff, like Linux
    Because they're double basses I guess :) Honestly, I wouldn't spend that much on a solid axe.

    Here are some links of the ones I've mentioned:

    Christopher string instruments
    Double basses

    Cheers,
    Wolfgang
     
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2019
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