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6 string bass decision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MC_Cancer, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. I have a choice of an Ibanez sr506 for $689 new or a yamaha john myung signature the first edition for $550 used.

    I'd like the bass to be as versitile as possible. I would also be slaping and playing finger style.

    What bass would work better for me?

    Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. makanudo


    Dec 26, 2008
    I have an Sr505 and its a great bass.

    I dont know anything about the JM signature bass but i bet its a great bass also..
  3. gregwatts2008

    gregwatts2008 Supporting Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Jupiter, Florida
    Only you can make that call.
    My advise would be to spend time with as many different 6 string basses as you can get your hands on, decide which one works for you, and pull the trigger.
  4. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Yamaha. Much better construction. And when's the last time you saw JM playing the Ibanez?

    "Yamaha, it's what the pros choose." :)
  5. So it looks like the john myung would be better how would it be for slapping though? I hear the string spacing is very tight I've played the ibanez it was ok how much tighter is the yamaha?
  6. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    The Yamaha is pretty tight, as John's not a slapper. Also I found the body to be a little on the large side.
  7. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Ibanez is also notorious for tight spacing. I'd say they're probably both the same. You'll have to learn to slap differently regardless.

    Also, the larger body makes for a bass that balances much better than any of the Ibanez SR 6-strings I've ever played.
  8. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    Frankly I'm not a huge fan of either, but if I had to go with one, I'd go with the JM Sig no doubt.
  9. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    IIRC the string spacing on the Yamaha is a tad bit wider than the Ibanez.

    The Yamaha is much heavier and quite a bit wider and thicker so that may be a concern for some.
  10. I'm not worried about the size of the neck. I play 8 string guitars so I'm used to large necks it's just the string spacing im worried about. Because I love the sound of slapping so I want to make sure it wont be a chore on the bass I buy.
  11. ehque


    Jan 8, 2006
    If you're new on the 6 then i'd go with the used bass - better resale value than the new one, if you decide it isn't for you.

    Quality wise i know the Ibanez is a good bass, you'll need to see if the JM has any glaring faults when trying it out.
  12. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    Like I said, any 6-string will have a bit of a learning curve when learning to slap on it. It's going to be a "chore" regardless of 16mm or 20mm.
  13. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    I was not talking about the neck, the body on the Yamaha is the thickest I have ever seen on any bass.

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