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6String Buyers Guide

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Luis Fabara, Aug 15, 2000.


  1. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    For under $650 , I have these choices:
    Cort Artisan A6 (Neck-trough)
    Ibanez SR406 (Bolt On) 5 Piece
    Spector NS2000 Q6 (Bolt On)
    Dean Edge Quilt 6 (Bolt On)
    Tobias "Toby" Pro 6 (Neck-trough) 5 Piece

    What recomendations can you do based on Experience with these basses.??
    The lowest Action Possible (without fret noise), best playability , best tone.
    Consider also the Ibanez SR1306 and SR1206 and Yamaha RXB6JM [John Myung](If i can get em Used)
    Style: Progressive Metal /Slap/Tap
     
  2. frost13

    frost13

    Apr 12, 2000
    No recommendations....but isn't it cool what $650 will buy these days?
     
  3. lowb

    lowb

    Jul 27, 2000
    London, UK
    I'd rather get a lower cheeper model from a more expensive make eg,cheeper spector rather than the Dean or the Ibanez.

    Pedro
     
  4. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I noticed the Cort/Curbow wasn't on your list. Is it that you don't care for them, or did you over-look them?
    I played one of these the other day and almost walked out of the store with it. The Cort/Curbow-6 is in your price range (about $600 sale price) and probably has better playability than any other bass on your list. Check one out if you can ;).
     
  5. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    I have played the REAL Curbow Exotic Petite 6...
    But according to CORT's Website ... There is no Cort Curbow 6
    At least, they dont show it in the Website.
    But I tend to like the Sound of wood . (That's why the Warwicks are my favorite basses but I just cannot afford one)

    If you can help me where to get a Cort Curbow 6 , you will be very helpful to me.
    Thanks.
     
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    What about a Fernandes Gravity 6 ??
    I have not found much information about it.
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mars has them, and anyone on the web that sells the 5 should have the 6 as well.

    But if you like the sound of wood, make sure you play one of these babies first. I like the way they sound, but the body is luthite and the fingerboard is ebanol, the only wood in the bass is the neck.
     
  8. naka-pako

    naka-pako

    Aug 11, 2000
    Curbow 6 is a little unbalanced (neck heavy). I'd settle for the IBANEZ SR406 (I like the sound of wood)....d;)
     
  9. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Yes indeed, the Curbow 6 was there at Mars.
    I have played 1 Luthite bass, The first Ergodyne that Ibanez put on the market.
    I didnt like it,and didnt like the sound that "THAT" bass produced. (Maybe because the pickups obstructed they way I slap. Loved the contoured body)
    Im gonna have it in my Bass Arena.. to see who survives and gets to my home.)
    I live in South America, and I can only order Online for shipment to Miami. (That's what makes my choice a Little difficult)
     
  10. boogiebass

    boogiebass

    Aug 16, 2000
    The Cort Artisan 6 is the only six-string bass I own and I think it's a phenomenal value! Great action, huge variety of tone and beautiful appearance. Not all that light but otherwise, I can find no fault. I doubt seriously that you would be disappointed with it.
     
  11. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    The Cort Artisan looks like hte best shot of the basses mentioned here.
    But really.. What about a Tobias Toby Pro 6 ??
    Looks very nice and can be bought at $499
     
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    The Fernandes 6 has the absolute tightest spacing at the nut I've ever seen. I couldn't put the tip of my fingers between the strings. Not fun.
     
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Exactly. This is why it cracks me up nowadays when I hear this or that sucks. Try being on a budget and having to choose from:

    A Tiesco Del Ray four pickup bass

    A Western Auto house brand ( a really ugly copy of a really bad copy) or

    The Tele clone at Sears ("yeah, it's a Fender. I'm not into names so I took the label off").

    Ahh, the good old days.
     
  14. frost13

    frost13

    Apr 12, 2000
    Ahhhh yes, Brad...the good old days....:) I remember a bass that I think came from LaFayette Electronics. It was pretty goo...if you liked your action an inch off of the fretboard...:)
    I was just telling my nephew, that even the cheapest bass today, is better than what a lot of us stated on.
     
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I had a Lafayette amp. Used to really look forward to their catalogue:D

    I stopped by a store in Lemoyne, PA on my way back home. It was too wild....lot's of old equipment, the majority of which just like I had owned or used before. A B-15, an SVT, old Sunn Gear, a Shure PA head, Kustom bass amp, etc. Turns out the owner and I are the same age and apparently listened to the same styles (a bunch) of music.
     
  16. frost13

    frost13

    Apr 12, 2000
    I had a LaFayette amp too. It had a Jensen speaker in it and stood up to a lot of abuse in my younger days...:)