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A jack of all trades bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by drewphishes, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    hey looking for a bass that is a jack of all trades.

    Can get multiple tones and is easy on the eyes.

    Budget probably about 1000-1500

    Love my american p but would like something more boutique looking and capable or more tones

    Was thinking maybe a btb ibanez or something like that

    4 string only
  2. Last edited: Nov 12, 2017
  3. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    Tried one of those at gc didnt like it
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  4. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
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  5. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    P-Bass lol. No an Ibby should suit you needs. The SR series is a great line of basses.
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  6. bordinco90

    bordinco90 Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    Sweetwater currently has these on sale for under $900!
    Ibanez SR1300E
    Great basses! It is very versatile. The ones at sweetwater are exclusive and have black hardware instead of gold.
  7. Ricky Caboverde

    Ricky Caboverde Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Miami, FL
    Maybe a Lakland 55-02 Deluxe? I've seen those near $1k and the Shoreline version (MIJ) for a tad more.

  8. sikamikanico


    Mar 17, 2004
    I'd get something with a couple soapbars, probably Lakland 44-01. Seems like a variety of pickups would fit that to dial in the specific type of versatility you want. Just the Nordstrand line of pickups offers almost anything you could want. Preamps extend the options further.
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  9. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Used Ernie Ball MusicMan Caprice.
  10. By experience, a G&L L-2000 is a winner! Plus, it has it's own character. I bought an L-2500 (5 string version) new, 20 years ago and it's still my main bass. That bass saved me money over the years... it prevented me from buying a Jazz, a P-Bass and a Stingray...
  11. USA Peavey Cirrus.

    Its a great modern bass that, while subtle, fits well in all styles of music.
  12. Would a proper jack of all trades be 5 string just in case you need the extra range?

    Also taking into account other musicians' predjudice maybe something that either looks like a fender or has fender on the headstock.

    If active then a passive switch just in case. 34 inch so strings are eay to come by.

    Just a few thoughts, take what you will, good luck!
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  13. micgtr71


    Dec 4, 2012
    I find that a jazz would be a jack of all trades for me. The fiver
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  14. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    I played a musicman Sterling for twenty years and played in a folk rock band, a punk band, a cover band, and a metal band. I don’t play it anymore but when I could only afford one bass, it was a good one to have.
  15. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    MTD Heir. Comfy, too.
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  16. FirewalZ


    Aug 14, 2014
    S.E. Michigan
    A good Jazz Bass, can be really flexible.
  17. lowendrachel


    Sep 11, 2012
    GTA, Ontario
    Gibson EB
  18. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    lost angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Any PJ I find to be probably the most flexible setup. It'll sound like a P, it'll sound like a bridge J, just doesn't sound exactly like a JJ running 50/50 mix (the PJ combination has a different tone).
  19. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    Im thinking something w emg soapbars may be awesome also. I love the us peaveys i just wish they made it in a 34” scale
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