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A new bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by M.D.S., Jan 18, 2005.


  1. M.D.S.

    M.D.S.

    Nov 8, 2004
    Scotland
    I am in the process of saving up some cash for a new bass. Untill doing a search on here, I had my eye on an Epiphone Thunderbird IV Reverse Bass, but from what I have seen here, it doesn't sound as great as it looks. :meh:

    So instead I go to my other choices, an epiphone flying V or a fender.

    Unfortunatly, I couldn't find anything definite about the V, and I really don't know if I should get a J-Bass or a P-Bass...

    So has anyone got anything positive to say about the t-bird, or the V, or could someone reccomend something else? (THat can be shipped to the UK)
     
  2. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    What kind of sound are you looking for?
     
  3. Positives: They're both really good at nose-diving to the floor if you let go of the neck. They 'look' pretty cool...if you like how they look.

    To me, the V is purely a novelty piece. It works for guitar because you are dealing with less weight...with bass, it's a real pain. If you find a lightweight one, then you're talking poor quality woods.

    For an all-around great bass, go with a J. Plenty of tone options, great balance, good sound right out of the box, but can be easily modified if that's your thing: you can swap parts/neck/pickups/pickguard with any number of after-market manufacturers...It's the industry standard for a reason.
     
  4. M.D.S.

    M.D.S.

    Nov 8, 2004
    Scotland
    :rolleyes:

    I knew I had forgotten something...

    That is, in itself, part of the problem. I play everything from punk rock to funk rock, going through heavily distorted Muse stuff to mellower radiohead. :confused:

    So I suppose I need something pretty versitile...
     
  5. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I would go with a Fender jazz. It is versatile and would suit any style.
     
  6. primusfan1989

    primusfan1989

    Jan 17, 2005
    new jersey
    can't go wrong with a jazz bass
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Another vote for a Jazz. One of the most versatile designs around, as far as passive basses go.