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A suggest a bass thread.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Radical Edward, Feb 8, 2014.

  1. I would like a ...
    Medium/high end 4 or 5 string bass
    active pickups
    neckthru body
    in the $500-$900 range.

    Suggestions? and why?
  2. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    IME, do not go with schecter. Very bland instruments generally speaking. I haven't had much experience with esp/ltd's but im sure that crowd will ring in shortly
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
  4. Spector Legend Custom 4's and 5's match all those listed requirements and play really well!
  5. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    Warwick RockBass Streamer NT. Neck-thru, active, top-notch build, hardware, and electronics, and comes in a five string version too. I suggest this because it meets your requirements and I have a lot of love for Warwick basses, including the RockBass line.

  6. Wagz


    May 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    You can get great value from Cort and Ibanez in that price range new.
    The Cort A5 is a killer active bass and you can have your pick of a couple Ibanez models.
    I also had an Epiphone Thunderbird Pro V (retails for around $500), not everyone's cup of tea but it's a neat take on the T-Bird with a passive pickup, active pre-amp combo and it's a neck-thru model with uncommonly good build quality from Gibson/Epi.
  7. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
  8. BassOasis


    Oct 25, 2010
    Hudson, NH
    Gibson EB-5. Great tone, light on the shoulders. They knocked it outta the park.
  9. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    +1, and I'm not even a Warwick guy.

    I would also look at mid-range Spectors. But really both are fantastic choices.
  10. Mmmkay. I've played around with a warwick and some gibsons and while I loved the sound of the gibsons, I didn't dig the feel and the same for the warwick I played. It's hard to describe, but it just didn't feel right. However, I haven't tried a lot of the models and I haven't tried anything recently, so I'm willing to give them all a try. :D
  11. Oh also, how would you say Spector compares to Schecter?
  12. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Spector > Schecter.

    By miles. Not even close.
  13. Lol. Okay then.
  14. MM Sterling and SUBs are options.

  15. carvin
  16. dls119


    Jun 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    Sorry, my personal bias came through a bit strongly there.

    Mostly the difference is in build quality and playability. Schecter makes some neat stuff, but in the given price-range you can do a better, I think. The Spectors feel more cohesive as an instrument than the Schecters do in spite of the two brands using similar components. I've owned both, both at mid price points, and can say that I enjoyed playing the Spector and quickly ditched the other. However, it should really come down to whichever bass you like playing the most.

    But my vote still goes to Warwick, as suggested above. Great quality, great sound, nice prices for the Rockbass line, and they're quite durable to boot.