Active 4 string, under $1200?

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  1. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    I haven't owned an active bass in a while. What are some good options under $1200? I like modern takes on traditional looks but not a p or j clone. A Lakland skyline 44-01 is one I'm considering. What else is good?
  2. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    You could take a cheaper passive bass, gut it, and put an active preamp in. I prefer to do that, so I can choose the sound I like.
  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Sire M7 or M5 would fit the bill.
  4. Sterling by Music Man.
    Tribute by G&L
    Chowny Bass Guitars
    Bite Basses
  5. steveinohio


    May 27, 2007
    Build and get exactly what you want.
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  6. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    Go used and save yourself some money
  7. bigdaddybass12


    Feb 26, 2021
    Yamaha trbx series.
  8. Tubehed


    Oct 27, 2011
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  9. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Bootlegger guitars : S.I.T. Strings Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    Florida USA
    There are hundreds of them to choose from, and they’re all good
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  10. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Buy used and you can get a $1600 bass for $1200 or better.
  11. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    Thanks - I'm open to used. Looking for suggestions/inspiration. Wondering if there's anything out there I haven't seen. I like that Sadowsky Metroline alot but I don't think I want to go with a j styled bass. I think I'm looking for a soapbar sound. I've been using j and p basses for a while and want something different.
  12. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    The Yamaha BB734a is getting great coverage. I’ve owned several Yamahas and have loved them all.
  13. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Used Stingray or G&L L-series.
  14. Wicked G

    Wicked G

    Jan 19, 2017
    Hell Paso Texas
    Sterling Stingray Ray34HH is an excellent bass. They are so nice I have 2 of them.
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  15. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
  16. Dincrest

    Dincrest Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    The world is your oyster, but here's one that goes slightly against the grain:

    ESP/LTD AP-4

    The pickups are active EMGs (they require a battery) but the controls are a simple vol/blend/tone setup like you'd typically find on a passive bass. So this is essentially a traditional bass with a souped up modern engine.

    I have no direct experience with this bass, but some TBers have the 5-string version (AP-5) and like it a lot. My main bass is a modded ESP/LTD I've had for over a decade and it's served me well.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2021
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  17. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Had the choices not been limited to active basses, I would've suggested this.
    Reverend Thundergun...passive, pure and potent.
    One of the best-kept secrets in the bass world.
    FB-IMG-1620428926056.jpg You want something different, right?
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2021
  18. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    Cort Artisan series. Think their C series has actives too. But you should be able to get the A series stuff for well under a grand, most of it.
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  19. I had a Sterling stingray with a roasted maple neck and it felt super nice for the price. Only thing that felt noticeably cheap on it compared to the American stingrays I’ve owned was the tuning machines but they did the job.
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