Advice on a second bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Cerdac28, Jul 9, 2003.

  1. Hey, I have been playing bass for 2 years and am at the point where I would like to get my second bass. Right now I'm playing on a Squier so almost anything is an improvement in terms of versitility. I am really attached to the Spector Q Pro 4 string because it has a great feel and lots of the versitility I need. I play in a punk band so I need a very bright sound but Im also going to be playing in my school's pep band so Ill need thumpy low sounds.

    I dont want to rush and buy that bass before Ive sampled some other basses around the 500$ price range, so I would like to know if there are any other basses around that price that anyone could suggest. Thank you for all who respond

    P.S. Im not a big fender fan, even the expensive ones sound a little basic to me so you dont have to suggest that one :p
  2. ryuujin


    Jun 1, 2003
    Delaware, OH
    Well like my sig says... my Ibanez SB900 is awesome. Really bright sound if you want but the tone controls will allow you to get just about any sound you want. If you can hunt one down and get it for under $500 like I got mine for 225 you are going to be really really lucky. but Ibanez in general is really good for that price range.
  3. Goto a local music shop and test stuff what you like:cool:

  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    In your price range, you should definitely check out the MTD Kingston. Much better bass than a lot of others in that range, IMHO.
  5. mnadelin


    Apr 6, 2003
    Kalamazoo, MI
    Fender Jazz Bass.
  6. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    Go with you gut instinct here, Spector! Just bought a Spector Rebop 5, freakin awesome! I've played 4 string Spectors in that price range when I was testing out some cabs they all sound and play great, I feel they are the best bang for the buck out there. But as I always say don't rush the process try out a lot basses b4 you make your choice....good luck
  7. demolition

    demolition Guest

    Jul 5, 2003
    The new Ibanez that came out has some serous low end,i believe its the srx400 model ? i think(?) but its an easy find,its the only ibanez that has an olive green body with a white pickgaurd and active MMstyle p-ups.
    It rocks big time,it sounds like a p-bass on steriods(though i would rather have a p-bass anyday:D )
  8. OldDawg


    Jul 4, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    Another vote for a Fender Jazz Bass. You can get a wide range of sounds, and nothing beats the punch of a Fender. Last if you look you can always find deals on Fender.
  9. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    Stick with the Spector! I owned a Spector Q5 until last week (sold it to get the spector in my sig). It has very wide tonal options. If you crank the treble and cut the bass and use the bridge pup, you can get a VERY clear and bright highs, and if you do the opposite (boost lows, use bridge pup, cut treble) you can get earthshaking thumpy lows. Its a really great bass. I just sold mine for $350 with a case. I recommend you get one used on ebay or something and you can save about $200. There are several on Ebay right now actually.
  10. bentem


    Oct 18, 2002
    Rockville, MD
    I'll 3rd (or maybe 4th) spectors. But defanatley try out a jazz, maybe the delixe ones, which are active. I'm sure youll find something you like.
  11. Hofbrauhaus


    Feb 10, 2002
    Upton, MA
    Seems like I'm the oddball out of everyone here but when he said something bright that cuts through, yet in the 500 dollar range...why didn't the Ernie Ball SUB come to mind? I personally have never played one although I own a Stingray5 that absolutely kicks...but hey TONS of guys in punk bands play Stingrays, and a SUB (not a Stingray but darn close) can be had for just over 500 bucks. I suggest test playing one of those. If not then go with the Spector!
  12. I'll second the SRX400.

    I've played it. It's got a Jazz bass-type neck on it, and the pickup sounds good; very aggressive. They usually go for about $400 w/out a case, which isn't bad. It's worth checking out.
    If you don't play any other basses, I'd say you can't go wrong with any of the Spectors.

    Good luck.

  13. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Because it hasn't been said...Yamaha. Oh, and what Osama_Spears said - very important. :bassist:
  14. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    what osama said!! try everything you can. only way to make a real discision based on your tasts and not what gets the biggest vote on TB. deside what you like between 2-3, and maybe post a pros and cons thread for each. that'd be what i'd do! you may end up loving something you thought you'd hate, oe vice versa/
    P.S. depending on where you live, it could be hard to get your hands on lots of different basses.