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Advice on choosing a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Reverendus, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. Reverendus


    Mar 15, 2013
    Bradenton, Fl
    So the Praise Band Leader of my church is taking me to get my first bass sometime next week and I was looking for some advice on how to choose what to get. The nice thing is, the church is buying the bass (technically it will be theirs, but it is for me). While he is going to help me pick one out, he isn't a bass player either (he's a guitar player) and I figured it would be better to ask some people who know their stuff.

    The idea is for me too learn how to play at least some simple basslines to play in the praise band fairly soon. I have no illusions on becoming really good fast or anything like that, but as I already play guitar we are hoping I will get good enough to play some simple stuff fairly quick and then get better from there.

    The type of music they play is pretty simple contemporary praise and worship stuff. My own personal tastes are pretty varied and I don't plan on limiting my playing style to just what we will be playing in the praise band.

    I don't know what kind of budget we will be on yet, but I know I won't be getting any top of the line equipment.

    Any advice you guys can give is highly appreciated.
  2. Goldmember

    Goldmember Johan van der Smut

    For the most bang for the buck, I suggest you go with any bass in the Squier Classic Vibe series. They rival Fender MIM quality at half the price.
  3. danomite64


    Nov 16, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    What brand of guitar do you play? If you like it, then maybe try basses by the same manufacturer. If not, then try the Squiers and the Ibanezes; you should find something you like from one of those brands.
  4. The church is paying? Well, you can't go wrong with Fodera or Sadowsky, or maybe even a nice Ken Lawrence. :D

    But, in all honesty, you're probably best off with a Squier, or a lower end Ibanez. Great bang for the buck.
  5. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    You can always think used=maybe higher end bass. If the budget is enough, you can check out a Fender standard series Precision or Jazz.
  6. Reverendus


    Mar 15, 2013
    Bradenton, Fl
    Thank you for the replies. Gives me something to think about.

    I had a Gibson and an Ibanez at one time, now I have a Fender. I liked the Gibson best.
  7. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    I agree with Goldmember. I would go with a CV Jazz.
  8. Tvrtko


    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    Yamaha or Squier. You cannot go wrong with these.
  9. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    You will not find a Gibson bass that's worth a damn in your price range unless your price range is $1500 or better. Unless you're talking about a used one. Even then, I don't know..
  10. tomydacat

    tomydacat Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    try a Spector legend my .02
  11. Reverendus


    Mar 15, 2013
    Bradenton, Fl
    Yeah, I doubt our budget is going to be quite that high for this.
  12. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I would follow the general opinion of a squire or ibanez. I personally own an ibanez ATK 300 series and I picked up used for about $350 I believe it was. It's still my primary and it has a very wide tonal range. I also own a modified squire and the tone on that one is killer as well. I replaced the pups with EMG's though. Again, the ATK has a very wide tonal range and it's active as well which gives a lil more juice.
  13. I'll put my vote in the bin for the Classic Vibe as well. Either the P or the J bass. Both are really nice, and not just for the money. The necks especially feel awesome on both basses.
  14. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    And I agree with both of them. It's hard to beat that J bass for versatility and quality at that price point. Perhaps a few Ibanez basses can hang quality wise in the price range, but they are more "hit or miss".
  15. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    A 5 string is fairly useful for church gigs.
  16. Old Fart

    Old Fart

    Mar 11, 2011
    Yeah, prolly would be. It would be nice to have those low, deep notes I suppose. More range.

    One more vote for the Squiers.

    And I'd suggest you go with your intuition. Your gut. Get the one that likes your fingers and you like her neck.
  17. Burwabit

    Burwabit Likes guitars that tune good and firm feelin women Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2011
    Lubbock, TX
    ^ my thoughts too.

    I'd go with an active bass too but that's just me.
  18. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Active 5 will cover a lot of P&W stuff.
  19. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    You need to figure out three thing first. 1. What kind of neck do you prefer? Slim or thick. Then 2. What kind of pups work best for your desired sound? P, J, soapbar/humbucker. 3. Does passive or active work better for desired tone? Satisfy those three needs and try every bass you can that meets those till you find several that are great. Then narrow it down from there.

    For low budget, ($300-$400) I think Ibanez and Esp Ltd B series aere among the best to be found. Jackson JS3 series as another though more agressive and pointier. All 3 of these are Diff better then fender squires imo.
  20. JCheung


    Jan 25, 2013
    Herndon, VA
    I found there are two types of basses that have worked well for me in that setting. Fender and Musicman style basses. Both have great tone and are pretty easy to figure out. If you need a slimmer neck then I'd focus on a sterling by musicman sub ray4, ray5, or sb14 (the later being their midrange line that goes for around $450 used). For a more universally known bass tone, I'd get a squier classic vibe p bass. The reason I recommend the p and not mentioning the jazz is that personally I would take a music man sound over a jazz bass. It's not to say jazz basses are bad, quite the opposite, but when it comes to p&w music I like that sit in the sonic spaces that precisions and musicians tend to occupy. If at all possible, try before you but and used if you can.

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