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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nomadic Herder, Feb 5, 2001.

  1. Im contemplating the purchase of another bass. I have a Squier P Bass and I play punk with a tiny bit of metal. I want to spend $300-400.
    A guitarist and I were arguing awhile ago. He says I should stay away from Fenders, and buy a Danelectro or Ibanez.
    Those 3 seem to have stuff in my pricerange and as of now Im leaning toward a Fender Jazz Bass. Or maybe a shoebox with rubber bands, which would be real cheap.
    Does anyone have any advice or suggestions?
  2. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    First piece of advice is don't take gear advice from guitar players, what do they know about basses? :D

    Second piece of advice is go play a bunch in your price range and get the one YOU want.
  3. Hey Nomad, I have a Mexican Fender Jazz. It was $330.00
    before tax, and without the case. For this amount of money,
    you absolutely CAN NOT go wrong with one of these babies.
    O.K. Other guys might say the higher priced Fenders, and
    other brands are better made, and, this is true, but, the
    Mexi Fenders are very well made, while the little details
    in more expensive basses are more attended to. There's a
    thread here about Mexican Fenders, go check it out. As far
    as Ibanez goes, I think they're just as good, if not better
    than the Mexi Fenders. Some people say it's hit or miss
    with them, but, I know some people with Ibanez axes, and
    nothing's gone wrong with them. I have a 21 year old Ibanez,
    and it has withstood the test of time and passed with flying
    colors. Now I know some of you might have had a bad Ibanez,
    or some other brand, but, from people I know myself, and
    from talking to people at this, and other forums, I'd say
    that they're in the minority. Also realize, if you spend
    $400.00 or less on a bass, you're not going to get a work
    of art(most of the time) but, a good to very good instrument. I've been playing/buying basses for about 25 years, and believe me when I say that the inexpensive basses
    of today are much better than the inexpensive basses of twenty years ago. The Danelectros I can't rate because I've
    never played one; The Fenders and Ibanez are very good for
    the money. Get one and play! If you get more bread later,
    buy a more expensive bass, but, I've known guys that saved
    for month's just to get a high end axe, and then were dis-
    appointed. A more expensive guitar isn't always a *better*
    guitar. Now, let's wait for the replies!

    Fear not, buy a bass.

    Mike J.
  4. Well, if I saved for something higher like an American Fender ($900) it would take a long time. A very long time. Being 14, I cant get a job. So I get $15 a week, and I save it. I still have awhile to go before I have $300.

    Ive heard you can get 3 sounds out of a Jazz. What exactly are these? I havent spent enough time with them. I know of 1 sound and I like it.
  5. Nomad, the three sonds you're refering to are:
    1)The neck pickup solo
    2)The bridge pickup solo
    3)Both pickups together

    The neck pup solo gives a full, round, percussive sound
    which sounds not too different than a Fender Precision bass,
    though not exactly the same.

    The bridge pup solo gives a much less bassy tone. It's
    very trebly and very punchy. If you play directly over,
    or just behind the pup, you can get a "Jaco" type sound,
    which can be compared to the notes sounding like they're
    being spit out of the amp.

    Both pups together is, in my opinion, what makes a Jazz bass
    sound like a Jazz bass. With both pups on full, the sound is
    very full, but, not muddy, and it cuts through a loud band
    very well.(provided your amp is big enough) It's both
    percussive and punchy, which is why Jazz basses(or similar
    style basses) are so popular. They sound good with just
    about any type of music. You can also have one pup on full
    and the other on half or 3/4 for even more variation.

    That's basically the three sounds you were wondering about.

    I hope this helped. Keep on saving; you'll have a bass before you know it. Come to this site whenever you have
    a question. Someone will always help you.

    Mike J.
  6. Brendan

    Brendan Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Yeah, I'd go with a Jazz. I played one the other day (a MIM) and was very impressed with them, as opposed to the Ibanez's or others in that range. They aren't just a "Jazz" bass, they work very well in most rock settings, and IMHO are much better for slapping (if you're into that) There isn't much wrong you can do with a MIM Jazz. Plus, you can impress the die hard P-fans by the sounds, and the Jazz guys will think you're intelligent for getting one (I'm neither, but I'm still impressed with them)
  7. yeah i have a mim jazz bass and though most punkers play p basses i think the jazz bass actually sounds better. plus it has a slimmer neck which is just plain cool
  8. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I know that I'll get flamed here, but Ibanez were making much higher quality basses 21 years ago than their lower priced stuff now. I'm not saying that you can't get good quality today, it's just that the Ibanez basses that I have played recently don't compare in the least to say an '80 Musician...

    My Opinion Only
  9. FunkmastaJ


    Feb 1, 2001
    Seattle WA
    Go w/ a mexi Jazz, I have one and its amazing for how much it costs. But if I where you Id play it before you buy. Also, if you can pay for a decent set up it will really help, trust me.
  10. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    I totally agree.


    Sep 10, 2000
    dont' listen to guitarists
    and DON'T even think about a danelectro for metal and punk!
    danoes are reserved for oldies if that at all!
    mine sounds like cardboard
    they use plywood in the body....i'm sure the low-end kind has balsa wood
  12. NJXT


    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    Is a Jazz Bass the right choice for metal/punk music ?
    A Precision (or Squier) wouldn't be a better choice ?
    I'm not an expert in Fender basses but most of the bass players I saw in metal/punk/heavy rock bands didn't played on JB, but rather on PB, in the Fender World.
    As for Ibanez, they make really good stuff, IMO, but not in the low price range.
    I liked the high end SR serie a lot.

    [Edited by NJXT on 02-07-2001 at 05:26 AM]
  13. ]

    Hey, when it breaks, we can all make those little airplane things!

    And Im pretty much sold on a Jazz bass now. Just need a few more weeks of money. Woohoo!
  14. Joiner


    Oct 12, 2000

    For around $300 there is a lot of choice.


    The MiM Jazz is okay for Punk and Metal. What did Jason of Metallica play before he left ? Sadowsky - A Jazz Bass Styled Instrument ...
    I think that says enough.

    But for $300 you could also look into the cheaper Ibanez lines.


    I can understand your situation. I know how it is only to get really NO money. Maybe, look for a used bass.

    I wish you best luck.,..


  15. Hey there rllefebv and Slater. No one's gonna flame you.
    I'm just glad you guys agree with me about the Musician.
    When I bought it, I knew Ibanez was an underdog Company,
    but, between its looks, sound and that Sting was pushing it,
    I was sold. I guess I was lucky too. I'm not saying that
    I'm a die hard Ibanez fan, but, my one experience with them
    was good. Why can't bass makers realize: Quality goes down,
    their Company goes down!

    Talk later guys,

    Mike J.

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