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Ashton AB800

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Austarter, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. Austarter


    Jan 2, 2006
    Hey new to bass been playing for a little bit and was looking for a better bass, what do you guys think of the Ashton AB800 link: http://www.guitar.com.au/guitars/bass/ashton/AB800.htm its pretty cheap but seems to be alright. M eand my friends have limited experience with bass but the tips they gave me was the more affect knobs the better and basically the more expensive the better. What should i look for and what are your opinions on the more expensive brands versus the lesser brands, for example would it be better to get a crap model but good brand, or the top of the line bass from a cheaper brand?
    i also liked the look of these yamahas, are they any good?
    thanks heaps
  2. A9X


    Dec 27, 2003
    Sinny, Oztraya
    Hola, I'm a big fan of the early neckthrough Ashton basses, the AB1100/1105 and the AB1505. I have 3 of them. The current bolt on Ashtons like the one you linked that I've seen about have left me far less than impressed.

    The Yamaha's are good quality basses that will let you learn without the bass itself being an impediment and would likely carry you well into your gigging career before you needed to upgrade. Pick the one that you like the most and feels best to you.
    The Yammies will likely get far better resale than one of the newer Ashtons.

    The less controls you have to play with the better when learning; gets you to concentrate more easily on the bass, playing/practicing and less on the ancillary aspects of gear.

    Up to a point, you more or less get what you pay for, ie more expensive can be better. However the Law of Diminishing Returns cuts in with a vengence over a couple of A$k, and there can be some excellent basses at the lower price points these days as the quality of all but 'junk' gear has gotten progressively better and prices have also come down.

    I'd still suggest a Yammie, a good, professional setup on it, a comfy strap, quality lead and a small combo amp as a starting point. And most importantly, a good teacher.