Bass Collection SB301

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sixmax, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. Sixmax


    Dec 5, 2005
    Hey. I have a question. I would like to buy a Bass Collection SB130, and I only have to pay 315.8$ for it. Is that a nice price?? And what is the background behind "Bass Collection"?
  2. Bass collection are a cheap brand of "exclusive looking" bass of absolutely stunning mediocrity.

    I haven't seen any for years, which I consider a plus.

    Spend your money on a good bass...even Ibanez are better.
  3. pil


    Feb 17, 2005
    Pimlico, UK
    Yeah, i tend to agree with the bloke above.

    Ive played a few in my time, an old friend used to collect them. Frankly they were rubbish.

    Anyway if it helps you used to be able to get a brand new one from Cambridge Music in the UK for just over £300 (british pounds) - but i dont think they stock them anymore.
  4. basadam


    Nov 29, 2005
    Hey Andy,

    This is "okant" from FenderForum. It's been a while since we've last talked. Are you still in Ankara?

    I have two Bass Collections; SB461 and SB325 fretless (my first two basses; now I know better). The brand was not meant to be cheap, it's made in Japan and "for the price" it had one of the best constructions I've ever seen on a bass (visually). Once they were very popular in Europe, alas they didn't succeed and closed the business; however they are still building under Godlyke brand which sells for around $2000 apiece according to their website ( 4-string models have fast and comfy necks, always with an over-pronounced/annoying dead-spot @ 7th fret on G. The sound leaves much to be desired. They sound -while crystal clear- thinner than -say- a Fender; the "closer-to-bridge" pickup placement and weak-output pickups may be the cause. To compensate the weak-ouput, you can dramatically boost bass/treble at the expense of muddied sound.

    To conclude, I would say that they'd make a great beginner bass because of the comfy neck & light-weight. Every once in a while I see one at ebay for $100 buy-it-now (which is cheaper than the sum of its parts, talking about Gotoh hardware); but $315 seems too steep even in my country. BTW, SB301 should have an alder body/rosewood fingerboard/black hardware.

    Last comment: Would I buy one again? NO!
  5. Paddy


    Apr 19, 2005
    Kent England
    Entering Nostalgia mode

    Before my Warwick (my beautiful baby!!) I owned a honey SB325 many moons ago.

    I loved the colour of it so I bought it - I had been playing for a few years and needed a step up instrument to progress with. It suited my needs then quite well.

    As I grew I came to realise the electronics were crap so in went an EMG circuit.

    A little later I found the improvements that can be made with pickups. A replacement set of gorgeous Kent Armstrong's went in.

    The bass grew with me until I outgrew it which is where I found my Warwick nirvana (sorry bit big-headed there :oops: ). In the meantime I had around 5 years of happy Bass Collection life.

    I wouldn't want another now but at the time - but at the time it was right for me.
  6. Yes, I'm still here. Good to see you, Okan....the FenderForum is a thing of the past for me, as for many others, because of the....

    well, let bygones be bgones.

    I agree with your assessment. They were built, I think, to sound impressive in the showroom. But when you got them on stage, they disappeared.

    There are better starter basses around. Like the cheaper Yamahas. Squier. Well, like almost anything, really.

    I am slightly annoyed no one picked up my trolling jibe about Ibanez...

  7. Ed Goode

    Ed Goode Jersey to Georgia

    Nov 4, 2004
    Acworth, GA
    I had an SB310 for a while ..... actually, my wife found it at a garage sale and paid $25.00 for it in nearly pristine condition with the HSC :eek:

    I never could get used to it, the body was very small for me and the neck was way too thin. Didn't sound bad, as I remember. I had it for sale in the classifieds here for a bit, but there was zero interest. I ended up giving it to my son when he moved to Portland OR (he's a percussionist and wanted to learn bass, as well). He's still got it .... wouldn't be surprised if it ended up coming back to me at some point ...

    For me, I think there are better ways to spend your cash ... :cool:

  8. Sixmax


    Dec 5, 2005
    Thank you guys. Your comments were very helpful.

    Sixmax, Denmark