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Bass comparison site?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LeeP, Jul 11, 2003.


  1. LeeP

    LeeP

    Aug 22, 2002
    Frankfort, KY
    I'm in the early stages of looking for a replacement for when I retire my trusty old eb3. I've learned a lot here at talkbass, but I wish there was a site that allowed a side-by-side comparison of the specs of various basses, like the edmunds.com does for cars. Is there anything like that out there?

    BTW - right now my choices are 55-02, L-2500, SR5, LB-75 and Jazz V Deluxe. I wish there was someplace nearby to try these out, but alas! the trials of the small town bassist!
     
  2. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I don't know of any all in one sources out there, but there are many head to head shootouts right here on TB. I can think of a couple 55-02 vs. SR5 discussions (including one that's raging in my head right now) do a search for keywords, or ask for input from current players of those instruments.

    About what part of the country are you from? maybe we could find somebody locally that may own one or two of those basses and you could ask to try them out. I put out a call once for dingall owners, and found two in houston that I got to test drive.

    Mark
     
  3. LeeP

    LeeP

    Aug 22, 2002
    Frankfort, KY
    Yeah, I've read just about all the threads about the basses I'm looking at. That's one reason I'm looking for a comparison site - so I can see it all laid out together.

    On the other hand, it's certainly about more than specs. I've found a guy that has a stingray, a stingray 5 and a sterling that I think he'll let me play, but I'd really like to directly compare as many as I can. I'm hoping to visit Bass Centre in London when I go over there this fall!
     
  4. wulf

    wulf

    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Remember that a bass is far more than just a tangle of measurements. With experience, you gradually work out which ones are most important to you (string width at the bridge is a factor for me - I like 18mm + spacing even on a six string) and which ones aren't (string spacing at the nut doesn't seem nearly so important to me).

    The measurements can help, but there's not substitute for just trying a lot of things (including gear that has specs that don't excite you... get past the prejudice and you might find a keeper).

    tuBass's idea of giving your location is a good one. NOT your street address or Zip code, but a rough idea of which corner of which continent would be good - there might be a friendly bassist or decent bass shop nearer than you think!

    Wulf
     
  5. LeeP

    LeeP

    Aug 22, 2002
    Frankfort, KY
    Oh, I know that! Even though I've been playing for years, I've not been much for trying out new gear, so my knowledge of what's out there and what I like is limited. The spec's would only be a start for comparisons.

    I'm in Frankfort, Kentucky, USA. We're pretty close to Louisville and not too far from Cincinnati - so there are some music stores within reasonable distance. Just getting the time to go shopping is the main problem. I'm in no hurry - my GAS hasn't yet overcome my bank account. I'm stashing away a bit here and there, and I plan on paying cash for whatever I get.

    PS- Wulf - I enjoy your posts on churchbass!

    lee
     
  6. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    I was in Kentucky once. It was hot, really hot
     
  7. yeah dude, I went there for a family reunion once..DAMN WAS IT HOT! I thought I was gonna die bein from the West Coast near the ocean...wow, BIG change.
     
  8. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Oh man you live near the ocean? Sweet. Do you surf?
     
  9. I tried...but wasnt super good so I kinda gave up, and plus I didnt go there that much, but I just like the cool weather here.
     
  10. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Aah you shouldn't give up so easy. But hey if it's not your thing it's not your thing. Waacho gonna do? I used to live in San Fran. That was a little too cool for me
     
  11. well for now my friends and i are puttin together a band and ive been playin bass a lot and surfin TB and listenin to music, kinda of a slow summer, but fun :D
     
  12. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Excellent, What kinda stuff is your band doing?
     
  13. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I think TB member Vanselus may have a site like you're describing...maybe search his posts.
     
  14. This site won't give a side-by-side comparison, but since you have your eye on a few specific basses, you can see what owners think of them.

    http://www.harmony-central.com/Bass/Data4/#man
     
  15. Metal, but we have "funny" lyrics right now that we are fooling around with. Like we have one song called "Squirrel With No Name" but only Guitar and Bass and Lyrics in it now because we still need a drummer :/ Hey man, I gotta go..got stuff to do, be on later.
     
  16. superphat

    superphat

    Sep 30, 2001
    give me some time, and i'll put it together...

    maybe people could help out by posting specs of their basses here... and i can compile it, create a database, etc.

    should be a piece of cake, if i can only make some time... :rolleyes:

    i'll post details here soon
     
  17. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    well lee, I guess you've looked at the Cincinnati scene. Is there nothing there? That would shock me.

    Have you ever driven down to Nashville? You could spend a week down there and never play the same bass twice. If you get at least $1200 together and find a bass that speaks to you, I don't think you will be unhappy with any of the basses on your list. Which ones are you leaning toward and why?
     
  18. LeeP

    LeeP

    Aug 22, 2002
    Frankfort, KY
    Actually, I haven't checked out Cinci. I'm just now allowing the GAS to build up! When I get serious, I will probably make a trip up there or maybe down to Nashvegas just to tryout basses. Right now I'm just daydreaming.

    Most of the ones I've listed (and I forgot the Cirrus!) have gotten raves from some TBers whose opinions I respect. I've always valued versatility since I've played lots of styles of music. I have no need of a boutique bass, I'm not a bassiophile, but I need a good, reliable, nice-sounding and versatile instrument. I mean, I've played an eb3 for almost 30 years! What do I know about tone?:confused:

    I've been playing my son's Peavey Fury 5 and really like having that B - and the active electronics, so that's why I'm looking at 5'ers.

    I guess just on what I've read, not what I've heard or played, I'm leaning toward the G&L L-2500. 2 MM-style pups should give me the versatility I'm looking for, good reviews for reliability and it's Leo's legacy!

    After that it's a tossup between the skyline, stingray and cirrus. Different axes, different sounds, I know.

    This discussion has got me itchin' to borrow a Ray from a guy I know. He's awfully particular about his basses though. I'd really like to play it with my band. I don't know if he'd let it out of his basement unless he went with it!

    :cool:
     
  19. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I love rays, they are on my very short list of thinks to start saving for as soon we move into our house next month. (right after we buy a lawnmower)

    It's funny about you playing your son's bass. I play a modern 5 string with EMG pickups, but the more modifications I do on my son's bass (a highly modified bronco bass) the more I pick that one up when I just want to jam. So here I am, a 6'8" gorilla playing a 4 string, short scale squire. It has a real Jamerson tone to it, and those short scales are realy easy to play.
    Grass is always greener, isn't it?

    [​IMG]
     
  20. LeeP

    LeeP

    Aug 22, 2002
    Frankfort, KY
    Looks like a Christmas tree ornament!

    :smug: :bassist: