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Bass for new band...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jbutler1982, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. jbutler1982


    Jul 15, 2007
    Hey All,

    As usual, when its time to buy a new bass, its time to ask TB.

    Recently, I've started playing in a modern R&B original band. Its great fun, but my P bass with LaBella flats that sounds really great in my main gig Motown cover band for that Jamerson thump just doesn't fit (and my hands are torn up from those heavy strings).

    Any suggestions? I really like my Highway 1 P alot, so i was thinking a Fender Highway 1 Jazz might make sense. Has anyone here used a Hwy 1 Jazz?

    Think Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Jill Scott, etc... type of music.

    Also, any suggestions on strings that wont tear your hands apart? The LaBella '54 flats are just ridiculous... I play alot, and I still get blisters every time out.


  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Keep the P-bass handy, but consider lighter gauge strings.

    As for another bass, buy used, if possible.

    You didn't mention a budget, so I'll give you three I'd consider, at different price ranges.

    $2K+ Used Sadowsky P/J 4-string (ha ha, OK I have one and love it for everything, never for sale). Consider the Sadowsky Metro Hybrid P/J. Nothing but raves, though finding any Sadowsky P/J used is hard.

    $1K New American Standard Jazz

    $450-700 Used Lakland Skyline 44-01, 44-01, 55-01, 55-02, or other model. Plentiful, affordable, great quality, upgradeable. An active five-string might give you greater access to modern "R&B" bass sounds.

    Lots of others out there, too. What about an MTD Kingston? Growl monster and under $400!
  3. bassaficionado6

    bassaficionado6 Something about gumption

    Jan 7, 2008
    Napa, CA
    Concerning the Highway 1, they play great. Really smooth. I almost got one, but decided to wait and got a Spector instead.

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