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Bass Options for $1000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassline1414, Aug 13, 2001.


  1. Hello, and an advanced "thank you",

    After working a crappy job all summer, I now have about 1000 bucks at my disposal. I am seriously considering getting a used Stingray, because I like the tone. I have played these for short periods of time, and liked it. I've heard some negative opinions about Stingrays, like how they have "one sound" and don't tend to cut through as well as other basses. Are there any other basses in this price area (or around it) that you all think are good buys? The only problem is that I live in the Kansas City area and it's hard for me to try out Zons and other high end basses because most dealers around here don't carry 'em.

    Thanks
     
  2. stingray's have a fairly limited range of sounds, but those sounds are great and usable in a wide variety of musical situations. i'm not sure who told you that a stingray doesn't cut through a mix, but i would have to disagree with that. on the contrary, i think that its the ray's ability to cut through any mix that makes it such a value. why do you think so many punk/hard rock groups' bass players use them... to cut through that thick wall of mud the guitar makers make :p
     
  3. *bump* :D
     
  4. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    I'm going to order my next Salas. (2001 Salas Custom 4) for $929 :D

    DM
     
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Hey BL1414. The Music Man StingRay is an awesome bass that cuts through EXTREMELY WELL!!! They kinda have one kinda sound, but it has a nice 3 band EQ & it can be shaped very nicley!!!!! I personally love the sound whenever I play one @ a store but when I brought it to rehearsal, I couldn't get a sound I liked through my rig. :(

    If you have about $1000 to spend, I'd suggest....

    ...a Spector (SUPRIZE!!!!!) Musician's Friends still has the Discontinued "dot inlay" NS-4 CR's in stock for $899.99!!!!!! The newer "Crown inlay" NS-4 CR's sell for $1349.99!!!. The only other difference between the dot & the crown is the crown has a better grade of quilted maple. This is only asthetic. The grade of maple used dosen't affect the sound. I bought one of the NS-5 CR as a back-up to my USA NS-5 & I love it!!!!!

    NS-4 CR click here

    NS-5 CR click here

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  6. benjamintowle

    benjamintowle Guest

    Apr 3, 2001
    usa tewksbury mass
    if the a guiaatre center around you go to it try out rays and all the basse you can.o yah you should try out a warick most are over 100 but you can get like passive one like 878 i seen a stream for aslow as 600 in the one near me.i realy liek the sound of the ray .if you see like a pre erinball ray like under 1000 but the paint or some thing roung wih it,like astheticly buy it .it worth it youll love the sound.
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    What's a Warick & why shoud I spend $100 for one? Ive never heard of "guiaatre center". What's a Basse? What's a "erinball"?

    DUDE, LEARN TO SPELL & USE CORRECT GRAMMER!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. ytsebri

    ytsebri

    Sep 1, 2000
    Dallas
    What the hell is this????:confused: Dude...you need to get Hooked on Phonics. Please.....
     
  9. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    if it were me, i would beef up a mexi-jazz, or make a warmoth bass, but i've never runned into a salas before.
     
  10. purple_haze

    purple_haze

    Jun 29, 2001
    London Town
    I had a friend who got hooked on phonics. It ruined his life. Nearly overdoes twice. Tragic. :D

    To answer the question, I'd say go with the StingRay. That's definately the best choice for the price. This is, of course, assuming that you're looking to buy new. Shop around second hand.
     
  11. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Man, Zon! Sure, you can't try one, but I know you'll like them!

    What about Alembics? It's really common to see the Epics for well under a grand.
     
  12. RAM

    RAM

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    I say that if you like the sound and feel of the Stingray, why would you get something else?

    There are honestly other basses out there that I like more (such as Spectors), but the Stingray is a good bass and well made.

    Get what you like...not what I tell you to like;)
     
  13. I agree with you RAM, but like I said, Kansas ain't the best place to try out some quality basses. We don't even have a Guitar Center!
     
  14. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    If you're looking for a bass that can cover all the bases, :rolleyes: , www.basspalace.com has 2 2001 G&L 2500's in mint condition for $1050, (maybe they'd whack off the $50). They're in the "Recent Arrivals." One is ash and the other, I don't remember.

    That would give you 3 switches and 3 knobs to play with.
     
  15. Look on Ebay. There are a bunch of places that are selling Warwick Streamer MasterMen for about a grand. They're supposed to sound really good, and have a lot of different sounds. They have TWO :eek: preamps, one for each coil of the pickup. Warwick stopped making a bunch of models:( so everyone's clearing them out.
     
  16. Aaron

    Aaron

    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    Is there a translator in the house?!!!
     
  17. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Mexico
    I'm still studying "Towlish" but here´s a good translation:

    "if there´s a guitar center around you, go try out some stingrays and all the basses you can."

    "you should try out a Warwick *?*, most of them are over 100 (we believe he meant 1000) but you can get a passive for $878. I have seen Streamers for as low as $600 in the (Guitar center) near me. I really like the sound of the stingrays."

    "If you see a Pre-ErnieBall stingray under $1000 but has bad painting or something wrong (aestheticaly)... BUY IT! it will worth it and you´ll love the sound."



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    if the a guiaatre center around you go to it try out rays and all the basse you can.o yah you should try out a warick most are over 100 but you can get like passive one like 878 i seen a stream for aslow as 600 in the one near me.i realy liek the sound of the ray .if you see like a pre erinball ray like under 1000 but the paint or some thing roung wih it,like astheticly buy it .it worth it youll love the sound.
     
  18. Bass NW (bassnw.com) is still running their special G&L sale I believe. They've got L2000s, L2500 (did you specify how many strings you want?), ASATs, etc. Excellent prices, and they're great to deal with.

    I love the ASAT I got earlier this year.
     
  19. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Including those new ones with the ebony fretboard and flame maple tops...it'll be a couple bucks more, but hey, it's worth it.