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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Punk_Princess19, Sep 13, 2001.
All info wanted.. either telling about why you like a bass.. or dont.. !!!! thankz!!
I go for Ibanez all the way, simply because i love the way the Ibanez EDC sounds, looks & plays.
what more do you need ?
Ugh! No vote for Peavey? I guess it'll go on "Other" then. I've recently given Peaveys a big long look. Went to two music stores wendsday (right next to each other) and one is a Stingray/Spector/Ibanez/Fender/Schecter dealer. Put my mitts on a 'Ray5, Neck thru spector, Some SDGR's (Played on a BTB before there also). Tested em through B2R and some Bseries cabs from Ampeg. The 'Ray played well, looked to plain...because it was plain The SDGR's have never excited me, and still don't. The spector was exciting, never seen one. Neat instrument!
But then went to the competition (needed some various band stuff). They are a Peavey dealer, and that's about it. But they do have 2-3 Cirrus 6's, some 5's, 2-3 4's. Great instruments, dig em all. Most comfortable 6 I've wrapped my hands around! Also liked the Fury5 they had. Pretty and well made/sounding for the price. But what I dug was the millenium 4 in Green they had. Love the electronics (I know..I'm odd huh), the feel of the neck. Plus had a Hipshot Dtuner on it. The sucker had a great setup also. Just can't bring myself to spend much more money right now. Buying a mixer, mics, various other stuff. Can't drop that kinda cash on another bass (I have 4).
Peavey's get me to smile right now! Even the T-40's they had there felt good
I'm voting for Warwick but I am careful to add that I don't like all Warwicks.
I love my Thumb's tone, look, and feel. The balance took some getting used to.
I don't really have the same feelings about the other models though.
I like Ibanez BTB and ATK models, cos they are great for the $$$. SDGR=ASS, IMO. Also like Ibanez guitars, they rule.
Spector are up there too, real kick-ass metal basses, cut like a knife.
Then...Ernie Ball. Awesome, awesome. Some of the cheapest pro-quality basses.
Pedulla. Classy but cheap. Great value.
Gibson. Ain't nothing like a T-Bird or SG-Z!
My last, but certainly not least, is ESP. I love these things. They look cool, good tone. Great custom facility.
P.S. Alembic. But they really are too much $$$ for me.
I had to vote 'other' as my fav. bass is my Spector! I've tried a few others and also own Fender, Washburn and Guild basses! However the look, the feel, the sound and the versatility of the Spector for the type of stuff I want to play is hard to beat - though they can be pricey! The other reason I'm voting that way is that I feel a case of GAS coming on, and I think it'll be another Spector (I like the look of the Rex style basses - with a Holoflash finish!!!!!!!)
I went with other, cause there was no choice for Dingwall, though I never expected one. I bought my first one, a 5 string a little over a year ago and I am ordering a 6 string in a couple of months. I like the fanned frets, they really seem to go with my hands, the tight B string and not too tight G. I like the wood (quilted maple, tremendous figure), I love the sound (piano like I would say, very tight) and I love the electronics (Bartolini), they give me great versatility and it is easy to dial in the sound I want. I tried out a number of other basses when I bought this one; F bass, Ken Smith, Peavey Cirrus, Kinal and a few others. The Ken Smith was great also, but as I am in Canada, they are quite a bit more than the Dingwalls as they come from US. But I see that the same thing happens the other way with the Dingwalls (made in Canada).
Of the bass brands you have listed I'd prefer Warwick. I've played Warwick & Yamaha, and I've owned Fender and Music Man and of all of them, I'd lay down green bills for a Thumb neck through 4 or 5, and maybe even a Thumb Bolt On. I like the looks and specs of the Infinity, but have yet to touch one, so I can't vouch.
I like the Thumbs because they have a nice low tone, heavy presence and growl. I like the feel of the action whether I'm thumpin' it or floating fingerstyle. I don't like twangy basses, and Thumbs are anything but twangy.
Of course anyone who's read more than two of my posts knows I'm an Alembi-holic and prefer Alembic basses to anything else I've ever owned or played. Since Warwick is my 2nd favorite, I figured I'd drop my vote there rather than let it languish in "other".
Ibanez I love those basses,
BTB: Fat tone punchy crisp dynamics and tight playing.
EDC: The future is here and it hits hard but it feels good.
Soundgear: Fast playing and smooth lowend with lots a grease, yum.
I wish I had an ATK 5-string though.
I voted Ibanez But you skipped too many ..
And stingray is not a brand
Music Man makes Stingray's... (or MM, as it's more commonly refered to around here).
Just a little heads up for the thread starter...
I think I'll vote "Stingray", even though I like Sterling's much more... same company makes both.
I voted Fender. Passive electronics, simple controls, durability, versatility, classic lines, beefy neck. There's nothing on 'em that I can't fix. I know that when I plug my flatwound strung P-Bass in, I'm going to get a useable tone with minimal fuss. If I need more bite, it's the roundwound strung Jazz. The P is an MIA and the J is an MIM. For less than $1000, I have the two basses that cover 100% of the playing that I am currently doing... Of course, this is a personal preference... I'm saving towards an upright using only gig money, which I hope will become one of my primary basses.
Here's hoping that you find the bass that works for you...
Batman & Robin Basses
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and shop tour with pics . Also, my "homepage" is his site --
with a (loooong) sound sample.
Tee-heeee...the double by Christmas?
On the other hand...
Yammer `260F & `270F (fretlesses) -- low cost,
good quality, lightweight, maximum futz-age .
"The Sound Of Wood!"
I hang out in the mid range, so Warwicks have the perfect mids, especially with those wenge finger boards.
Fender, you Can't go wrong. I hope you have many many years of joy with your bass. I have been playing for a year and 2 months and have loved every second of it. And i will be gettin my fender this christmas. I think you should start out with those 300 dollar squier bass packages.
going with the 'other' catagory, I'm afraid; I use a kubicki x-factor
Other: Conklin: Groove Tools series
Factory versions of custom Conklin basses with many options as standard - nice woods, nice sound, well-made, great electronics, cheap to boot.
warwick, dingwall and ken smith basses look the coolest
Well... that's what counts with music, the sounds you see, right?
I think it's mostly a meaningless question - you have to take each bass on its merits and how it feels to you.
I had a great Ibanez Musican MC 824 in the 80s, that was my main bass for years; but you would have to pay me, to play most of the current Ibanez basses in the shops!
Similarly with Fender - I like the Roscoe Beck signature, but had a really bad Mustang that I coldn't wait to get rid of and have played many really poorly-contructed Fenders in shops.
Of course if we are talking about hand-made instruments, that are crafted by a dedicated team who guarantee their workmanship then this is different; but for any factory-made or mass-produced instruments, there are always going to be good and bad examples.