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Beginner Thinking About A Future Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Senhouse, May 18, 2001.

  1. Senhouse


    May 18, 2001
    Boston, MA
    Hi everyone! I've been lurking on this site for a while
    and figured it's finally time to register and start posting.

    I'm looking for some advice for my 2nd bass, which
    I'm probably going to purchase in the next 3 months.
    I currently have a Yamaha RXB260, and it seems to
    do the job just fine... I'm using it with a Fender
    Frontman amp. I messed around with it for a few months
    with some instruction from my musician housemate
    and a book/cd, and started taking lessons 2 months
    ago. I've jammed with a few guys he introduced me to
    a couple of times, doing mostly blues/classic rock like
    Cream, Led Zep stuff.

    I've been looking at tons of bass manufacturer websites,
    and particularly love the look of the Pedulla Rapture,
    although I don't think I'll be quite ready for a bass in that
    high-end category just yet. Right now, the basses I've
    been looking at the most are the Fender Jazz basses,
    the Fender Precision Deluxe (it's the one that's a combo
    with the slimmer Jazz neck and other stuff) and the
    Lyte version of that, and the lower level Carvins.

    First off, can someone give me a clear explanation of
    active vs. passive electronics? Also, the sonic differences
    between bolt-on vs. neck-thru-body necks? The Carvin
    line seems to be distinguished by these two features:

    1) bolt-on, passive
    2) neck-thru, passive
    3) neck-thru, active

    How much difference is there?

    The second main thing I'm curious about is the
    distinction between the Standard Jazz bass and
    the American Jazz - is it just where they were made?
    Or are there actually specification differences,
    because I couldn't figure any out based on the
    Fender web site.

    Also, are there any other basses out there that would
    be good for an intermediate bass player around the
    $750-$1000 range?

    Chris Senhouse
  2. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Active electronics can alter the original signal from pickups more, even boost it. To put it simple, they enable the 3-band EQ on active bass. They are also much more expensive to produce.

    Neckthru construction is said to increase sustain, so notes ring longer, but construction quality affects this too so highend b-ons can be as good as neckthrus. Neckthrus are also more difficult to manufacture so they are more expensive.

    In general this all means that bolt-on passive bass is build with better parts and workmanship than its active neckthru brethren. There are inexpensive basses with good active electronics tho.

    Considering you have RBX which has single P-pup, you might want to look into different basses, for example ones with dual jazz pups, or with more strings, or perhaps even fretless basses. Check out brands like Warwick, Ibanez(BTB series) and Peavey for nice basses in that price range. Carvins seem to be very good deals too but the problem is you can't really testdrive em.
  3. Senhouse


    May 18, 2001
    Boston, MA
    Come on guys, help me out... :(

    My bass instructor was playing a cool looking
    bass last night and it turned out that it was for
    sale (they sell used gear on consignment). It's
    a Fender P-Bass Lyte in Antique Burst and
    looks great. Rachel (the instructor) let me mess
    with it a bit after the lesson and it sounded
    really nice... it's going for $400, bag included,
    and I was curious if anyone had any experience
    with the Precision Lyte and/or had any ideas
    if this was a good deal? The only flaw I saw was
    that the knobs were a little worn and one of
    the four was missing the little Fender "F" top
    part - and those knobs are easily all replaced...

  4. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Hi Senhouse.. welcome to talkbass.
    In my opinion, as you mature as a musician and a bass player, you will find that certain basses have different tonal qualities even in the same model and brand.
    The Fender P-Lyte you mentioned is a good bass, but I think there are better choices.
    Think about this.. How much time did you really like the RBX.. and how much time are you gonna like the P-Lyte..
    I think Its not the Bass player who should be ready for a bass, but a Bass for a bass Player.
    If you like the Pedulla I really suggest you get one.

    Also, I really recommend you check this: http://www.dpcustom.com
    Also some pictures of the bass David is making for me: http://www.geocities.com/lfabara/bass

    I hope this helps making your decision.

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