Best bass for $1600

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dirk Rockbottom, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Dirk Rockbottom

    Dirk Rockbottom

    Oct 30, 2012
    I'm becoming fed up with my MIM Fender Jazz. The pickups and circuitry are just a pain. I want to buy a good bass for around $1600 bucks.

    I think the American Fender Jazz has a nice sound so that's my first choice. I like a warm tone with a bit of an edge to it.

    If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated.

  2. jg42


    Jul 12, 2012
    Carvin b40 / sb4000 and upgrade pickups/pre if not happy with stock.
  3. MyMusic


    Jun 1, 2010
    Dover, De
    +1000 Carvin.
  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    This one cost me $1,610 with shipping. It's a Carvin. I'm assuming you don't want 6 strings, so you could actually spend a bit less for a comparable 4. You can hear it here if you want. Check out the tune called "Snakehead Soup"; it sounds like this might be close to what you're looking for. If you're a slapper, you can hear the slap tone on "Caliente". The ones jg42 mentioned are bolt neck, and therefore closer to a traditional J-bass; maybe a better match for you? You can order any Carvin bass with a pair of J-style pups too if that's your thing.

  5. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    how about a used FBASS?
  6. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    I know it's probably not the best bass out there (especially for that much money), but if I wanted to get a bass with everything I dig in one package, I'd snap up a Reggie Hamilton Jazz. Admittedly, I have a weakness for Jazz basses and P/J configurations. But something that has both, can switch from passive to active AND has a Drop-D tuner already installed? That's right up my alley! :D

    What I'm saying is that there's a lot of versatility all right there!
  7. dcarwin


    Feb 11, 2013
    Custom G&L.
  8. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007
  9. jg42


    Jul 12, 2012
    Cool stuff!
    Are those stock pickups?

    P.S. in both tunes bass tones sound more "P" than "J" to me ;-)
  10. BigRedBassPlayer

    BigRedBassPlayer Supporting Member

    This is what I'm doing.
  11. For $1600.00, you can buy the very, very best bass Carvin has to offer. And, that's with you literally checking every single, solitary option Carvin has to offer! I can't really name another builder you can do that with. At least not for that kinda money. I've been preachin' this to anybody that'd listen since 1997. Put it this way, the vast majority of the time, when I grab a bass to go to a gig, my pre-Gib Tobias stays in it's case, while my Carvin gets played. And, it's not left at home because of the rarity of the Tobias, either. There, I said it.
  12. bobbybass85


    Dec 19, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Ok... I'll be the first to say it. STINGRAY.
  13. m1ghty GIR

    m1ghty GIR

    Jun 24, 2013
    Stingray and/or G&L for something similar but better. For a totally different beast I'd recommend trying out a Gibson bass (the new EB bass sounds and plays absolutely fantastic)
  14. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Thanks. Yep, stock pups and preamp. The neck pup is a stacked humbucker (which is optional).
  15. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Inactive

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
  16. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The two that will crush anything in this price range: StingRay and Spector Euro.
  17. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I'm not trying to talk you out of a new bass, but what kind of problem are you having with the MIM? Maybe you can solve the problem.

    Anyway, Carvins are great, as others have said. I'll add Lakland Skylines to the mix. They are really great basses, and there are a few models you have to choose from. You might find a used Mike Lull in this price range, as well.
  18. Blairb


    Nov 1, 2007
    Carvin and Ibanez in my opinion are the best basses for the money. I've owned both I still have the Ibanez and wished I still had the Carvin. The Carvin is a custom build and it's a great experience in addition to being a great bass. Man, waiting on that UPS truck on delivery day is almost sublime. The only downside to the Carvin basses is if you want to sell it, buyers and dealers will beat you up on value, but I think that can be said for any custom bass and it certainly doesn't equate to quality and value that Carvin offers. They are built to last and everything they do is top notch, even the setup.
  19. JB36


    Apr 22, 2010
    Albany, NY
    A used Sadowsky Metro 4. My favorite instrument. Set's up plays and amazing. Lot's of great tones that sits well in a mix.
  20. Mossmatic

    Mossmatic Compulsive Modder

    Jul 19, 2012
    Pickups and electronics can be upgraded with better replacements... Then you're talking $160 (or less) rather than $1,600. But if you're just looking for a reason to buy a nicer bass, I can dig that too. ;)