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best brand of bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by tk_8_316, Aug 24, 2000.

  1. tk_8_316


    Aug 23, 2000
    hey everybody, i just wanna get you're opinions on what are the best brands of basses. it'd be nice if you could bake a top ten list, so i can see and use for future reference when buying a bass. i'd also like to know what you think of spector basses. peace out
  2. I would definatly say that if the type of music that you are playing is like Blues, or Jazz, or Funk, go with Ernie ball, although really the Sting Ray by Ernie Ball is an all around great instrument. Next would have to be Gibson. After that, i would probably say that Fenders are nice as well.

    You asked about Spector, well, Spectors are decent, they are decently priced and the sound isn't bad at all. They have some decent slaping sound and they could do you pretty well.
  3. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    definitely and irrevocably custom conklins. nothing even comes close. if you're not playing a conklin, you're not playing bass. don't kid yourself.

    next would be ...uh... samick? jay turser? i don't know, one of them.
  4. SmartLobster


    Mar 26, 2000
    Gibson Gibson Gibson Gibson Gibson.

    An' not cuz i'm partial (Refer to Mokkus in "post pictures of your basses" thread)...the basses rock. Rerally.
  5. How long should I bake the list, and at what temperature?
    Seriously, there is no "best" brand of bass.. it's subjective.
    I've played $2000 and $3000 basses that I didn't like as much as my $650 Reverend. Are those more expensive ones "better"? Not to me.
  6. SmartLobster


    Mar 26, 2000
    I hear what you're sayin, Dave. I've played a $1500 Hamer and i still like Steve better. It truly all does come down to personal preference. But nevertheless, the kid just wants opinions...so...give him what he wants, i suppose.
  7. OK dude.. here's the top 10 basses I've played.
    1) Reverend
    2) Lakland
    3) Warrior
    4) Spector
    5) Music Man
    6) Modulus
    7) Kubicki
    8) Warwick
    9) Zon
    10) Fender

    (I baked this list in my mind for 30 seconds at 98.6 degrees)
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Without a doubt the best is one that don't blow up. My last one blow'd up real good.

    My suggestion: get The Guitar & Bass Buyers Guide. Lots of product info, contacts, specs and pics. A good place to start. Check out the bass retail sites like: Bass Northwest, LA Bass Exchange, Bass Alone, Bass Central, Bass Palace, the list is long if you're into above average instruments. Get a budget in mind and maybe we can narrow the list down. There is truly no 10 best, too many variables like cost, layout, etc. For instance I really like my Tobiases but would not recommend buying one. How's that for confusing?

    You can also look at the basses on eBay. I wouldn't suggest buying until you've shopped around and become familiar

  9. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    The best bass is: The one that you like.
    Gibson?? What Gibson?? IS that a Bass maker??
    I would say that my Top Five list would be:
    Carl Thompson
    Those are the most expensive ones.
    But I would recomend for low price:
    Ibanez ATK300, SR1306.
    Cort Curbows and Artisans
    Fender American Deluxe Editions

    And so on...

    I really like Smith too, but havent played those too much.
  10. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Well, I must say, I'm very happy with my Fretless 5-string Pedulla hurdy-gurdy. And I say this in a beautiful, loving way.

    Other good manufacturers in no particular order:

    Ken Bebensee
    PBC (Currently Bunker Guitars)
    Ken Smith
    Kenneth Lawrence
    Linc Luthier
    Carl Thompson
    MV Pedulla:D
    Steinberger (The originals)
    Ateleier Z

    Man, that sounds like a wish list!

    Will C.:cool:
  11. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Big Wheel has a list pretty close to all inclusive. IMO, it's these:

    Fodera (Start at about $3k, sound amazing)
    Ken Benbese (Not so much a bass as it is a piece of art you can play with. Costs a lot.)
    Carl Thompson (8 made per year)
    Conklin (JT's make me drool)
    Warrior (They are artworks too)
    Sadowsky (to a Fender like Cadillacs are to Geo Metros)

    Those are the most expensive custom instruments. No, they may not be the best, but they cost a ton of cash. The best stuff you can find in a store:


    There are more, but I'm tired.
  12. SmartLobster


    Mar 26, 2000
  13. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Does Gibson still make basses? I thought they only bought out other bass companies and then sold them at MusicYo...:)
    rtav likes this.
  14. rojo412

    rojo412 Sit down, Danny... Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2000
    Cleveland, OH.
    Of course they still make basses. You know they still have to build a few for Tom Hamilton and Nikki Sixx. No, they don't have many to sell to the public, but the ones that do go through are incredibly expensive and poorly made. They did buy out quite a few companies and those companies went to the crapper.
    And Bisk, settle down. Your vintage of Gibson was when they were still valid in the bass world.
  15. mr2112


    Mar 31, 2000
    NOOOOOOOOOO...Don't listen to him!!!

    Seriously though, whatever bass sounds/plays/feels right for you, is the best!!!
  16. ross

    ross Guest

    Mar 17, 2000
    where does peavey and alembic fit into all his?
  17. ross

    ross Guest

    Mar 17, 2000
    see i told you people he works for conklin you cant fool me
  18. mr2112


    Mar 31, 2000
    Well....If so, then WHY???? They are HORRID SOUNDING!!!

    P.S. They look "really neat" though! LOL
  19. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    "This topic is so subjective", "its totally you who should know", "its different per person", "YOU have to choose", "mommy change my diaper"....ALL WHINES! Come on people, we ALLLLL know Modulus is the best brand. Duh! I thought you people were smart! :D

    Besides, i dont see Conklin making necks out of recycled astronauts!
  20. SmartLobster


    Mar 26, 2000
    Recycled astronaut?


    ::calms down since silly rojo told her to::

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