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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LA, Jun 1, 2002.
So what's the best "knockoff" of a prestige name, in your opinion?
Believe you me, the Kingstons and Skylines are not "knockoffs." They are incredible intruments with only slightly less quality materials than their bigger brothers.
I think the Laklands I think are a bit out of the range for what I would consider a "knockoff" -- the Kingston is more in line with what I would expect to pay for something that's not a top-of-the line bass.
That said, I think it's perfectly possible to get a good second-line instrument in the lower price range. Later additions can make these basses really good or even great ... though I'll grant that the potential for being a truly great instrument may reside always with first-line instruments.
I have a six-year old MIM Jazz that I love. It suits my needs and, since I don't have the money to put toward a top-line instrument, it gets the job done. But I am slowly customizing it to make it better ... and one day I will buy a top of the line bass.
I have a MIM Fender Jazz and a Lakland Skyline. The MIM is a good instrument, but the Lakland is an amazing instrument, as good as some that cost $1000 more. Since I got the Lakland, I hardly touch my other 7 basses.
You're right. I'll try to choose my words more carefully next time.
Dude, its all about conklin. These instruments are so good for their price that it makes me scared of what the handmade customs are like.
i second that. with the groove tools basses being about the price of the laklands (less!), i think they smoke anything in their price range.
ditto for Conklin. Very nice 4 ans 5 string basses.
And 7! Yeah, Conklin GTs rock, which is basically because they mimic great custom instruments... Skylines are second to them within this poll IMO
Hey, are we talking about inexpensive (less than $500-$400) or medium priced basses?????? because I don´t consider Skylines as "inexpensive" basses, they are great and all, but the don´t fit in that category...... I voted for fender, sice I´ve never played a Rockbass
The GTs are nice but do they make 6s?
my vote is for the conklin
Yes, I believe the you can get Groove Tools in 4, 5, 6, and 7 string models.
i recently got the conklin gt catalog and it doesnt have 6's. i was wondering why and if they do make them how come they dont put them in their catalog?
I voted Fender as I haven't played any of the others in the list. I must say that some of the MIM J's can outperform their more expensive brethern.
sure conklin makes 6 strings...just not groove tools
Not in the Groove Tools line.
Actually, while it's not in any stores I've seen yet, Conklin does have a 6-string Groove Tools bass. It's the Marco Mendoza model (GTMM-6). If you look in the artist's profile section on the Conklin website, you'll see him there.
BTW, my vote is for Conklin Groove Tools as well.
For a bass between $400 and $500, the Kingston is great. The light weight and great fretwork make it a joy to play. The pickguard is pretty goofy (and probably a necessity, since the body is soft basswood), but so what?
It's cheap enough to qualify as an impulse buy, but I don't think you'll suffer too much from buyer's remorse if you get one.
I voted MIM Fender. Although I don't have much experience with them, my second choice would be Gibson's Epiphone.