brands of basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xippie, Oct 20, 2001.

  1. xippie


    Oct 15, 2001
    Sorry to ask these silly questions,
    but what's the difference between all the different brands of basses?
    Isn't it okay for a beginner to play any brand of bass?
    Like what is the characteristic of a Yamaha, Warwick, Fender, Johnson, Gibson, Ibanez, and etc?
    Also what's the characteristic of a jazz bass?

    Thanks for your time =)
  2. Well... warwick has a very distinct tone.. lots of lows and high-mids.. once you hear a song, you instantly know if it's a warwick or not..

    same goes for the Rickenbacker.. which has a lot of mids... you can hear exactly if it's a rickenbacker..

    Fender is known for it's sublime lower-mids and warm tone.

    Ibanez is known to be used the most for metal, and most ibanez basses have a very sleek neck.
    the Ibanez BTB and EDA are a very different story.. they have wide necks ( not thick, but wide ), which makes them actually very (!)comfortable to play. Ibanez generally has a lot of lows and low-mids. but the BTB has a very, if not the most versatile EQ.

    imho the very best bass (looks, tone and playability ) ever made is the Warwick Corvette FNA Jazzman 5-string. this bass is considered by me to be " the holy instrument " , but it's too expensive.. i don't want to buy it.
  3. Tim Schnautz

    Tim Schnautz

    Jan 30, 2000
    same goes for the Rickenbacker.. which has a lot of mids... you can hear exactly if it's a rickenbacker

    Well, That's acomment thats interesting.
    I've heard alot of people play RIC's and they come up with about as many tones as Fenders.
    Seriously, When people think of RIC, I get mostly replies like, Chris Squier, Geddy Lee, Lenny or Sir Paul.
    I suppose those are the most well known RIC users, but their tones are deffinately different.

    Somebody was making a comment on another board about "That classic RIC tone"
    I said, "Which tone"? and that brought Chris Squire's name up to the plate...

    But one well heard of RIC is one thats rarely ever known, and that's Nick St. Nicolas of "Steppenwolf"..He used a RIC on almost every album from the Sparrow days to Step #7... deffinately a suprising RIC tone.

    Honestly , by listening, anymore I can't tell one bass from another.
  4. pumo420


    Nov 2, 2001
    also each brand has different tones and are very unique. just go out and play different brands like cort yamaha spector.
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    It's really hard to put things like this into words. You'd be better off meeting people who play different basses and listening to them.
  6. Yikes!!!

    There are some big and some not so big differances between differing brands.Starting out you may not hear/feel/see them but as you get more expearienced you will better understand how brand "x" differs from say brand "y" and how it may even be similar in some ways to brand "z".

    Sorry for the lecture.Just read as much as you can on this website and others and play every chance you get!Try out stuff at GC even if you can`t afford it.This will give you some referance points to help you judge differant basses by.

    Oh and some brands are very differant from bass to bass....that is two exact p basses may sound/feel nothing like each other at all.

    There are many great beginner basses out there,just post here and state how much you want to spend.We like spending other people`s money!!
    :D :p ;)

    Wow,I think I talked too much!! :(
  7. Hey Bro'
    If you're just beginning, buy an inexpensive Bass and play it for awhile. You'll figure out what you like and don't like about it, and you can go from there.

    When buying a high ticket Bass you should really think about what YOU want. Remember, one mans dream girl is another mans nightmare!

  8. Tim Schnautz

    Tim Schnautz

    Jan 30, 2000
    Remember, one mans dream girl is another mans nightmare

    I agree, and got rid of her for the same reason.

    You have to go out and play diffrent brands and models of bass's, and play through different model's and makes of amps like the rest of us, to find out what each sounds like to you.

    The origional question is about as difficult to answer as asking
    :"Whats the difference between a Chevy, Olds, Buick,Toyota,Ford, Beemer, etc."
  9. xippie


    Oct 15, 2001
    Thanks everyone for the tips and advice! :)

    btw...I'm a sis not a bro...hehehe :p

    Well, anyway..I went to the local music store and I tried a variety and came to the conclusion that I really couldn't tell the difference in the tones of most of the basses...I could only note the difference in appearance and weight...but I found a Yamaha bass very much to my had something with a 250 in it...anyway I really liked it because it was light and sort of on the petite side :) But it was too expensive for me, so I went on ebay and successfully won an auction for the same brand/type bass...I'm still eagerly awaiting the day UPS will show up at my doorstep with the box encasing my treasure! :D

    Well...just wanted to say my thanks...oh and as a beginner, should I practice a lot of scales, or songs, or what? Since I already know how to play the string bass fairly well, I already know how to read music and stuff...but I still don't know what I should do...any advice for someone starting a band, too? :D

  10. Hey Sis!!! Not wasting any time are we? :D

    Congrats on winning the auction hope you enjoy your new bass.

    Get a teacher if you can,that is always best.There are many books on scales/modes/theory that can help you with the fundamentals too.
  11. banger


    Jun 29, 2001
    vienna wv usa
    all types have different qualties, just head over to your local music and try out some different brands. And then pick one that fits your preferance.
  12. Sorry Dude, I mean Dudette,
    There's a great web site called "The Libster". It's run by a nice person and is VERY helpfull. I've learned A LOT from her site. I asked if she wanted some money to help with the site but she told me not to worry about it! She's the real deal, and as I indicated before she's REALLY COOL.

    Hope this helps.