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Budget Crisis

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by madsky, Oct 19, 2001.


  1. madsky

    madsky

    Apr 21, 2001
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Hi... First, I will tell you that this isn't one of the "newbies without money but posting for fun" posts... :)

    Recently, my dad took away my Aria Pro II Avante AVB-5 string ... So now i'm left with no bass at all... only a Crate amp :( I am left with a budget of around 400$ to go snatch a new bass ... or a second hand preferably... In my local store, there's a few Squiers, MIM Fenders, and Washburns lying around ... I really need a bass soon, since I've just joined a band... [yea, i have a band now :) called "PRIVATE ENEMY"] we are going to play in some lil gigs soon ... talent shows and dances and stuff like that ... So back to the subject, which bass should i get that costs around the 400$ range ... i want a bass that doesnt have a very big neck and is easy to play and looks neat enough ... [pbass mim?] maximum of $500 is ok, but i'll need to cut off my plan on purchasing 512mb of sdram :( but that's a different story

    : so here it is :
    what bass should i get for a budget of 400$? smaller neck that is easy to play ... looks good enough on stage ... has a normal warm sound ... doesn't need to sound godly or anything ... basically just ... "easy to play neck"
     
  2. How about an Ibenez Ergodyne? GC in my town was offering me one for $475. I didn't start bargaining yet, but who knows...$450 or so is not too far out of your range. Neck is nice and thin, it looks hot, sounds great.
     
  3. They're not for everyone but the Univox Mosrite clones are really cool looking and have a very small neck. Thin and 31" scale so its easy to get around.
    I think they have a cool sound too, the dual humbuckers have a rough growl I really dig.
    I picked mine up for $70 but it was rough. I've seen nice ones going for around $200.

    There's some nice Epiphone basses available in your price range, I think they all have kind of thick necks though. But its hard to get more rock and roll than a korina Explorer or Vee.

    There was a thread here about the Dillion basses somewhere. I don't know anything about them personally but my guitar player just bought a Dillion PRS clone and its beautiful and plays awesome. Especially for a cheap Korean guitar.

    I think that alot of people have a bias against the Korean and Chinese made instruments but if you think about it those countries have a lot more craftsmen left than we do. Depending on who you're buying from you might get something put together in a sweatshop by 8 year olds but some of the companies importing from those areas are having instruments built by guys whose experience goes back multiple generations.
     
  4. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Squiers would be about $150 to $250 new. MIM P or J 4s seem to be about $300 to $400. There are a lot of low end basses that are well under the $400 mark. You mentioned that that you may be able to go as high as $500. For that, I am getting a MIM Fender Jazz 5 deluxe. On Ebay you could get a MIA model for that much. I would agree that Ibanez necks seem to be very, very playable at that price range. If that is your only criteria then the Ibanez would be a good choice. However, in all of the Ibanez basses that I tried, something seemed to be missing (to me) tonewise.
     
  5. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    try the OLP Stingray 4? thats around $200-250 brand new for a nice feeling bass
     
  6. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    You didn't say whether you wanted a 4 or a 5 but you might want to look at the import MTDs. The 4s have a 1-5/8" nut width (in between a jazz and a precision neck size) that is very comfortable for me. I think the 5s are 1-7/8" at the nut which is a little wide but the neck is asymmetric which is supposed to make it comfortable. I've had a couple of the Czech MTD 4s and they are great, very comfy. The Beast (passive jazz bass electronics, Czech-made) is discontinued but Adrian can tell you who to contact to get them new in-the-box for $450 (4 or 5 string) if any are left. Otherwise take a look at the MTD Kingston and Heir basses. I'm selling my Beast 4 but expect it to be sold to one of the two people interested in the next day.

    I had an older Ibanez Musician (neck-through) that was very comfortable to play. Again a 4-string (I'm a 4-string) guy. There are a couple for sale at http://www.broadwaymusic.com. I've never bought anything from them, just found the site when I was looking for Musician prices when I sold mine a while ago.

    The Musicyo Steinbergers have pretty small necks, in particular the 5-string neck is about as narrow as you'll find (although I found it fairly thick front-to-back). Whether you like the look and sound of those would be another story - search around on TB for plenty of threads on them.

    I'm personally a big G&L fan and you might be able to find a used 4-string with the #6 (jazz-style) neck for $4-500. If so the quality is great and the sound is amazing (IMHO).

    Good luck and enjoy the search.
     
  7. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    OK, the question that is burning in my mind is this:

    Why did your dad take away your bass??

    (not that it matters, I am just being nosy;) )
     
  8. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    im in agreeance with gabu here, a mim jazz is a good way to go, classic body style and small neck so theyre pretty easy to play, the ibanez's have one of the most user friendly necks ive ever been able to play, but they are definatly lacking in the tone dept imo. but if you just want a cool lookin bass with easy neck and dont care about the tone then its a good choice.

    some other choices are
    dean. theyre cheap and very easy to play.
    peavey fury, looks great, sounds good, and plays nice
     
  9. IBANEZ SR300DX!! I had your same probablem and Itried out every bass in my state that was around 400 bucks and that was the one I bought and the reason was because of its sooooper fast neck, Is the easiest bass I've ever played. :D
     
  10. madsky

    madsky

    Apr 21, 2001
    Bangkok, Thailand
    Thanks for all your help :D I needed a four actually ... My dad took away my bass since he wants to add it back to his bass collection [he lives in a different house and owns couple of other basses such as P-Bass Elite and his Hofner Beetle. .] well ... i think i should settle for either an ibanez or mim jazz ... i'll go try out all the stores around in my area later :) my dad does say fender is more of the "tonewise standard" type than ibanez though
     
  11. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Your dad is right. Ibanez soundgears have no mids, which is what you need to be heard.

    Get a MIM Jazz.
     
  12. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    your dad is right about that, They imo have a more well rounded sound than the Ibanez's do, and much more "umph" than Ibanez basses. Better resale value too, that comes in very handy when you decide to trade in and upgrade.
     
  13. MIM Jazz bass. The neck is smaller on a Jazz than on a P-bass but both are manageable.