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buying a 6 string bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kremosity, Mar 5, 2014.

  1. kremosity


    Mar 1, 2014
    Hi folks, I am looking for a nice bass with the following characteristics:

    Necktru design
    6 strings
    gloss finish (but not set on stone)

    Looking to pay around 1k; used, new, does not matter to me. I want quality and build to last. I would appreciate some advice.

    Thanks guys
  2. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    For a new bass of those characteristics the standard advice pretty much applies: Go online to the Carvin site. Download their catalog. Pour your dreams over all the options and models. And then pick up the phone. The sales dept is VERY helpful!

    As for used, well, that's the luck of the draw. Just poke around as many used bass places as you can if any 6er is in the price range and speaks to you. Buy it.
  3. The Ibanez BTB. And it comes now in single cut design also. Looks good!
  4. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    both are gloss finished but, about Ibanez, Btb77+ series is out of line at the moment so you should either find it end of stock or secondhand and, finally, it has former Bartolini mk2 pickups

    Present Btb series (676 or 686: aka TerraFirma singlecut) and Premium 1406 are satin/open pore finished. Respectively offer present Bartolini BH1 soapbars (with midfreq switch) and Nordstrand BigSingles with both midfreq and on/off switches

    Yamaha Trb1006j is active only with AlNiCo soapbars but the bass is alder body with figured maple top and bolt-on maple walnut 5 laminate neck

    Hope this helps

  5. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Yamaha TRB1006J is bolt-on, he wants neckthrough :p

  6. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    Hm...the Hohner B Bass VI comes to mind, if you can find one...about $799
  7. chucko58


    Jan 17, 2002
    Silicon Valley, CA, USA
    I paid for all my gear myself. Well, me and MasterCard.
    Used Carvin LB76, BB76, Icon 6 models should be in your price range or less. They're fine instruments. IMHO Carvin pickups are the weakest link, but IME the Wilde (Bill Lawrence) J-45L is a suitable and reasonably priced replacement for the Carvin J pickups.
  8. glorth2


    Jan 26, 2006
    I just got a used Ibanez BTB676M and I reeeeeeally like it. Flat finish but there are gloss finishes available if you go rosewood.
  9. spz8


    Jan 19, 2009
    Glen Cove, NY
    American Peavey Cirrus
  10. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    Ibanez BTB series are mostly NT. Very good price/quality ratio. The BTB 776 might fit your budget, plus it's a beauty :p :)


    You also might want to keep an eye out for the Ibanez SR 1006. It's discontinued for a few years now, but it's a great NT bass!
  11. collins81


    Jul 29, 2011
    I saw the new btb single cut and had to go change my pants. Yeah I went there.
  12. raventepes


    Jan 7, 2012
    Reno, NV
    I'd look at a Schecter Stiletto Studio 6 and change out the strings to something better than the stock Slinky's. The Stiletto doesn't have a gloss finish, but to be fair, I'm trying to make heads or tails of why you feel it's important to begin with.
  13. stix_clgi


    Mar 4, 2008
    Accokeek, MD
    Ibanez BTB776
    Carvin (as mentioned before, call the sales dept).

    Can't beat a Peavey Cirrus 6er, if you can find one. They sell for anywhere from $900 to $1200. Gloss/Satin finish, neck-through, pau ferro or maple fretboard. Highly underrated IMO.