Buying a new bass. Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by D.Cash, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. D.Cash


    Jul 20, 2009
    So I'm expanding, below is what I already have.


    Esp LTD ec54 & Epi LP special.

    I really love the simple shape of these, finish looks great & they sound/play excellent. So, I'm looking to buy something new, that isn't a world away from the look of these, and I'm finding it hard to find something that ticks the boxes, so maybe you guys might know of some smaller companies that have something, or maybe just some general suggestions.

    Price range about €400/$570

  2. maybe you should check out the viper or B series ESP's. Something with dual soapbars and active electronics.
  3. D.Cash


    Jul 20, 2009
    Those are the kinda SG shape ones yeah? Not really into spiky guitars to be honest.

    Thanks for the suggestion though!
  4. progrmr


    Sep 3, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    How about an Ibanez ATK 300? body style is similar
  5. The viper series yea are the SG style, the B series are more traditional styling.
  6. washburn makes a idol bass,its like a lp if u look around for it you can find it cheaper than the 750 they ask,i found some new on ebay for 350 the other day check it out
  7. Soverntear


    Mar 17, 2008
    id say grab an ibanez, not too crazy body shape, great necks, good sound. plus if you go used, ibanez are always cheep used
  8. D.Cash


    Jul 20, 2009
    Hey Faust, that black Washburn Idol looks amazing! Do you play one? How is it? If it plays as good as it looks...

    If I can find one in my price range I'm pretty sure I'll get it.

    Thanks for the other suggestions aswell guys, I wouldn't be a fan of the scratch plates on the Ibanez, bit too much silver hardware for me also!
  9. ive played one,it was perfect but the thing about washburn is their not to good at setting up their instruments but if its etup the way you like itll be amazing,beside that the ones ive played(ive played one of both color) were setup good and they ruled,id recommend one
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Everyone can use a Fender P or J. Just play 'em until you find one that suits you.
  11. Either a Yamaha BB series bass or an Ibanez Soundgear/ATK series bass...
  12. +1 to the Washburn, those things are sexy! & they look like a really nice spec!
  13. lowender92


    May 31, 2009
    It's a different sound but the Eastwood Club Bass and Classic 4 are nice sounding basses for that price range if you want to check them out at
  14. D.Cash


    Jul 20, 2009
    Cool man, thanks. Will definitely look into getting one of these. They're pretty much exactly what I'm looking for. Hopefully I can find one a bit cheaper though!

    Those BB series look pretty cool, thanks.

    Problem is that there is no good guitar stores where I live, and they always try rip people off when ordering specific guitars in, so I generally always have to buy my equipment online, generally works out alot cheaper, but it's not ideal seeing as I can play the guitar until it's delivered!
  15. Soverntear


    Mar 17, 2008

    check the sr series they are scratch plate free and i believe a couple come with black hardware. i started on a squier p switched to a sr300fm and i dont think ill ever play a fender style bass again
  16. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    OK, if there's no love for the Fender idea....

    A Jack Casady in gold top or black. Wonderful bass, versatile, and nothing like what yo already have.

    (it's next to my short scale Gretsch Electromatic 2202 in this shot...)

  17. D.Cash


    Jul 20, 2009
    The black one looks great. About how much do they go for?
  18. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    That little Gretsch is a tone monster! it has one of the hottest passive pickups I've ever played, and the fit and finish is outstanding. Frankly, it's by far the best of the four short scale basses I own.

    Look for the Electromatic Jr. Jet G2202 Model - you can find online reviews. Gretsch made a couple of different models similar to this, but the G2202 has solid reviews everywhere. I bought mine off Ebay for under $200...and it was a great value at that price. It had one dime-sized finish chip I've repaired which accounts for the price drop.

    Here is a brand new one on Ebay with a BIN of $239 includes a gig bag and there's free shipping. If you are serious, that's not a bad deal. GC and some others list it at $244, but that doesn't cover a gig bag. Music 123 has it at $244 with free shipping but no gig bag.

    I gotta say - if you get that Gretsch, you will fall in love with it. It's a great bass - light, big sound, easy to play.