Buying a new

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by xArcticMonkeyx, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. xArcticMonkeyx


    Feb 24, 2008
    Hello all,

    I've been playing bass for a little over a year now, and I have to say I absolutely love it, but I'm still playing on a very basic squire bronco bass... not saying there's anything wrong with that bass, but I've pretty much outgrown it. So, I've been playing tons and tons of basses to see which one I like the most, but I still haven't found my "ideal match."
    Some of the basses i've tried (all four string):

    2008 Fender American Standard P-Bass (Liked it a lot, probably in my top 3 that I tried...but I'm just worried it's not versatile enough)

    Geddy Lee Jazz (Neck was too small...I have kinda big hands)

    Schecter Stiletto Custom (also like it a lot...I've just heard some bad things about Schecter basses)

    Musicman Stingray (Love it. Probably my first choice...but very expensive.)

    Fender Jaguar (Body felt very awkward)

    and many more.

    So I need some help...maybe some advice on what to try out. I want a bass that will last me a long time because this may be the only bass I will have for a while (a couple years), so I wan't it to be pretty versatile. Maybe something with a wide neck...because of big hands. Also, please keep it under $1200 (My parents have been nice enough to help me out with some of the cost, best parents ever!) I've also been saving a lot up as well. It needs to be a "cover-all styles" bass! Thank you!:hyper:
  2. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    Don't buy a bass that doesn't feel comfortable in your hands. That rules out the Geddy. The other 3 are all fine basses.

    I have never found a P bass to be lacking in versatility, but I don't know what style of music you want to play. It definitely does not sound the same as a Stingray or a Schecter. But you can probably adjust the EQ on your amp to get the approximate sound you're looking for. The 2008 American Standard P is my new favorite bass.

    Besides a P, I also own a Stingray - it used to be by favorite bass. If you really want one, keep saving or try to find a good used one. A relatively new, used but not abused Stingray should save you a few hundred dollars over the cost of a new one. If you really love the Stingray sound but just can't afford one, try to find an Ibanez ATK to try out. Many here at TalkBass claim the sound and playability is very close to a Stingray.

    I have no experience with Schecter basses, but I think the vast majority of the opinions expressed in these forums are favorable.

    Good luck with your decision.
  3. phunku


    Jan 9, 2008
    London, England
  4. Lucky guy. Been playing nearly 6 years and I still have my Cort :(
  5. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Welcome to the bass. Over the course of time, you may realize that:

    a.) if you look hard enough, there will be people who will love or hate any piece of music gear ever made; and

    b.) nothing should ever short cut your own discovery process in seeing how the instruments/amps sounds to your own ears and feels to your physique/body/hands.

    Looks like you've ruled out three, but two still remain, and those two seem fine to me, but that's not the point. It should be right for YOU. There are other brands out there- might give 'em a go while you're at it. Good luck with it, and keep looking!
  6. Orco87


    Mar 26, 2000
    The stingray hands down is the most verstaile in your list...

    but the bass sound is what you make it, and also largely depends on your amplification.

    Just play some and w/e pops out to you will be the one. You'll love it so much that you'll make it work for w/e venue you're playin'. You could always get 2 SX basses, mod em', and cover all the sounds you need. :)
  7. xArcticMonkeyx


    Feb 24, 2008
    So today I tried a whole bunch out again and I've found my match! 2008 Fender Standard Jazz. I never really liked jazz basses before, but this is by far the best sounding and best feeling bass I've ever played! Thanks all!:hyper:
  8. spector?
  9. SERPENT865


    Jan 1, 2007
    Wichita , KS
    Did you try Spector or ESP in your search.
  10. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    That's exactly what I was going to suggest. A new Fender Jazz. Great bass, congrats.