Buying a New Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by GeorgeX006, Jun 26, 2019.

  1. GeorgeX006


    Oct 27, 2018

    I play bass for 4 years now and I am addicted :)
    I have tried out some basses these years (Harley Benton,Warwick Rb,Esp Ltd,and my main bass which i have now a warwick std corvette german)
    I always played 5 strings and now that i have started singing it helps me having a 5 string cause i cant sing that high yet and it s easy for me to play on the B string instead of de-tuning..I also play mainly stoner,doom and sludge which they play in the low B,C,C#...

    Now I m about to replace my bass with a new one..
    I m in love with rickenbackers..they re my dream basses and i ve just found one in my area for 1.500 euros and i really want to get it..
    Also i ve found 2 Music mans stingrays the first one is the simple humbucker for 1350 euros and the second is the hh for 1200 euros.
    Also i ve found a precision american for 1000

    The thing is that i prefer a rickenbacker or a precision but i m really scared for the 4 strings..actually i found it incovinient since the gap between the strings is bigger so i found it more difficult to play..Also in order to play the songs I play with my band I ll need a second bass tuned in standard B...And right now I dont have the money..

    Also I m moving out this year since i m 18 and i m going to the university for sound engineering and after i finish with that i mgoing to a music school to get a high deegree on bass..Its very likely i m going to play with many musicians there etc

    I thing the stingray hh will be the most practical since it has a great variety of tones and it has the extra b string..
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  2. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    If you're comfortable with five strings and not four, go with the StingRay. I'd choose one over a Ric any day of the week...and I'm not even a Music Man fan!
    Other than that, some 4-string basses have tighter string spacing.
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  3. I'd go with the Stingray as well. I'm curious, though, why you would want to replace the Warwick given your Genre/Tuning. A Corvette would be perfect for that! :D
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  4. GeorgeX006


    Oct 27, 2018
    You re right but i just love this rickenbacker tone...
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  5. GeorgeX006


    Oct 27, 2018
    I dont know i just have an addiction in changing basses
  6. OP, Rickenbacker has a new 5-string bass, which has been getting many positive reviews.
  7. Indeed.

    G.A.S. works in mysterious ways
  8. Logic_11


    Nov 22, 2015
    Atlantic Ocean
    Get either one, I think since you'll be majoring in music, you'll probably end up having both at sometime down the road.
    I started with a regular 4 string
    then i got a 5
    then i got a 6
    then i got an 8 (lol), which i later defretted
    the i defretted my 5 string
    then I got another 6 string with smaller finger spacing (ibanez src6)
    then I got an acoustic bass
    then I got a short scale mikro 5 string bass

    And i still have all of them lol

    But personally, I would definitely get a 5 string, I feel like there is a lot of use for it.
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  9. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    ....for stoner/doom/sludge? o_O
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  10. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    You could get the Rick and string it B E A D...
  11. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Richlands, NC
    +1 for the Stingray HH...I have one and I have a Ric 4003s, I play the 'Ray, the Ric just sits.
    Rock on.
  12. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    So you want a 4 string in addition to the Warwick? I'd go with any of those choices as long as you can afford to pay for them. A 5 string Stingray might be the best option. That way you can sell the Warwick to offset the cost.
  13. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    This tone?
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  14. HubbardsFate


    Oct 18, 2006
    OP, have you ever actually PLAYED a Rickenbacker, or are you basing your love for these basses on what you've heard (ie., tone/the sounds other players get from 'em?)

    The reason I ask is because when I was your age, the Ric was one of my dream basses too. I didn't actually get one until I was about 23/24, and it was one of the biggest bass-buying mistakes of my life: The neck profile was such that I couldn't play it for more than a couple of minutes without extreme pain in my left (fretting) hand (mainly my wrist.) - I'm not saying this would definitely happen to you, but...

    A couple more things about Rics:

    - The models that have painted bodies also generally have the necks painted and, in the case of the '87 Ric I owned, the "stickiness" of the paint was literally a in, it was hard to move around on the neck as fast/efficiently as I wanted to at times. In fairness, the paint can be sanded down to reduce/eliminate this "drag effect", but still...

    - Rics are fairly notorious for having, let's say, "interesting" hardware - mainly the bridges and truss rod - or rods, plural...I think they have dual truss rods? - Anyways...there is a fair bit of info out there (including probably several threads here on TB) regarding these issues, you may want to read up on this and determine if its something you want to be dealing with right out of the gate (there is, I believe, a replacement bridge made by a highly-regarded company called Hipshot, if you do indeed go ahead and buy a Ric/end up hating the stock bridge, as many people do...)
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  15. Can’t really speak for the ric but stingrays actually work very well in bead tuning (like a 5 string without the skinniest string) if you want that low b. I say that because I know a lot of the bass players in the genres you mentioned don’t really use the g string at all.
  16. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    You're in the right place.
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  17. Mordamir


    Oct 19, 2018
    They are used by a lot of stoner/doom/sludge bands.

    Including the legend himself, Al Cisneros of Sleep and OM.


    Here he is with his signature Rickenbacker.
  18. Ric’s Have a reputation for being pretty polarizing, with some loving them and others hating them. So, make sure you try before buy. There is a guy here who shoehorns 5 strings onto standard Ric’s, so the string spacing is obviously going to be tighter. You could consider this idea.
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  19. Ggaa

    Ggaa Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2018
    Me, I'd keep the Wick(I play 2 5 string Wicks now). I played a guy's Pjazz the other day, the setup was great and the 4 string spacing was not bad at all, wouldn't be an issue after a little playing. But if it's the Ric tone you're after, Ric it probably must be.
  20. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    Don’t overlook ibby
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