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Buying Dilemma

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Progfan44, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. I've recently had uncertainties about the purchase of my next bass and am seeking advice.

    I've been playing for nearly a year now and am currently playing a pre-used Ibanez Sr506 i got for 400 bucks. While it is a solid bass, it's used nature has sparked up some problems. My high C keeps going down until it touches the pickup making it virtually unplayable, I can't play certain higher notes as it results in a very annoying clinking sound, and tapping sounds very uneven on higher frets, producing a similar clink (I once thought this was a result of my technique, but after playing a brand new model of the same instrument i was assured it isn't me). While I am certain my next purchase will be a better amp, I am currently entertaining the thought of purchasing my "dream bass" afterwards, a Music Man Bongo 6. I played a 5 string model in a guitar shop and fell in love with it, it has everything I could want out of a bass at this point and time. Would it be worthwhile getting it so early on? My hope is that it'll put an end to the "i wish i had" attitude i am plagued with and will help me focus on my playing, and give me a bass I can be comfortable playing for a long time to come, but I am also aware that the bass is far beyond me even if I do practice as much as I can. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Are you certain the problem isn't the height of the pickups? I see no problem buying the bass you want, but it sounds like maybe the bass you have now just needs a setup.
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  3. The string went down over time, I know that for certain. I sent it in for a setup after the string went down the first time and it's been slowly going down ever since
  4. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I would start reading all the threads on setup if I were you.
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  5. Even so, a 400 dollar Ibanez is nothing when held against a 2000 dollar music man. As mundane and simple as an action adjustment may be, the fact that I can get a better tone, more playability as well as more string consistency out of a better instrument, i think I'll go for the better instrument, regardless of cost.
    TolerancEJ likes this.
  6. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2010
    Cary, Il
    It sounds like this is a case of the set screws in the bridge vibrating loose over time. Easy fix with clear finger nail polish or loctite. Do a search and you will find many threads concerning this.
  7. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    I had the same problem with my Fender Jazz, the G saddle kept dropping. Fixed it with nail polish, but eventually changed the bridge anyways
  8. I reset my action and applied the nail polish, how often will i need to keep putting it on before it wears out?
  9. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    It shouldn't move until you use a tool to break the locked threads.
  10. This is it
  11. .BumeStik.


    Jul 15, 2012
    Gilbert, AZ
    If you Want a Music Man and can Afford it, I say More Power to ya, Brother! If you feel it would be Wise for you to invest that kind of $$$ into a Bass, because you LOVE playing and want to Learn to the Best of your ability, I say Music Man it is. :) And, Yes, I am Jealous. :)
  12. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004

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