Can't decide on these two basses, can anyone help?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MattJepho, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. MattJepho


    Aug 24, 2010
    I'm currently looking at two different basses, for a big upgrade

    either a:

    Musicman 20th anniversary Stringray 5 HH


    Fender American Jazz Standard V with a John East J-Retro pre-amp upgrade

    Both are second hand....there's a big gape in the price, the musicman being the more pricy.

    The main use will be in a live setting, probably no amps just yet running thru DI straight to the desk.

  2. ga_edwards


    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    I realise it's not the most helpful answer, but it's the most honest one. Go with the one you like the most! And by that I mean, which one do you prefer the sound of for your requirements? Which one 'feels' better?

    Personally I'd probably go with the Jazz as I feel the 2 p/ups will be more versatile... IMO.
  3. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    The Stingray also has two pups but I completely agree with the rest of your post. He should pick the one that feels the best to him. I personally prefer the neck on the Jazz and the build quality of the Stingray.
  4. namraj


    Feb 7, 2008
    They're very different beasts sound wise, do you prefer humbuckers or single coils?

    And I agree, when you pick them up, which feels right.
  5. MattJepho


    Aug 24, 2010
    thanks guys, I'm playing some this weekend hopefully so I'll get an idea of feel then, and sound too. Cheers
  6. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    I'd go for the Jazz Bass
  7. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    Both are good basses and you can't go wrong with either.
  8. Zitch


    May 12, 2010
    Akron, Oh
    If your going straight into a di then the jazz might be the way to go. The build quality and playability of the stingray are top notch imo. Really I don't think you can make a bad choice here, though I think more people like the B string of the musicman better.
  9. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City