Getting a new bass but i need some help.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by theavestruz17, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. Epiphone EB-3

    0 vote(s)
  2. Fender Player Jaguar

  3. Squier Classic Vibe Jazz

  4. Fender MIM Standard Dimension (used)

  5. Squier Short Scale Jaguar

  6. MM Sterling Ray4

  1. theavestruz17


    Nov 13, 2019
    Hi guys, i'm getting a new bass but i need opinions on my different options. These options are:
    Fender Player Jaguar
    Fender MxStd Dimension (used)
    Squier Short Scale Jaguar
    Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass (2019)
    Epiphone EB-3
    Sterling Ray4

    Which one would you recommend? I'm more used to the feel of a Fender but the others also seem like good options.



    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Without any knowledge of your needs i picked the Dimension cause i like em'.
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  3. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie Guest

    Mar 24, 2006
    You will probably get a thumbs-up for every one of your choices given enough time...
    I like the Squier Classic Vibe Jazz - I played a few of them and they were all really, really nice for the price point.
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  4. Those basses are kind of all over the place, including a couple of short scale basses. I suggest you go to a shop and try the basses out for yourself. NO ONE can tell you what will feel and sound right for YOU. Good luck and happy hunting!
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  5. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    I see in your profile you have an affinity PJ. If you like the PJ, just wanting an upgrade- get the player Jaguar. If you want to add a different tone- get the Squier Jazz or MM Sterling, whichever bass tone appeals to you more.

    but that’s a great short list, I don’t see a lemon in the bunch
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  6. finfrocka


    Jul 12, 2005
    St Charles Il
    I chose jazz based on my own personal preferences but knowing the kind of music you like to play helps with this sort of thing.

    Can you tell us a bit about the music or players you like to play/listen to.
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  7. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    The Ray24 is an excellent bass vs the others. I have owned all the others
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  8. theavestruz17


    Nov 13, 2019

    My band plays a bit of everything. Mainly jazz and punk rock.
    Players i like to play... I listen and play a lot of Peter Hook basslines.
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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    if you have any demo-playing experience with the axes on your list = you should know what you prefer, right?
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  10. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Quite a different bunch of basses.
    What are you hoping for?
    What are you playing now?
  11. theavestruz17


    Nov 13, 2019
    Playing now: A Squier PJ
    Waiting: I don't know. I am in love with the P+J configuration and I would have no problem with having a better quality bass with the same configuration, but I also want to try and experiment with new things. I really like the deep tone of EB's, the versatility of PJs and I love the thick and powerful tone of Stingrays. It is a very difficult decision.
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  12. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    the ultimate bass may be a nasty 'ray with a big EB 'bucker shoved in at the neck = PJ on steroids
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  13. somebrains


    Feb 7, 2017
    I keep a 4 and 5 Warwick $$ around bc MM in the neck is thicker and tames the traditional Ray trebly jank.

    MM+J is one of my faves, I prefer it to PJ bc there’s just more there if you can switch the MM from parallel / series.

    Kicking both MMs to single is my essential punk deal.
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  14. superblues


    Oct 5, 2006
    Which one will you kick yourself for not buying if you buy something else?
  15. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    It’s difficult if not impossible to choose a bass for someone else. But I do own both a VM Jazz and a pair of SS Jags. I gig them all the time, choosing them over more expensive options in my collection. Properly set up with strings of your liking you can’t go wrong with either.
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