Help choosing versatile bass...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Exemonium, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Exemonium


    May 13, 2010
    OK, finally got my Warwick Jazzman 5 string. I was trying to get for a while and yaaaaaaay it neck dives like mad. Very upsetting, time to move forward. I'm 99% sure I'll be returning this and getting something else. So, I need opinions ...

    I play funk, blues, rock(classic and hard) country, motown, do-wop kinda stuff, some jam bandish kind of stuff, and jazz

    I'm looking to get one bass that can do each efficiently. Now I'm not trying to find a super bass or anything, just a versatile one. I understand that a P-bass "can" do all these as I've used one for the past year, but I want some more variety in my tones.

    Right now my options I'm looking at are

    Musicman Stingray 5HH
    Bongo 5HH
    Spector - not sure which model, but I've also never had a chance to play one(could use people's opinions on these very much)
    Fender Deluxe jazz with the passive/active switch

    looking at 5 strings first, then 4's. I don't NEED a 5er, they're just very convenient...though don't help with neckdive >.<

    The only one I've had the opportunity to play is the stingray HH, and I tossed a strap on it, slung it over my shoulder, and it hangs like perfection. I was very impressed, especially after my Warwick. I dig the tonal options on it as well.

    I've never played a spector, but they look and sound great. A lot of people swear by them too. I'd probably try to get into a euro. I'd like to stay under $1600, but can float a BIT over if needed. I always try to buy used so most all of these fall beneath that line.

    Not too keen on G&L, but I used an l2500 tribute for a while, and it was pretty cool. But they're not completely out of the question.

    Please do let me know if these something out there that I could have overlooked.

    thanks everyone!
  2. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    As far as the stuff you're playing I've never found a Jazz Bass or J-Style Bass ever lacking an ability to do what I needed it to do. If you're not a fan of G&L you might want to look at some used Modulus 5's. Of all the basses I've ever owned or played the Modulus M92-5 I had was the best I ever played. Their Quantums are very nice as well.
  3. wolfmancharlie


    Nov 28, 2009
    IMHO, the only passive bass that is, or could be, more versitile than a P bass is a PJ bass. If I had to choose between my basses, it would come down to my 2 PJ basses or my Tobias Growler, for diverse tonal options.
  4. Exemonium


    May 13, 2010
    Yea, I'm looking active mainly just for that reason