Help me choose my next bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Yvon, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I know what I want for my next bass. But I don't know which company make it.

    What I want:
    5 strings jazz bass
    Modern design (no pick gard)
    Maple fingerboard

    On the cheap side. Under 1500$

    The only company I can think about is warmoth!

    What if I don't want to build it myself?
  2. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    34" scale. Important!
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  4. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Oklahoma City
    Well, ther eis the G&L L2500 or Reverend Mercalli 5 which are a Jazz bass and then some... the Carvin SB5000 comes to mind (def a VERY modern look)... You could try to run down a used Fender Victor Bailey 5 or a Lakland skyline... at that price range, that's about all I have
  5. garp

    garp Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    That’s definitely an ideal candidate for a Warmoth project. I was recently looking for something almost identical to your specs, and priced out a custom build using Warmoth ingredients and a local luthier/tech to put it all together for me. Had I gone ahead with it, the total tab would’ve come in at just around USD $1,600. I ultimately decided that’s a little too much to risk for an “experiment” that would likely have little resale value if for some reason I didn’t bond with it.
  6. G


    Apr 12, 2000
    Carvin SB5000.
  7. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Nothing wrong with a good old Fashioned Fender MIM Jazz 5-er. I love mine.
  8. garp

    garp Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    The MIM Jazz V is great. But the OP had specified a maple fretboard (not currently available on that model). And when the pickguard is removed, it reveals an unsightly rout and a CNC hole.
  9. enricogaletta


    May 21, 2011
  10. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
  11. Torn Bassist

    Torn Bassist Supporting Member

  12. +1. My first bass was/is a G&L Tribute L-2500. Here is the only pic I have (it's on the right):


    I bought it on eBay for $500 shipped (fr. FL to CA). I just recently put some D'Ad. half-rounds on it. They sound and play great.

    Very reliable and very versatile. Lots of great tones from dark and soft to bright and grindy-growly.