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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!
  3. 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
  4. garp


    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.
  5. trainyourhuman


    Apr 12, 2000
    Carvin SB5000.
  6. pfox14


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


    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.
  8. enricogaletta


    May 21, 2011
  9. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
  10. Torn Bassist

    Torn Bassist Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2013
    Soector Coda Pro.
  11. +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.