Hmmm... What Bass Should I Get???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scott D, Jun 28, 2003.

  1. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    In about 5-6 months i'm planning on buying a nice bass. nothing more than $1000 (US)... what do you think? I'd be looking hopefully for used. I'm just sick of buying basses, i just want one that i'll love and own forever. I'm thinking a Musicman Stingray, or a Rickenbaker 4001/4003 or whatever. what do you guys suggest? i would prefer active (i know the ric isn't active, but they just sound so ****ing awesome)... any help is appreciated. Please don't suggest fender, i'm not looking for a MIA fender anything. I had an MIM P-bass, and it just didn't fit me well. I also can't stand fender Jazz basses for some reason. the tone is bad i think. I don't like Warwick Thumbs either. But thanks for the help guys.

  2. Why don't you get a Fender Jazz? ;)

    I played a Ric at the local music owned! Seriously, although I'd hate to be anything close to a Geddy clone as far as owning basses go (as I already have a Jazz), I'd have a tough time picking something over the Ric.

    Although I'd be partial to the natural finishes.
  3. I suggest you try some out. Stingrays have a very distinctive (and in my opinion beautiful) tone. Some people love it, some hate it. Most shops should some Rics and/or Stingrays laying around, so try them out.
  4. Chap


    May 27, 2002
    Reno, NV
    Go Ibanez. Ibanez is the sh*t. I have two, the SR800, and the SR3000. Both have served me very well. And I got the SR800 for about $500, and the SR3000 for about $850. Take a look at the dimensions and everything at Ibanez basses feature the real thin neck, and its great. Go for it. PS. Stingrays are mostly over $1000.
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    You should definitely check out a Peavey Cirrus 5 before you buy anything. You can find a used one for around $1000. I have seen them sell as low as $750.
  6. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    go fender. It depends on what kind of music you play, too. Spectors can be had for good prices. Some bolt on warwicks can be found for under $1000.
  7. By-Tor


    Apr 13, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    I don't know if you've done this already or not, but what you should do is go out and play as many basses as you can. We can throw alot of names at you, but your gonna need to play a bass that feels and sounds good to YOU.
    Thats something only you can do.
  8. definetly play everything you can get your hands on. here is a list of basses that I enjoy that think you should try:

    Peavey Cirrus
    RIC 4003
    G&L L2000 or L2500 if you want a 5-string
    Spector Rebop, NS2000 or NSCRFM if you can find one used in your price range.
  9. By-Tor has it right. I spend about 3 months looking for my current bass, and went to 5 shops, spend probably 30 or 40 hours looking at basses. Everything from Ibanez to Peavy to Fender to Musicman. Sometimes an instrument you might have dismissed just suddenly pops up in a store and after a play you are in love.
  10. furiously funky

    furiously funky Guest

    Dec 28, 2002
    maybe you could see if there are any yamahas you like. there are a lot of them TRB's can be found for under a thousand, and they are really super duper nice! i played a TRB neckthrough 6 fretless and loved it!
  11. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    i've tried like all of them... i'm looking for a 4 string... but i just don't know which one...