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i am realy sorry , but i need help suggesting a bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sirspoogesalot, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. sirspoogesalot


    Apr 21, 2008
    hi there,

    im going to denmark street in 2 weeks hoping to buy a new bass.

    the shop i go to have a warehouse full of crammed basses so they prefer it if i name the bass i want to try out.

    I want to get a new bass (duh),

    with a slim neck to allow fast movement up and down the fretboard.

    i play in an indie band that invloves both using pic's and using fingers. I do not slap but i am looking on learning how to slap aswell.

    i am also a cluts and i also require a sterdy bass which can handle being bumped every now and then

    and last off i have a budget of £250-£350 ($700)

    so does anyone know of any special models i should look out for.

    thank you for your help and sorry for the inconviniance.

  2. funkifiedsoul

    funkifiedsoul Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Denmark STREET?....is that in Denmark?
    I'm still trying to visualize a warehouse 'crammed full of basses'.
    What do you play now? A Fender Jazz or jazz copy will give you the neck profile you're looking for. I'm sure there are plenty of thin necked basses these days, especially in that stuffed warehouse,(i.e Ibanez) but probably more Fender 'types' than anything else. I think a Fender bass made in Japan and/or Mexico is within your budget.
  3. EnderZ13


    Feb 19, 2007
    Utopia, Jersey
    Fender Geddy Lee Jazz would fit the bill and get it used:bassist:
  4. sirspoogesalot


    Apr 21, 2008
    lol denmark street is a famous street in london full of guitar shops
  5. +1

    It fits your criteria to a T...
  6. Funkdrawer4

    Funkdrawer4 Registered Abuser

    My suggestion is....Ibanez SR500

    I also would like to see this warehouse full too :hyper:
  7. funkifiedsoul

    funkifiedsoul Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2007
    ahh...frost bitten Canadian boy here, and haven't been over the pond yet.:(
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I grow organic carrots and they are not for sale
    buy the one you like best ...
  9. Tyrannius


    Jun 14, 2008
    He didn't ask what bass he should buy, he asked what basses he should ask for to try out.

    I agree with Funkdrawer, try out the Ibanez SR500. The Ibanez SR590 is also within your price range and might appeal to you.
  10. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    This is the best advice I can give you. DON'T GO TO DENMARK STREET. Over the many years I have shopped and browsed there I have come to the opinion that they couldn't care less about you, they just want your money and to push whatever kit they've got a special from the distributor on. I've been ignored when trying to spend mega sums, their loss. Denmark St is more of a tourist trap than a place of legitimate musical outlets and that goes for all the shops there.

    OK rant over, now the 2nd part of the advice, GO TO THE BASS GALLERY IN CAMDEN. They care about bass players and will give you good advice and help and won't bug you every 5 minutes when you're trying a bass asking "how are you getting on with that" (see, "when are you going to give me your money?"). The Gallery seem to regard you as an investment in the future and give you the kind of service that makes you want to go back. You may not get what you want there, but they'll help point you in the right direction of what you need, even if they can't supply it. Then maybe you can go to Denmark St (if you can find someone bothered to help you).


    PS I am not in any way, shape or form associated with The Bass Gallery, other than somewhere that I spend money, repeatedly. The guys at The Gallery are also happy to just chat if they're not busy, those guys love bass. They give good, non rip off trade ins too.
  11. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    Another great bunch of guys, only internet sales these days I believe since the shop closed down. Sad, sad loss. Another repository of my hard earned cash.
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    No, it's a "warehouse full of crammed basses." Much easier to visualize.
  13. sirspoogesalot


    Apr 21, 2008

    thanks a million man!, i'll give this place a try, and i kinda agree with wat you say, denmark street do charge a lot of money
  14. UncleBalsamic


    Jul 8, 2007
    +1 I came here just to recommend them.
  15. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    You're most welcome, I think these kind of tips is what TB is all about (that and the bass porn). Don't get me wrong ALL bass outlets are there to make money, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. I've never felt uncomfortable about giving places like The Gallery my money as I feel I'm getting what I need, at a price that doesn't leave me feeling that I've been taken advantage of. In fact I'm actually happy to maybe paying a bit of premium if the service is really good. Having said that The Gallery are competetive and will match (and often beat) any legitimate price.
  16. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    Have you been shopping yet? I like to live vicariously through other people's GAS.
  17. Slim neck = Ibanez SR / SRX series.
  18. +1000.

    Most of the shops in Denmark St. are owned by the same company so there is no real competition and the prices are very high.

    This wouldn't be a problem if the service was good and the staff treated customers with respect but unfortunately most of the shops in Denmark St are infamous for rude, arrogant staff and poor customer service. I've never heard a good word about any of those shops and they seem to make their money by trading on the Denmark St. name and ripping off people who haven't heard of their poor reputation.

    There are plenty of other good dealers in the UK. Whereabouts do you live? Have you tried posting the same question on Basschat? It's a mainly UK based bass forum and Denmark St. and other dealers have been much discussed on there lately.

    I can unreservedly recommend The Gallery in Camden though, although I'm not sure how much mid priced stuff they normally keep in. Give them a ring first to see what they have in stock.

    Edit: Didn't read your profile before posting and I see you're in London, so THe Gallery is probably your best bet, since The Bass Centre became internet only. There are a few good shops within 100 miles or so of London if you don't mind travelling.

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