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I need to make a decision... Please HELP!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassrebelpr, Aug 19, 2003.


  1. bassrebelpr

    bassrebelpr Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Aguadilla, PR
    I'm looking into buying me a 4 string bass...

    I have 2 basses in mind...

    Essex SJB-62 TM

    [​IMG]

    This bass guitar features a beautifully photo flamed top. The body is made from sold alder wood (not plywood or laminate) and a beautiful maple neck with 20 frets which helps deliver excellent tone and sustain.

    The design of the neck and adjustable bridge provide excellent action, making the bass very easy to play. Other features include trus-rod adjustable neck, j-bass type passive pickups, fully adjustable bridge and non-locking tuners. The bass has a three ply pick-guard and D’addario strings are installed at the factory.

    $119.00

    Also I plan to add basslines vintage pickups and a J-retro

    Haven't estmimated the cost yet of the pickup/preamp...

    The number 2 option is

    Toby Pro-4 (http://www.musicyo.com) and add bartolini pickups...

    I'm looking for a solid, low sound, ideal for ska/reggae and rock...

    Danny
     
  2. drd07

    drd07

    Jan 19, 2003
    Thats quite a huge difference in price range. Are both within your budget?
     
  3. bassrebelpr

    bassrebelpr Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Aguadilla, PR
    yeah!

    I'm more interested in tone that in price
     
  4. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    The essex's are great man, i haven't tried the Tobias, but i do know that thats a cheaper series, but i dunno. the Essex SJB 62 Rocks!!!
     
  5. drd07

    drd07

    Jan 19, 2003
    I'm not a big fan of Tobias. I say go for the Essex (I'm not too familiar with them though). If you like both of them, getting the Essex will save you some cash too.
     
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Of these two, the Toby - no contest. I've seen and played several of these MusicYo Tobies, and I've always been impressed. Comparing these two is like comparing a stripped-down VW Golf to a loaded VW Passat.

    If it were me, I'd be looking at a P or a MusicMan-type bass - maybe a Kingston. Ska with a J just doesn't work for me - I'd want a beefy humbucker. The Toby with the Barts would do it!
     
  7. CaracasBass

    CaracasBass

    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    hey, where are the Carrots??????!!!!!
     
  8. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    Kentucky
    Toby.

    I own an Essex and I've played a Toby.
    Yes, the Essex is great for the price, but if you're seriously looking at putting a J-Retro in a $120 bass, go check out the Toby before putting a Hemi in an Escort.
     
  9. bassrebelpr

    bassrebelpr Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Aguadilla, PR
    thank you for your reply,

    I currently own a Stingray 5, I have too a sadowsky preamp. Do you think that I will be able to get a descent sound with toby/bart/sadowsky?

    I have a friend that has a brand new toby with case and he's selling it to me in 400.00.

    Is the toby any good for slapping??

    Danny
     
  10. bassrebelpr

    bassrebelpr Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Aguadilla, PR

    Thank you... I'll keep that in mind ;)
     
  11. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    can someone explain to me how Essex basse sare so cheap yet people love them so much?
     
  12. bassrebelpr

    bassrebelpr Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Aguadilla, PR
    I don't know...

    That's what I want to find out... but I still don't know which one to choose...
     
  13. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Yobias

    Like everyone else, I like the SX for the money, but, apples are still better than oranges.
     
  14. bassrebelpr

    bassrebelpr Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Aguadilla, PR
    Have you tried the essex??

    I'm not really seeking for the best sounding bass, I'm seeking for the best tone for the music stile that I'm going to play.

    Thanx ;)

    Danny
     
  15. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Well, I wouldn't have piped up on it had I no experience with it. I have owned 3 SX basses, and they are great for the money........FOR THE MONEY!

    The tobias is a far better machine though in nearly every aspect. Make sure you do some price comparisons to make sure you're getting a good deal from your friend, I don't recall new prices, but $400 seems kinda steep on one used. These can be found at www.musicyo.com
     
  16. bassrebelpr

    bassrebelpr Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Aguadilla, PR
    [​IMG]

    Wholesale Price
    $569.99

    :(

    I've heard that the toby is not good for slapping... can that issue be solved with bartolinis??

    Danny
     
  17. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Depends why it isnt good for slapping (if thats the case) it couldhave to do with the neck or string height or something, or it could have to do with the pups.
     
  18. bassrebelpr

    bassrebelpr Guest

    Dec 4, 2002
    Aguadilla, PR
    some friend from another forum told me that the sound was terrible for slapping...:confused: :rolleyes: