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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by moopants, Mar 13, 2009.
What kind of bass should I get?
What's your budget?
Oh sorry I should've said my budget. I guess like $800 is the most I'd pay, but I'd rather go for less.
The ATK fretless' I have heard sound great.
But the used market is your best bet. Easily snag a used MIA Fender or G&L or MM.
Hmm... for eight-hundo? Well, nailing a few strings to a dead (hopefully) panther's out...
Dead panthers don't growl
if it twer dead, sir, it wouldn't growl
I don't know how it sounds but it sure is pretty!
Used is definitely your best bet. I recently picked up an old Hamer Cruisebass that had been converted to fretless, and it growls like a mofo, and it was under $800.
Seems like I've seen a ton of used Warwick fretlesses on the used market lately for crazy low prices (though still not much less than $800), and those would be a good bet for you as well.
Alternately, get any old fretless with an ebony or synthetic board, make sure it has standard-sized pickup routs, and install some hot-sounding pickups. Some active EMG's or high-output Duncans or similar. Then string it with roundwounds. Growl for days.
In the words of Anchorman, even dead panthers can growl with Sex PAnther.
Honestly, I like basses that are passive more than active. I have a Stagg Fusion fretless that isn't really a "good" bass, but for some reason I love it to death just because of the tone I get from it. I just can't help but think about a better bass that is also passive and fretless and how much growl I could get from that. I'd be in heaven haha
Yeah well the Duncans I was thinking of are passive. You can also get really hot-sounding passive pups from Rio Grande, Nordstrand, and a few other makers.