Ibanez SR Premium, Yamaha BB, or G&L L2500?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Groovin1122, Jun 3, 2020.

  1. Ibanez SR Premium

    4 vote(s)
  2. Yamaha BB 435/735a

    4 vote(s)
  3. G&L L2500

    3 vote(s)
  1. Groovin1122


    Apr 16, 2020
    I am looking for a versatile bass as my first upgrade. I have heard people raving about the Ibanez Premium SR series with Nordstrand pickups, Yamaha BB's and G&L L2500 series.

    I am really only going to be able to have 1 bass. I'm split between these choices. I am hoping to be able to have a 5 string bass to play Church music, cover band music rock and pop stuff, blues, to raging metal/djent. If you were to have only 1 bass from these choices what would it be and why?
  2. TopoChico


    May 2, 2019
    What is your price point? That is a pretty big range that you have listed assuming you are looking at USA G&L and not Tributes. If you are considering the BBP series Yamaha's, I would get the BBP35 and not look back. The Japan built models are flat out amazing. Top notch build quality. PJ pickups that are a little hot but not over the top and can cover a lot of genres. Honestly, you can't go wrong with any of those, but the Yamaha would me my personal choice.
  3. Groovin1122


    Apr 16, 2020
    I am hoping to keep it around the 1200 range but I am happy spending less! I'm more so focused on getting the right bass over budget but I can't afford prestige or higher-end premium SR's. If I were to go G&L I would get a used USA model likewise with the Yamaha. Ibanez just has a lot of color options I am not a fan of so I would probably just get the one I liked if that were the winner. I wish I could just go to one shop and try these all out but I'm likely only to find the Ibanez locally.
  4. ebo

    ebo Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2012
    Bay Area, Ca
    I have a G & L L2000 USA that I just love. I have an Ibanez SR 705 that is nice, doesn’t have quite the range but was less money. I’ve never owned or played a Yamaha bass. I’m a fan of playing before buying, especially when buying used. I don’t get hung up on brands, I found something that looks interesting, I read up on it, then I play it for myself. There is weight, balance, finish, electronics, neck design, tuners and bridges and overall mojo. Tough to decide on just one. Maybe that’s why I’m still single!
  5. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Pittsburgh-ish, PA
    I said L2500 only because it's U.S.-made. If you can find one, possibly used, get a Yamaha BBP35. Mine has blown me away...all passive, and can sound as nasty and big as a G&L or Spector (with a volume boost). The Japanese do it every bit as well as we do.