If not Roscoe, then....?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NeilGB, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. NeilGB

    NeilGB Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2012
    SF Bay Area - East Bay
    Supposing someone was GASsing for a Roscoe, what other brands would you recommend they check out before committing to one?
  2. Lemon Of Troy

    Lemon Of Troy Banned

    Nov 6, 2012
    Palmetto State
    USA Spector
    USA Brubaker
  3. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 LET'S GO BLUE JAYS...(in 2016)...LET'S GO!!

    Not Spector IME as Roscoes have more "less-aggressive" tonal options IMO.

    My MTD USA 535 is fairly close to a Roscoe, but the Roscoe is cheaper.

    A Roscoe IMO is the best used bass deal out there.
  5. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    For what a Roscoe will set you back, I'd take another look at Roscoe.
  6. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    los angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    What is your goal? 4, 5, or 6 string? Does scale length matter? What types of music?

    The Roscoe "Standard Plus" models are about the best bang for the buck out there imho. But depends on what you're looking for.
  7. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    If I ever have a bass worth more than $700 again, it'll be a Roscoe. After trying almost every bass out there, some more than once,I can't think of one that I'd rather have. They are 35" scale, but it doesn't feel like a 35" scale. The B string is fantastic. The neck feels great, and I like how they look. The Standard series is an amazing value. They are made in the same shop, by the same guys. The necks are custom fit to each body, it's amazing. There is no better value out there - IMO.
  8. What is it about Rosco that is drawing you to them?

    I would consider USA MTD's a bit of a "brighter" Roscoe.

    Pretty killer tone here:
  9. PazzoBasso


    Jan 21, 2011
    One thing about GAS...

    Your only relief is to acquire the gear causing it... You could defer GAS with something else, but it won't be long till you want a Roscoe again...
  10. If you want a Roscoe, why look elsewhere? Tonally, they've got their own thing going on, not much is comparable there really.
  11. Sadowsky Metro 'Modern 5'. Has that strong low mid presence of the Roscoe's, but has full 19mm spacing and, in general, a bit lighter weight.
  12. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    A close 2nd to a Roscoe.
  13. It may sound odd but a Peavey Cirrus. They're light weight, well balanced and easy to play. They have a very flexible hi-fi type of sound. It won't be as aggressive as a Spector or Sadowsky modern but can get nice and growly. The Roscoe is a bit fuller and can really cop a modern P-Bass type vibe while staying very articulate, hard to explain. It varies a bit depending on the woods used, same with the Cirrus.

    Don't overlook the Cirrus, one of the basses I sorely regret selling is my Cirrus Tigereye 5; absolutely killer bass.
  14. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    los angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    wrt weight, the Metros seem to run around 9.5 lbs give or take half a pound. My Roscoes were between 9.5 and 8.5 so I'd say it is a wash. The NYCs are lighter, but also more money.

    The OP didn't specify number of strings, but for a 5'er:

    Sadowsky - 34" scale, 19mm spacing
    Roscoe - 35" scale, 18.3mm spacing

    For price (assuming new), Sadowsky Metro is about the same as the Roscoe Std Plus (Roscoe is all built in NC). Sadowsky NYC is usually a bit more than Roscoe full custom depending on the details.

    I find the Roscoe a hair more flexible tonally than the Sadowsky Modern 5 (mostly due to the 3-band preamp and slightly different pup position), but they both are decidedly not J-basses :D
  15. ilustre

    ilustre Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2010
  16. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Disclaimer: I'm a Roscoe endorser, so take what I write with a grain of salt.

    I'd say try everything. That's what I did - I've played it all, from the cheapest basses to some of the most expensive. And in all honesty, the only bass guitar I own now that *isn't* a Roscoe is a Rob Allen, which is a trick the guys at Roscoe don't do. At this point in my life/career, I could play anything I want. And I do.
  17. Roscoe and MTD USA perhaps Elrick Platinum
  18. Quoted for truth.

    Someone on a bike forum once gave me the advice that "the most expensive bike you'll ever buy is the one you get instead of the one you really wanted." It's true. There have been times I have bought the next-best thing, sold it six months or a year later and bought what I really wanted. I would have saved money by just getting what I wanted in the first place.

    Now with all that said, there are other high quality instruments available, and some of them are good bit less expensive than Roscoes. I think the MTD KZ series are a great value; they play really well and can be had used for under $1000. Same goes for the Peavey Cirrus and the Lakland Skylines.
  19. Bassmanbob

    Bassmanbob Supporting Member

    I'm primarily a Roscoe guy.

    I puchased a used Peavey Cirrus 5 when I was saving for another Roscoe. It was a nice substitute.
  20. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    los angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    To be fair to Roscoe, it is a trick that no one else really does. Rob's basses are a unique vibe that is very different than typical electric bass, yet familiar at the same time.