if you had 4k to spend on a bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by pipers dad, Oct 13, 2021 at 11:08 PM.

  1. BoogieZK


    Sep 28, 2008
    Toulouse, France
    Drozd, Warwick, Lefay, JCR, Sugi... Alpher... ESP custom.... I don't know... You pick one.
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  2. baxter_x


    Nov 27, 2013

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  3. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    The trick is to remove them when putting the bass away. And also test them regularly. I never leave one in. So they last forever. Copper top seem to last the longest
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  4. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    If I were in the market for a solid body 5-string, at the top of my list would be the current Rickenbacker. It’s nearly perfect as far as I’m concerned.


    (Photo courtesy of @mapleglo , from this thread:

    New Rickenbacker 5 String Reviews )
  5. MIMike


    Jan 1, 2013
    West MI
    A Roscoe, as already mentioned, or a Marco (TFL 24). Anything that ends with “co” or “coe”.
    Then again, Sadowsky is hard to beat…too many choices when you get to that price range!
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  6. Rob1957


    Dec 3, 2020
    One good used bass and pocket the change.
    A sire D5 in butterscotch blonde AND a sire P5 in ‘Duck’ Dunn red
    And pocket 3k
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  7. Ryno1330

    Ryno1330 Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2020
    You'll get a million suggestions but you can get a great Lakeland for 2k. If you're spending 4, I echo some others and would look at a Sadowsky, nice Roscoe, or Dingwall.
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  8. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I have a custom Lakland 54-JJ, chambered, passive with Chi-sonics. It sounds glorious. For my taste, batteries subtract more than they add, and a battery not used is a gift of omission to the next generation.
  9. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Columbia SC
    I would buy 20 Classic Vibes & 20 HipShot Kickass bridges :bassist:
  10. Benj-jammin

    Benj-jammin Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2020
    North Carolina
    I live 30 freakin' miles from the Roscoe HQ's...……...that would be my choice!
  11. DeltaPhoenix

    DeltaPhoenix Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2011
    I would be looking at a used Canadian Dingwall.
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  12. I'd get Pat Wilkins to make me something custom.
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  13. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Umm, I'd never feel comfortable playing a 4G bass. But, if I was to dump that kind of money, I'd get a Fender Pino Palladino. (It'd have to a used one because I they cost more than $4,000.)

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  14. lfmn16


    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I'd pick up a used Fodera. I always wanted one. I played one years ago, but just didn't want to put out that kind of money then.
  15. soundsupport1


    Aug 17, 2017
    There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting a Lakland. You have the opportunity, try them out! They are extremely good, professional-grade instruments popular with musicians for some of the biggest touring acts in the world, made by a US manufacturer with exceptional customer support.

    You won't do 'better' at this price point, just 'different'.

    If you like it, buy it. All the rest is just internet noise.


    PS Don't worry about the battery thing; they seem to last forever in my 55-02, and it's a quick job to swap. Carry a couple of spares, is all. Also, the volume pot can be pulled up to run in passive mode. It's significantly quieter than active (the pickups are deliberately low-output), but you just turn up your amp and keep going.
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  16. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I still have my Lakland 55-94 that came to me in 2000, they really hold up, sound amazing and fortunately for you, there is a very robust used Lakland market that will get you a great bass, for about 1/2 the price of a new one.
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  17. Gizmot


    Mar 22, 2009
    Nashville area
    In my experience, I'd take a long look at Dingwall, Warwick and Sadowsky and pick one that really talked to me.

    I've had good luck with Rickenbacker and G&L, but for nearly double the price of those, you have options.

    I've heard good things about Rocoe, Sandberg and a couple of others, but I have little to none experience with them (either as a player or as an audio engineer). I know that Fodera is held in high esteem by many, but I've played a few and I'm not feeling the vibe from them.
  18. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    OP - this thread comes up now and then. The answers are wildly broad.

    People say "I'd find a crippled blind man who is down to his last dollar and needs to part with his Alembic dual-Orion Mark King for cheap" or other such unlikely nonsense, and others say "I'd buy a Glarry and go on vacation with the rest."

    Fun conversation but maybe not useful data.

    How about -

    • You have $4000 to spend
    • You must buy one bass and only one bass and it must be new and priced at street value
    • That one bass would be your only bass
    • You can come out of pocket to spend more, but if you spend less, you have to give back the change

    On that rubric I'm probably on a NYC Sadowsky.
  19. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    EASY -
    Passive p bass, 8 to 8.5 lbs. 9.5 radius slim C neck, skunk stripe. Oh, wait, that's what I play now. Where do I collect the $4G?
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  20. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    I hear you. Unfortunately, I'm usually "putting the bass away" at about 1 am. I need to save precious moments for rolling up PA cables.:D
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