Looking at buying a new bass but need advice on specific instruments

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by parsons_simon21, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. I am looking at getting a new bass (I currently play a Squier Jazz) and have a couple of options in mind, but my GC is poorly stocked which makes playing some of these an issue. I am looking at:
    ESP Viper 414
    Schecter Stiletto Studio
    BC Rich Mockingbird
    Traben Chaos Core 4

    What I really need is some info from owners of these. Any suggestions would also be appreciated!
  2. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I'd go Schecter.
  3. What kind of music are you playing?
  4. This is for a church band and so flexibility is a big deal. We do everything from hard rock to smooth jazz type stuff and everything in between.
  5. prokfrog


    Mar 16, 2007
    new jersey

  6. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
  7. Anything wrong with the Squier? Can the bass handle the whole repertoire of stuff you guys play? If everything seems to be fine, why upgrade? If the replacement axe just gives the same set of performance/features than the existing Squier (or worse, less performance/features) then the coin could have been better spent in other areas that would give more bang-for-the-buck, or better yet saved for something really needed down the line.
  8. all of those bases suck bro.
  9. Mazatleco17


    Mar 27, 2008
    How so? I like schecter.
  10. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Big +1
    I have a studio myself and I love it :hyper:
  11. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    :eyebrow: ,ignorant
  12. elevatebass


    Jul 21, 2009
    Out of those i'd go shecter, you might want to look into the G&L Tribute series
  13. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    yeah, a tribute L2k would get my vote to :)
  14. The G&L 2K is awesome! Soundbytes indicate good flexibility. How much would a G&L 2000 with the carved top run? I really don't want to pay much more than 700 dollars, maybe 800 at the absolute most.
    As for the Squire it doe basically what I need it to, but only barely. I have been in GC enough times to know that the action, neck and especially the pickups could be a LOT better. It will do until I can get a better bass. Thanks for the advice and ideas. There are alot of smaller guitar shops that offer really good stuff, you just have to know about them heh heh...
  15. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Albuquerque, NM
    +1 on both counts and this is coming from someone who has owned both

    Also consider looking at used intruments here on TB. For the same amount that you would spend on a new Schecter you could pick up a used MIA Fender or G&L or something else of similar quality.
  16. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    There's a used Us L2k running at 650 in the classifieds if it hasn't been sold yet, i suggest you to take a look
    edit: couldn't find it back, sorry it was a see blue-trough l2k
  17. Thats used, which may be an option, but what would a 2K with the Flame Maple Top cost new if I was to buy it in a shop? (I like brand new basses, just something about wood thats never been played on before)
  18. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Cant help ya on this one.
    But a New USA G&l L2000 is about 1,275.00 (that's stock, not burl top,quilt top or anything)
    New Tribute (Indonesia) $699.00

    I've never saw a carved flame maple top on a tribute, so it might not fit your budget. (not that what i saw or didn't means something)
  19. blockinlay


    Feb 21, 2009
    Phila Pa
    I wouldn't want any of those basses either, but that's just me.
    Trade up to a USA jazz, then keep your squire as a backup.
    Shouldn't cost more than $700-800 for a like new used one.
    G&L's are good quality too, and I'd want a USA one of those too.
    They're a little harder to sell, so you might find one cheaper than a USA Fender.
    Don't discount used. The best deals are used.
  20. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    O and keep in mind that schecters are always, always,always.........always under-rated