Looking for a Bass - which one?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Demonfish22, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. Demonfish22


    Jul 31, 2002
    Bath, England
    I'm looking to buy a new bass in the £400-£500 region (that's around $700 or so, I think). Are there any absolute gems I should keep an eye out for? Or disasters that I should avoid like the plague? Any advice would be much appreciated (and pics would be nice too :D)
  2. Asaf


    Jun 9, 2003
    it depends on what you play, what you like, if you are willing to play a used one - that can be a good option cause you get something good for the cash.
    give me more detailes and i'll help you man.
  3. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
  4. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    Depending on what music you like to play, I'd look for a preowned Stingray, Czech Spector, or Fender Jazz

  5. Demonfish22


    Jul 31, 2002
    Bath, England
    I play lots of stuff: Mainly Funk & Jazz, but also ska, reggae, and occasionally metal/punk.
  6. Then like Rob said, a used Fender Jazz could fit the bill. A used Stingray as well...:)
  7. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Kinda OT, but here goes:

    I expect I'll be back in the Bath/Glastonbury/Bristol area again next summer. Are there any good bass-oriented stores in the region?
  8. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    The Mitten
    Fender, Spector, Warwick Rockbass, it's endless. Goto your local music stores bring your head and start playing these basses through your equipment, how do they feel, how do they sound....to you is what matters, there are a lot of great basses in that price range. I like those three personally...good luck
  9. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    spector baby
  10. Demonfish22


    Jul 31, 2002
    Bath, England
    Well, in Bath there are pretty much 3 guitar stores: Duck, Son, & Pinker, the largest & most central; Sounds International and the Bath Music Store, both a little out of town. The only music I have been to in Bristol was Sound Control, and it didn't have great range of Basses. <p>
    But I thought Musical equipment was cheaper in America anyway...
  11. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    What are the limitations with your current basses? What do you want to play that you feel is unnecessarily hard at the moment?

  12. Demonfish22


    Jul 31, 2002
    Bath, England
    The only decent bass I currently own is a fretless - a Cort B4FL - and, while I love playing fretless and it's been pretty much all I needed, it's broken down, and I realised I don't have a back-up bass, or any kind of good fretted bass. Also, I'm taking my Grade 6 exam soon, and using a fretless doesn't make it any easier for me (especially with the scales and arpeggios). Also, I frequently get taken by the urge to play 'twiddly bits' ie all above 12th fret, which isn't very easy on an unmarked fretless. So basically, I need a decent fretted bass to add to my arsenal :D
  13. garron


    Jun 26, 2003
    DC area
    My all around workhorse is a Fender J-Bass. I can cover all of the ground that I need in any situation that I have encountered as a working musician.