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Looking for a light-weight bass with a thin neck and warm tones

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by yeasayer, Jan 4, 2012.


  1. yeasayer

    yeasayer

    Jan 4, 2012
    Hi! I've had a Squier Affinity Series J bass for a year now, and I'm looking for an upgrade. I really don't like how big and heavy the Squier is, and the fret board is a little too thick/wide for my small fingers. I always get comments on how the bass looks bigger than me, haha. I don't really like how the bass looks, although I know that's not as important as the sound.
    Maybe it's an issue with the strings, but it also sounds sharp and tangy like I'm using a pick, when I prefer the warm, thuddy tones that you would hear in a Beatles song.

    I had my eyes on the Rogue VB100 series II violin bass because of the price, but it seems to be discontinued. My budget is about $370, and I love the look of violin basses...and the small size.

    I like The Beatles and indie and folk, like Mumford and Sons, Florence And The Machine, Foster The People, etc.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Ibanez Bassist

    Ibanez Bassist

    Jan 30, 2010
    US of A
    I have a Hofner Bass and there great, tones are superb and power is tremendous but it does take some getting used to if you play a standard bass, the size, neck, weight, and feel is really different.. but a very nice piece..
     
  3. skruch

    skruch

    Jul 16, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    I am very happy with my Fleabass Junior. 7 pounds and very nice J bass type neck. 30" scale. Stock pup is more piano bass sounding. A bit over $300 new on Ebay.
     
  4. GrooveRonin

    GrooveRonin

    Nov 20, 2011
    Nylon strings!!
     
  5. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    I was going to suggest a J! Lightweight is relative but with my paduk six string... the necks play easy and the tone is warm. If you're open to trying MIM Js, they're right in your price range and they'll sound nicer than the Squier, especially if you get a used, upgraded one. You just might find a light one and if you put flatwounds on that bad boy... that neck pup will sound something special.

    How long have you been playing?
     
  6. Try out the Squier Mustang or try out a used Fender if you can find a reissue at your price range. My Mustang is very warm and especially nice with flats.
     
  7. funkyjudge

    funkyjudge Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2010
    Langhorne, PA, USA
    Sounds like a Birdsong Bass would be PERFECT for you (take it from a Birdsong owner who is having another one custom-built for delivery in a couple of months. A Fusion is probably just what you are looking for; however, a Cortobass would also fit your requirements quite nicely. Here's a link to the "Instruments" page on the Birdsong website ...

    Birdsong - Professional hand built short scale basses
     
  8. devonstone

    devonstone

    Sep 26, 2011
    I had the rogue vb100 and I wouldn't wish it on anybody! to me I'd felt and sounded very very cheap. I was young and it looked good but it didn't take me long to wake up, A bass to check out could be a peavey bxp 4, one on eBay right now for 320
     
  9. atomicdog

    atomicdog

    Jun 18, 2011
    Danelectro longhorn. Light as a feather. And great sound. Cheap, too.
     
  10. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    "Light-weight bass with a thin neck and warm tones"

    That is the definition of Hofner violin (500/1) or Club style basses. There are 3 levels to choose from for each type (in order of new price low to high): Icon , Contemproary, and "Made in Germany" The Contemproary has a wood block in the center so they're a bit heavier than the Icon and "Made In Germany" versions and sound a bit different, but still warm.

    There are also many clones but none of the clones I've owned or tried over the years have the thin neck and playability of the Hofner Icon.
     
  11. Crystalman85

    Crystalman85

    Nov 30, 2008
    Chicago, Il.
  12. I'm not sure of what a "warm tone" is ... any chance you can link us to some youtube links you like -- we then can figure out how to recreate the sound.

    I don't want to be the common nut that posts "I love my" when it may be irrelevant to you.
     
  13. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Really? In your profile under Influences and Teachers you have "Warm and Tight Backlines" listed.

    To me that strongly indicates that you do know what "warm" means.

    But anyway, IME "warm" generally means fewer highs and/or more lows in the signal. In many cases it can usually be had by simply turning a passive tone control to the "bassier" tone or judicious use of eq to attenuate the highs and upper mids and possibly boost the lows or any combination of such.

    Some instruments simply have a "warmer" native tone that others, for whatever reason.
     
  14. livinitup0

    livinitup0

    Dec 22, 2011
    Ive got 2 early 90's peavey foundations that are exactly what you're describing.

    J and P basses dont have thin necks imo... at least not compared to my peaveys
     
  15. Moronius

    Moronius

    Jan 5, 2012
    KOUVOLA
    I have had Fenders and also Ibanez basses. The problem with Fenders from early 90's to the new range until -96, is that the necks are multiwarped (the old ones just warped), now I have a vintage Jazz Bass from a Finnish luthier Matti Nevalainen. And I am happy, I have played for 2 years without anything at all. Before with Fenders I had to finetrim the bass from time to time but now, it just sounds fine. The Vintage series means that I have all the original woods (the body Californian alder and the neck Canadian maple) and 60's pickups to make your sound. The pickups are handwired and the polemagnets are, in this case, weakened to generate the true 60's sound.
    Ibanezes are good or excellent basses but now I have sold them all.
     
  16. rockscott

    rockscott

    Aug 28, 2010
    massachusetts
    Epiphone viola.
     
  17. Second hand Ibanez SR500
     
  18. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Cheap? I've had a Rogue VB100 for a few years now--great bass in my experience, very sturdy for a violin bass. From what I can tell it's identical to the Epiphone Viola save the control plate and headstock design, which I like better on the Rogue. Like the Epiphone, the tuning pegs are sturdier than the Hofner Icon's being regular bass pegs. The Hofner Icons are nice too, I had one for a while but ultimately decided I liked the Rogue better. Strung with some good flats it delivers the Beatles thing you're looking for.
     
  19. Jazzcat

    Jazzcat

    Jan 20, 2009
    Titusville, FL
    I just got an old Hagstrom med scale. Thinnest neck I have ever seen. Weighs 6.6 pounds.

    EDIT: At the nut, the neck is shy of 1-1/2" wide and 11/16" deep!
     
  20. Jazzbassguy

    Jazzbassguy

    Jul 18, 2009
    Florida
    Sounds like you might be in the market for the Hofner Icon Series.


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