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Looking for a new bass with good electronics.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mmorbidfaithMM, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. mmorbidfaithMM


    Dec 31, 2005
    Hello. I am shopping for a new (high-end) bass guitar. I play mostly Metal/Hard Rock music. I was interested in a bass that has the 3-band EQ because I feel that I can achieve a unique sound with these extra settings even before I go through an amplifier.


    These are 3 basses that I have found which include this feature. I don't really like the color of the Stiletto bass which is why I may be interested in the Zebra wood bass. The ESP looks interesting as well except it is very plain looking. I was originally looking to purchase this bass: http://www.schecterguitars.com/spec.asp?id=104 Which I believe has more inexpensive electronics.

    Am I wrong in thinking that this 3-band EQ thing provides for a much more customized sound? Maybe there is something better than it? I don't really know. I was looking at Warwick's basses which don't have the 3-band EQ option in any of them. Maybe i'm a bit confused. Any help would be appreciated.

  2. Try a Stingray.
  3. steve21

    steve21 Banned

    If you like the Anniversary B bass, but think it looks plain, check out the LTD B404. Neck thru, 34 inch scale, quilt maple top, maple & walnut neck, string thru, 24 frets, EMGs, really cool classy look, and most importantly a 3 band active EQ and two pickups.

    Plenty of tonal versatility, awesome looks, neck thru all that good stuff.
  4. mmorbidfaithMM


    Dec 31, 2005
    I didn't notice that one, pretty cool thanks.
  5. You can always change the electronics configuration of any bass so I would concentrate on getting an instrument that looks and sounds good to you. Every major electronics manufacturer makes preamp/tone circuits to fit just about any number of existing holes in the bass. For example, an EMG 2-band BTS with individual bass/treble knobs can be converted to a 3-band BQC with stacked bass/treble and stacked mid/mid freq controls without drilling any extra holes.

    Rick B.
  6. What exactly is your budget?
  7. I was going to suggest the ESP B-404 as well, but the Schecter California Custom 4 also looks good.

    Alder body with Figured Maple top
    Hipshot Style A bridge
    Grover tuners
    EMG (not HZ) pickups and electronics
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    Yes, and give us a dollar figure. You mentioned high end, but none of those are high end basses.
  9. Exactly. My suggestions were based on the models he posted originally...
  10. mmorbidfaithMM


    Dec 31, 2005
    I'm sorry, when I mentioned 'High end' basses, I guess I was considering these high end in my opinion. The highest I will go is about $800, $900 if it's something that I really want, but I don't see the need right now to spend more than $1000.

    I really like this Zebra Wood bass by Schecter:

    I just need to find it somewhere to play it. Getting a different bass but switching the electronics is a good option as well, how much would it be to put that 3-band EQ thing in this bass or one like it?
  11. didier


    Aug 4, 2005

    a little more time on TB may change your opinion of "high end"

    Those are nice basses, though, and by many standards are high end. Have you looked at a Spector?
  12. mmorbidfaithMM


    Dec 31, 2005
    Spectors are very nice, they play well also. I don't know, it's something about that 'curved' body style that I don't really like. They probobly make ones that aren't curved like the ones I have seen, I haven't really looked. Which do you recommend?