Looking for bass for wife

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bbqjoe, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. bbqjoe


    Dec 1, 2005
    Hello all! I'm new here.
    Iam currently looking for a bass for my wife, and I would aapreciate suggestions from you avid bass enthusiasts. Keep in mind that price is not a major concern. She wants something that has great sound/tone. She is also desiring something in a nice wood grain finish, and she also wishes it to be fretless. Any good suggestions?
    Thank you.
  2. Just a question, does she prefer a small body or something that has a little more size to it. Most female bass players I know don't like basses like Fenders cause of there size and lean more towards Ibanez Soundgears or something with a smaller body.

    A local female bassist just bought a Cort Curbow 4 which has a small body and is available in fretless and has a nice tone but to my knowledge is not available in a woodgrain finish.
  3. Caca de Kick

    Caca de Kick Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The only thing I could suggest is simply take her to a store and try a bunch to see what feels comfortable in her hands.
  4. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    As much as I hate to suggest this...

    Sounds like a Warwick to me. Although there might be some weight issues there.
  5. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
  6. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
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  7. bbqjoe


    Dec 1, 2005
    We were watching Eric Clapton and cream at the Albert hall on pbs last night and she was admiring the bass that was being used.
    The head stock almost looked like a yamaha but I wasn't sure.
  8. blujax01


    Nov 16, 2005
  9. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    You say "price is not an issue," but we need to be realistic here. Basses can range in price from 100$ to many thousands of dollars. Give us an estimate of what you'd like to spend, and we'll find some basses that fit the criteria.
  10. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Sounds like a fair swap to me.

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  12. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Daisy Rocks are so cool!!!!!

    Is this a Christmas gift? I know you say price is not paramount, but I can't help but think... Yamaha makes a very nice little fretless bass for about $200 that might fit the bill.

    I've read lots of great stuff about the Dean Rhapsody and I've liked ever Dean that has ever been in my hands (one of which -a fretless- I liked enough to buy).
  13. bbqjoe


    Dec 1, 2005
    I couldn't tell if it was a yahama or not, went to their site and didn't see anything like it. I also went to the cort site and saw a pretty nice one, was a b4 series fretless. I must admit that I have never heard of cort. How is the sound and quality?

    As far as a price range goes something as high as $2000. wouldn't be out of the question. I own a Gibson les paul so I wouldn't be ashamed to spend as much as I did on that for her Christmas present.

    Hats off to all you humorists!
    Not looking to get rid of her anytime soon......
  14. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Is she an accomplished player? As much as I'm not a fan of Warwicks personally, I think your description could be met by Warwick. Search for them at www.musiciansfriend.com. They are often very heavy though.

    Also, try to find a local Peavey Dealer and ask about their "Cirrus" model. They are just what you're asking for, probably run you about $1200 new, and would be comparable to your Gibson quality-wise.
  15. BassBuzzRS

    BassBuzzRS Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2005
    If I may, I suggest an Ibanez.

    Comfortable body curves, lightweight and responsive woods (responsive good for lighter picking attack), balanced neck when worn, and slim neck. All of these factors I believe are well suited for any player.

    As for tone, it's entirely possible to get super tones out of Ibanez's. How about Gary Willis's tone, omg :bassist:
  16. blujax01


    Nov 16, 2005
    Yeah but it's marked down to 7 Grrr...

    And it comes with a case!

    Wait, it's not fretless. Oh, I suppose he could hotrod it for her ;)
  17. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    My sentiments exactly.

    I don't like Warwicks or Cirruseseses, but both of those sound like they'd fit the bill perfectly, considering how much you're willing to spend and all that.