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Looking for suggestions for another bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by two fingers, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    +1 on some of the Fernandes stuff. Their build quality is great, especially the instruments that came out of the same factory as the Japanese Fenders.
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  2. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hi two fingers :)

    I can stand Ibanez basses for a song or two! :D

    Without kidding, they kinda fit your description.

    Slim, fast neck, (I prefer a wider spacing for tapping, but that' s just me!)
    active electronics (a must when you use light strings for tapping)
    (enough room without routing, if you want to change)
    and cheap (used)


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  3. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Southwest Virginia
    I sold one of those Ibanez basses for the guitar player in our band a while back. Forget the model but it was a P/J equipped... can't say for sure if it was 24 frets either, but I can say after I did a little bit of setup work and put some new strings on it, that thing was well worth the $180 we got for it.

    I'm biased towards them, and willing to take the flames for it, but for an el-cheapo 24 fret 34" scale beater with an easily upgradable electronics cavity, I rather like the Epiphone Tobias Toby Pro. You can find 2nds for <$200. We are talking about a stunt bass, right? :smug:

    * one of these: Tobias Toby IV Bass guitar | eBay
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  4. BigBear77

    BigBear77 Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2017
    Super fast thin neck. Active electronics with a passive switch. Nordstrand PJ PUPs. Brand new a little more than your $500 range but you could easily find used for $500.
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  5. wizerd


    Jan 5, 2012
    Prone to ranting, episodes of moral outrage.
    G&L Tribute JB2.
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  6. The “I’s” have it.
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  7. James Collins

    James Collins

    Mar 25, 2017
    Augusta, GA
    2 octaves though?

    My guess would be something like an LTD, Ibanez, Washburn, or Peavey.

    I kind of like the look of the Washburn T24. Sounds pretty good from an account I follow on YouTube.
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  8. Ekulati


    Jan 2, 2016
    Richmond, VA
    Toof, you need my MIM Jazz I'm selling! ;)
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  9. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
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  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    What wider bass do you suggest? I kind of meant slim front to back. String spacing is negotiable because I have huge hands.
  11. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    I think this one ticks all of your boxes except the price. I'll ship it to you for $350, and then you can spend the rest on 10 sets of strings.
    Sure you could swap the pickups, but I don't think you would feel a need to.
    I used this bass on hundreds of gigs and numerous studio recordings. It plays and feels like a guitar (neck is both narrow and thin, and action can be set super low if desired), and sounds really great both live and on tape.
    It is an early Ibanez Roadstar RB-800, a somewhat rare animal, and the predecessor to many other great models that were lower priced but with slightly inferior feature-set and/or production quality.

    Aside from all the cosmetic damage to the finish from slapping while wearing stage jewelry, it is in great electrical and mechanical condition, and I would happily gig with it again today if I had the chance.
    The factory decal said "the ultimate bass expression", but I thought that was corny so I removed half of it.

    Another one for sale:

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  12. blue4


    Feb 3, 2013
    St. Louis area
    Ibanez SR would seem to be tailored to what you need.
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  14. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    In your price range? Yamahas!

    Although they are chunky in both "directions" :D
    (but not as fat as a P- bass, as far as I can remember?)

    I enjoy the wider spacing for hammer- ons, as well as for the pull- offs. ( I got "sausage" fingers :()

    Front to back "thickness" is not a big deal for me for two handed tapping.

    My thumps rarely stay in just one spot when I tap! Tapping is so much different! (IME)

    Maybe just get a 95 - 40 string set for one of your Ps and check your technic,
    before you decide which neck profile to choose?

    Get an active bass with two full octaves and the "right" neck later. (just my thoughts)


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  15. LowEndOperative

    LowEndOperative ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    TRBX 3-, 5-, or 604, from Yamaha.
  16. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    Another vote for Ibanez SR.
    Ibanez basses in recent years are ultra light and super easy to play. If you want a funkier, vintage vibe their older basses are also a great choice but are heavier and built to last decades.
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  17. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    And they do not have 2 octaves of range also, my bad...
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  18. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
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  19. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    There is a cirrus bxp near me for $300, but aren't those 35" scale?
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  20. somebrains

    somebrains Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2017

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