Most versatile bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rayzak, Oct 14, 2001.

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  1. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    Hello all. I've slowly been saving some $$$ for a new bass and hopefully by the new year i'll have plenty of cash for it. I play all types of rock and roll, mostly classic rock, blues, and Pearl Jam/3 doors down type music. I would like a bass that can handle a wide variety of music. I've got a MIM jazz bass right now. Should I just stick with fender and get a Precision? Heard a lot of good things about G&L. Should I get a Stingray to use on cerain songs and the jazz on everything else? What are your favorite 'Swiss Army' type basses?
  2. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    I couldve sworn that not even 2 weeks ago there was a thread with this exact name. Might wanna try the search option.
  3. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
  4. Scott Cutrer

    Scott Cutrer Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    G&L L2000, hands down. IMO
  5. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
  6. i concur!!!
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Count me in.
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  8. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    You have a Jazz, so you've got versatility #2:D

    OK, max versatility bass is a dual (or triple:D ) humbucker bass, with four-way coil tap switches for every pup, and a three band eq with parametric midrange choise. And, in order to find your way back to the sounds you want, all controls should have fixed positions (as opposite to smooth working pots).

    If I was in your pants, I'd go looking for a dual pup bass with coil taps, and see which one fits me best. You might end up with a G&L. Or with a cheap Ibanez:D
  9. if you like fender, and say perhaps might like a little smaller body with less weight, and a p pickup along with the j's well the fender urge II is your horse than, 2 j pickups and a p with pickup selector, full 2 octave(24 fret) neck, smaller body, cooler look(my opinion) and pretty nice fender electronics, expensive at about a street price of probably 1200, but look for a used one, though 1200 isn't that much for a good bass.
  10. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    Sorry for the bad pic.




    Though you'll find the L-2000 versatile, you'll likely settle on 2 or 3 settings. I like them mostly for rock, but think they are capable of a lot. I also think a Jazz is a versatile bass, and fits into many settings with ease. I like both of these basses for their character and sound.

    If you can, check out a G&L. For less money than a good MIA, they easily rival the competition and IMO, do them one better. One area right off the bat where they stand tall above the competition is craftsmanship. Whenever I play my G&L's, I honestly have to take a little break before I put them back in the case. I have to take a break and marvel at the construction. We're talkin' tight!

    PS - Love the tee Nino, looks like Counterparts. :)
  11. Masturbassist


    Oct 24, 2010
    well, if your looking for a cheaper bass, iv got a peavey millenium, and it was my first bass but i really didnt see the need for any other one in my price range (which is quite low), because it's super versatile, especially for a bass without active pickups, and all those fancy knobs!
  12. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Reviewer: Bass Player Magazine
    2001 called. It said it's all set for advice, thanks.
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