Musicman growl on a budget.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Moustachio, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Moustachio


    Jan 23, 2009
    Hey everyone,

    Long time lurker,first time poster here.

    I started playing bass around a year ago and was teaching myself up until two months ago and my first bass just isn't cutting it anymore, it's an Ibanez G2R200FM with a P/J pickup configuration and I'm just not satisfied with the sound it produces, I have a decent amp (Fender Rumble 60) and I want to become more serious with my playing, to do that I feel like I need a bass that fits my musical tastes. Right now I enjoy listening to and playing a lot of classical and rock as well as classic metal, think Audioslave, Megadeth, The Who.

    When I first went into my local music store and bought the GSR I also tried out a Stingray for the hell of it, and It blew me away, Unfortunately I won't be able to afford the 1,400$ price tag for quite sometime.

    I'm looking for a bass under 600$ that will give me a similar tone. I will be test driving any bass suggested before I buy, I just want to get an idea of what brands or models would be best before I start looking.


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  3. Ibanez ATK.


    note the triple-coil pickup in the (general) EBMM position.
  4. rapturebass


    Dec 6, 2008
    Schecter Baron-H? the bass is crazy Punchy.
  5. NorCal Dog

    NorCal Dog

    Nov 28, 2005
    Fernandes Atlas / Nordstrand MM4.2 / Aguilar OBP1

    pretty much nails it

  6. LeftHandedFrog


    Dec 29, 2008
    Used G&L L1500
  7. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Might wait for the Sterlings by MusicMan to become available. I think they're more than just a rumor.
  8. Moustachio


    Jan 23, 2009
    I would have tried out an OLP by now but I havent been able to find one anywhere, is sterling MM's new budget line?
  9. budget bassist

    budget bassist

    Jan 4, 2009
    musicman SUB, ibanez ATK or musicman's Sterling by musicman range when it becomes available, NOTHING else.
  10. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I think so. There's a thread here somewhere.

    Edit: Here's the thread
  11. MTD Kingston Artist is another option.
  12. Essthreetee


    Aug 19, 2007
    Visalia, CA
    I have an ATK and an OLP with Nordtrand MM4.2 p'up in it (wired with a series/parallel switch)....Love them both, but the ATK gets the call to duty first

    The new "Sterlings by MusicMan" may be just what you are looking for though...according to their WEBSITE March 2 is their release can download a brochure (no prices) there to...

    edit: Post 13...ahh, my lucky number!!!!!
  13. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    If these are those budget Kingstons...whoa! These basses kill.
    Total MM growl and more.
  14. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    And what a coincedence, I happen to have one in the classifieds right now...isn't that funny? ;)

    Really though, Ibanez ATK's seem to be the top choice, G&L L1500's are often overlooked but great basses, if you can find one used. SUB's are also a pretty good deal, especially since the only ones you'll be buying now are used. Although, the prices have risen just a bit since they were discontinued.
  15. Hugh Jass

    Hugh Jass

    Oct 10, 2008
    Canada eh


    And even new these are cheap!
  16. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    Peavey USA Millenniums 4 or 5 are under $600.

    The black one was bought new old stock for $500 a few years ago and they generally sell for less. now.

    The green one was bought used (but minty condition) recently for $535 shipped.

    It is close to the MM tone plus a bunch of other usable tones.

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  17. whats wrong with OLP?
  18. I couldn't agree more. I've got the 5 string (formerly) passive bottom of the line Artist. Stock, they get a good approximation of the MM tone. I threw in a Bartolini MM p/u and Aguilar OBP-1 pre and it's definitely got that guttural growl. I totaled under $500 for the bass and mods. Budget MM at it's finest.

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