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Need Advise on New Purchase, MM, SR or Spector

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jamesblue, Feb 28, 2008.


  1. Need some advise.

    Having trouble deciding on my next bass. My currently collaborating with a guitarist on our own insturmental project and will be recording on our own DAWs at home. We have identical gear, monitors, software, interface, etc.

    I currently have a Hamer USA Cruise bass (Jazz style) and a Spector Rebop. Love both bass', but will buy a new bass soon when I trade-in a cab, and just plain wanting a new bass to help with inspiration.

    I've been favoring my Spector for our songs, need a "large" bass sound to fill-out the spectrum. We want to keep the sound to drums, one bass and one guitar (mabe two guitars). I wont be have to cut through a wall of guitars or heavy synths. The guitarist just purchased a Sterling so he can do rough ideas (I play guitar too).

    Issue is that I would like to have a "solo" style bass. This will be my first project that a solo style bass will work (harmonics, taps,fast runs - still need to pratice). I'd like to have low action, I won't mind the fret noise on this project.

    Not sure if I should go 5 string or not, I had a Carvin LB75 that I liked, but found I didn't use the low B much in a band setting, however I may use it in my current project.

    Here's what I'm considering (price limit $1400):

    MM Sterling - 4 (can the action get real low)
    Spector Euro (may be out of price range)
    Ibanez - SR500/700 or Prestiege
    Fender Precision Delux
    Fender 2008 Precision

    I'm leaning to the Sterling right now, will have to be ordered.
    The shop I will buy can order what I'd like, they have a Sting Ray and the Ibanez bass' in stock.
     
  2. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Stingrays and Sterlings are much more versitile than Spectors and Precisions IMO.

    I just bought one of each in the last week and sold 3 Fenders to pay for them as I was getting sick of dragging a P and a J to every gig when a MM with even just a single H pickup will do it all.

    A Sterling is smaller and lighter than a SR and has more of a Jazz style neck IMO.
     
  3. Thanks, looking like a 2008 LTD sequoia gold finish or a standard white in the future.
    Do the MM necks allow for low action, guess any bass can, but some better than others.
     
  4. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon.

    Low enough IMO. Maybe not as low as a Geddy Lee Jazz but it is low enough for me. It (Sterling or SR) is a slap machine though.
     
  5. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    If you're looking for versatility, go with a Bongo.
     
  6. Does the Bongo have a different neck?

    I don't slap much and know the MM bass' are great for that, but the action tends to be best set at a medium height.

    I'm considering a 2008 Precision, I played a 08 Jazz w/new graphite reenforced neck, and the action was great (low like my Hamer USA Cruise). If I get this P-bass I think I would replace the pup with a Bartolini w/bart preamp (extra $200 after purchase). The down side is it wont sound like a p-bass any longer.
     

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