Need help picking a new bass!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MusterBingle666, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. MusterBingle666


    Jul 11, 2013
    I wanna buy a new bass, got sick of my Modern Player Jazz Bass (waste of money) I need a recommandation for a 4-string bass guitar, passive J-pickups and for about 600-1000$.
    Would go to a store myself but its like an hour and a half bus ride to the nearest guitar shop.

    Edit: A one that'll be good for Rock, Blues, Funk and Reggae
  2. John Freeman

    John Freeman Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    Whenever the "what bass should I buy" question comes up, Fender is always the answer.
  3. BGF


    Aug 30, 2012
    I would recommend the Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass. I also like the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass.

    It's best to try before you buy. Good luck! :bassist:
  4. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Try a fender standard Jazz..its within your budget. Or maybe a used American Jazz! Good luck!
  5. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    Whew! At least you didn't add metal to that list.
  6. Peepaleep

    Peepaleep Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2010
    Las Cruces, NM
    My Korean Lakland Skyline 55-60 is the best bass I've ever owned. I got it off EvilBay for $800 shipped. If you stick to the used market you'll get a VERY good bass for that kind of $.
  7. JSpradBass


    Mar 3, 2013
    Columbus, OH
    G&L JB/JB2
    Lakland Skyline 44/60 or DJ4
    Fender AM STD Jazz
    Fender MIM or Am Special Jazz
  8. Pattycakes


    Jun 22, 2013
    road word fender? they seem to be a love/hate kinda bass.
  9. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    For that range you could order a brand new Carvin B40 in the color you like, with the hardware you like, made from the wood you like. For a little more you could get a quilt top or other options as well. Their build quality is nothing short of superb.
  10. HalfPlayer


    Jun 9, 2013
    Is your modern player for sale?
  11. Erik Turkman

    Erik Turkman Supporting Member

    Jan 18, 2004
    Washington, DC area
    Are you tired of playing your current bass or just tired of its sound? Have you ever had it professionally set up? Have you looked into swapping out the pickups? These might be things to try if you haven't already.

    If you are not wedded to the idea of having jazz pickups, in your price range, you might want to look into either a used Stingray or one of the Sterling by Music Man Ray 34 basses, especially one with classic (two band) tone controls. They are pretty flexible basses and can cover a lot of musical territory.
  12. BenWhoPlaysBass


    Jun 7, 2013
    Can't go wrong with a standard jazz bass... Or if you're into the P/J setup, the Deluxe Active P Bass is a nice choice. Best of both worlds with an onboard 3-band eq. It'd probably be the most versatile. But if you're doing funk, I'd also recommend to try out some MusicMan Sterlings. MM pickups are awesome when it comes to funk. So try those 3 if you can. I play a standard Jazz and it can do just about any sound fine.
  13. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Mad Love for the Aerodyne! It may not be as "boomy" as some, but the P/J config lends itself to a lot of versatility.

    A more "outside the box" suggestion would be a Blacktop Jazz (doubled Precision pickups). But be warned, it can be super-aggressive, especially with the bridge pickup dialed up. To put it simply, soloing the neck pickup gives a classic P-bass sound, but when you start bringing up the bridge, it really starts to roar quite mightily…very deep with a bit o' bite (which I personally dig!). There are a few threads here and there about it and at least one has a very good sound sample using a pick. Damn fine sustain!

    FYI, Fender's doing their "Summer Sonic Boom" sale from now to September 2nd, taking $50 to $100 off certain models.
  14. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    What is it you dislike about the Modern Player? That may help with the recommendations.
  15. Hnz


    Jul 13, 2010
    The Netherlands
    You're ready for the