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Nevermind, Im Goin Essex Now - Which One? Help, buying tomorrow!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ijustwanna, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. ijustwanna


    Jun 28, 2008
    Hey guys, I'm a beginner here and looking for my first bass. I've considered the Squiers, Ibanez's, etc.. and even the cheap Rondomusic packages.

    Well my dad's best friend has played bass for about 20 years and he recommended getting a Samick bass, as that's what he has and he said it's one of the best basses he's played and he's played some pretty expensive basses.

    I found a Samick FN1 Fairlane 4 String J Bass for $159 online. Here's the pick, looks like a beautiful bass:


    I've checked out the reviews on Harmony-central.com, and they are all pretty solid, some pretty impressive actually. Here's the link:


    I'm am this close to shelling out the cash, but I wanted to check here on TB first and get some feedback since you've all helped me so much already.

    What do you think, any experiences with this bass? Thanks a ton..

  2. I owned one for a while, and I liked it pretty well.

    Sounded good, was as solid as any bass out there and most of all very affordable.
  3. ijustwanna


    Jun 28, 2008
    Thanks, +1 it looks like. Anyone else?
  4. 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
    I'd go for an SX, an Squier VM, or an MIM Fender instead.
  5. ijustwanna


    Jun 28, 2008
    Would you mind elaborating a bit as to why? I got about $200-$250 max to spend on the bass. Thanks again, Jim.

  6. no1likesme


    Dec 26, 2006
    Shepherd, MI
    I have a Fairlane Fn1 that I got as my first bass for $120 (used) and it plays almost as good as my fender. I would not hesitate to buy one again.
  7. Well just search "Essex" there is a thread that's on part 6 about Essex basses, which basically speaks for itself.
  8. IIRC I've plucked a Samick or two in music stores- not a bad bass for the money. Keep in mind that there are tons of very decent basses under $200 these days. Do your homework, play as many as you can & don't rush it.
  9. ijustwanna


    Jun 28, 2008
    I found this one on Rondomusic for just $119.. It's got great reviews on Harmony-central and even some here on TB.



    What you guys think. Even cheaper than the Samick and more positive reviews.

    Also what is all this about pickup? I keep reading it in reviews, what is it exactly? Supposedly this ones good. The Samick had a couple bad reviews for pickup, while the SX had 99% positive reviews regarding that.
  10. ijustwanna


    Jun 28, 2008

    I think I've just made a last minute switch here.. The SX look good and seemed to be well liked by TB'ers.

    NOW WHICH ONE? I'm mainly want to play rock, so what's the best SX for that style of play? The one I posted above is looking better and better to me..

    Any input?
  11. For the time being, I would recommend getting something with a P/J setup so you can get some hands-on time with both sounds.

    Rondo basses are exceptional for the $$, but I've also had some good experiences with Samick stuff, so I say go with the style you like.
  12. ijustwanna


    Jun 28, 2008
    Saweet, so the one I picked above is right on?

    I've heard about replacing the neck. I want a slim neck if possible. What do you guys suggest? Or is this one good? (the SX SPJ-62 BK above)

    Bout there...
  13. ijustwanna


    Jun 28, 2008
    Hey guys, I've totally decided that I'm going to go with one of the SX with the PJ setups. I kind of like the look of this one better than the one I posted above:



    What's the difference between the two Essexes besides the look. Is one better than the other or about equal?

    Please help me out, can't decide. I'll probably be buying tomorrow or the next day.

    Thanks - Bryan
  14. jsirish


    Aug 18, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    :confused:^^ This one is a "J" setup, not "PJ", I think...
  15. ijustwanna


    Jun 28, 2008
    Wow, shoot you're right, I didn't read it close enough. Super, well that makes my choice pretty easy then.