New Bass Advice

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BigLoopDuke, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. BigLoopDuke


    Jan 2, 2007
    DSM, IA
    I need some direction in thinking through the next bass purchase.

    What I'm looking for: Essentially, I need a five-string that will be a good funk bass, with good low and mid-range and some clear highs that will let me solo a little bit. I spent most of the past 6 months writing a catalog of material that I'm going to start recording this summer. It's electronic based, with a lot of synths and drum machines, etc.

    I've narrowed it down to either a really nice Spector Euro 5 or going for it and getting a MTD 535.

    Over the past decade, I've owned a bunch of Spectors...Korean, Czech and an American. I like Spectors. I like the Tone Pump and the Haz pre-amp. I'm a fan of the PJ set up and the soap bars. I do have a strong preference for a neck-through design on Spectors, though.

    I did own a MTD KZX5 a while back, one of the limited versions and I thought it sounded killer. I'm a huge fan of Bubby Lewis and Andrew Gouche. They kill it on a MTD. Tones are all pretty much on point, in my book.

    At the moment, I've got an early 70's Fender p-bass that is chalk full of funk and mojo. But, I'd like something that is a little more modern sounding as a counterpoint and something with 5 strings.

    What should my considerations be? The Spector is a little closer to the price range, but the 525 would be doable. (I'm about to have a serious woodshed sale and move a bunch of gear that's just been sitting).

  2. BobWestbrook

    BobWestbrook Mr.

    Mar 13, 2006
    Philly suburb
    Carvin B25
  3. between the two... The MTD hands down. I got to play a few and I have never heard or felt a better bass.

    I would also look at a USA Peavey Cirrus. Great smooth tone and a comfortable neck.
  4. Never judge a bass by the endorsed player

    Long story short .... The one people saw me playing was not the one they could buy (several reasons)
  5. KwinS


    Oct 30, 2006
    Dallas/Ft. Worth
    I see you post a lot of this type of comments. Who did you tour with, Tim? I'm not calling you out. I really am curious.
  6. Really sounds like a graphite neck to me
  7. I'm not a name dropper - I was endorsed by one of the biggest companies .. Was a while back

    To add to the posters question - norm Stockton is very open about his special treatment by gk and michael

    An endorsing company cares how many basses you can sell - not how good you are .... I was excellent at demoing gear .... Better than playing it