New or Improve???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by EvilBassPlayer, Dec 7, 2001.

  1. Hi!

    I own a Ibanez Soundgear SR800 4 strings (japanese made). Sound pretty decent, but i think it could be better, what do you think? It is right spend some money on pickups and a 3 band eq (EMG, Bart, Lindy, Basslines, i don't know), or sell it sell it to buy a Jazz bass or something?:confused:

    This SR has been my gig partner for years, i have an special feeling with it, but sometimes i think i could affort something better.

    Can you help me with this dilemma?:(

    :confused: really :confused:
  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I would get a new bass. Dont upgrade it at all if you're planning to sell it; upgrades take away from the value of the bass. Also, if you want a new bass, why waste your money and delay that purchase by upgrading your current bass?

    I made this mistake with my squier. I completely tricked it out, and it wasted a lot of time and money.
  3. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    If you've played a lot of other basses that you found you like better, get a new bass.

    If you've found that the Ibanez feels good to you and sounds almost as good as everything else, upgrade.
  4. Thanks for the replies guys, the question is easy...

    (1) Keep the SR800 and do some serious upgrade.

    (2) Forget about it and run to the closest music shop available and buy the real thing.

    That's it!
  5. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Only you can decide. No one else can tell you what you like. If you like your bass but its just missing a little something, keep it and upgrade.
  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I've got the same dillema.

    Trick out the old bass, or get a new one?
    Pro: Like bass, know bass, have good memories with/of it.
    Con: Money that might go well towards another higher end bass.

    I mean, My GSR200 (beginner model Ibanez) is a peach. None of the warping, ect. horror stories. Good solid bass. Now BEAD, and it actually has a taughter B string that almost any bass I've tried, shy of the 1000+ range, heck better than some of those (to my fingers memory, anyway). I love it to death. I could trick it out, new pups, new bridge, tuners, drill holes, and install a three band EQ intead of the single Tone knob, even drop in an active EQ, for that matter. Then it would be a bitchin' bass (because the construction is very sound and stable), and I wouldn't need to get another.

    OTOH, I could get a new one, with already good electronics, and pre-amp, ect, withou possibly ruining my First Bass (that deserves caps, by the way). Plus If I look, I could get a higher quality bass. BUT it won't be the same, whaaa, right?

    Over all though...GAS (new bass) GAS (new Bass)..:)
  7. OK! You're right, must decide by myself. I will keep that Soundgear and will be upgraded, soon or later.

    Thanks Estring for make me see how I love that piece of firewood:p !!
  8. You understand me!

    It's not my first bass, but has a lot of sentimental charge on it, great gigs, great party jams, girls asking for another song... so many things!! Sure, it's lower-end than my other 2 basses, my Ergodyne EDB605 and my BTB406QM, but, damn, i love it!:D