Newbie needs help!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sharkbait, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. sharkbait


    Jul 6, 2013
    I need help with anyone with suggestions! I currently own an Ibanez 4 string bass and have been teaching myself for a year now. I want to purchase another bass and get rid of the Ibanez, I hate the battery! Im sure you understand, let me stress again, NO BATTERY!!!! I want to find a 4 string bass with no battery pickups required. Type of music I play is country/top 80s/praise band church group. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. I would like to keep the cost under $700 if thats even possible. I have no idea thats why Im asking experts, cause I am certainly not! Thanks in advance to all whom comment!!!! Michael
  2. gr8bassplayer


    Feb 12, 2013
    You could get a nice Squier or Fender for that price. I have also loved my Schecter bass, too.
  3. Malak the Mad

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

    Welcome, Brother Sharkbait!
    Sharkbait Ooh Ah Ah!!

    I'll say right off the bat, I am biased when it comest to suggesting basses, but in this case I can think of some valid reasons to back it up. My first bass was a used Fender Aerodyne and I still love it to pieces. Despite not knowing much of the ins-and-outs of bass guitars (I won't say "at the time" since I'm still learning soooooo much), I stumbled onto a [email protected] good find.

    If you're coming off an Ibanez, I'm guessing you'd prefer a lighter body with a very slim neck. The Aerodyne has a Jazz neck (1.5" at the nut) but a tighter radius than most (7.25" vs. 9.5"). Also, mine weighs in at 8.5 pounds which is significantly lighter than your standard Jazz bass.

    As far as tone goes, it's plenty deep enough, but can get more aggressive with the mid-tones when you start adding in the Jazz pickup. It's not a cannon like my Blacktop Jazz, but I don't think one of those would be right for the musical genres you mentioned.

    One other thing I almost forgot to bring up…


    …it's a sleek and sexy as all get-out!

    Usually they go for about $800, but right now Fender is doing a big summer sale. The current retail price is $750, but I'm sure you could find a used one for significantly less, just like I did.
  4. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Passive bass - can't go wrong with a Jazz or Precision. The Aerodyne is a sweet bass too!
  5. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    You must be leaving the cord constantly plugged into the insttrument. Anyway if ya gotta have passive might look at used import version warwick corvette with passive electronics.
  6. Malak the Mad

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

    Yeah, if you leave a cord plugged into an active bass it'll keep chipping away the battery.
  7. Rocker949


    Apr 20, 2005
  8. sharkbait


    Jul 6, 2013
    Thank you all for your reply's!!! Now the search begins. And thx for that battery thing as well, yes I have been leaving the cord plugged in.
  9. Malak the Mad

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

    Let us know what you decide to get. That, or at the very least, if you start building up a short list.

    P.S.: I sent you a Personal Message…something that might catch your interest.
  10. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Since you are a noob, we'd better tell you that the battery switch is when you plug the cord into the BASS. If you unplug the cord at the amp it will still drain the battery!

    If you really want passive (real reasons for a battery have to do with using the EQ and driving long cables without losing highs) In actives, Ibanez is one of THE classics.

    For passive, Fender is also a classic and the Aerodyne is an EXCELLENT suggestion! As note it would not be much of a transition from an Ibby. And I'd urge a P/J (which it is) for a first Fender bass. While Jazz basses are more popular I love my P/J squire to pieces. But P-basses (and P/J basses) tend to have a fatter and especially wider neck than others. And be aware that Normal Fender basses tend to be rather heavy compared to what you are used to. Usually 10-11 pounds.

    I think Aerodyne. Especially think about keeping the Ibby. That gives you TWO classic tones. I know a couple of pro bassists who gig with two basses: an Ibanez and a Fender. They do it all.