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non-fender sound with 300$

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by barandascaio, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. barandascaio


    Dec 2, 2012
    hi, im looking for a bass with a non-fender sound with 300 dollars. What do you think of:

    epiphone thunderbird iv
    epiphone sg eb-3
    sterling s.u.b ray 4
    epiphone limited edition les paul

    thanks for the help guys

    i already have a MIM fender p bass
  2. I'd go for the Sterling Ray personally. Not a fan of Epiphone.
  3. I'd take any of those, really dig the Epiphones. I wasn't very impressed by the one Sterling Ray that I played at GC, more impressed by the Epiphones.
  4. punisher911


    Jan 20, 2005
    Clawson, MI
    I'm not an Epi fan, but I played the EB-0 the other day. Quite a unique sound to it. For 220 ish, I am considering picking it up for fun..
  5. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    I've heard a lot of good things about the SBMM SUBs.
  6. LarryCrabtree


    Sep 19, 2011
    I have a EB0 that I mod'ed to an EB3. It has a little different sound that the 34" EB3 to me. I also have played one of the SUBs at our local store and it did sound great. The weight was good, and the feel was good. You need to play as many as possible of what you are interested in then decide which sound it the one you want to fit with your group.
  7. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    check gear sale form i have a nice epi eb3 for sale limited edition 60s spec.
  8. Sterling Sub Ray. But you need to show around as they seem to differ weight-wise and so on from unit to unit (typical curse with low-end gear.) Today I compared a Sterling Ray4 (not SUB) and the real thing, not with electronics. And I must say it's hard to know any big differences from just playing them cold.
  9. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    I recently was in the same situation. I have p and j style passive basses and wanted something different. I chose a SUB Ray4. Glad I did, it sounds very different than my other basses...it just sits very differently in the mix when playing live, even with the eq controls left flat.
  10. I have the Epiphone Les Paul Special and like it. It's definitely "non-Fender". I liked it better than the Epiphone EB-3 and Explorer basses.

    Here's a song I used it on if you want an example of how they sound, you have to wait a couple of seconds for the player to pop up - Everything is New
  11. exidor


    Jul 10, 2011
    get the sterling s.u.b ray 4 best bang for the buck it plays and sounds killer!!!
    hands down!
  12. Out of those listed, I'd get the Epiphone EB3. I had a Gibson EB3L a few years back that I really liked, If I could get even just close to that, I'd be happy.
  13. bill reed

    bill reed

    Apr 2, 2012
    i have a Epiphone Eb3 and its a really good bass for the money and has a real deep growl. only bad thing is the the neck dive so get a good three inch strap and it should be great after that.
  14. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    I can really relate to wanting to escape from the p-bass sound. I played one for years in the late 80s and hated it. I desperately wanting something more modern. These days I have it. You could go in a lot of different directions--Gibson, Warwick, MusicMan, Fender Jazz and tons of others. But I went Ibanez because they're very modern sounding, their thin necks are addictive, their light weight bodies are easy on the back, and they don't cost a mint. Plus they look sexy as hell.
  15. bootsox


    Apr 28, 2012
    Biloxi, MS
    I'm not a fan of MM pickups, I'd have to say the EB-3 is the way to go. those things are killer if you're prepared to do a few mods. a dimarzio dp145 or dp120 in the neck and some hipshot ultralights at the end and you've got yourself a killer that will easily compete with basses that cost three times as much
  16. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I have two for sale :) Short scale 60's spec and the long scale version. Short scale 60's spec like new (bought about a month ago) No case 325.00 Epi60sRIEB3001. Long scale That I have had for about 4 years great bass pro fret dressing with hardrshell case hardly a mark on this bass $325.00 charspringconcert001.
  17. barandascaio


    Dec 2, 2012
    I'm a fan of MM, but recently I like the deep sound of the thunderbird. i'll look in guitarcenter for each of them. but i think GC of manhattan don't have all of them , and i'm going to spend a week only. but sub ray4 have only 1 pickup right?
  18. barandascaio


    Dec 2, 2012
    Does it have mahogany body? and it's passive, isnt it?
  19. Yes, mahogany body. It has a set neck, but not sure of the wood for the neck. Passive pickups. Mine also has no appreciable neck dive. It's a quality bass.
  20. NightTripper


    Oct 20, 2011
    Out of those, I have only tried the Thunderbird. I played a couple when I was looking to get something that was a little nicer than my Squier Affinity. I really liked the T-bird. They sound great and look great, but it just wasn't a great fit for the sound I usually want. I ended up with a VM Jaguar.

    For a non-fender sound in a budget, I think the T-bird is a great choice. If you can save up $200 more, you can get the new Classic version with Gibson pickups. That's what I would do anyway.