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Please explain J-basses to a guitarist who is attracted to the Dark Side.....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by doublestop, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. Hey guys, I'm kinda new here (lurker...). My name is Peter and I live in the Netherlands.....

    I've always been a guitar player but since a few months...I feel strangely attracted to the Dark Side, that is...basses! To be more specific, I even dream of a Jazz Bass.

    There is a Marcus Miller sig. for sale locally but I'm not sure if it's for me. What (if any) jazz bass would you recommend? I look for:
    * easy playability
    * a tone that has clarity AND bottom (so, I'm not interested in basses that are all 'twang', nor in basses that are one undefined 'boom'.....if you see what I mean).
    * some versatilty. I'd rather have a master of something than a jack of all trades, but some versatily is welcome.

    I was afraid the Marcus Miller jazz might be too bright (ash body, maple neck).....would I need an alder body, rosewood board jazz bass? Or an entirely different bass? (To ask a stupid question: will an OLP be the ticket? It wuold be my first bass. I am willing to spend up to US$ 600, and am open to both new and used.

    Thanks for your advice, sorry for the rambling. Peter
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I agree with Smash. The newer Mexican made (MIM) Jazz basses have Alder bodies with rosewood fretboards & cost about $419 in the USA. I'm not sure how much they would cost in your neck of the woods.
  3. JimS

    JimS Supporting Member

    :D ...woods, neck, bass...(pun)
  4. I don't know if it's just me, but...

    Every Marcus sig bass I've tried sounds way too dark for me... no warmth at all. I don't know if it's the onboard pre, or the PUP's. Once, I even had a sales guy change the battery in one. I don't know... I just don't like the sound of them. I LOVE the way they feel though. You can't go wrong with the ('70's?) neck and the baddass bridge.

    Anyone else have similar experiences with them?
  5. hujo


    Apr 18, 2001
    Stockholm, Sweden
    I love 70's jazz basses. I feel that Alder and Rosewood is a little blah for my taste. I want big bottom and high end clarity, which I feel i get in Ash and Maple. Haven't tried the MM signature though. But I used my friends 77 (i think) Jazz in the studio a while back, and I've never had better tone. Cut through very nice, and gave me a big fat tone.
  6. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    Bass Mule you must remember the MM bass in active mode is ALL boost and no cut. It can be a harsh and even a overly brite bass but you can smooth it out. Try one in passive mode (I hear the new ones do bypass the pre amp in passive mode) and adjust the amp and see what happens. D-stop I would recommend you try the new MIM jazz bass.
  7. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon

    May 10, 2000
    Redmond, WA
    Microsoft Product Designer
    check out a Geddy Lee Jazz.

    great components at a great price.

    and the yummiest of tone!!!

  8. ditto. And fhodshon, I love that recording of your Geddy, the tone I mean. I even downloaded it :D
  9. Thanks all. I will look into Mexican J basses, the MM in passive mode, and into the Geddy Lee sig bass.


  10. 5stringDNA


    Oct 10, 2002
    Englewood, CO
    I'd make sure and look at the Japan J's too- overall they are of higher quality in feel and sound IMO..and a lot of guys will tell you the same. They are little more though.
  11. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The Geddy Lee & Marcus Miller basses are Japanese. :) & I agree with your assesmant of the JApanese made instruments. <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif">
  12. Halelujah! (sp?) we might convert one! Welcome Doublestop. I don't know if you can purchase carvins in the netherlands, but they are really nice sounding basses in your price range.