Please help me choose TalkBass !

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by, Jul 29, 2019.

Which bass TalkBass? :)

Poll closed Jul 31, 2019.
  1. Mint- Spector Rebop 4 MM special blue edition modded with a Nordy jazz pup

  2. Mint- Marcus Miller Sire P7 (2nd gen) sunburst finish PJ pup configuration

  3. A dozen chocolate Dunkin Donut munchkins with vanilla swirl iced coffee

  4. Basket full of carrots-(for the vegetarians in the house! :))


    Jun 22, 2008
    Hello TalkBass!
    I am currently torn between two fine basses. I only play for church services (contemporary Christian music) and no where else really so tone or style wise isn't a real issue for me. :)
    I can actually purchase one of these two basses but I'm torn.

    The first one is a Spector Rebop 4mm. I believe it's the special blue one with maple fingerboard and single MM pup in the bridge position. However it has been professionally modded with a Norstrand Jazz pup in the neck position. I've always wanted one of these for as long as I can remember but back then I couldn't touch it price wise. Mortgage, raising a family etc...etc...

    The second bass is a real contender though. It's a Marcus Miller Sire PJ P7 2nd generation bass.
    Both basses are active. Both have maple fingerboards which I love. I use to own a Rebop years ago but it was the Zebrawood Rebop. I loved the feel of the entire bass but I'm not a real fan of rosewood necks/fingerboards so I sold it.
    I am assuming that the SIRE bass is somewhere along the lines of a Fender Jazz bass...

    Any input, advice, schooling will be greatly appreciated!


    moe. :)
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Seems like you should get the Spector. ;)
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  3. GTHintz


    Jan 9, 2018
    Spector delivers.
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  4. JW56789

    JW56789 Guest

    Feb 18, 2017
    It seems you'd buy a Spector you've wanted for a long time at a time now in your life that you can purchase it without worry. I'd sooner do that than talk myself into a second choice, whereafter you'd be playing that Sire and always thinking of the one that got away . . . . . . .
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  5. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    I would go Spector...or you'll be eternally haunted by a specter.
  6. Resonance129


    Feb 15, 2011
    Gotta love Spector tone. They have their own sound/feel. And with the pro-added J pup in the front, that ought to sound MEAN.
    The Sire is a great option too, especially when considering bang for buck and maybe even resale. Traditional tones, but boosted with the 18v preamp.

    In the music environment you've mentioned, you can't really go wrong with either.

    But if you ask me, I'd grab the Spector.
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  7. Jeff Elkins

    Jeff Elkins Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Johnson City, TN
    I just don't like Dunkin Donuts coffee.
  8. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    I'll second that. Seems you already answered your question. ;):thumbsup:
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    Jun 22, 2008
    A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that has chimed in with their perspectives! THANK YOU ALL! :)
    One thing I managed to leave out was the ONLY REASON(s) I would consider the SIRE which are:

    1- I own a Fender jazz bass so I am pretty certain that the SIRE would feel the same as the jazz only the SIRE has the PJ pup configuration and it is active where the FENDER is not.
    2- The SIRE is HALF the amount the SPECTOR is price wise.
    3- The SPECTOR has had 4 owners so far.
    4- The SIRE only one.

    See the rather "slight" dilemma?

    Would I wonder about the SPECTOR if I went the SIRE route? I believe so, but the cushion there would be that i would have a bit of cash in my pocket still.

    SIGH! :)

    Thanks again everyone!
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2019
  10. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Those MM Rebops are cool!
  11. mmon77

    mmon77 Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2008
    Southern MN
    YMMV of course, but if you're anything like me:

    If you buy the Sire, you'll more than likely be GASsing for the Spector again in short order. So using my reverse logic, you'll save money by just buying the Spector in the first place.
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    Jun 22, 2008
    CLASSIC !!! :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
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  13. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    Not a fan of mods...but Spector without a doubt...I own wont be disappointed...ever.
    Rock on.
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    Jun 22, 2008
    So do you think that the mod would be more of a hinderance, like a "blemish" if you will?
    Thanks for the input! :)
  15. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    Not at all. A mod is a preference that is very personal to the person who did it. I like what I like, rarely is it someone else likes...does it add value or detract value? Thats up to the next person who is interested in buying it. I know guys who mod $6K basses, its all a very personal thing in my opinion. Me, I prefer them the way the were designed. That's my preference only. I also choose Spector as my bass brand. Those ReBop MMs are nice, I like the EMG MM pup as well, I would grab a 5 if one came up, but it would have to be unmolested ;-)
    I had a Sire, it was as boring to me as the Fenders it tries to imitate.
    Rock on.
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  16. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Co-signed. It's so bad.
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  17. Bassic Needs

    Bassic Needs

    Jul 7, 2019
    No Krispy Kreme?
  18. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    One thing to keep in mind about the Spector, The relative position of the 12 fret will be pretty different from a Fender style bass. Especially on a strap. Bothers some and not others. Several other basses are similar (warwick for example).
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  19. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I don't know anything about either bass, but I prefer carrots to doughnuts.
  20. Option 4: carrots