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Please help me choosing a bass....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Langueta, Mar 18, 2008.

  1. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    This site is great!!!!
    This are the features I would like for my bass
    1-Thin and small neck size and short string spacing. Very playable
    2-action/neck/playability- Fast,
    I need 1 and 2, Similar to the Ibanez ergodyne (I have one and I need a bass with better sustain but with similar playability and neck size)

    For Punchy,warm and fat sound
    3-body: Ash
    4-neck: Maple
    5-fingerboard: Maple or Rosewood

    7-Five strings
    8-Electronics: Passive or active??

    My main influences as a bassist are: Sting, Bill Wyman, Steve Harris and John Deacon
    Can you help me choosing a bass?????
    lets say up to 2000 dolars.
  2. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    Sincerely I don´t know what I will do, Moreover I am learning more of bass construction and type of wood, pickups and brands...
  3. ...Peavey Cirrus...?

    Musician's Friend has a pretty good price on this, and I played one yesterday.

    Pretty light, very responsive, manageable (i.e. thin and fast) neck, decent electronics.

    It's a 5 string, 35" scale, active bass but it sounds pretty good. ;)
  4. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    You are saying you want the playability of an Ibanez and the sound of a P-Bass then.

    Those Peavey Cirrus basses are a good deal especially if you can get one used about half price on the forums here. The necks on those basses are FAST and the pickups are flexible. HIGHLY underrated basses due to having a Peavey name.
  5. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    +1 on the Cirrus.
    IMHO, is probably one of the most underrated basses out there.

    You can nail a nice growly Pbass tone, plus lots of flexibility. Besides action and playability are second to none.

    If you`re not convinced, check this vid:

    Cirrus vid
  6. TrooperFarva


    Nov 25, 2004
    New City, NY
    I'd say either a Lakland 55-02, or if you don't mind 34" scale, I think the new Musicman Sterling 5 HS could be very much to your liking.
  7. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    What is the difference between a scale of 35 and other of 34?? the distance between the frets?
  8. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    Strange that the musicman that is one of the best basses is of a 34 scale...I heard that if you play a 5 string bass, you need to have one of a 35 sclae cause if not the low b is not punchy at all
  9. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    Do you know the width of the nut of the peavey cirrus?
  10. aviador


    Feb 9, 2008
    Warwick $$ 5string. It's a killer!
  11. manbass


    May 20, 2004
    Tampa Bay
    35 does so much better for the low B...I can vouch that 36 is exponentially better than a 35 as well. Have him find a Dingwall (37" low B) used...Bass Central will sell a new one in the $2200 range IIRC.
  12. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    Wich is the difference between the musicman stingray and sterling??
    the width of the neck?
  13. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Sterling has a smaller body, slimmer neck (similar to a Jazz vs a Stingray being closer to a Precision), 3-way toggle switch, ceramic pickup.
  14. I recommend a Sadfodfendibanwarritlakgibpeayamalemepisqimushofpedric.
  15. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    (If you don't mind waiting 3 or 4 months!):eek:
    I have one on order. :D
  16. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    The scale of the musicman sterling is 35¨?
  17. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Nope, it`s 34" (same for Stingrays and Bongos).

    BTW, regarding your previous question in a 35" scale bass the distance between the bridge and nut is 1" longer.

    Some brands use these as a standard (Peavey Cirrus, MTD, Roscoe, Ibanez BTB) but it doesn`t mean the bass is more uncomfortable (compared to a Warwick Thumb for example) or that the B string is floppier (Sadowsky and Zon both have terrific B strings within a 34" scale).

    Hope it helps
  18. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    And do you know if the Sadowsky of five strings Tom hamilton plays is wider or narrower than what I am looking for???
    What type of sound I can get through a Sadowsky...
    pd: Hamilton and clayton are two bassist I admire, mostly for the sound they have
  19. Hawaii Islander

    Hawaii Islander Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Rio Rico, AZ
    You left out Jackson! :meh:

    To the OP. Checkout the Lakland website audio and video clips. They're pretty good.
  20. Langueta

    Langueta Guest

    Jul 9, 2007
    Whick model of Sadowsky he uses???...I can´t find it

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