Please quick advise on Bass purchase.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassnewbie25, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Bassnewbie25


    Nov 13, 2011
    Sorry to bother you with a cheap question..

    I am a guitar player, can fake bass a just a little.:bassist:

    and need a cheap bass to record at home.
    Want to buy a used one for under $300 bucks.
    Maybe craigs or eBay.

    What do you suggest I look into. NEED:
    Closer to the size of an electric but not a mikro
    4 strings
    GOOD electronics/Pups
    VERSATILE with good deep, mids, highs and slap sound.

    I have read that SRX300 may be good, but Is it too long? being used to a guitar? another is the OLP Stingray, but is that one versatile and good pups?

    Thanks brothers!!!

    I need to buy one asap!
  2. HalfPlayer


    Jun 9, 2013
    Squire has some good stuff in their affinity series. Check out the squire affinity P bass and the affinity J bass. Ibanez has a lot of good stuff look at the RB650. I would mostly look at fenders though.
  3. jchrisk1


    Nov 15, 2009
    Northern MI
    What kind of music are you recording? That may help narrow down what may be in your price range.
  4. Malak the Mad

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

    It sounds like you're looking for some kind of short-scale instrument, yes? Look for basses with a 30" scale length, as opposed to the most common 34" long-scale basses.

    Maybe a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar SS or Mustang?

    There's also the SX short-scales at Rondo Music. Look for basses with "Jr" or "3/4" in their descriptions.

    EDIT: Yep, hdracer beat me to the Jag SS.
  5. If you need something versatile, I can recommend is either a Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar Bass Special SS or a VM Telecaster Bass Special.
  6. Bassnewbie25


    Nov 13, 2011
    wow..thanks for the QUICK replies.. !!

    I had a Mikro that could not get set up. It was just impossible..
    Which 34'' is just slightly bigger than the 30'' ones?

    Checked the jaguar.. don't hate me but can't dig them.. a little bonding will help for feel :)

    music will be rock but also acoustic instrumentals so it needs to sound fat, aggressive, smooth, etc... so versatile.

    will a bass with active pickups be too heavy (rock heavy)?
  7. jpindustrie


    Jun 29, 2013
    Honestly? Sterling SUB ray4...

    Also a guitar player dabbling in bass but wanted something with active electronics and good playability - these things meet the long unchallenged reign of the Squier VM series (which are awesome in their own right for that type of sound).
  8. Bassnewbie25


    Nov 13, 2011
    I ended up buying a Vintage modified jaguar 32" scale with the boost in red.

    Sounds great.. but I must say that I can't bond with it. It is too heavy on the neck and it is bothersome to have to keep supporting it with your left hand. Also the lower bout is so short that it doesn't sty in place against your leg if you move a little while reaching for the mouse, etc.. since Im sitting all the time while recording it is a pain.

    There is another one selling locally. The VM jazz bass with the big inlays. I imagine it has the same heavy neck issue but at least it has a full lower bout. Passive though and no Pbass pickup. Is this going to give me issues too, you think?

    What else could I buy that is comfortable not heavy neck and not heavy overall, with a good combo of pickups? I saw the warwicks rockbass new version but they don't have a PBass type pickup. Would it be possible to achieve the pbass sounds with it?

  9. tr4252


    May 27, 2013
    Add my vote for the Squier Jaguar short scale. I'm a guitarist too, bought one on an impulse, and like it a lot.

    edit: Oops, sorry, didn't read your last post.

    A wide strap with a rough inner surface (like suede) helps a lot with what they call here "neck dive". I've got an old precision too, and it's even worse than the Jag in that respect.

  10. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    The Jag short scale had neck dive issues? Ive played 34" scale ones that were fine.

    The VM Jazz wont neck dive at all. I have one. But it is a full 34" scale bass, so it might be difficult since you are used to guitar. But you will get used to it.

    I would choose the VM Jazz over the rockbass. The few I have messed around with were not great, and you can mod the hell out of the Squier.
  11. Bassnewbie25


    Nov 13, 2011
    OMG!!! I tried a BUBAKER JJX-4 that was KILLER!!
    Never thought a bass would be so easy to play and fit like a glove.
    Makes me want to get into bass.. really... I almost bought it on the spot for $700 but then my wallet kicked me on the butt to remind me I also need other important gear.
    But man.. that bass was in natural and was perfectly set up. Pickups were snappy and deep. Nice maple neck.. NO NECK DIVE and sat balanced on my leg. I want one.
    The Rock Bass didn't sound as good nor was it set up nor felt this smooth. Seriously.. NICE NICE .. I can't stop thinking about it.

    As for the VM jaguar.. I might set it up tonight and use it in the meantime while I try to find a used JJX Brubaker for a good price.

    I might take up on Bass.. it is fun.. dig it.

    (The jazz should have neck dive since it has a bis headstock too.. no?_)