Poor man's Musicman ??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bigcardinal, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. bigcardinal

    bigcardinal Guest

    Dec 14, 2005
    Niagara, Ontario
    How do I get a decent instrument with that sound without breaking the bank? I'd be willing to spend up to $600 max....any ideas?
  2. Ibanez ATK.
  3. pingone


    Nov 29, 2007
    check out olp basses. licensed copies of the stingrays. quite a few guys on here have em and seem to be happy with them. i'm actually thnking of one myself. i think there's one for sale in the classifieds right now, might be a five string for $375.
  4. Justin Tuskey

    Justin Tuskey Guest

    Mar 24, 2007
    Richmond Hill, GA
    +100000000000000 I have the original (1995) ATK 305 and it has cured my bass gas, period. Search for it, lots of love for the ATK
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The Ibanez ATK series are the most obvious basses, IMO. TBC, both the new ones and old ones, are great too. MTD imports are some nice Stingray style basses also. Another great choice is the OLP Tony Levin Signature model. All of these can be had for under $600.
  6. dinghy

    dinghy Guest

    May 27, 2007
    Saratoga, CA
    +1 again

    I love it even more than the Stingray.
  7. Justin Tuskey

    Justin Tuskey Guest

    Mar 24, 2007
    Richmond Hill, GA
    What a lot of people (including myself) like about this is it has less high end zing than a stingray (which can be good or bad depending on your own opinions) Mine is pretty hefty, but has a freaking hefty tone to it. Its simply amazing for a 12 year old instrument and I get compliments on its tone almost everytime I play :)
  8. syciprider

    syciprider Inactive

    May 27, 2005
    Inland Empire
    Musicman made a poor man's Musicman and it is called the SUB. It was made in the same factory as the rest of the MM line. Don't settle for also rans.
  9. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Yeah, the SUB, good call!
  10. I'd Go 4 the Ibanez ATK over the SUBS ANYDAY!!!! Thats IMO!
  11. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    I've owned a couple ATKs, and have played a handful of SUBs. I'd go with the SUB.
  12. Marcus

    Marcus Guest

    Dec 26, 2004
    NYC & Vancouver, BC
    If you want a Music Man, save your money and buy one.
  13. ebay and lots of patience. i bought a sterling 4 off ebay for $545 shipped. sucker arrived in perfect shape, lookin all brandy-new. it's been my main working bass ever since.
  14. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Sometimes if you dig around hard enough you can find a Musicman for $600.

    But if you need one right away, I'd buy a Musicman SUB.
    They were made in USA in the same factory as the 'regular' ones. And they come with my favorite 2 band eq, same eq my expensive Stingrays have.
  15. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    ATK. SUBs are quickly becoming very expensive, some are close to what they sold for new. ATK can be had for cheap, I got mine this summer for $212 shipped from eBay, and it's beautiful. You get a 3 band EQ instead of a 2 band, a more massive bridge, a 3 way switch for more tone versatility, string through construction, more contoured body and I'll bet it's lighter too. Nothing against SUBs, but ATK is giving you more for less money.
  16. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Well, I think that says something.... it either retains it's value, or actually appreciates in value as time goes on.
    I'm all about buying the piece that holds value.

    I've walked in stores that still have new SUBs hanging there.
  17. :hyper: +1 4 SUB !!!
  18. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
  19. Tsss, and you even have the luxury of the US-prices ...
    If you were living in Europe you would be paying through your nose for a Musicman
  20. SteveMcB

    SteveMcB Guest

    Feb 7, 2006
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I'd say +2 (one for each of mine) to the ATK, they are great basses. But seriously, go out and lay hands on these basses. They sound somewhat alike, they are all good basses, but different things appeal to different people. I got incredible deals on my ATK's, which I of course am very happy about. I am not someone who gets especially hung up about finishes, but the finish on the subs just puts me off. Sound and playability are good, but they're also orders of magnitude more expensive than ATK's are here in New Zealand.

    Play them and get what you like best. Tony Levin apparently actually plays out his stock OLP sig model, which is a pretty cool thing, I haven't had a chance to try out one in person though.