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Recommendation for affordable funk bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SRSiegel, Sep 17, 2001.


  1. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Ive been playing bass for 7 years now, and Ive owned my fair share of great instruments. Currently my main axe is a Carvin LB75 fretless with The P series option, which includes a HB pickup, piezos, and 18v active electronics. anyways, I need a backup/slap bass. I can slap on my fretless, but id prefer not to. I also have an Ibanez SR800, but its in terrible disrepair, and it would cost more to fix it than to buy a new one.. plus I want another 5 string. Ive been looking in the $500 dollar price range. Some basses ive been considering are the Yamaha BBG5S, MTD Kingston, Schecter Stilletto Custom, and a used Ibanez SR 885 (or higher). Im not a fan of passive basses (although I have an outboard preamp pedal i can use, so the Kingston would probably be ok) and I like wider, flatter necks,like on my Carvin. Humbucking pickups are a must, as is a good neck joint. Im really not a fan of fender or any fender copies. Id really appreciate any reccomendations that the seasoned players out there could give me. Im also willing to look at used basses, so if you have any ideas, or aware of any, please let me know. Thanks!

    ~Scott

    ~Scott
     
  2. CaptainWally

    CaptainWally Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2000
    Sandy Eggo, CA
    one for MTD kingston
     
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    In that price range, I would get the Kingston.
     
  4. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    thanks to both of your opinions. whats your logic on the kingston? (besides that it is the most attractive one) thanks.
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    It is more well made and has better tone than the other basses that you have mentioned.
     
  6. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    I second Embellisher's recommendation - MTDs are funky basses. Look at Juan Nelson.
     
  7. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    thanks again for the feedback! one more question... i know the kingston is passive, and I have a boss OBD-3 bass overdrive pedal, which also functions as an active eq (althogh obviously not the best) seeing as im addicted to voltage... i must have active. so what would you guys reccomend as far as active tone circuitry goes? id be looking for an onboard active preamp that does not require drilling millions of holes, or can be fitten to the existing holes, or an outboard, in a pedal form. any suggestions?
     
  8. phogchris

    phogchris www.scarsoflife.com

    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    I like my Kingston, but it sounds more like a P bass than a Musicman, I would not say it is a bass made for funk, but thats just my opinion...