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Samick Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kelvinf, Oct 15, 2001.


  1. kelvinf

    kelvinf

    Oct 2, 2001
    Meridian,MS
    Hello Guys,

    I`m currently saving money for a decent bass,i`m in no hurry so i have plenty of time to decide. My question is have any of you ever played Samick basses? I`ve seen pictures of them,but never have touched one. They look like they are well made,but how do they sound? Any input would be greatly appreciated,THANKS!
     
  2. have you played Samick basses at all? how does it sound/feel to you? Does it capture the sound you hear in your head? These are questions I cannot answer... As far as I'm concerned though, I think Samick basses are modestly priced instruments aimed at those looking to buy a first bass to learn on, or those who have a very tight budget. Again, this is my opinion only. There are other choices available for under $500 if that's what you're looking to spend. Don't rule out the MIM Standard series from Fender... good stuff for the money.
     
  3. flipperwhite

    flipperwhite

    Jul 12, 2001
    usa
    I played a stingray copy they had out last year and it was pretty good,I though if somebody had this and put a ray replacement pu and a decent bridge it would be a nice cheap play.
     
  4. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    I know a guy that bought a Samick for $75.00 and used it to record his first CD! I couldn't believe it when he told me what it was after I listened to his tracks. I still don't think that they are my cup of tea but I have to admit his didn't sound have bad.
     
  5. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    IME, limited as it is, Samick is garbage.
    Cheap, bad wood poorly dried (=warping necks), muddy tone, poor balance.
    Not my cup of tea.

    What's your experience?
     
  6. kc4ixi

    kc4ixi

    Jan 19, 2001
    Bristol, TN
    The other guy at our church that also plays bass has a Samic 5 string with active P/J configuration. I have played it several times and the D string has a lot of dead spots. The action is ok but the pickups lack in tone and the B string is a little floppy. Just my opinion. :)
     
  7. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Think about getting a MIM Jazz bass. Much better than some cheap chinese knock off.
     
  8. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    Even though Samick is said to be one of the largest guitar manufacturers around... I must say I don't like them. My first bass was a samick... I hated it.. it was a p-bass copy... it had dead spots all over it and.... the wood had about 10 knots in it.. 3 on the neck.... and no matter what i did the action was extremely high.... This of course was the cheapest of the samick family... I guess there upper priced stuff is ok.. but I've played some at local music stores where that is all they carry.. just samick and ibanez... all of the bass sucked.. even the $700 samicks... This place was a ripp off though.. so i would say save up for something better... unless of course you dig the bass. then go for it
    Peace
     
  9. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    More people have played, or is playing a Samick, and don't realize it. Some of the Ibanezes, Squires (Korean), Corts, Hamers, and Epiphones are made by Samick for them.
     
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Cort is made in the Core-Tek factory, and the Korean Ibanez models are too.
     
  11. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Which makes them good on building from other peoples specs, and, IME, lousy design people.
    When it comes to basses, their pianos are OK (but I suspect that they bought the designs from the chinese that bought Nordsjö design and factory...)
     
  12. Big Jim

    Big Jim Guest

    Dec 18, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I love the Artist Series Samick 5 strings, with active pickups. Don't have one right now but would buy another one. Good value for the Money. Just my opinion. I play a Fender MB5 at this time.
    Thanks, BiG Jim
     
  13. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I have a Samick A/E. They are an inexpensive alternative, but you really need to be careful when buying them. They make a range from total crap to modest gear, sort of like Sony.