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Stuck between three basses!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Guinness20, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    Feels like I've spent months looking around for a new bass - well finally today I went into a music shop and tried everything! Surprisingly the three that stood out were the 3eq stingray, the am. standard p bass and the am. deluxe jazz bass. I really like the 2eq, but I don't know if it was the action or what but I could hear everything on the strings (might need to try another one elsewhere), and I ruled out the am. standard jazz as I preferred the sound of the precision.

    The American Deluxe jazz is a beautiful instrument! Not at all keen on the passive sound, but with the active circuit it can produce so many different sounds. It's just really versatile, and I really like the pan knob as oppose to a switch. It felt great, amazing satin finish to the neck. If I went for this I'd go for the natural finish, the wood grain is gorgeous!

    As soon as I picked up the precision I knew it was a quality instrument. The custom shop pickups were incredible, in fact it was probably the best sounding bass I played. If I went for the precision, I'd have to go for mystic red. I'm a finger player and I like to rest my thumb on top of the pickup, so the only niggle I had when trying this was that I didn't have much room to rest my thumb on the split-pickup. So I was thinking maybe I'd get the luthier to put a thumb rest on there for me, and at the same time maybe put a black pickguard on it for me (can't beat red with black pickguard and maple).

    Like I said I tried the 2eq stingray and loved it, but it was a too bit aggressive - I don't know the word to describe it, but I heard everything on the strings, you could hear when I hit a fret. I was so surprised when i picked up the 3eq - it was a different animal! It had a real growl to it!

    So there we are; all three are beautiful looking and great sound instruments. The only negative for the p bass is resting my thumb on the pickup, for the stingray I don't like the finish to the neck as much as the fenders, and I don't like the passive tone of the jazz. With the stingray it depends on the price of different finishes, if money were no object I'd go HH in candy red - but that's probably out of my price range.

    So what do I do? :help:
  2. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I have owned a Stingray and didn't like. I currently own several basses included MIA Precision and an MIA Jazz Deluxe. I agree with you that the Jazz sounds great in active mode but in passive, the output level dropped significantly and I didn't care for the tone. I removed the electronics and set it up passively by installing Lindy Fralin pickups, new pots and capacitors. I love the way it sounds. I like my Precision but I find myself playing the jazz much more due to the feel and more tonal options.
  3. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Oklahoma City
    I would go with the Jazz just for the variety... down the road, maybe you can grab a P or Ray to get that signature tone.
  4. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    …feeling like a fool/loving all of you is breaking all the rules
  5. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    Have you tried an FBASS?
  6. Andrew B.

    Andrew B.

    Aug 20, 2010
    Go play these three again. Don't necessarily do a/b testing. Just play them and see which one starts to emerge as the winner. Also, think about which one might be better to have right now, and maybe another one could come later.
  7. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    I absolutely agree with you about the variety with the jazz, that's why it's still in the mix tbh. Well the 2eq stingray was just too aggressive, but I liked the 3eq so much more. It had a nice growl to it but not too much, a lot more useable in different settings. However I might have to rule out the stingray on cost, depends what prices they bring back to me. The one I played was vintage sunburst I think, wasn't fussed on that. It's tricky - I think I could afford the 3eq in candy red, I can afford the 3eq in natural, and then I saw the honeyburst. The 1st picture looks ace, but the honeyburst on the hh looks like a different colour, much darker (I'd have to put a black pickguard on it). I can actually afford the hh in honeyburst, but in that picture at least it's not all that

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  8. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    Versatility schmersatility, the Precision was the best sounding bass.

    Looks like you've answered your own question! ;)
  9. DannyBob


    Aug 28, 2013
    What you do is try and win the lottery...
  10. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    Sounds like a plan! Well I can get so close to the p bass sound with the jazz, albeit with a little less low end - but then I own a thunderbird, which is great for low end, but then I want something completely different to that.
  11. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    Why not ask a bunch of strangers?
  12. Osztertag2112


    Jan 27, 2013
    Go for the jazz!!! Awesome bass! But they are all classics for a reason. Just keep playing them all and see what you like best!
  13. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    Do you think there are different versions of the honeyburst finish, or is it more to do with the actual picture?