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SUB for a Tribute?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Nov 28, 2004.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    On an impulse, I went to a local GC and I saw a spotless, new, teal S.U.B. four for $349. I offered my Tribute L-2500 in trade and ended up paying only sales tax. That's pretty good, I thought, for a bass that regularly sells for $60-80 more than my old bass new. I took it home and put on new DR's on and it absolutely nailed the Stingray sound. With the treble up, this bass has enough sizzle to fry an egg! I think this will be a keeper, one of my biggest regrets ever was when I sold a Stingray that I bought around 1986 (just before Flea blew up) for $250, only to sell a month or so later. I know the SUB will never be worth what a Pre-Ernie Ball Stingray was, but at least it's got the sound and feel.

    After I slapped it a bit, the fact that I no longer have a five really hit me. The only regular playing I ever do is at my church and that B string came in handy playing with piano and electronic keyboards. I still have my USA Peavey Millennium four with a D-tuner, so I do have extended range down to D. In real terms, I'm only missing a few notes, but I'm a bit anxious about my decision. Long term, I plan on getting a higher end five like a Valenti Jazz, should I trade and get a budget five, or wait until I can pick up a boutique level five?
     
  2. I play in church too, but I've gone to exclusively five string because I am often sight reading, and easily confused!
    As to what to use-- if you can keep track of where you are with the d-tuner, it's probably enough, though it's often very effective with the five string to drop that low c or low b on the last verse!
    I've got the Tribute 2500, and it's my favorite bass, but the one I use the most in church, which makes the music director say, "that's the sound!," is my SX five-string jazz with Roto flats, and a foam mute. It's got a dry thumpy sound that never booms and is very clear in the mix. Your mileage may vary.
    Another alternative is to pick up a mexi Jazz V for about $250. off of ebay, and if you get your boutique bass you can sell it and get your money back.
     
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I should not have swapped for the SUB. I am used to five strings and I swapped my basses and picked up a new USA Peavey Millennium Five string. This was a bass I had been eyeing for some time, so I guess I just got what I had wanted anyway. I guess all's well that ends well. :bassist: :hyper: :cool:
     
  4. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    SUB's sell for $349? ***... my GC sells for like 800....
     
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    You just have to hang around GC and catch them when they are overstocked.