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the BEST/MOST VERSATILE used 4 string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by adept_inept, Feb 7, 2006.


  1. adept_inept

    adept_inept

    Jan 9, 2006
    i need a new bass, and i don't want to spend over 800 bucks. does anyone know of anything good that can be had for this price?

    for the record, i'm not a big fan of ridiculously wide necks or fenders.

    (HD's edit - please read the rules and FAQ about posting ads in the forums. Thanks!)
     
  2. Dbassmon

    Dbassmon

    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Check out a KSD Jazz Bass. Made by Ken Smith. Can't go wrong. Totally a pro axe, classic versatility of a jazz. The price is right
    http://www.basscentral.com/2003/ksd.shtml
    Get it anywhere you want but here's a reputable dealer.
     
  3. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    G&L Tribute 2000, anyone?
     
  4. adept_inept

    adept_inept

    Jan 9, 2006
    the ksd looks cool.

    g&l... im actually not a huge fan. maybe it was just the one i played, but i wasn't impressed.
     
  5. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Well, for Versatility and bang to buck, The Urge bass series is pretty good.
     
  6. ebladeboi123

    ebladeboi123

    Jul 11, 2005
    Oberlin, Oh
    If you're lucky you could pick up a used Modulus jazz. Just about any jazz around that price will be good. The marcus miller is great, as is the geddy lee.
     
  7. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man

    I was thinking "jazz bass" when I read the title, but I feel an Urge II would perhaps be more versatile given the P-pickups it has.
     
  8. BartmanPDX

    BartmanPDX Supporting Member

    The proud new owner in me says BONGO!!!!

    18v preamp, 4-band EQ, two massive humbuckers, easy to play. Lots of tonal possibilities

    Worth a test drive, anyway . . .
     
  9. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    ... at the very least.
     
  10. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    You can find a used bongo for $800 if you get lucky.
     
  11. Yeah, I was thinkin' Jazz bass too, but he said no Fenders. So I proudly reccomend a Music Man Sterling. With the toggle switch you can go "big" or "single coil" or "bridge on a J like".
    Plus the quality an consistancy will be excellent and you may even have a few bucks left over!
     
  12. 73jbass

    73jbass Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2004
    Ellenwood,Ga.
  13. fender highway 1 jazz, or the Geddy Lee jazz.
    both are under $800, new. sorry you don't like fenders.
    Leo's designs dominate the bass world.:cool:
     
  14. A Fender American Precision or Jazz would do quite nicely.
     
  15. sb69coupe

    sb69coupe

    Aug 9, 2004
    Raleigh NC
    I'll throw out a suggestion, even though he said "no Fenders".

    Roscoe Beck signature. It's uber-versatile with the dual humbuckers that each have 3 different coil tap settings. It can get anything from an old school p-bass thump to the honky Jaco bridge pickup nasal tone, and lots of other sounds in between. You should be able to get a used one for right at $800 or so.
     
  16. adept_inept

    adept_inept

    Jan 9, 2006
    well. i took a look at the roscoe beck. and it looks AMAZING.

    now i'm rele interested. anyone have one to sell used?
     
  17. GSRLessard14

    GSRLessard14 All-Things-Claypool Enthusiast

    Jun 23, 2005
    Newington, CT
    I'm selling an Ibanez BTB1000 for less than $800. PM me/check out my thread in the classfieds.
     
  18. SQUIER JAZZ!


    ...what? - it's not a Fender...(well, not quite!) ...but think of it this way...you could probably get 4 or 5 of the best squires you can find for 600 dollars, a good mixture of jazz and precision if ya want, well you asked for tonal versatility - you get different sounds from both:cool:

    or...er...variax?
     
  19. Get an American Fender. You're just a kid, you'll grow to like it. For serious.
     
  20. adept_inept

    adept_inept

    Jan 9, 2006
    thruout the last hour ive changed my mind about fender.

    haha.

    the roscoe beck iv did it. i rly need to get one in my hands. but new is a little steep. used would b perfect.