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The choice of a 4 strings jazz bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bellbass, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. Bellbass

    Bellbass Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Hi everybody!

    I'm getting back to 4 strings and I want a jazz bass that will complement my Warwick thumb bolt-on 5 and my modulus 5 fretless. I was thinking of a Sadowsky Metro. On another post, some commented on a Mike Lull. Moving in a few weeks to a smaller town, I won't have access to this kind of instruments so I will need to investigate my new GAS attack with care.

    I'd welcome any suggestions.

    Thanks in advance

  2. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA

    Just kidding :p..

    I would go with a Sadowsky, Vintage fender, or even the Lull.. I would lean towards the Sadowsky though.
  3. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL

    Just wondering what your thought process was....
  4. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    the best 4 string Jazz bass I have played is an Eshenbaugh J series bass. its not a Fender clone though

    I would rate the Sadowsky NYC $3000 bass *slightly* better than the Mike Lull except the Sadowsky does not have perfect balance...I bet if I special ordered a perfectly balanced bass from Roger he could come through though

    I prefer the Mike Lull over the Sadowsky Metro ever so slightly...they are really close in quality, however the better balance in the Lull wins it for me

    I have heard geat things about Nordstrand, Brubaker and Benevente basses too...there are really a lot of great choices in the $2000 range
  5. AJ Love

    AJ Love

    Oct 8, 2002
    Madison WI USA
    I should add a Fender Custom Classic Jazz bass (the Custom Shop one) to the mix....like the Sadowsky though, it doesn't have perfect balance however
  6. Kavorka


    Mar 28, 2002
    Austin, Texas
    If you're looking for a vintage look and sound, please check out Jack Read Custom Instruments (www. readcustom.com). He is making awesome Model Js, Ps, and P/Js and the price starts at $1900 for an amazing, handmade bass.

    You can tell I'm a fan? ;)
  7. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Probably the best Jazz I've played was a Lakland Joe Osborn...just add one more to your mix. ;)
  8. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    Valenti is an option too.
  9. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    Dingy doesn't make a J but he's made a MM type thing.
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Thank you. :) Here are a few pictures of basses I built in the past. For more info <a href="http://www.valentibass.cjb.net/"><b>CLICK HERE</b></a>

  11. Corwin81


    Mar 18, 2003
    Ames, IA
    Here's another one(although the parts aren't normal Valenti standard, it's still damn sweet)
    great work Nino!
  12. You could buy my USA Hamer 2TEK Cruise Bass with case.
  13. thrash_jazz


    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Charles!!! How's it going man? Long time no see... :)
  14. Bellbass

    Bellbass Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2004
    Montreal, Canada
    Those valenti's look great!! Anyone has any experience playing one??
  15. sargebaker

    sargebaker Commercial User

    May 2, 2004
    Montreal QC CA
    owner/builder, ISLAND Instrument Mfg.
    cue Nick Man in 5.....4......3.....2............ :hyper: Unfortunately I haven't but never heard anything bad about them. I really hope I,ll have the chance to buy one someday in the near future.
  16. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    1 (Pm's are good)
  17. Those basses are gorgeous. Nice work, man.
  18. rusty


    Mar 29, 2004
    What happened to the Valenti inca silver one? :ninja:

    How about a Nordstrand? :hyper:
  19. quallabone


    Aug 2, 2003
    Yah, that's almost a jazz bass. *Cough*
    How about this A.J. Presentation
  20. BucketButt


    Sep 10, 2003
    Medina, TN USA
    If you can afford them, either of the brands you mentioned are great; I'd probably give the nod to the Sadowsky.

    Since my budget was somewhat smaller, i picked up a Fender Geddy Lee signature Jazz Bass. Incredibly fine instrument for the money,