Too.. many.. simple four.. choices..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tsal, Jun 27, 2003.

  1. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Interesting. Lately I've been bitten by "simple four for rock'n'roll" bug, and the GAS-infected wound is atleast as large as by a brown reclusa :eek:

    I would like to keep the price below 1000€, which on most basses probably means the US-tag of something around $7-800, and would prefer simple controls, vol(/bal)/tone would be ideal. Extra points for beefy neck, maple fingerboard and even somewhat classic looks. I'd like it to cover the ground from strong, cutting, perhaps even somewhat growly rock to Rocco-style finger funk.

    But of course you can't dismiss any bass, so my first candidates would be:

    Fender MIA STD P - THE Classic, even if I'm bit worried about the advertised "modern C-shape" neck and how it is going to be cutting through.

    Fender Marcus Miller - I love the looks! But perhaps the electronics are more for a slapper, and neck might be bit thin.

    Yamaha BB1000MA - Prime candidate. I like the pimped looks, and have encountered some nice 80's BB's, this looks pretty similar. P/J-config, seems nice, but is the tone there?

    Esh Hero - A passive semi-custom from quite new European company with rather good reputation. I suppose the workmanship is nice, and that I can pretty much choose the pups etc.

    Surprise so-not-passive candidate: I found a Warwick FNA for less than 900€. Looks nice, but it's a Basslines 3-band EQ and MEC HB.

    Any opinions? Additions? Comments? Criticism? "This time would be better spend in practicing!"-shouts from the background? ;)
  2. I'm intrigued by the Ibanez RKB; ATK style body and maple neck/fingerboard but with Seymour Duncan Quarter pounder PJ's and a BaddassII bridge.
    with all that it should cut through.
  3. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    How about a Fender Geddy Lee reissue? Nice bass for the price

  4. Deano Destructo

    Deano Destructo Stingray & Serek addict. Hasn't slept since 1979. Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2000
    Southwest Texas
    Stingray SUB? similiar to an FNA w/ bit of an old school vibe. Passive, not really sure about controls. Going price of $700.00. Might find one used although a less likely chance on that side of the pond. Hope this helps:cool: .:bassist:
  5. Reverend Rumblefish.
  6. Regarding the Yamaha BB1000: I have a fretless model (with the BB2000 electronics upgrade), bought used for $400 with case in excellent condition. It is an incredible bargain. My other bass is a Pedulla Rapture, so I have something good to compare it to. They're totally different beasts, but here's what I love about the Yamaha:

    Construction, components, neck-through, awesome bridge, killer vintage tone, slim neck.

    Disadvantages: neck-diver, wide body (not hard to get used to), low output.

    If you can get past those issues, you will probably love the organic, woody, vintage Yamaha tone. Again, a great bargain.
  7. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Ibanez RKB, yeah, looks good, but I haven't seen one in European stores, yet. It might be one possibility if I can find one, atleast it's well equipped.

    SUBs are another possibility, but what I've seen they have 2-band EQs. One of my mates is probably buying one, I'm waiting for his input.

    And Siff, Rumblefish actually looks quite decent! I need to rummage few webstores through, though, so far I have found one 5-string Rumbly.

    And of course, Geddy Sig looks nice too.

    Good suggestions all, thanks! I'll be going to Tuska Metal Fest which is at Helsinki in couple of weeks, I'll have to check the stores while I'm there.
  8. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Rock and roll? P-bass. As far as cut, listen to John Deacon, Peter "Mars" Cowling, Dave Kiswiney, Mike Dirnt, Rick Burch, and many others. They don't seem to have a problem being heard.

    I'm not saying you shouldn't get any of the other basses you listed, but to me, nothing says "rock and roll" like a Precision.
  9. Bazzist


    Dec 7, 2002
    Nova Scotia
    The SUB is v/v/t