upcoming bass purchase

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Captain Jack, Oct 2, 2001.

  1. I'm on the market for a new bass and I'd like some experienced advice. Right now I have a Washburn XB200 4 String and I want to buy a new bass. I'm looking for something for no more than $1000 (hopefully a good bit less). I play predominately rock, punk, and stuff like that, but I very very much want a versatile bass that can get a lot of sounds and be used for different music. In other words I want a basic but very nice and versatile bass. One that I could use for a very long time and maybe even upgrade if I want to later on.
    I'm thinking about either a Fender Jazz Master or an Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray, but I'm leaning more towards Fender because as awesome as the Stingray is, its not as good at low tones as other basses.
    So any advice you guys could offer me on the best purchase would be appreciated. And if you could specify models that would be great too, since I know I like Fender but there are a lot of different Jazz Masters. Thanks again.

    -Captain Jack
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Hi and welcome to Talkbass!

    Who told you the Stingray is weak on lows ?!? :confused:

    There is no Jazz Master bass as far as I know btw.

    I'd pick a MM Stingray over a Fender Jazz bass any day.
  3. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I agree. My stingray 5 kicks it with a tasty groove.. excellent bass. Excellent tone
  4. FunkSlapRumblefish

    FunkSlapRumblefish Guest

    May 23, 2000
    Charlotte, NC
    The Stingray doesn't have good lows, eh???

    Why don't you plug one up to a 1x15, put your ass on the speaker and pluck the E, and then when your balls hit you in the stomach, tell me it doesn't have great lows!;) (Just said to emphasize my point: Stingrays have some of the best lows around!)

    (just so you know, I don't put my ass on speakers when i play.):rolleyes:

  5. Bass7755

    Bass7755 Supporting Member

    Oct 27, 2000
    Roanoke, Va.
    Hello Captian. Where did you find this Fender Jazz Master? Nice to see someone else from Roanoke, Va. I agree Sting Ray over Fender.
  6. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    *recorded message on*

    Play as many basses in your price range as you can get your hands on. Buy the one that feels, sounds and looks the best to you.

    *recorded message off*

  7. Bass7755

    Bass7755 Supporting Member

    Oct 27, 2000
    Roanoke, Va.
    Captian, You are limited to only a few small music stores here in Roanoke. Like I said in my PM to you. Fender, Ibanez, MM, and a couple of Peavey Cirus basses. I like the Cirus basses at the Fret Mill. The 4 with the Flamed top is very nice. Check that one out. Hope its still there. There was a nice used Warwick Corvette 5 at Kelly's music. Don't know if you are looking for a 5 though.
    Again... good luck
  8. Hey everyone, me again. I'm not sure why I said "Fender Jazz Master", but I meant the Fender Jazz bass (that will teach me to pay more attention to what I type:D ).
    Anyway, hope I didn't ruffle too many feathers by what I said about the Stingray. I wasn't implying it had no low end or is a bad bass, I love the stingray (its a hard bass not to love), it just seems like speaking very generally the Stingray specializes more in punchy and crispy tones then in booming lower end stuff and for that reason wasn't quite as versatile.
    Anyway, thanks to everyone for posting and I still definetly welcome comments on what type of all around awesome bass to look for, what type of Fender Jazz Bass people reccomend, and whether they reccomend Fender Jazz Basses over the Music Man.
    Thanks again.
  9. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas

    There is no way you'll find a better new bass for under $1000 than a Carvin. I can't find one that even gets close for under $2000.
  10. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Played a Cirrus??
  11. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    I must admit I have not. Is it one I should try?
  12. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    I just checked it out briefly on the Peavey website. Very nice looking bass. I almost bought a Dynabass Unity back in '89. It was one of the three finalists when I was shopping for a new bass. I ended up getting a Carvin LB70 and I'm very glad I made that decision. Overall, my experience with Peavey has not impressed me. I'm not a fan of theirs, but once in a while a Peavy bass really catches my attention, so I'll make a point of trying one.
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Yes. You need to. I'm sorry, but it beats Carvin soundwise, and it is a tie fit & finish wise.
  14. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Allright, I'll check it out. I haven't picked up a Peavey in years, so I really don't know what kind of improvements they've made.

    Thanks for the tip.

    I'm actually shopping right now. I have ordered a new Carvin, but I'm looking at everything. When the Carvin gets here, if I don't like it better than what I've found in stores, I'll send it back.
  15. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    You should get a double 8-string neck custom conklin.
  16. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    And you should get a clue.

    As for the poster...$400 buys a nice Ibanez BTB40XQM. GREAT bass for the money. Nice pickups, nice preamp (w/ mid frequency knob...nice!), great B string, good construction, and its even comfortable! Definitely something to check out. The BTB50X and BTB100X buys you a thinner neck, different finish on the body, and different woods. Good stuff! :)

    *X= # of strings, where 0=4 (very mathematical...), 5=5, and 6=6.
  17. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    what's a double 8-string neck?


    i smell an "invasion of tabcrawlers". anybody got any raid?

    oh, wait, i got some right here.
  18. RedGrange


    Jun 11, 2000
    Springfield, IL
    I go to VaTech... that isn't far from Roanoke :)
  19. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    I've played Cirruses a number of times, and I wouldn't agree that the sound is better. I actually didn't think it was quite as good. Fit and finish are very nice, though, and IMO the Cirrus has to be considered a real "contenda" anywhere near its price.
  20. seamus


    Feb 8, 2001
    Cirrus under a grand? where? I'd be interested in a Cirrus 6, but every price I see on even the fives is well over a grand.

    Show me the way! :)