What bass should I get?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CNut, Aug 15, 2001.

  1. CNut


    May 22, 2000
    Montgomery, AL
    I'm trying to save up my money to get a really nice bass. I want to get a 5 string and can't decide if I should get an Ibanez SR3005 or a Warwick that's under $2000. I play a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews and I play a little bit of 311, Green Day, and Weezer. I don't like Fender so dont' say that.
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    OK, I won't say Fender.
  3. deadpool


    Aug 8, 2001
    whats wrong with fender?
  4. CNut


    May 22, 2000
    Montgomery, AL
    There's nothing wrong with Fenders just every one I've played doesn't sound as good as my Dean Edge Q even if it costs almost twice as much. And I just don't like them that much because they don't sound that good with the style I play. They're good basses but not my style.
  5. A Warwick would be way too growly for those styles of music, really distinctive. The 311 stuff would work great but the rock and punk might not be to your taste. The Ibanez BTB series is always a good choice, stay away from the Soundgears IMO. Maybe a StingRay for your stuff, you'll nail the RHCP and get a decent Weezer tone. The Ray 5 string is a rea nice bass, but doesn't have the distinctive Ray 4 sound.

    Or you could always get a Sadowsky:D
  6. i agree with panterafan on this one, the stingray5 is one sweet machine, great for any style, i'd also look into the Modulus flea bass. right now flea and stefan from DMB are using the modulus basses
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Naw, he doesn't like Fenders.
  8. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    how about a space bass.
  9. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    How about a useful post.

    As far as basses, there's just about everything under $2k. Honestly, I'd suggest a Zon Sonus 5.
  10. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    it was a useful post. If i saw a space bass for under 2k, i'd buy it.
  11. RAM


    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    Why don't you get a Czech Spector?
  12. CNut


    May 22, 2000
    Montgomery, AL
    I've never heard of some of those basses. I've been thinking about a Stingray too but I don't think I would get one of those because those are usually about $1500 at the only store in Montgomery that sells them. And if I'm lucky I'll get $1200 by Christmas but I don't think I'll get that much. I've just heard that the Ibanez SR3005 are better than some of the Warwicks like Corvettes and Streamers. And a Modulus Flea is probably too much for me right now. I probably wouldn't get a Modulus anyway just because I play more Dave Matthews than Red Hot Chili Peppers and I think Stefan sounded better with the Warwick. I'm only 15 so it's not like i'm making lots of money. I hardly get any money anyway.
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    It dosen't matter WHAT kind of music you lisen to/play/are influenced by. All the basses that are mentioned are GREAT BASSES. I've never heard of "space bass" so I don't know if it's a joke or not. :) Play as many basses as you can &base your decision on what you like/dislike about the basses that you tried. All of the bassist you're mentioning play different basses & use much diferent equipment than you have.

    Like you said b4, the Dean Edge sounds better than most Fenders you've tried. I personally agree 100% w/you. Play what you like.

    You sound like Ben Towe!!!! :):p

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  14. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    No, no no Nino !

    He would be like..

    Liek im not into liek much liek money cos im liek 15 year old.
  15. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    ya know, a bootsy bass, the star ones. It was a joke, though. I don't really know anything about them myself.

    you can probably get a stingray used for $700-$900.
  16. I just want to say, don't settle for anything you don't want. If you play a real nice bass, but its $200 or so out of your price range, wait. Don't feel you have to buy something just because you have the cash. Hell, you could even come back here and talk to us about it:D
  17. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    amen to that!!!:D
  18. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I agree with you 100% Nino...except for the part about Deans sounding better than Fender
  19. john turner

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

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i would say to go used. you can find some great instruments fairly reasonably priced that are used. i would also say that you need to try instruments out and see what you like. don't just buy a bass because of what the bass player in the band you like plays (i'm not saying that's a bad reason, i'm just saying that that's bad if it's the _only_ reason).

    you have a lot of killer basses to choose from for $1200 or less if you look at the used market. try out a bunch of new ones, find the basses that YOU like the most, and then look for a used one. it worked great for me until i went custom. :D
  20. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    used gibson thunderbird reissue