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What To Buy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by deeptubes, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. Moses fretless neck

    10 vote(s)
  2. T-40

    19 vote(s)
  3. J Plus

    17 vote(s)
  4. Other (please explain)

    12 vote(s)
  5. Carrots!

    4 vote(s)
  6. GLAZED Carrots!!!!

    36 vote(s)
  1. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    Getting some money to play with from our tax return. I'm kicking around a couple of ideas, maybe more.

    Option 1: I have a Fender HM that was described as having "a TON of mojo". In other words, it was kind of beat up - large chips in the paint, gouges in the body, headstock had split through all 4 tuner pegs and was repaired. I refinished the body and painted it in a silverburst. Also swapped out the black hardware for chrome. I want to swap the neck with a Moses solid graphite fretless.

    Option 2: Been GASing for a Peavey T-40 for some time. Just something about that bass that is calling out to me. I can handle the weight. Love the natural with the black pickguard.

    Option 3: Been GASing for a Fender Jazz Plus. Technically, the HM isn't a J, even though it is. I don't like the mismatch of the J control plate and the pickguard. The J Plus doesn't have either, problem solved. I'm partial to active basses, and it has a Kubicki pre. I'm also a huge fan of not-so-ordinary Fenders.

    So, what do you think? T-40s aren't hard to find and the price is fairly stable, so I can put that on the back burner with no concern. I'm torn between the new neck and the J plus. I think the black fretless neck on the silverburst would look freakishly awesome. The J Plus will cost a little more, but this is essentially bonus money. I won't miss it.
  2. It sounds like you're trying to talk yourself into getting option three. Go get it sir! You'll be happy you did.
  3. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    If you do go for the Moses neck, get an unlined one.
  4. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    LINES?! I don't need no stinkin' lines! :)
  5. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Dingwall Afterburner I... GAS uncontrolled
  6. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    Those T40's are heavy
    go light
    a Fender P lyte that is
  7. If you don't mind the weight then I would go for the T-40. They are great, underrated basses with a nice variety of tones.
  8. bass32


    Jan 30, 2012
    Bought a a '92 Jazz Plus new and just sold it last year. Kind of kicking myself. It was a really good bass. If you find a good one at the right price.......go for it.
  9. Check out the Carvin website!
  10. I had to vote "other" even though I really like glazed carrots.

    I wouldn't be able to bring myself to put any money into a Fender HM especially one that has issues that bug me (and you). The body would have to be immaculate and even then I would question it.

    If you're patient, you can get a decent T-40 for a lot less than a Moses neck. Don't they cost as much as a T-1000?

    Other = a US G&L L2000 to me. Active (or passive!) and generally flawless. I don't remember ever seeing a thread about a new one arriving defective, as is the case with just about every other brand out there. I have a 22 year old L2K and it's as solid and playable as it was day one.
  11. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    How much cash to spend?
  12. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    The neck would be about $430. The only issue with the HM is the repaired split in the headstock, which the new neck would solve. The body is now tight. However, I probably should have chosen a more simple color scheme for my first real refinish. I'll eventually have to re-do it. Only did 2 thin coats of lacquer with that in mind. I have a VERY cheap fretless, and I'm itching for a good sounding, playable fretless. I think the HM and Moses would go together like pb&j. And, they're virtually bulletproof.
  13. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Dumping $430 into a bass that will be worth $230 when you're done with it is a bad idea. There are boatloads of T-40's floating around out there. The Jazz Plus is the way to go.
  15. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    Save the money.
  16. deeptubes


    Feb 21, 2011
    New development! I owed the state some back taxes and overpaid them by about $1200. I appears I may be able to do all 3!!! Will update again as it progresses.
    *fingers crossed*