What's a good funk bass for about $1000?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheShreddingE, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. TheShreddingE


    May 4, 2008
    I'm looking for a cool bass to make some funky music. Any idea's? I wouldn't mind second hand. usually play 4 but could do 5 or six.
  2. SuperSnake2012

    SuperSnake2012 floppy b strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    Bronx, NY
    You can find a Marcus Miller 4 for under $1000 easily. There is a beautiful Oly white one on eBay right now... :D
  3. DanielleMuscato


    Jun 19, 2004
    Columbia, Missouri, USA
    Endorsing Artist, Schroeder Cabinets
    +1 to Marcus Miller Fender. I know I recommend this too much, but I also love my MTD Artist 5 for funk. It has a single MM-style humbucker with a great, punchy sound that's perfect for both slap & fingerstyle.
  4. Musicman stingray or a Jazz.

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  5. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    My buddy Jamie (he's also a member here) has an Ibanez ATK 5 string that sounds pretty funky.
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  6. +1. I don't play funk and I don't slap very well but I could get some good funky sounds out of a 4 string ATK.
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  7. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    +1 on the Marcus Miller.
  8. 3toes


    Aug 30, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    Depends on your definition of "funk." I'm a NOLA-funk man myself, so I'd say a P-bass or something similar :)
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  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I'd pick the Fender MIA Jazz over the Marcus Miller just because it's a tad bit easier to pimp out if needed. And most Marcus Miller's I've come across have been heavy (I owned one)! I'm sure there are light ones out there but there are too many variations in weight for that model.
  10. theoldmiami

    theoldmiami Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    If it's modernish 'funk' then Stingray 4 or Fender Jazz, if it's older soulish funk then get a P-Bass.
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  11. bassforce

    bassforce Guest

    Feb 7, 2007
    P-bass 62 RI ( USA or Japan ) - The FunkMachine :D
  12. Larry99


    Aug 17, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'd say any good bolt-on neck bass (Jazz, Perscision, Stingray, etc) will have good tonal characteristics for funk music. dont worry so much about the bass. your hands will make it funky.
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  13. SebbyNC


    Mar 17, 2005
    If you like both modern and old school funk, instead of having to choose between specialized basses, you could pick up a Lakland Skyline 55-02, and have tones similar to either MusicMan, Fender Jazz or P-bass.

    Maceo Parker's bassist plays a USA Lakland:

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  14. paganjack


    Dec 25, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    +1. I love slapping my ATK305. but then again if you really want to spend a grand... i would say a stingray.
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  15. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
  16. + 1 on the lakland, i picked up a 44-02 and its a funk machine
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  17. sir juice

    sir juice

    Sep 11, 2006
    London, England
    Funk comes from you...

    doesn't matter what bass you play:D
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  18. Explain to a newbie about the MIA Jazz? And also do you think that passive pups give more of an authentic old school funk tone? In other words can you still get a legitimate old school tone with active pups?
  19. 3toes


    Aug 30, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    Ditto, my 44-02D is my go-to bass for funk/fusion. Strung up with some Ken Smith Slickrounds (that are now about a year old) its got a fantastic smooth thump.
  20. kaiser_sosea

    kaiser_sosea Supporting Member

    +1 on the weight, i play a Carvin XB75 but at my practice space i sometimes play my friends Marcus Miller Jazz. I cannot believe the difference in weight, the Jazz plays real nice but after a couple of hours it feels like my shoulder might just fall off. In regards to funk, my Carvin does funk just fine but as some others have said I believe most of your tone is your hands. However if I had to choose a bass just for funk it would not be my Carvin... It is very versitile but super smooth and lacks some punch. I would get something with a bolt on neck and a bit more aggressive/punchy tone. I would also go passive.