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Which bass In your opinion should I get?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by arjue, Jul 26, 2002.


  1. Ok, school is virtually over, and I'm gonna get a full time job. I plan on saving up for a killer bass setup. Currently, I have an Ernie Ball OLP bass (around $400) which is pretty awesome for the price. I want something better though. I was thinking about getting one of the following:

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    A Tobias Toby PRO-4. I hear that Tobias basses are awesome, and the only player I've heard that uses one (the guy in ben harper and the innocent criminals) gets a nice, rich tone out of it. The problem is that I don't have the chance to try one out.

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    A Washburn AB10. I get to play my teachers AB10 every now and then, and its really nice. Its suprisingly easy to play, and it has great tone. Its the only acoustic bass I've ever gotten to play, so I don't know how it compares to others.

    I'm not limiting myself to one of these basses, these are just the ones that have cought my eye. I played a P-bass, and I didn't like it for some reason, so there's no need to suggest it.

    Bassically, I'm willing to go for more strings, but I'd rather stick with 4 at the moment. I want a versitile sound with roaring lows, a rich, warm mid and tweeting highs. Price range doesn't really matter, and I'd like it to look good, and a little different.

    Any sugestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
     
  2. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    I hate to break it to you. but that toby pro you are looking at is a gibson tobias.. its not the same as the original pre-gibson tobias basses.
    And the bassist for ben harper i'm pretty sure plays on an MTD bass.. which is made by micheal tobias of course...

    But if your choices are between the two basses, I would go for the Tobias... But you can only order them from musicyo.com and you won't be able to try before you buy..... and I've read many reviews about this bass. and i have heard that the preamp in this thing is really weak
     
  3. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Or, get a REAL piece of the MTD action with an MTD Kingston or Heir! The Kingstons go for less than 450, and are killer basses.
     
  4. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA

    i second that motion.
     
  5. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    If price range truly doesn't matter (or matters only above, say 2k), then I'd say you should explore your options a little more.

    What do you like in a bass- Tone-wise, wood-wise, construction-wise, electronics-wise?

    For example, I like neck-thru, active basses with two pickups (for blending versatility). I like a really good slap tone, so I'd get a Bart or Basslines contour switch setup.

    Now, if you can answer those questions, you can narrow down your list considerably and probably get a lot of good recommendations. Also, everybody has a top price they'll pay, so you'll need to figure out what yours is.
     
  6. punkfunkfreak

    punkfunkfreak

    Dec 16, 2001
  7. sbasssman

    sbasssman Guest

    Jan 1, 2002
    I haven't played the Toby Pro/active, so I can't comment on that, but the passive lower end Toby's
    are good for the money.

    However, if it's true that price is not that much of an issue, you definitely need to explore a whole lot more than that.

    If you weren't locked in the 400 - 500 range,
    but were inside say, the $1000 range,
    there are an awful lot of cool possibilities.
     
  8. virtual.ray

    virtual.ray

    Oct 25, 2000
    Try hard to find and play on an MTD Kingston;very good bass especially for the price.
    If you can spend a little more the Lakland Skyline is also a winner,but the one with US electronics is a lt more money than the one without (55-01 $699,55-02 $1119.)
     
  9. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    if you're "willing to go for more strings," i suggest you go "more than four" as soon as possible.

    i'm not trying to sell you a 5 or giving you an ultimatum, but i personally think that it will be easier for you to learn how to play a 5 (or whatever...) early on instead of playing for years on a four and getting so accustomed to it that switching to a five (which you seem to be playfully curious about doing) later down the line will be harder to do.

    any back-up on this?

    btw-brendan plays (and apparently endorses...) an mtd kingston 5.

    off topic: nice to have ya posting here (again)!
     
  10. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I'd like to weigh in with a suggestion. Have you thought of a Peavey Millenium or Cirrus? Great basses, but pricey if bought new.
     
  11. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Well...yes...but I wouldn't whore them out like a Taco Bell chalupa if I didn't stand behind it 100%
     
  12. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Well, duh :rolleyes:! It's a lot tougher to play when you're standing in front of it ;) :D (The bass, I mean... not the chalupa)
     
  13. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Tougher, but not impossible. :D
     
  14. uglybassplayer

    uglybassplayer

    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey
    Just don't try it after eating the chalupa... Now that would be a GAS! :eek: :D
     
  15. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Believe me, if I did eat chalupas with any regularity, Forida would be a cesspool of stink, bile, and...wait, nevermind, too late!
     
  16. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    Oh i didn't see where you said price wasn't a problem.. you want something that looks good and... different you say... well.. umm.... hows about... a..... umm... Elllllllrick?

    I'm sorry I can't help it I love these basses :D[​IMG]
     
  17. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    grmbl

    Quit waving it in our faces, eh? Yes it's nice...but c'mon

















    insane jealousy, raging.... :)
     
  18. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    heck, you were able to hold down the bottom WHILE YOU WERE PASSED OUT!

    kudos to you, brendan (and phil, your singer, for randomly strumming open strings as you lay on the floor with your bass by your side).
     
  19. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Yes...yes I am that good. Thank you, I'm here all week! Try the veal.
     
  20. Brad Barker

    Brad Barker Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    berkeley, ca
    well, i kinda intended it to be an insult, but, hey, take it as you will.:D