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Which Bass should I choose?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by uberman, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. uberman


    Nov 5, 2013
    Ive been playing for several decades and have owned fenders, music man, gretsch, cort, Ibanez, Tacoma, birdsong, etc and have played in just about every type of band out there-Rock, alt/country, jazz, etc. Five years ago I walked away from music and sold every musical piece I had and used the $ to take the wife and kid to Disneyland. its now 5 years later and about a month ago I pulled my only remaining instrument out-a 70s Ibanez Lawsuit P Bass that I only kept because it was the first and only instrument my father bought me.

    OK, so now I am hooking up with another guy as 1/2 of a songwriting/singer duo. We have a retro vibe but I have to sneak out and solo every once in a while. I fell in love with short scales back 5 years ago but have no issues playing long scale either, as that is what I was raised and bred on.

    So, I am going to buy a bass-hopefully my only bass. I will use it live and in recording, finger style and pick. Flats. I will be in a retro looking alt country/rock unit and have too choose one of the following:

    Fender American Standard P Bass
    Fender Modern Player Telecaster Bass
    lakland Decade Skyline bass (burgundy) short or long scale.
    Lakland Skyline Hollowbody (short or long scale)

  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Gonna be hard to beat either of those Laklands.
  3. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    just play the Ibanez lawsuit,thats a great bass...;)
  4. Uncle K

    Uncle K The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    Can't go wrong with a P-Bass, especially if it's your "only" bass.

    A vintage Fender Mustang would be cool too IMHO.
  5. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    Have you looked at FBASS?
  6. reno88

    reno88 Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    mexican p-bass. readily available, great value, extremely versatile, and you don't have to treat it like a museum piece.

    good hunting!
  7. Itzayana


    Aug 15, 2012
    Oakland Ca
    You should probably play them.
    When you do I am quite sure that you will find the Laklands to be much better in every regard than the Fenders.
    However, if it is more important to you to "have that look" than how the instrument actually plays or sounds you might choose differently.
  8. lbbc

    lbbc Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    I have a short scale Aria "Beatle" Bass for sale w/scroll headstock w/new fender vintage flats on it here on TB. Sounds like it would be "right up your alley". Just a suggestion.
  9. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA

    That Ibanez is a very good, quality bass. Now if you want *another* bass, then go for one of those Laklands.

    LARAIDER Ghost to Da Post

    May 9, 2013
    The Black Hole
    Go with the bass that started it all, "The P".
  11. DETTO


    Jan 1, 2014
    Fender Jazz Bass. I dig the fretless version.
  12. C130AVN

    C130AVN Stringed Tubist

    Apr 19, 2012
    Winnipeg, MB
    New Fender standard MIA basses aren't worth the cash, I own two 2012 models and they both required fret levelling and had microphonic pickups right from the factory, and had nut relief of about .030" at the first fret, what happened to workmanship? OTOH I have a stock Lakland Skyline 44-64 Vintage P that is a beautiful instrument with a gorgeous neck.