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Which bass would you choose?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Airsick Pilot, May 12, 2003.


  1. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    If you guys were given a choice right now(having played it or vice versa)..just loosely, which bass out of this two would you choose and why.



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    Yamaha BB1000MA

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    MM Sub.

    Both retails for $999.
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I havent'e seen the SUB bass yet but I've seen the higher end Yamaha Micheal Anthony bass & I wasen't impressed at all. the finish was chipping on the neck by the frets. This was my biggest dissapointment & the bass, IIRC, lists for about $3000.
     
  3. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    Personally I like Yamaha. Generally they play well and sound nice. I haven't played the Michael Anthony yet but have heard good things about it. I have never played the Sub so have even less to say about it other than other MM's have played well for me. Nino's comments really underscore the need to play both and see what works for you. After all you aren't us :D
     
  4. dabshire

    dabshire

    Dec 15, 2002
    McKinney, TX
    I'd pick the SUB, but that's just beacuse I like the whole MM vibe...




    :D
     
  5. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I'd take the Yamaha, 'cause it has better pimpfactor than the SUB.
     
  6. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I thought the Michael Anthony sig. model had "chili pepper" inlays???

    Still... $3000??????

    :eek:
     
  7. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    The first signature, BB3000MA, had those inlays. BB1000MA is slightly downscaled version with oval inlays and retails around $1000 or something.

    I hope they would reissue 5-string versions of those old BBs..
     
  8. Ben Mishler

    Ben Mishler

    Jan 22, 2003
    San Jose
    I would pick the SUB, as I really like the looks of Stingrays.
     
  9. Dcd004

    Dcd004

    Dec 14, 2002
    Huber Heights ohio
    MM sub probbaly better for the money
     
  10. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    Yea the Yamaha goes for 699 at Music123 and you can find it cheaper elsewhere...999 is just the retail price..same for the Sub.
     
  11. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    By intuition (I did not try these basses), I'd go for the MM. I own a SR5, and it's far the most fabulous bass I ever owned.

    But if you have a budget of $ 1000, I'd suggest you pick up a used "real" StingRay...

    All the best,
     
  12. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    Kentucky
    hmm.. I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to buy a bass with my name on it. Even if it is someone else's name too. :)
     
  13. Mike A

    Mike A Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2002
    Kentucky
    hmm.. I'm not sure I could ever bring myself to buy a bass with my name on it. Even if it is someone else's name too. :)
     
  14. Not having a chance to play either, but, being a StingRay lover, I have to go with the SUB. What is the deal with the SUB? Where is it made? Is it a stripped down Ray or is it an imported look alike? Not that there is anything wrong with an imported look alike, I own a 5502 and love it.
     
  15. aladdin

    aladdin

    Mar 7, 2003
    Chiba, Japan
    I haven't played a SUB. I personally own a Stingray.
    Having said that, I will say that the Yamaha BB models are very nice. I would not, however choose
    the MA model. It is the only active one in the line
    up. The model 3000 sounds good as does the BBX
    (I think that is the 1500 in America). The 3000
    is a through-neck with an Ebony board. The BBX
    is a bolt-on with rosewood. Pick-ups might be
    different...

    Listen to some No Doubt CDs. Tony Kanal plays both
    the BBX and the 3000 on Tragic Kingdom. Very nice
    sounding basses. They play well too.

    Bad points? They are HUGE. Seriously the largest
    and heaviest bass I have played. Nice, but big.
    The neck is not as nice as my stingray. I prefer
    Yamaha's passive models to their actives.

    BTW, Tsal, you can get a 5 string BB. The BB
    special 5. Lists for about $2,000.00. I have seen
    them for about $895.00

    You can also custom order one through Yamaha's
    Semi-Custom system. I live in Japan so I see
    Yamaha EVERYWHERE.

    -Aladdin:p