Which one ??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by David-Adler, Mar 6, 2001.

  1. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany

    I have two (and another) bass options. But if you had to choose, which of the following ones would you take.

    Phantom Mephisto 5 String


    - Ash Body
    - Maple Neck
    - Maple Board
    - Rough Crystal P.U.
    - 3 Band E.Q with Bass-Bost (by Kurandt)

    Esh Stinger V
    (Pic attached)

    - Ash Body
    - Maple Neck
    - Ebony Board
    - 2 Kent Armstrung ESVG PUs
    - Esh-Tronic EQ

    They play and price the same !


  2. i would get the ESH, but that is just because i don't like maple necks.
  3. I agree. =P Great looking basses though =)
  4. 3 votes against maple necks. What do these little beauties run? And.... fretless?
  5. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany

    Stinger V: 1,800 US$ in the US about 1,000$ in Germany
    Phantom Mephisto I: About 1,100$ in Germany

    Fretless versions at no extra cost.
    All you Fretless guys look at this one :

  6. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    both have maple necks.

    id go for the one that sounds better and plays better.
  7. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    I think he means Maple Fingerboards.

    The Problem is that they play and sound the same.

    Problem: I don´t know if I should go with a single pickup or two.

  8. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Woodland Hills, CA
    I don't know those basses, but you seem to have indicated that they play the same to you.... so get the cheaper one.
  9. yea i should have said fretboard. darn i always do that. :D

    i would go with the 2 pickups.
  10. I'd go with 2 =) I love the ability to totally change the sound of my bass with 2 p/u and a good EQ =)
  11. David, I'd go with the bass with one pickup. I think
    basses with one pickup sound more focused. I know
    two pickups are more tempting, but, with one I think you concentrate more on your right hand technique. That's just my opinion, and not my onion.

    Either way, you'll win. They're both beauties.

    Mike J.
  12. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Get the Phantom Mephisto I. I just like saying Mephisto. Been saying it all day in fact. Mephisto, Opps I did it again!
  13. Now that's nice!
  14. Bass7755

    Bass7755 Supporting Member

    Oct 27, 2000
    Roanoke, Va.
    They have kind of a Tobias look. Not just the head stock. The body too. Oh well I have had a couple
    of Tobias' basses. I like the body style. It may be my imagination.
  15. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Yeah....I love that name too...

    "Phantom Mephisto"....:)
  16. grooveguru


    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Phantom Mephisto! Yeah, sounds like an exotic sports car, a supernatural gizmo or WWF superstar. I think I'm gonna rename all my basses:
    Steinberger Mephisto XL-2,
    Fender Precision Mephisto and the Warwick Thumb Mephisto 4 Bolt-on w/ Phantom finish. Hey I hear that Rolls Royce is going to rename the Silver Phantom to Phantom Mephisto. Maybe this site should be renamed TalkMephisto. I done now!
  17. Suburban


    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    "play the same and sound the same"
    I don't believe you. Maple and Ebony feels different, 'cause the mapel is laquered and the ebony is polished wood surface, slightly and naturally oily. But then again, you may have played only fretted, then you won't feel the board.
    But then again, again... are they really similar in balance and other ergonomics?

    "one or two pups?"
    Do you want specific sound or max versatility (quoted from Bill Bartolini)? Spec sound=1 pup, versatility=more pups.

    You better decide on the sound issue, then go to the shop and stay there, trying them out, 'til you made out the difference!
  18. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    mephistopheles is a pretty kewl kinda guy, but peter steele plays an esh stinger...:eek:
  19. eric atkinson

    eric atkinson "Is our children learning "Is our teachers teachin

    Feb 4, 2001