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Old 02-02-2013, 10:51 AM   #1
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New Bass?

Hey guys,
Im a guitarist looking to change to bass. (funky style)
Ive been doing some looking around and now im stuck between those 2 basses.
- Fleabass Touring Bass Wild one
- Ibanez GSR 200 EX
I dont know to much about basses so id hope some of you could help me out? ;D
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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How much searching have you done? Budget? There are plenty of other basses worth considering for that sort of music in a similar price range (OLP Stingrays, VM Squiers, even the Warwick RockBass stuff).

If you've considered all your options and settled on either of those two then the Ibanez is by far and away the clear winner. Avoid the Fleabass series unless you're able to try-before-you--buy and make sure you're getting a good one (and even that depends upon you knowing what to look for).
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:03 PM   #3
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thank you,
well i also stumbled upon the squier affinity p-bass, but i heard that one isnt so good foor funky/groovy sounds?
Far as my budget goes , i can get the ibanez gsr20ex for 170 euros (230 usd) so im looking for a bass around that price, since its my first bass i dont want to spend too much money.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:27 PM   #4
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A P-bass can nail funk.



Rocco Prestia (playing on the above recording) uses a P-Bass. You can also look into jazz basses which are the staple bass for a lot of funk (Larry Graham, Flea, Marcus Miller etc). A jazz would be my choice for funk, but then a jazz is my choice for near enough anything.

If you buy a Squier, get a Vintage Modified or Classic Vibe series Squier. Much better than the Affinity ones.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:30 PM   #5
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unfortunately, they are a bit out of my budget
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:46 PM   #6
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i also found a cheap yamaha rbx 374 , does anyone have some experience/thoughts about it?
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:41 PM   #7
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You can find a used Squier VM Jazz for $200 easy, at least in the middle area of Florida.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:52 PM   #8
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You can find a used Squier VM Jazz for $200 easy, at least in the middle area of Florida.


Not sure they use the Euro in Florida.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:28 PM   #9
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i also found a cheap yamaha rbx 374 , does anyone have some experience/thoughts about it?

I have the 375 (same thing with a low B string) and it's a good bass. Only problem I've noticed is the jack doesn't hold the lead as well as my 270 did (still holds it pretty well though)
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Old 02-03-2013, 08:24 AM   #10
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You can find a used Squier VM Jazz for $200 easy, at least in the middle area of Florida.


In Europe (well, the Netherlands) the VM Jazz is a shade under 400eur new, used they never really go for less than 250-270.

If TS is in europe:

Ibanez GSR200 is a solid bass
Yamaha RBX374 is good too.

Others to look for:

Peavey Millenium
Ibanez SR300 (maybe a little too expensive, occasionally they're 175-200)
Jackson JS2
ESP LTD B50

The last 2 are less common but can occasionally be found in that price range.
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:51 PM   #11
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Well, if because of location those are your two options, I'd also go with the Ibanez. It actually plays very well and tone-wise can compete. Sounds good through effects as well. I was very impressed at this low end of Ibanez and would say, IMO, it may even be better than a Squier.
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