Poll: Which is the best choice?
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View poll results: Which is the best choice?
Ibanez ATK300
22 42%
ESP F-104
6 12%
Squier Vintage 60s Jazz bass
23 44%
Washburn BB4
1 2%
Voters: 52.
#1
I've been playing my tanglewood starter jazz bass for around 3 years now, so for christmas i've decided to get meself a new bass.
I've been searching for a long time around local stores and I've narrowed it down to these 4:

Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass 60's:
Beautiful, plays nice, and I like jazz basses

Washburn BB4:
Looks different to the norm, but acctually pretty cool. Active pickups.

ESP Guitars LTD B-104 Electric Bass Guitar - Metallic Purple:
Now I don't know much about this, but it's Freakin' sparkly purple for gods sake!

Ibanez ATK300RM 4 String Bass Guitar:
A very nice looking bass, with a triple coil bridge pickup.


Now I've only tried the Squier, which was nice, but the store didn't have any of the others in stock. Now I don't really want to ask the store to order all three of them in, so I wondered what you at UG thought would be a good choice?
I know people ask questions like this all the time, but I would really apprieciate the help
Thanks in advance
#2
links? and whats your price range?
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#3
what kind of amp do you have?
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#4
Out of thoose I'd go for the squier cv jazz, but thats just because as of myself perfer jazz basses feel and tone.
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#5
i would definatley get the atk, one of the most versatile basses on the market and sexy as ****
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#6
I would go for the ATK, also poll?
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#8
Definitely go with the Jazz, out of those. I have an F-104, and while it's nice for the price, I think you'll be happier with the jazz.
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#10
id go fot the Ibanez ATK or the squire
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#11
i got the ATK300 and it is the legendary
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#13
Out of those options, no doubt go for the ATK. For their price they play so well.
#14
My price range is anything up to £300, and all those basses are a bit around that.
I've got a warwick blue Cab 30 watt amp, which isn't the best, but I can't afford to get a new one as well as a new bass haha
I will make a poll, as soon as i work out how haha

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#15
how about a musicman stingray sub?

you can get them for around 300.

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#17
order in just the ATK.

play both.

decide from those. ESP's LTD is a waste of money, and Washburn, though certainly worth it's salt, is not as bangin for the buck in my opinion.

I voted CV.
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#18
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order in just the ATK.

play both.

decide from those. ESP's LTD is a waste of money, and Washburn, though certainly worth it's salt, is not as bangin for the buck in my opinion.

I voted CV.


Yeah that sounds like the way it's going. I may ask to look at the washburn too, but mainly because my friend never shuts up about active pickups haha!
Thanks
#19
Quote by benonbass1
Yeah that sounds like the way it's going. I may ask to look at the washburn too, but mainly because my friend never shuts up about active pickups haha!
Thanks

the ATK is active.

and active is great, I love active, but it's not for everyone. I'm one of few blues lovers who prefers active electronics for almost everything.

even in metal and prog rock, you will get passive lovers.
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#20
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the ATK is active.

and active is great, I love active, but it's not for everyone. I'm one of few blues lovers who prefers active electronics for almost everything.

even in metal and prog rock, you will get passive lovers.


Well I play mostly rock and funky stuff, but I sing while playing too, so I like a nice sharp kick rather than a muddy indistinct throb. Although a do play a wide range so versatility is key. And if it's easy to play it makes multi-tasking so much easier
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#21
Quote by benonbass1
Well I play mostly rock and funky stuff, but I sing while playing too, so I like a nice sharp kick rather than a muddy indistinct throb. Although a do play a wide range so versatility is key. And if it's easy to play it makes multi-tasking so much easier
Ty

either of those are good for what you want, jazz basses, though passive, get a nice growl that will kick as you put it.
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#22
Ive got a F104, if its the indonesian made one, its a great buy, mine felt better than a schector hell raiser, and sounded better. but if its a chinese made one, do not buy, the chinese ones have crap quality.(ive had both)
i would get the Atk, its got an amazing ash body, and frankly ash sounds amazing, bright clariity whilst retaining the deepness :P
the pickup on that sounds amazing as well.
#24
Quote by benonbass1
Well I play mostly rock and funky stuff, but I sing while playing too, so I like a nice sharp kick rather than a muddy indistinct throb. Although a do play a wide range so versatility is key. And if it's easy to play it makes multi-tasking so much easier
Ty


That line isn't drawn so clearly between active and passive. Lots of people don't get the mids right on active basses and get booming, tonally bland bass. Passive pups without a preamp are usually just as articulate as those passive pups in an active bass unless the tone is set below half way. They don't sound the same, but they aren't inherently "muddy" and "indistinct" (well maybe certain neck position humbuckers )

Still, a decent active sounds more like what you want. I tried the atk and it was not quite as versitile as everyone says, but it is still a very dynamic instrument. Probably your best call... unless you want to be a real smart cookie and go used, then you could get quite a few more options for the same amount of cash.
#25
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That line isn't drawn so clearly between active and passive. Lots of people don't get the mids right on active basses and get booming, tonally bland bass. Passive pups without a preamp are usually just as articulate as those passive pups in an active bass unless the tone is set below half way. They don't sound the same, but they aren't inherently "muddy" and "indistinct" (well maybe certain neck position humbuckers )

Still, a decent active sounds more like what you want. I tried the atk and it was not quite as versitile as everyone says, but it is still a very dynamic instrument. Probably your best call... unless you want to be a real smart cookie and go used, then you could get quite a few more options for the same amount of cash.


I have had a good look on ebay etc, but with little success. There were some, but none that i could really go and try, and I would never consider buying a bass without giving it a proper tryout beforehand.

And also I want to have somebody to fall back on incase something goes wrong. I'm having to trade in my old bass to get this one, so if it goes wrong, I'm stuffed!

Thanks
#26
I went to try them both out, and in the end the Squier for me played and sounds so much better than the ATK300. It wasn't as versitile, but it plays brilliantly and is supersmooth. Also the Ibanez had a loads of rattle on the lower fretts, and had a really thick neck.
I tried the Washburn as well, but that was really heavy and rattled on basically every frett and sounded terrible anyway.

Thanks hugely for all you help!