#1
I'm looking to purchase a new bass for under $1000(most likely within the $500-700$ range) that is appealing both visually and tonally. I've been playing on an Austin P-bass for quite a while, so I think it's time for an upgrade :l.

In terms of music, my band and I are slowly leaning towards metal, so I'll most likely be looking for something that can belt out some solid low tones and that handles mild distortion relatively well.

Current Bass:



After doing some quick searches on the internet, I came across two basses that were appealing to me, and was wondering if I could get some opinions on them in terms of playability, etc.



I haven't found any Mockingbird Basses any any local retailers, but was wondering if it's a reliable Bass that sounds solid and is easy to play.



I've tried out several basses from the Array series at a music store nearby, and they seem quite lightweight and playable. I'm leaning more towards the Traben Array, but was wondering if I could get some second opinions.

Also, feel free to throw in some suggestions on other basses you may find solid within the $1000 price limit.
#2
Get the mockingbird. its a solid bass
plays above average, solid neck.
tone is warm as well.
but **** does it look good!!!!
#3
I would go with that Traben, tis a very nice bass.

BC Rich's leave much to be desired.

I would also look at Ibanez, Warwick and Spector as well.
Last edited by Captain Insano at Dec 12, 2008,
#4
Go for the traben, i ever so nearly bought one, theyre nice
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Go for the traben, i ever so nearly bought one, theyre nice


What held you back? :l
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Quote by Captain Insano
I would go with that Traben, tis a very nice bass.

BC Rich's leave much to be desired.

I would also look at Ibanez, Warwick and Spector as well.

this, but add Schecter.

though if you like low with a mild distortion, a Fender jazz may be worth listening to with an in store distortion on it, I've always liked how it handles those distorted lows.
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Look into warwick and fender. Warwick is very growly a well suited bass for metal. Fender is an amazing all rounder. it handles distortion amazingly(alos look into an overdrive pedal aswell). You might find a secong hand stingray. It has a really nice growl. Dont always go for metal looking bass's other basses do the job just aswell if not better.
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Dont always go for metal looking bass's other basses do the job just aswell if not better.


I agree completely.

I think schecter would be a good choice. A new/used schecter stilleto studio would be the best, but if not go for the elite model.

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#12
I actually started on ths same bass as that squier, but yeah get the Traben, much better made and designed. I have been saying to get a certain Traben myself.
#13
He doesnt have a squier.
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Out of those, the average person on this board would advise against the austin

That's his current bass. He wasn't suggesting that as his new one.
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#16
The selection for a good bass is huge, but what ever you do, make sure to choose an american made bass. There is quality, in tone and design with every american made musical instrument. I think if you are willing to spend $1000, make every dollar count and get something that is worth the price.