#1
hey there!

ive been tld my old bass is shot to bits (bow in the neck, both pickups ****ed etc) and would cost about 100 quid to make it sounds and play decent, so i figured, rather than doing that, and buying new in about a year, i'd be as well getting a good bass just now, to last a while.

any ideas?
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#2
I was eyeing up some JHS "vintage" basses theday from the comfort of my PC - I've never actually played one but they're guitars are quite good
#4
From what I've heard they're good
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#5
cool, do Merchant city have stores around the UK, or is it internet-only?
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#6
Tanglewoods do good cheap copies, but I find that Squiers are very good for there money.
I got a Squier Vintage 60's Classic Vibe bass recently and for £250 it's a great bit of kit.
Apparently the Classic Vibe series is all very good, but I've only ever played that one.
#8
^^ not sure

i need to find somewhere local to Stirling that does Squires...i know neither of the local shops have them (i was in today)..ideas?
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#9
What kind of tone and feel do you prefer?


If you're ordering online, as far as I know Thomann is the best place to get stuff over there.
http://www.thomann.de/gb/electric_basses.html

When you look through the different categories, the best thing to do is set it to "Price (in ascending order)" and find your price range. Also note note that the price is listed in Euros, with GBP underneath...that threw me off until I noticed it.


Also, what exactly if wrong with your bass? Who did you take it to? I don't really see how a pickup can go dead...it's just a magnet. It may be that your bass just needs a truss-rod adjustment and a bit of soldering, both of which are fairly easy to do on your own.
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#10
the classic vibe series is nce, i suggest that you look at some ibanezes too
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#11
the bass is literally ****ed, the guy in the local music sohp (who i'd trust with anything guitar related) told me, having loooked at it for a while, that, to get it playing like something you'd buy in a shop, would cos between 75 and 125 quid

now, i was plannin on upgrading anyway, so i might as well do it now
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#13
Not all of them....the VM Precision has a mudbucker.

TS, I appreciate his knowledge, but a pickup can't die. The only way for one to go bad takes decades. It's likely just a wiring issue that you could fix yourself.

And as for the new bass, you can get much better than what Squier or Ibanez GIO has to offer. Here's some stuff in the same price range. I've arranged them by price, high to low. All of them are cheaper than the CV Squiers. The VM ones are 240GBP, I believe.


Ibanez SRX350
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_srx350nt.htm

Rockbass Streamer Black Hawk
http://www.thomann.de/gb/warwick_rockbass_streamer_black_hawk_2.htm

LTD B154
http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_b154dx_str.htm

Schecter Diamond Stiletto Extreme
http://www.thomann.de/gb/schecter_stiletto_extreme_4_hsb.htm

Yamaha BB414
http://www.thomann.de/gb/yamaha_bb414wr.htm

Peavey Grind
http://www.thomann.de/gb/peavey_c4nt_bass.htm

Rockbass Streamer Standard
http://www.thomann.de/gb/warwick_rockbass_streamer_standard_4.htm

Cort Artisan C4H
http://www.thomann.de/gb/cort_artisan_c4h.htm

Ibanez BTB200
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_btb200mkf.htm

Ibanez JTKB
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_jtkb200_bsb.htm

Ibanez SR300
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_sr300pw.htm

Peavey Zodiac BXP
http://www.thomann.de/gb/peavey_zodiac_bxp_bk.htm


...see what I mean?
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#14
Mutant_Corn, only the Vintage Precision TB has a mudbucker. There is a Vintage Modified Precision as well.
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#15
Oh, whups....I forgot about that one, sorry. My point stands, though...the one with the mudbucker is no better than what Epiphone puts out.

edit: Why the underscore?
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#16
The Yamaha BB614 might be in your range if you look in the right places- I swear by mine.
#17
Quote by Mutant Corn
Oh, whups....I forgot about that one, sorry. My point stands, though...the one with the mudbucker is no better than what Epiphone puts out.

edit: Why the underscore?


I thought you had one...
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#18
Quote by Mutant Corn
Not all of them....the VM Precision has a mudbucker.

TS, I appreciate his knowledge, but a pickup can't die. The only way for one to go bad takes decades. It's likely just a wiring issue that you could fix yourself.

And as for the new bass, you can get much better than what Squier or Ibanez GIO has to offer. Here's some stuff in the same price range. I've arranged them by price, high to low. All of them are cheaper than the CV Squiers. The VM ones are 240GBP, I believe.


[edited list]

Yamaha BB414
http://www.thomann.de/gb/yamaha_bb414wr.htm

Cort Artisan C4H
http://www.thomann.de/gb/cort_artisan_c4h.htm


Ibanez JTKB
http://www.thomann.de/gb/ibanez_jtkb200_bsb.htm


Peavey Zodiac BXP
http://www.thomann.de/gb/peavey_zodiac_bxp_bk.htm


...see what I mean?


yeah, but the thing is....there's only a couple there i liked...the shape of the majority didnt really appeal...i've left the ones i liked...

see, the thing i like about the CV styles, is that, tis what i really feel comfortable playing, in terms of body shape and size...
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#19
Just a hint: Don't order form thomann.
Great site and great prices normally, but with the low pound, it's in most cases cheaper to buy in the UK.

Edit:
http://www.bassmerchant.com/item_detail.php?product_id=407&category_id=3
this looks rather nice as well, And I've heard some good things about them
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#20
yes, i know, im not intending to order from the internet though, i plan to find a couple of guitars i like, print the spec sheet off (materials etc) take it into a local shop, and see if they've anything similar
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#21
Quote by beatlemaniac-93
cool, do Merchant city have stores around the UK, or is it internet-only?


"merchant city music" is a music shop in glasgow. It's a bit fiddly to find, so I reccomend googlemapping it 1st. It's in an area called merchant city (hence the name). It's still in the city centre, easily walking distance from train/bus station.

there's a good few shops in glasgow that're decent - sometimes me and my brother just go in and spend the day looking at guitars (...sad?) personally my favourite is the one near mcormacs, "guitarworld" or something; they sell mostly second-hand stuff.
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