#1
Okay, so - I've been stuck using a terrible, I mean, SHOCKING 5-String Stagg Bass guitar, that's falling apart, for the last year or so.

Now, I'm about to start a well paid job, £5.88 an hour, going up to £6.20 a little further down the line. So, guess what I'm gonna spend that first big-pay check on?

You bet'cha. A new Bass.

Now, Here's where I need help - I was originally thinking of the Vintage EST96 Active Bass, simply because it's got a nice look appeal to it - and I'm attracted to it. But, at the end of the day - I dont think it's that much better (apart from being a good condition) than what I'm using now.

So, a friend of mine - and band-mate said that, while I have the money, i should branch out a bit and go for a much nicer bass - which makes sense - rather than rush buying a pretty - and cheap, bass.

Well, I've looked around the net, finding the Jackson C20 Concert Bass guitar, looks nice, and I've found no negative reviews of it. However, there's like, two versions of it, with different looking pick-ups, but aparently, according to the specs, are the same. And I can't find a UK retailer for the version of the two I think looks better. (You guessed it, I'm not very good with all the model names, and the lark, and yes, I'm british too!)

Well, not being good at describing, or explaining things. Here are some pretty pictures, the american site sells the version of the Bass that I want.. no UK sites sell it like that.

US: http://www.activemusician.com/item--EM.290-9000-503

UK: http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/12005

Anyways, this isn't DEFINATLY the bass I'm going for, but from the pictures, you can figure out what kinda style I like, - however, i do like the 3 over 1 style headstock design, (http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail.asp?StockCode=EG02136)

My spending range will be about £200-£300 (I dont wanna go OTT. Need money for PC upgrades at the end of the month too!)

So if anyone knows a similar bass to either the C20, or the Vintage EST96, that's good build, quality, and around that price range - let me know, or if you think the C20 is a good/safe bet - lemmie know too!


Cheers for reading guys, all help is GREATLY appreciated.
#5
Ibanez? Sorry.

Ibanez SR506BM
Ashdown Little Giant 1000w
Peavey TVX 115+410
A big ass upright

#6
Quote by Stingray5
save more money dude...get a stinger


It's all well and good saying save more, but when the cheapest first hand Stinger I can find is £1000 over budget... it's a bit of joke to recommend saving more money, isn't it? It's like telling someone saving up for a high end Warwick to not bother and save up for a Ritter Royal instead.
#7
How about this;

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/14255

It's a vintage, but it's a neck thru and apart from (imo) looking amazing it has a nice set of electronics and hardware, just becuase it isnt a brand like jackson or ibanez doesnt mean it'll be crap either, i'd suggest finding one of these in store and trying it out, see what you think of it.
Black Knight CF-60F Semi-Acoustic.

Black Knight CP200 (Red flamed maple).

Neck-thru 4 string bass.

Acoustic 6 string.
#8
You can do a lot better than Jackson.
Squier VM Fretless Jazz
Warwick Rockbass Streamer 5
Ashdown MAG 300 210
#10
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That's not really a huge upgrade. If he's going to save up and wants a Jazz, at least go Fender.
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#11
Out of those two jacksons i would go with the non-active one. I like it and its not bad. Soundslive stock them i believe.
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#12
Quote by TooFast
That's not really a huge upgrade. If he's going to save up and wants a Jazz, at least go Fender.

squire classic vibes are amazinf along with vintage modified series
listen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Cd98DH__U
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Herpes maybe.
#13
Quote by rambelpalsis
squire classic vibes are amazinf along with vintage modified series
listen here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Cd98DH__U

I know they're decent. I almost bought a fretless. Just saying there are better basses out there, nothing against the Squier.
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I remember that


Sadly, I was the threatened.
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#14
Look at his price range, he won't get a Fender for that.... lucky if he gets a second hand MiM for that price.

JHS Vintage are a great, cheap company. It amazes me people will still buy a lower range Squier over a Vintage. The Vintage MM copies sound more like a Musicman than the OLPs do. You get a full Wilkinson set up (Tuners, pups, bridge). I rate the higher spec Vintages on par with the VM/CV series. Compare the Jaco copy from Vintage against the Squier VM Jazz Fretless, it's a tough choice. Take a look at the V1004 here that costs £250.

Yamaha BB414, Vintage V4, Squier VM Jazz, Ibanez SR300. All great basses in your price range. Myself? I'd take the Yammy or Ibanez.

EDIT :

...Cort GB34. Cheapest out of everything i've mentioned, they retail for about £150.
Last edited by Micehorns at Feb 8, 2009,
#15
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Take a look at the V1004 here that costs £250.


WHAT!?!? I would have sworn it cost at least twice that, probably more.
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