#1
So, I played a Warwick Corvette Standard. Hated it.

Musiman Stingray 5. Hated it.

Fender American Standard Jazz. Hated it.

3 different MTD basses. Hated them all.

Squier Vintage Modified Jazz. Loved it

Ibanez SR 506. Loved it.

Schecter Stiletto Studio 5. Love it.

To be fair, the jazz didn't seem to be set up properly (bowed neck) which may have lead to what I thought was a 'dull' sound and high action. But otherwise, I hven't found a high end, expensive bass that I actually LIKE. Do I have a weird taste in basses or does Guitar Center's stock just blow?
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#2
Try a Traben, if you live in America.
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#3
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz is an amazing bass. If I were to be given a free bass of any make and any price, the SVM would be the one I'd take, even though it's dirt cheap (and made by Squier). It sounds as good as any other Jazz bass & feels better than the American stuff. I totally agree with you. I think they could easily stick "Fender" and "Made in USA" or "Made in Japan" on there, and jack the price up $500; then everyone would buy it. Because it says "Squier", no one does. x.x
#4
jazz bass is awesome! and the stingray, i thought that the hype about it kinda made it crappy when i played it ...
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#7
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Squier Vintage Modified Jazz is an amazing bass. If I were to be given a free bass of any make and any price, the SVM would be the one I'd take, even though it's dirt cheap (and made by Squier). It sounds as good as any other Jazz bass & feels better than the American stuff. I totally agree with you. I think they could easily stick "Fender" and "Made in USA" or "Made in Japan" on there, and jack the price up $500; then everyone would buy it. Because it says "Squier", no one does. x.x


Not really sorry, im willing along with many other people to buy an MIA fender, over a SMV, there better made, better tone, their made alot better (neck reinforcement) I dont know what your getting at.
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Not really sorry, im willing along with many other people to buy an MIA fender, over a SMV, there better made, better tone, their made alot better (neck reinforcement) I dont know what your getting at.



I agree while the VM series is great they are on par/ a slight bit better than MIM the american standard(a P-bass) i played blew it out of the water though both are of course excellent basses
#9
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Not really sorry, im willing along with many other people to buy an MIA fender, over a SMV, there better made, better tone, their made alot better (neck reinforcement) I dont know what your getting at.

Getting at: stop wasting your money on brand names.
#10
Was the reason you hated the Warwick the fact that the neck is a baseball bat ? Because that's the main reason i am repelled by them
#11
I actually agree. I can't seem to get a good sound on all of these "high-end" basses. I think I'm just used to crappy tone (though I actually do like playing Warwicks, well, some of them.)
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#12
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Getting at: stop wasting your money on brand names.


Because theres not a reason that brands charge more for better bass's and less for lesser bass's.
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#13
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Was the reason you hated the Warwick the fact that the neck is a baseball bat ? Because that's the main reason i am repelled by them


It was more than tone. Though, the neck was a reminder of the old days when I was on a baseball team in middle school. By the way, I DID like the Ash Corvette. I found the Thumb BO 6 to be pretty nice, too.
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#14
The ash corvette and the thumb and the bubinga one will all have the same neck just different widths, well their necks are the same in perportion.
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#15
My MAIN problem with these was tone. Like I said, the Am. Jazz wasn't properly set up, and is probably a nice bass. So it was the TONE on the bubinga 'vette that I didn't like. The Ash and the Thumb I liked.
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#16
Quote by Cody_Grey102
It was more than tone. Though, the neck was a reminder of the old days when I was on a baseball team in middle school. By the way, I DID like the Ash Corvette. I found the Thumb BO 6 to be pretty nice, too.


eh, i'm not a fan of warwicks either... except the double buck, something about that bass grabbed me by the dick and never let go
#17
Thats one thing with fender they can be a bit hit and miss, but still i think there great and a musicman stingray 5 is my next bass. See if you can Try a Jazzman, Its probably my favourite warwick.

Its seems you might like active pickups more.
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#18
everyone has different tastes about these things. everyone always goes on about classic vibe squiers being good for what they are worth. i played a CV 50's P Bass it was horrible, the neck felt like i was holding a tree and the tone was horrible.
#19
On the point of you disliking the fenders. I never really like them either myself, but i will note that they always seem to be the basses with the worst setups in the stores around here. I think the stores expect the name to sell them instead if the feel so they don't bother.
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#20
burns bisons are amazing, a little overpriced, but they're kind of unique, I don't think anyone makes a burns replica
#21
My granddad always talks about an old guy who used to be his neighbor, always used to drink this scotch called "Clooney", granddad says it was the worst, cheapest scotch he ever tasted. This old guy was in the hospital, where he would eventually die, and asked my granddad to sneak in some of that scotch. My granddad goes to house, looks in the closet, finds a jug of clooney, right next to six or seven bottles of $30 scotch (when $30 was even more expensive than that is now). That's not what the old guy wanted, he wanted the cheap stuff.

So, basically, you're an old crotchety man with a drinking problem.
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#22
well i once scratched the frik out of a MM after 2 hrs and set it back up, nobody cared. nobody complained. i bescrewed it over completely. GC basses generally are bad XD
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#23
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well i once scratched the frik out of a MM after 2 hrs and set it back up, nobody cared. nobody complained. i bescrewed it over completely. GC basses generally are bad XD

What? I don't understand what you're trying to say.

Anyways, I agree with TS. I do like the feel and tone of most Warwicks, but generally am not impressed by other high-end gear. Ibanez and Schecter stuff pleases me the most.
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#24
stingrays where i live in guitar center are screwed uped. and the jazz is crap. its really bad. dont know why you dislike the warwick. maybe the neck? and the other basses you played are usually pretty good.
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#25
I was very underwhelmed by the American Standard basses. I got my Stingray 5 HH (A fresh kettle of fish from the standard) for the same price, and there's no comparision.
The Squiers have more support than Fender would like to admit, I tried the VM fretless J, and was very impressed, especially when the Jaco Tribute is about six grand.
Ive never been a Warwick person, Ive played a few, and none of them had enough character, especially against the Stingray. Maybe I have some freak Ernie Ball offering, or maybe the Warwicks had been victims of tree-abuse, but they've never appealed to me.
I would say that there's a sense of carelessness about playing a cheap bass that lets you play harder and dig in a bit more, so that when you're gigging, waving it around like a loon, its more enjoyable. Maybe its just me.
#26
Tone...

I won't call BS - I'll let the video do the talking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Cd98DH__U

If you can't tell the difference, or prefer the Squier's tone, you're batscat banannas. Really.
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#27
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Tone...

I won't call BS - I'll let the video do the talking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Cd98DH__U

If you can't tell the difference, or prefer the Squier's tone, you're batscat banannas. Really.


"50' P" Squire
51' P Japan
I'm batscat bananas on this one, I couldn't tell, well, I could tell when he went up high on the 51', and I didn't like it. Yep.

"60's P" Squire
88' P Japan
Call me ****ing batscat bananas, I prefer the Squire (more so on the slap tone)

"60's J" Squire full
64' full
Wow, finally a Fender that sounds better. The Squire sounded like, ehh. Sounded like trying to use the Bridge pick up on my bass

"60's J" Squire front
64' front
ehh, Squire for finger, Fender for slap. I'm changing my user name to Bascat.

"60's J" Squire back
64' front
I thought the Squire full was bad. This is horrible. I hate this tone, it actually makes me angry. You better call me some form of bat**** bananna bricks because I have the same opinion on the Fender.

So basically, Squire P>Japanese P, Fender J>Squire J
at least to me
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#28
Too many people are starting out with bad things that lead to bad tone, which leads to not appreciating things.
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#29
All those basses, every single one, sounded much more hollow with a lot less low end, and had more shrill on the treble. All the Fenders sounded smoother, rounder, thicker, louder, and bassier. For me, the greatest difference was the Jazz, followed by the '51 P (day and night if you ask me), with the P coming in at most similar. They had similar grunt, but those characteristics I described earlier were still there. If you really prefer the Squiers tonally, I think you're all bonk-nanas!
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#30
Quote by thefitz
All those basses, every single one, sounded much more hollow with a lot less low end, and had more shrill on the treble. All the Fenders sounded smoother, rounder, thicker, louder, and bassier. For me, the greatest difference was the Jazz, followed by the '51 P (day and night if you ask me), with the P coming in at most similar. They had similar grunt, but those characteristics I described earlier were still there. If you really prefer the Squiers tonally, I think you're all bonk-nanas!

I agree with you on the Jazz, is my point kind of.

(Notice how hob-knob I am anyway, I type "Squire")
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#32
Quote by thefitz
All those basses, every single one, sounded much more hollow with a lot less low end, and had more shrill on the treble. All the Fenders sounded smoother, rounder, thicker, louder, and bassier. For me, the greatest difference was the Jazz, followed by the '51 P (day and night if you ask me), with the P coming in at most similar. They had similar grunt, but those characteristics I described earlier were still there. If you really prefer the Squiers tonally, I think you're all bonk-nanas!


maybe the strings haven't settled down on the squier's ?
#33
Quote by toyboxmonster
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz is an amazing bass. If I were to be given a free bass of any make and any price, the SVM would be the one I'd take, even though it's dirt cheap (and made by Squier). It sounds as good as any other Jazz bass & feels better than the American stuff. I totally agree with you. I think they could easily stick "Fender" and "Made in USA" or "Made in Japan" on there, and jack the price up $500; then everyone would buy it. Because it says "Squier", no one does. x.x



WHAT!!!

a squire vmj is good but not as good as an american fender- they are 2 separate leagues

i would agree with you to some extent if you said MIM but american? you over exagerated
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#34
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maybe the strings haven't settled down on the squier's ?

But that shouldn't ADD bass - just tame the treble. I give him the benefit of the doubt in that he probably has strings of the same condition on both basses.
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#35
Now stack that Squier jazz, which I like, against an American Standard Fender, which is identical in looks, not in construction, so I can see the difference. If the massive price difference is worth it, then my mind may be changed. Oddly enough, I can make cheap basses sound better. I make this old Dean Edge 01 sound pretty damn nice. Again, I have weird taste.
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#37
^Indeed, there are other basses than Fenders...

What I think would be interesting is listening to a Fender American Standard, against the equivalent VM or CV by Squier, with the price difference made up in modifications.
Ive always thought that for the amount of money made available by the Squier, you could drop in a beast preamp and some nice pickups, maybe change the bridge, hell even whack on a graphite neck (not all together, but...) but Ive never known how the sounds would compare.
#38
Quote by rambelpalsis
WHAT!!!

a squire vmj is good but not as good as an american fender- they are 2 separate leagues

i would agree with you to some extent if you said MIM but american? you over exagerated

You mean I could under-exaggerate?

And I'm pretty sure different basses will feel different to different people. The VMJ happens to have felt much better to my hands than the Americans I tried the same day. It's not really up to me to choose -_-
#39
But the sound out of an MIA is so much nicer, come on like,
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