#1
Hey, il save the essays and get straight to the point...

At the moment i play a squire jazz bass, and i like the sound i can get from it, i also love the thin neck.

Im gunna have about £400 - £600 ($700 - $1100 If my converter is correct) And there are a few things ide like on my bass...

Firt off, i know i want a jazz pick up, but i think a humbucker would be good too, so if i had like a Jazz neck pick up and a Humbucker at the bridge, Something simalr to a music man humbucker...

Ide also quite like to stick to a smaller neck... but this isnt as important too me, Also i do not want a 5 string, Ive played them before and i much prefare 4's

So any help or sugestions you have would be great!
#2
Wait, I didn't really understand your post because of your wording...

you're looking for a new bass between 700-1100$?

Maybe an Ibanez SR700? That has a thin neck

I'll get back to you later when I'm more awake, because i still don,t know if I read it right.

But yeah, SR's are pretty awesome if youre looking for a good new bass that doesn't cost too much

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR700-Bass-Guitar?sku=517355
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#3
Basicly, 700 - 1100$ something with a thinish neck that has Jazz style Pickup and a MM style pickup
#4
In these price range I think some compromise is going to be necessary.

A few options I'd look into are;

An actual Jazz bass. Look for a second hand Japanese one (or second hand USA one, perhaps a Highway One model, if you find a good deal). The Geddy Lee would be an option too, they're Japanese-made and quality instruments. They retail a little higher than your price range, but you'd be able to find a second hand one easily enough. They also have even thinner necks than standard Jazz basses. Here's a few options I found on ebay;

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fender-Marcus-Miller-Jazz-Bass-/130424035210?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fender-USA-Jazz-Bass-Highway-1-Series-/140444970090?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Fender-Geddy-Lee-Jazz-Bass-/230514986864?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV

If second hand ones deter you in some way, then your best bet would be one of the 70s Mexican Jazz bass reissues. The Mexican basses tend to be questionable in their quality control (they're pretty inconsistent) but I've found that the 70s reissues are a lot better than the Mexican standards and seem to avoid most of the problems. Here's a link;

http://www.andertons.co.uk/bass-guitars/pid10977/cid560/fender-reissue-70s-jazz-bass-guitar-3-colour-sunburst.asp

If you're more into the Musicman Stingray thing, you're not going to get the real deal. However you could look for a Sterling Ray. Here's a few I found (one second hand and a few new, all in your price range)...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Sterling-ray-musicman-bass-guitar-/150482829387?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Sterling-Music-Man-RAY34-Honeyburst-Bass-RAY-34-/250683536436?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV

http://www.dv247.com/guitars/sterling-by-musicman-sb14-bass-guitar-candy-apple-red--72609

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/STERLING-BY-ERNIE-BALL-MUSIC-MAN-SB14-BK-BASS-GUITAR_W0QQitemZ220624750142QQcmdZViewItem?rvr_id=129750675571&rvr_id=129750675571&cguid=a9babc5012a0a0e20564e924fbb7c259

Another option worth pointing out would be the Ibanez ATK basses. They're often regarded to be a much more well-priced alternative to a Musicman Stingray (probably superior build quality and value to the Sterling Ray). They also have a unique look to them.

Here's a few Ibanez ATK300s to look at;

http://www.dv247.com/guitars/ibanez-atk300-bass-guitar-natural--50265

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/IBANEZ-ATK300BBL-ATK-300-BBL-ELECTRIC-BASS-GUITAR-/400129012721?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV

And here's an Ibanez ATK model I found on eBay which is second hand, but has a single coil Jazz style pup fitted in the neck position as well as the standard ATK humbucker in the bridge (which would cater for what you wanted).

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/bass-guitar-Ibanez-ATK-VERY-GOOD-CONDITION-/180552464057?pt=UK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV

Anyway, good luck in your search.
#5
Im not too keen on the ATK, its a lovely bass, but its just not my cup of tea so to speak...
The Geddy Lee's are fantastic, ive played one of them before and i loved it, that was one of my top choices for my next bass.

Ide like to avoid mexican fender purley because of the variation in build quality, i wouldnt want to risk it, but what are the 70's re-issuses like?

Ive heard good thinks about the ray34's does anyone have any experience with them?

Also ive been looking at the Lakland Skyline 44-01, anyone played one of these before?
#6
The 44-01 is a fantastic bass, I prefer the 55's but that's beside the point. They're definitely some of the better MIK basses out there, but someone correct me if I'm wrong, I've heard they moved production out of Korea recently. Still fantastic basses.

If you're looking at Ray34's, you may as well be looking at used SUB's. The SUB line was Musicman's previous budget line, they were basically stripped down Stingray's, built in the same US factory as the real Stingrays. They've been discontinued for a while now, but they pop up used all the time, and are the closest thing you'll get to a Stingray. Some people really do love the Ray34's, and they're good basses, but IMO the SUB's are still better made.
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#7
Quote by Tostitos
The 44-01 is a fantastic bass, I prefer the 55's but that's beside the point. They're definitely some of the better MIK basses out there, but someone correct me if I'm wrong, I've heard they moved production out of Korea recently. Still fantastic basses.

Ive heard the 55's are beter, but i really dont want a 5 string, i woul hardly use the B string and i generaly dislike the spacing... Would you recomend buying one over any of the other sugestions ive had?

Quote by Tostitos
If you're looking at Ray34's, you may as well be looking at used SUB's. The SUB line was Musicman's previous budget line, they were basically stripped down Stingray's, built in the same US factory as the real Stingrays. They've been discontinued for a while now, but they pop up used all the time, and are the closest thing you'll get to a Stingray. Some people really do love the Ray34's, and they're good basses, but IMO the SUB's are still better made.

Yeah, ive looked at SUB's before, ide definatly concider buying one i just dont seem to see them come up for sale any where :/
#8
Quote by SamWhiteBASS
Ive heard the 55's are beter, but i really dont want a 5 string, i woul hardly use the B string and i generaly dislike the spacing... Would you recomend buying one over any of the other sugestions ive had?

The 55's are just 5 string versions of the 44's, they're not better, they just have an extra string. Now the 44-02's and the 55-02's those are better, with a quilt maple top (optional), an MM/J pup configuration and the electronics used in the US made 44-94 and 55-94.

This part is all IMO, but I'd suggest the Skyline over everything mentioned thus far except for the SUB and the MIA/MIJ Fender suggestions, which I'd put as on par (give or take) with the Skylines. You need to try them out, they all feel different.
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#9
Quote by Tostitos
The 55's are just 5 string versions of the 44's, they're not better, they just have an extra string. Now the 44-02's and the 55-02's those are better, with a quilt maple top (optional), an MM/J pup configuration and the electronics used in the US made 44-94 and 55-94.

This part is all IMO, but I'd suggest the Skyline over everything mentioned thus far except for the SUB and the MIA/MIJ Fender suggestions, which I'd put as on par (give or take) with the Skylines. You need to try them out, they all feel different.

Yeah ive seen the 44-02's But they are abit out my prace range if im correct?

But i think the SUB or 44-01 would be the best bet, Ide quite like an active bass and ive always had abit of a thing for the MM basses... Its quite hard to test higher end basses around here, most of the larger music shops stock Fendrs and that is it... Ive got plenty of time to make my ecison yet, but i tihnk i will ahve to try and find somewhere in North England that stocks a Variety of high end basses...
#11
As one of the bigger SUB-pushers these parts, I completely agree that SUB >Ray34. Much more of that rich Stingray tone. That being said, the two instruments sound completely different. You may like one more than the other... but generally the SUB's are regarded as higher quality (also, they're freaking invincible!!)

The ATK series is fantastic as well, but I would also look into Ibanez SR series if you favor a thin neck. I'm not sure if they'd cut it, pickup-wise, for you. Your best bet is definitely the SUB (If you can find one!) or the Lakland, which both have fantastic quality... but it depends on your personal taste.

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