#1
Hello, I have been looking into jazz basses for a LONG time because it takes A LOT of convincing for my parents to allow me to buy a new bass (should I add, with my own money). Anyways I was just wondering your guys' opinion on what the best bright sounding jazz bass (I like the alnicos). Doesn't have to be a fender, although i do prefer them. No fretless. 800-1500 american dollars.

Thanks,
Sam
#2
One you can wrap around your parents' neck for not letting you spend your own money.

What about a MIA Precision or a MusicMan of some sort?
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#3
Really it depends whether you have any preferences towards vintage specs or specific radius fingerboards etc.

If not, your best bet is probably just a good solid Fender USA Standard Jazz.
#5
Fender MIA or MIJ would be a good bet, if you look for a used MIJ you could save a lot of money, they're typically not too terribly expensive.

A used Lakland Skyline 44-60 Vintage J or Darryl Jones would fit nicely into your budget. You could look at a G&L JB (either used US or new Tribute). If you looked in the right places, you could probably find a Pedulla Rapture (which is Jazz-esque, although not all have a J/J pup configuration) for around $1500.
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#6
An MIA Fender Jazz is your best bet, but if you are looking for something a bit different and you want a lot of input into the features, take a look at Carvin's SB4000 and SB5000 (5-string version):

http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/index.php?model=sb4000

http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/index.php?model=sb5000
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#7
Is an MIA standard going to really be better than a different MIJ jazz?
#8
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Is an MIA standard going to really be better than a different MIJ jazz?

They're very similar quality-wise, although an MIA will be easier to get your hands on.
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They're very similar quality-wise, although an MIA will be easier to get your hands on.


Yeah, thats what I thought, but are the American standard pickups like the alnico's in the 70's MIM? (I really like that bass)
#10
Also keep in mind in the MIA/CIJ debate, the MIA has the graphite reinforced neck, the CIJ does not. The MIA has arguably the best and most stable neck out there.
#11
Have to ask...do you still have the Behringer BXL900 that's on your profile?

If I were you, I'd stick with your Stiletto Custom and SR405 for a long time if it meant getting a better amp than that. It's definitely your bottleneck in terms of tone.
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#12
With a budget like that you can get pretty much anything you want, especially if you look used.
#13
Get a Marcus Miller Jazz, Jazz basses are verstile as hell. The MM is even more so.
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#14
Theirs so many jazz bass's out thier.

Aswell as the fenders you have
Sadowsky metro's
lakland skylines
Sandbergs
and custom's.

Best to have a real good think and look around before making up your mind.
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#15
Quote by Mutant Corn
Have to ask...do you still have the Behringer BXL900 that's on your profile?

If I were you, I'd stick with your Stiletto Custom and SR405 for a long time if it meant getting a better amp than that. It's definitely your bottleneck in terms of tone.


Yeah, I know, but my parents are even more against me getting a new amp than a new guitar...for some reason....
#17
To TS: Christ man, move out! Whats the big deal? Its not like they're paying for it.


Can ya'll please stop the behringer bashing?
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#19
Do what John Entwistle did. tell them there's work in it. If they think you can make a living from it, they me be inclined to let you go for it.
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#20
Unless there is some compelling reason otherswise, always go with a Fender bass

No other brand holds most of its value.
#22
I suggest a Geddy Lee jazz, I like it because its got a thinner neck than the American Standard, also better quality made in Japan compared to the US, in my opinion
#23
Okay, well they say, "You already have two nice basses (stiletto-4 and sr405)" but I don't like the stiletto because it was the first "nice" bass I bought and I had no idea what I was doing when I bought it.
#24
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Unless there is some compelling reason otherswise, always go with a Fender bass

No other brand holds most of its value.

someone hasnt tried a warwick nor any other brands listed in this topic.

sadowsky's are the bomb tbh.
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#25
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someone hasnt tried a warwick nor any other brands listed in this topic.

sadowsky's are the bomb tbh.


If I've ever played a bass that failed to justify the price tag, it was a Sadowsky.
#26
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If I've ever played a bass that failed to justify the price tag, it was a Sadowsky.

+1

I'm always impressed by Sadowsky's build quality, but they've always seemed a bit lackluster to justify such a high price tag. IMO if you want a high end Fender-esque bass, there are more interesting routes to go.
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#28
Sandberg. Period.
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#29
WTF no one has mentioned G&L? the JB-2 is my next bass, once I get some money. Even the Tribute series are fantastic basses. I have a L2000 Tribute, seriously better than any Stingray I've ever played. The Tribute is a really nice option especially since the electronics are the same as the Americans and you can save a ton of money on them.
#30
^ I suggested the JB series on the first page
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