Chronic-Headach
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Join date: Dec 2012
293 IQ
#1
I currently own a peavy Jump starter pack bass that was a hand me down from my younger sister. I need to upgrade!

Willing to spend between 3-5 hunredd, will push to 6 if its worth it.
Styles:I play mostly metal (all types) and a little reggae, wanting to get into playing blues and jazz
John Swift
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Join date: May 2004
899 IQ
#2
Quote by Chronic-Headach
I currently own a peavy Jump starter pack bass that was a hand me down from my younger sister. I need to upgrade!

Willing to spend between 3-5 hunredd, will push to 6 if its worth it.
Styles:I play mostly metal (all types) and a little reggae, wanting to get into playing blues and jazz

I have nothing but praise for the Squier Affinity 5 I bought for £210 last year bearing in mind I've owned some top basses.
The one upgrade was a John East J-Retro active kit which can be fitted in less than 1/2 hour.
G&L L2500
Squier Affinity Jazz Bass 5
Ashdown RPM pre-amp
Ashdown Little Giant 1000
300 watt 15" powered cab
450 watt 15" powered sub bass cab
2x10 + horn
1x15x10 + horn
Sliide90027
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2012
368 IQ
#3
Ibanez BTB 405's or 455's.

They will be the Basses you always come back to, as many costing thousands more will only be marginally better in Tone, fundamentals, and structure.
Ibanez BTB 1006 Fretless and 405 (no Barts)
456 & 455(w/Barts)
Genz Benz NeoX400 112T & NeoX 112T cab.
Digitech BP-8 (x2)
Yamaha PB-1
Boss: SYB-5, PS-2, OD-20, EQ-20, PH-3,BF-3, CE-20, DD-20
Morely A/B
Last edited by Sliide90027 at Jan 27, 2013,
_ThePanda_
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Join date: Aug 2012
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#4
Quote by Sliide90027
Ibanez BTB 405's or 455's.

They will be the Basses ou always come back to, as many costing thousands more will only be marginally better in Tone, fundamentals, and structure.

^This.

Or you could check out the Squier VM Jazz 5-String. It's only $330ish new (or $250ish used) and it sounds amazing for the price. However, there are different opinions on it. So if you can, try out the Ibanez's that Sliide suggested and the Squier VM Jazz V
Sudaka
Novice Bass Player
Join date: Sep 2008
1,096 IQ
#5
Ibanez's BTB or SR series (505 or higher for SRs)
Squier VM Jazz V
Stelring SUB ray 5
Used Sterling ray 35
that's all.
Quote by FatalGear41
When you break a bass string, that snapping sound is the sound of six dollars going down the crapper.



Sterling Ray 35
Hartke Ha3500 head - Gallien Krueger 212MBE cab
Tech 21 VT Bass
Zoom b2
ElHefe_RG
Registered User
Join date: Aug 2009
11 IQ
#6
Highly recommend the SR505. Had mine for about a year and I still smile everytime I see it. Might be a little out of the price range you mentioned though.
Chronic-Headach
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Join date: Dec 2012
293 IQ
#7
ill def check out the 505s. If they are pretty good quality id be willing to go a bit over my price range.

I see that on musicians friends they offer the 505 with both a rosewood and a maple fretboad. I'm not very knowledgable on woods. Are there any major diff. between the two or is the color the major difference?
Sudaka
Novice Bass Player
Join date: Sep 2008
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#8
Quote by Chronic-Headach
ill def check out the 505s. If they are pretty good quality id be willing to go a bit over my price range.

I see that on musicians friends they offer the 505 with both a rosewood and a maple fretboad. I'm not very knowledgable on woods. Are there any major diff. between the two or is the color the major difference?

I prefer Maple, becuase they feel better to me, you don't have to look after it (rosewood fretboards require some lemon oil rub every once in a while), and looks better.

The feel and sound difference are arguable. Still, i notice a huge difference in feel, and some little difference in sound. if you don't know which one you prefer, and you won't try before buy, just pick the one that looks better for you. It's not a huge difference. I mean, i prefer maple, but most of the instruments I've had, had rosewood fingerboards...
Quote by FatalGear41
When you break a bass string, that snapping sound is the sound of six dollars going down the crapper.



Sterling Ray 35
Hartke Ha3500 head - Gallien Krueger 212MBE cab
Tech 21 VT Bass
Zoom b2
moody git
i probably won't commit
Join date: May 2008
360 IQ
#9
yamaha rbx 375 is well worth a look as well
DONT RISK IT, BUY A BASS AMP
chatterbox272
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Join date: May 2011
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#10
Quote by moody git
yamaha rbx 375 is well worth a look as well

+1 I love my 375, it's a good bass.
Chronic-Headach
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2012
293 IQ
#11
So I've narrowed it down to a few basses

Ibanez SR605
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/ibanez-sr605-5-string-bass-guitar/580529000001000

Ibanez SR805
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/ibanez-sr805-5-string-electric-bass

And then I've also stumbled upon a few different basses.

Ibanez agb200 hollowedv body
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/ibanez-artcore-agb200-semi-hollow-electric-bass-guitar

I hope to learn to do a little bass, but this doesn't seem to be meant for that, nor for metal. But it's so damn beautiful and classy

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass/esp-b-208fm-8-string-bass-with-flamed-maple-top

This ESP 8 string looked really cool too.
Chronic-Headach
Registered User
Join date: Dec 2012
293 IQ
#13
Quote by _ThePanda_
Now that you've narrowed down, go and try them out


where I live (middle of nowhere Iowa) there is no place to go to try these bases out that doesnt involve a 1 1/2+ hour car drive in any direction.