snakeyes9510
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#1
i've been playin bass for 1 year, 8 months n played through that time with a Yamaha RBX170... yes yes i know, the cheapest of the Yamahas but i find it has a decent sound, now that my band is acually getting somewhere i need a new bass. I have a Peavey Basic112 bass amp(70 watts) and i am lookin at two different types of basses, fender and ibanez. My friend from school has a squier p-bass and i tried it out and it seems too small, it only has 20 frets(unlike my yamaha, which has 24 and a 35' scale). Our drummers dad has an Ibanez and he uses it during all his shows and it sounds pretty good. of course fenders will sound awesome too but the smaller scale kills me. Ibanez has the longer scale and more frets than a standard fender, so im stuck with this decision, Ibanez or Fender? help me out experianced bassists!
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get what FEELS right with u.
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probably ibanez. i've been looking at the SR series, mainly the SR 400 and SR500. the 500 has a mahogany body, wenge/bubinga neck, comes stock with Bartolini (SP?) electronics, and elixirs the finish is a nice dark brown mahogany stain. Active EQ. ya well i dont see anything wrong with it. unfortunately the price tag... ouch... 700 CDN ... about 520ish US i think?
SocKo?
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#4
The music comes from you, not from the bass. Find an instrument that's going to allow you to get your sound.

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notice his emphasis on YOU and YOUR.

seriously. it is just a preferance. i love the jazz look myself. i just wish fender made 22 frets jazzes.

ibanez i hate their head stocks. but thats just me.

also i love the jazzy sound you get.

ibanez are great too, alot of their basses have the 22nd fret or 24th fret.

myself. if i ever get the money, i plan on get an american jazz and a sr900 or srx500. just so i can have the variety.

and of course a peavey fury 4 or ac bxp. gotta stay true to what you started with.
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#5
Fender Deluxe American Jazz Flame Maple Top is much better than an Ibanez GSR200.

Joking aside, whatever you prefer in the store is whatever's best for you.
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#6
It all depends on your feeling. I prefer Fender whilst others prefer Ibanez. I'm not saying Ibanez sucks. I've played Ibanezes I liked, but I just like Fender more.

Get what feels right to you.
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#7
Originally posted by Bassman86
It all depends on your feeling. I prefer Fender whilst others prefer Ibanez. I'm not saying Ibanez sucks. I've played Ibanezes I liked, but I just like Fender more.

Get what feels right to you.




It's COMPLETELY up to you what kind of bass you want. In my own opinion and experience, though, I prefer the feel and sound of the Fender four-string basses. Don't worry about having 22 or 24 frets, I mean, when you go that high you lose a ton of sustain, and do you really need all those frets? What songs do you play the most?

However, when you get into five and six strings, I must say Ibanez makes some nice basses for the price.
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#8
I'm only repeating what everyone else is saying by suggesting that you go into a music shop, play both, and purchase the bass that you preferr (alien concept, huh? )

I personally find Fender Jazz' too cumbersome. The bodies are huge, and I find it a bit tiring to have to stretch my arm like buggery. Which doesn't seem worth it, for 20 frets worth of notes. But that's me. You're not buying a bass for me.
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SocKo?
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#9
Originally posted by mountaindew88


It's COMPLETELY up to you what kind of bass you want. In my own opinion and experience, though, I prefer the feel and sound of the Fender four-string basses. Don't worry about having 22 or 24 frets, I mean, when you go that high you lose a ton of sustain, and do you really need all those frets? What songs do you play the most?

However, when you get into five and six strings, I must say Ibanez makes some nice basses for the price.


you've been following me alot havnt u -.-

well alot of bass solos ive been trying do hav the 22nd fret.
i know not most songs out there hav it, but the songs ive been trying do. it really does kill the song if you ask me.

but yeh its just my personal preferance to hav that 22nd fret.
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#10
i am currently in the same delima bud whatever you like none is better than the other each brand of basses makes thier sound and feel out there for people to try and get what thay are comfterble with it


what i dont like about fenders or ibenezzes is just the bodys thay all look the same to me so that is why i am considering buying a ESP viper 104 ...but then again the jazz bass has this sort of thing to it that draws me in and ibenez has its own sound and feel that seems awsome too and Epiphone T-birds look cool too im not sure about the feel/sound yet but i hear promiseing things

i dont know what to get and no matter how much i play each instrament it doesent help me decide
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to me, i think fenders are more classic and or jazzy style, and ibanez is more of a modern, maybe even modern rock style. but this is wat i figure. to have the perfect bass, 9 times out of 10 it will have to be made by you. so until you can do that well, get wat fits you pretty well, and dosnt cost too much. i picked a SR500 (will get it soon) becuz of the specs. i see all the woods used and the EQ and all that... i really think there isnt anything wrong with it. if i COULD change it and would be a on a unlimited budget... well then i would give it a better paint job, different input jack, make it a neck thru, have different tuners, get a better bridge. thats about it. other than the bridge and tuners, not much will make a big difference (the neck thru will, but i dont really need it). so thats why i think this is as close as i will get to what i like for 700 dollars canadian. so thats wat you should do. think about your style of music, your budget, and wat you want in a bass.
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#12
Ibanez easily. Fenders just dont sound warm enough and r 2 "twangy", but Ibanez can get any sound u want, i just wish i had money 2 get 1
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#13
whatever u think is better. i have a fender and love it.
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snakeyes9510
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#14
Originally posted by mountaindew88


It's COMPLETELY up to you what kind of bass you want. In my own opinion and experience, though, I prefer the feel and sound of the Fender four-string basses. Don't worry about having 22 or 24 frets, I mean, when you go that high you lose a ton of sustain, and do you really need all those frets? What songs do you play the most?

However, when you get into five and six strings, I must say Ibanez makes some nice basses for the price.


I like playing alot of RHCP songs, and i like to break out a little inprovised riff every now and then during shows so i guess those higher notes/frets would help... i was also looking at the fender zone basses lately, i see that they have that 22nd fret... anyone every tried them? i like their look.. what about their sound?
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ever tried them* sorry hehehe typo:P
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First off, don't make another post to correct a typo. That's just spam. If a typo bothers you, use the edit button.

To answer your question, the zone basses I've tried are alright, but way overpriced. Ibanez makes basically the same axe for a whole lot less. But it's up to you; go try them out.
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#18
i tried a fender american jazz the other day while visiting van.

i am soooo in love with it. i am definately getting one when i hav the money.
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#19
Fender, most definatly.
Ibanez is more a guitar brand, not a bass brand. But yeah, if you dont have much money, buy an ibanez
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^^But thats my opinion. Try them, and then make up your mind
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ya i'd say it's how the neck feels to you because while fender jazzes are versatile ibanez can be too. ibanez will have a thinner faster neck than fender.
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#23
The two times I've decided I'm definitely buying a Fender I ended up buying Ibanez instead.
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*reported* rockguitarist20 for serial necroposting. Looking at his posting history that's all he does.
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i've never played an ibanez bass but my MIM jazz is perfect for me atm
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#28
I personally would lean towards a Fender but thats my opinion. I dont think anyone has suggested this...Fender Jazz 24
It sounds like a good choice to me, you have the Jazz looks, 24 frets and active seymour duncan p'ups.
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#29
depends
of your budget is 400$ or so ibanez are better build so they are a better deal for the price
if you are espending around 800$ MIA fenders are awesome
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What the **** posessed you to necropost a THREE YEAR OLD THREAD!?

EDIT: ****, didn't mean to post after a report. I just saw the date and was so infuriated that I posted out of haste. Please take pity on me.
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EDIT: ****, old thread. Didn't notice. Soz

( On a side note, there's two types of posts that are probably not very useful to
someone who starts a thread like this.

1) People just saying you should go and see what feels good yourself. Anyone can (and most people do, in fact) think of that.
2) People just saying 'get this, the other one sucks' (although posts like these are, in fact, more useful still than those of the first kind). )

Some people when they go into a store, every mid and high end bass feels nice (except for, perhaps, extreme cases such as the BTB 5 string necks) and every mid/high end bass sounds nice as well, given a suitable amp and some tweaking. Anyway.

On to the point. I just got an Ibanez SRX590 today, after considering several basses amongst which a Fender Jazzbass Deluxe (Vintage White) and an Ibanez SRX750. Well, the 750 wasn't that much better than the 590 and I actually liked the look better on the 590 (although the 750 is ofc wonderful as well), and I liked the SRX necks as much as the Jazzbass necks - difference in price; 400e. Ofcourse, the jazz bass is more versatile, tone-wise - the SRX series don't even sport a mid-EQ control - and the Vintage White is absolutely beautiful, but for me the difference wasn't big enough to pay a double price for. I would've been equally happy with both basses - but then again, perhaps I'm not 'picky' enough. And perhaps I should note that the SRXs actually have 24 frets (but that didn't really matter to me).
The Ibanez SRX (and BTB) four string necks are very slim (much more than the GSR series), kindof like the Jazzbass' first few frets.

Perhaps I should just say that, if you like how they both feel and you like how they both sound, you should consider other factors, such as, indeed, price (I'm halfway a new amp for not getting the jazzbass) and perhaps what your position is in the band (a subtle, background bass player probably wouldn't want to play a Mockingbird bass or something else flashy). Hell, you could even compare the finishes to your favourite shirts.
And, perhaps not unimportantly as well, think about how you could call the Jazzbass 'concept' recognisable, steady and a safe bet or you could call it standard, lacking innovation and perhaps boring. I have to admit that an Ibanez with a nice finish is in fact more spectacular.

Anyway, I hope I helped
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Yea I know, asides from that the TS probably bought something three years ago (just noticed)
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