#1
Well, my birthday's coming up (5 months actually) and I've decided to get a new bass guitar, but, I am having major troubles in choosing one.

That's why I've come here to ask for help and here's basically what I need...

  • A 4 string (but I wouldn't say no to 5).
  • Punchy and powerful but has lots of tone.
  • Versatility - I play loads of styles but mainly punk/funk.
  • Reliability, I would seriously hate it if I had to take it back.
  • Good pickups with tons of tone.


I have a budget of around US$1100 or around 900Euros.

I also would like to play a Fender but I'm fairly open about it.

Thanks.
#3
Woah, that's well cheap. I've just looked at a couple of reviews and they say that sometimes the picks ups buzz. But in one review:

When I learned more about bass, I realized that this bass had horrible fret buzz, buzzing issues, warped neck, and scratchy pots.


Okay, that's really put me off, I guess I could change the set and things to eliminate these problems and I think this is about teh 100th time I've read about warped necks from Ibanez. I'll still try it in a store though.

I'm going into a few music shops on Saturday and I think I'll try everyone you guys can come up with. So please give me more!!

I thought of a Fender Aerodyne Jazz, I've heard good things about MIJ Fenders and PJ Pickups would really suit me.
#4
fender american jazz
aerodyne would be good too.
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#6
Thanks for the suggestions but unfortunatly I will be having to pay extortionate British prices.

Which means a $1130 Stingray is about £1299 But if i ordered from the US it would be a lot cheaper so...

Does anyone reconmend importing a guitar and getting it labelled as a gift so there's no duty?
#7
well if you are into fenders i dunno but just to throw in an interesting suggestion get a Rickenbacker they own my life
#9
Only 3 months to decide now...

I say you're extremely lucky if you're parents will buy you a bass for your birthday.
Tbh I'd just be happy with any Bass, I have a guitar but I never play it because I'm crap at it and it would be more loved if someone else had it.

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#10
Schecters are great, they have great tone and are not that expensive.
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#11
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/\ second that, it sounds like the ideal bass for your needs. and you say the cash is a problem, maybe you can convince your parents to make it a joint venture, you throw in most of the cash, they cover the rest of it for your birthday, 60/40 maybe? 70/30 even?

if not, conklin gt4 or 5.
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#12
Rickenbacker 4003!!! or if you can find one a 4001 but they dont make them anymore
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#13
dude get an ibanez edb-405
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#15
Inanez SRX505. The SR505 is good too, but i prefer the wider string spacing of the SRX. The SR feels too crammed to me, that's just my opinion though. Try them both out.
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