#1
I play in a stoner rock band, (With a touch of 80's rock) so I need quite a crunchy tone but not too bright. I'm not exactly looking to blend into the background, we do have bass solos and a touch of pop n' slap, but crunch is the key thing here.
Mah budget is around £350-£600, can't really go much higher than that, and I basically know nothing of mid-range basses so I'm looking to leech off you guys' knowledge. It'll be going through a Hartke HA3500/410 TP, too. If that helps.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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#2
Save up another £75 and you can get yourself an MIA Fender Precision or Jazz bass which I think is the way to go, which one you prefer is up to you, I personally think a Precision would be good for you.
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#3
Well, I have an Ibanez SR505, and it's one of the most versatile basses I've ever tried, I can honestly say it would handle ANY genre pretty well. It has Bartolini MK1 pickups, and a Bartolini 3-band EQ, and I'm guessing the versatility comes from there, so look around for basses with those.
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#4
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Save up another £75 and you can get yourself an MIA Fender Precision or Jazz bass which I think is the way to go, which one you prefer is up to you, I personally think a Precision would be good for you.


I've not seen a USA Fender go for less than £800-ish anywhere but the internet... and if I'm buying a nearly £700 guitar, I'd be loathe to order one blind.

Does sound like a P would suit him well though.

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#5
In GAK both the Precision and Jazz go for £675.

I tend to try stuff out instore and order online if I can save a lot of money, if not I'll buy it from my local shop but it's usually a little overpriced.
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In GAK both the Precision and Jazz go for £675.

I tend to try stuff out instore and order online if I can save a lot of money, if not I'll buy it from my local shop but it's usually a little overpriced.


Well, it's all overpriced. Shelf goods are just moreso... and Soundcontrol even more than that - I was in there the other day and they had a basic USA Jazz (S-1) at £1000ish

I just prefer to know exactly what I'm getting before I fork money over. GAK seems to have a reputation around my end for shipping stuff absolutely terribly set up, too. I'd probably buy anything but an actual guitar online... but guitars are just too temperamental for me to risk it. To each their own, though.
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Well, it's all overpriced. Shelf goods are just moreso... and Soundcontrol even more than that - I was in there the other day and they had a basic USA Jazz (S-1) at £1000ish

I just prefer to know exactly what I'm getting before I fork money over. GAK seems to have a reputation around my end for shipping stuff absolutely terribly set up, too. I'd probably buy anything but an actual guitar online... but guitars are just too temperamental for me to risk it. To each their own, though.

My SR505 arrived perfectly set up haha. I guess I was lucky
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#8
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#9
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Well, it's all overpriced. Shelf goods are just moreso... and Soundcontrol even more than that - I was in there the other day and they had a basic USA Jazz (S-1) at £1000ish

I just prefer to know exactly what I'm getting before I fork money over. GAK seems to have a reputation around my end for shipping stuff absolutely terribly set up, too. I'd probably buy anything but an actual guitar online... but guitars are just too temperamental for me to risk it. To each their own, though.


haha yes i did order a bass from SC once. Saved £100 but it came with a knob missing. nowadays tho for me if it's from the internet and it's not used, it's from germany, america or japan.
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#10
I've always overlooked Ibanez basses in the past, never really jumped out at me. I do like the look of the SR505, and it's a 5-string so that's kind of a bonus, I prefer playing those.

I've played a P-bass before, I like the tone but they don't feel comfortable to me. They're a bit too light and the pickups aren't usually in a position to suit my playing, they get in the way a bit because I often play perilously close to the bridge. I'm a huge retard, you see. Don't really love the look of them either. But thanks for the recommendations, I'll definitely look into these.

EDIT: wait, does the 505 have active electronics? That'd be preferable too.
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#11
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I've always overlooked Ibanez basses in the past, never really jumped out at me. I do like the look of the SR505, and it's a 5-string so that's kind of a bonus, I prefer playing those.

I've played a P-bass before, I like the tone but they don't feel comfortable to me. They're a bit too light and the pickups aren't usually in a position to suit my playing, they get in the way a bit because I often play perilously close to the bridge. I'm a huge retard, you see. Don't really love the look of them either. But thanks for the recommendations, I'll definitely look into these.

EDIT: wait, does the 505 have active electronics? That'd be preferable too.

How does the pickup get in the way if you play over the bridge, the pickup is right by the neck? And almost all Ibanez's I've played have been lighter than my Precision. Other than that, fair enough.
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#12
You're probably right, I was piecing most of that together from a hazy memory. I like my basses pretty bulky, I seem to remember the P-bass felt a bit light. As for the pickups, again you're probably right, but I do remember them getting in the way. You know what, I'm actually beginning to have some doubts I've ever played one at all.

You know what, actually, I'll go into my local place after college tomorrow and assess just how braindead I'm being here. Keep ya updated.
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#13
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You're probably right, I was piecing most of that together from a hazy memory. I like my basses pretty bulky, I seem to remember the P-bass felt a bit light. As for the pickups, again you're probably right, but I do remember them getting in the way. You know what, I'm actually beginning to have some doubts I've ever played one at all.

You know what, actually, I'll go into my local place after college tomorrow and assess just how braindead I'm being here. Keep ya updated.


The P-bass is renowned for being bulky! It's the word that springs to mind when almost anyone that isn't a P-bass player is asked to describe why they don't like them... I'm beginning to doubt you've played one too, heh.

No accounting for taste, though.
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#14
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I've always overlooked Ibanez basses in the past, never really jumped out at me. I do like the look of the SR505, and it's a 5-string so that's kind of a bonus, I prefer playing those.

I've played a P-bass before, I like the tone but they don't feel comfortable to me. They're a bit too light and the pickups aren't usually in a position to suit my playing, they get in the way a bit because I often play perilously close to the bridge. I'm a huge retard, you see. Don't really love the look of them either. But thanks for the recommendations, I'll definitely look into these.

EDIT: wait, does the 505 have active electronics? That'd be preferable too.

Yeah, It's active, I love how quickly your tone changes when you turn one of the knobs haha.

There's a four string version too, if you'd prefer that.
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#15
To me the ultimate stoner rock bass is the P.
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#16
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To me the ultimate stoner rock bass is the P.


Agreed. American P FTW. Black body, black pickguard, maple fretboard.
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#17
Another vote for the P-Bass from me.
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#18
key to crunch is mids and treble. oddly flat or low bass, it tends to muddy up teh crunchy tone.

and i agree the p-bass will do the best job. jazz basses are too thin in sound and humbuckers (generally) are too fat in sound.
#19
Just another point, the eyehategod bassist uses a single humbucker five string sterling and IMO, it doesn't fit at all.
Whereas the Orange Goblin bassist uses a P and it fits perfectly IMO.
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