#1
I've been playing for maybe 3-4 years and I'm finally looking at getting a new bass. I'm looking to spend maybe around £250-£600. I don't really want to go higher, but if something is really just right, I might go a bit higher.

I play all sorts of different music and lots of different techniques like slapping, tapping and strumming. So I need a bass that is versatile and will be able to sound good with different styles and techniques.

Range is important to me, my current one is a 24 fret and I don't want to loose any range (if possible I want to extend it). But I don't really want to have a 5 or 6 string. Is this going to narrow my options a lot?

(Also, if possible I'd like the bass to be light, but this comes after the other things on my list)
#2
try out the Ocean TB70 at guitar center

its light, versatile, 24 frets, good for slap n pop, tapping, and strumming
its also in your price range


EDIT: also look at the ibanez ATKs, there pretty good too and worth every penny

theres a sale at guitar center Dec 7-9 for 10% off any bass so i would go look there on those dates
I'll lay waiting, just waiting for my time to come
Last edited by 14shadesofblue at Dec 5, 2007,
#3
Several Ibanez basses will fit your bill and are on the lighter side, but they are not for everyone. The Fender Jazz V 24 sounds like it would also fit your specs nicely.

My advise is to take your requirements and your budget and get down to a good shop and start trying some basses. Good luck!
#4
That's a pretty wide price range. Do you already have a decent amp? If not it might be worth considering putting some of the money towards a new amp.

There are plenty of basses under £600 that are decent quality and 24 frets. Aside from the Fender Jazz 24 you should try Yamaha, Ibanez and the Warwick Corvette.
#5
I agree with smb in that you should get a new amp before anything. If you have an excellent amp already than I highly recommend the Fender Jazz 24 as well. I would also throw out the Ibanez SR500, as well as every other bass in your price range at Sam Ash or whatever guitar store you have kicking around.
#6
Warwick Corvette

Ibanez SR-500

Schecter Stiletto Elite 4

I would try these three out first if I had that sort of money. I don't think you can get an active Warwick Corvette for under £600. I'd check though. I'd also take a look on Spector's website, they do some nice 4 stringers with the EMGs on them.

Edit : Thought I'd give him links to the instruments mentioned (UK links) so TS could get an understanding of the prices .

Fender Jazz 24

My random choice to look at...

To the person who replied with the Ibanez ATK suggestion ; I didn't think they made a 24 fret ATK. I'll have a look though.

PS - Sound Control seem to be a little over priced.
Last edited by Micehorns at Dec 5, 2007,