#1
but i cant decide between a mark hoppus signature P/J bass or a epiphone thunderbird.

i play mostly punk and jazz but after a gig i played last night (links once my friend edits the video) i was asked by one of my friends bands to play bass for them so their bassist could move to rhythm guitar. they play a lot of classic rock, alternative, a little bit of metal, and some punk. but they also play bigger gigs than my band so this bass would need to be versatile and durable

in the fender i like the feel of a jazz body and the P neck makes fretting easier. i like the epi's tone and the feel while fingerpicking. i can slap fairly well on both and just cant make a decision.

i know its an epiphone but they are like gibsons with worse hardware, unlike squier who is nowhere close to fender despite them being a subdivision. and just because its a mark hoppus bass doesnt mean it sucks just because he isnt the most talented bassist.

so...what do you guys think would be a better bass for me?
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#3
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Epiphones are CERTAINLY not "Gibsons just with worse hardware"

The bass that's best for you is the one you like best. Don't ask an internet forum to make the decision for you.


i know that but i couldnt come up with a better wording...what i mean is like epiphone doesnt sacrifice quality like squier does. like a high end epiphone could live up to a low end gibson.
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i know that but i couldnt come up with a better wording...what i mean is like epiphone doesnt sacrifice quality like squier does. like a high end epiphone could live up to a low end gibson.


Epiphone quality control and general quality on their basses is shocking (IMO)

And the Mark Hoppus sig isn't that great. Look at (non sig) similar basses for the price. You can get better for that £400 to fit your needs.
#5
No. They really can't. Epiphone have POOR quality control.
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#6
The best suggestion is to go hit up a local shop. Just play. then pick the one that fits you.
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#7
congratulations you have it so arse backwards its hilarious

the squier vintage modified basses are comparable to fender MIM basses and are sometimes described as better

and as derilium said, epis are not gibsons with worse hardware. Epis are poorly made gibson lookalikes and i say lookalikes because that and the body wood (sometimes) are the only things in common they have

also neither of those basses are good for jazz or classic rock
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congratulations you have it so arse backwards its hilarious

the squier vintage modified basses are comparable to fender MIM basses and are sometimes described as better

and as derilium said, epis are not gibsons with worse hardware. Epis are poorly made gibson lookalikes and i say lookalikes because that and the body wood (sometimes) are the only things in common they have

also neither of those basses are good for jazz or classic rock



hit the nail on the head, way to go.
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i know that but i couldnt come up with a better wording...what i mean is like epiphone doesnt sacrifice quality like squier does. like a high end epiphone could live up to a low end gibson.



this man is no liar.
Gibson bass=crappy for the price they are
Epiphone bass=just plain crappy
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#10
You say you want your bass to be versatile. The Mark Hoppus bass is not quite so versatile. It's only got the one knob. Not a whole lot of control.
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#11
I personally wouldnt go for any.
However its not me buying so as the guys above have said, just hit up your local shop and try everything there.
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#12
Right,

I wanted a Hoppus bass, and it was the only bass that I wanted (i.e. didn't want a Jazz etc.), but I ended up getting a Precision. Mainly because the quality is better (mine is an American, oppsed to a Mexican), there are more tonal possibilities than the MH(even more if you have the S-1 like mine), and it can fit in better settings easier. I sill want the MH through, but make sure you have a good enough bass to fit in the settings the Hoppus won't.

Do you have a bass atm, and if yes, which one?
#13
I think he has confused the quality control between epiphones guitars and basses. High end epiphone guitars, with a little tweaking and changing of the pu's can sound just as good as a standard gibson. Unfortunatley their basses are just horrible and lack quality control and value for money
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I think he has confused the quality control between epiphones guitars and basses. High end epiphone guitars, with a little tweaking and changing of the pu's can sound just as good as a standard gibson. Unfortunatley their basses are just horrible and lack quality control and value for money

That is true, Epiphone guitars are looked on as great instruments, while Squier guitars are looked on as starter instruments. It is the other way around with basses, Epiphone basses are looked upon as mistake purchases (due to impulse buying), while many squier basses are extremely respectable.
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#15
Unless you're doing a blink cover band, don't get the MH.

Unless you want to get laughed at, don't get the Thunderbird.

I know the necks on the Jazz 5ers are as wide as the Precision 5ers, and I can't recall the name right now but there are Jazz bodies with Precision necks.

protip: both necks fit both bodies, if you want it that much.
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