#1
Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a new bass. Anything 1000 or less. Right now, it's kind of down to two basses.

Yamaha RBX774 or the Ibanez SR700.

Me and my friend plan on each ordering one of them in to my local music shop (Long & Mcquade), so I can try both of them out. I play hard rock, metal, prog, funk, and jazz. I also need to tune down a lot, like Drop A even, and I think both of these basses can do that.

So what do you guys think? If there's another bass you think I might like better, I'm open to suggestions.
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#2
i would play fender if i was you. they have been the best for like forever and they are pretty affordable. Check out any fender 5 string
#3
Well.... you could always get a 5 string. I'd choose the ibanez over the yamaha though. I hear ibanez makes good basses and i just don't trust yamaha enough to buy an expensive bass from.
#4
I personally don't like either of them models, but the Ibanez is much nicer. Also, Ibanez are usually decent for bass. Really, you should go for what you like best based on looks as well as specs, then you're pleased all around.
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#6
If you are going for a 5-string (that would be my recommendation; then you'd be able to do your low tunings without sacrificing any high-register functionality), I wouldn't get a Fender - I've heard their 5-strings leave quite a bit to be desired.

If you like the features of the Ibanez SR700, I can definitely recommend the SR705 - pretty much the same bass, with an extra string (for just $50 more).
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR705-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=517406

The 705 is near the top of the Soundgear line, so you should expect a pretty high quality instrument ...the Bartolini pickups and 3-band EQ will also be very nice.
That's my recommendation.
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#8
if it has to be one of those 2, easily Ibanez.

but I'd say a G&L Tribute or a Fender (besides the jag, though that one is only 4 string) would fit much nicer.
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#9
I've played my friend's precision bass, and I don't really like it. I don't know what it is, it just annoys me. However, it was Mexican-made, so that might make a difference to a normal American Standard. And these two basses are in my price range. The Yamaha is 900, the Ibanez 700-800.
Bassists like John Myung, John Pattitucci, and Troy Sanders play Yamaha's. The Yamaha is contending right now because of the humbuckers, which the SR doesn't have. And the independent bridges.
And about 5 strings, I don't know if I could really play one. I have no idea. I'd like to be able to move around a lot, wouldn't a 5 string make things more awkward? I know it'll give me more options, I just don't know if I'll be comfortable playing one.
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#10
That's a question that can ultimately only be answered by you playing one. For me, I went straight from a 3-string (don't ask, haha) to a 5-string, so it took a bit of adjustment; but after that, it was great =) ...I don't think the 5th string makes the bass less comfortable; it can make your neck really large though, which is why I like Ibanez; their basses have such thin, comfortable necks =)
Yeah, the SR doesn't have Humbuckers, but it does have Bartolinis, which are very, very nice pickups.
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#11
you've played a p-bass. have you played a j-bass?

they are completely different feel and sound.
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#12
I find the Yamaha RBX-774 to be nicer based largely on the neck. Much nicer to play than the Ibanez "piece of straw" neck.
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#15
Go with the ibanez, but in a 5 string variety. I started on a 4 string bass at 10, and at 13 moved to a 5 string, and I have very small hands even now, so I wouldn't worry about being able to play it. 6 string necks are typically really wide, but the 5'ers aren't to bad with most brands
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#16
I've personally played the SR700. I thought it was really good. Sounded great, had a thin neck ( if your into that), and had a great tonal variety. You could get alot of sounds out of that thing. I've never tryed a Yamaha, so I wouldn't know about their basses.
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#18
Hmm I don't know much about Yamaha basses. I can tell you my bro has 2 Ibanez BTB's (4 & 6 string) and they both sound like crap if you ask me (I play a Stingray5). Umm I like this one http://www.axemusic.com/product.asp?numRecordPosition=48&P_ID=18819&PT_ID=61 . Seymour Duncan p/ups, low/mid/high knobs, 24 frets. There's a ton of nice basses on axemusic.com (if you're canadian)