02-14-2013 08:51 AM
Guitar player here.
Need a bass for my project studio in the (~$250) range. I'm leaning towards a 4 string since that's more familiar to me.
Some basses I've looked into include the Sterling S.U.B bass, Squier Vintage Modified Jaguar, AXL Badwater APJ-820, and the Tobias Toby Deluxe IV.
Opinions? Other suggestions? This guitar will be used for recording exclusively.
Thanks in advance.
02-14-2013 01:59 PM
In a recent thread someone suggested an Epiphone Tobias Deluxe IV. It looks pretty solid.
I really liked that Squire Jag bass you mentioned - and I admit I've been prejudiced against the Squire line. But I really liked that Jag bass a lot. Light and a skinny neck. Don't know how I feel about the pickups, but those are easy to upgrade.
I've played some inexpensive Spectors that were really nice. Don't know their models, I was just impressed with the feel and surprised by the low price.
02-15-2013 07:38 AM
Yeah, I wish Guitar Center carried that Toby so I could try it out firsthand. The Squire feels more guitar-like than most basses which is a plus for me. I'll have to check into the Spector line.
02-15-2013 08:40 AM
I had a toby 5 string for a while, it wasn't a bad bass at all.
02-15-2013 12:11 PM
02-18-2013 06:48 PM
02-19-2013 10:07 AM
Seriously. I have five basses I purchased from there. Only one was a dog, but I got it from a scratch and dent sale dirt cheap.
02-19-2013 10:21 AM
Most of the forumites that used to hang here said they played nice, but had trashy electronics.
I upgraded the electronics of my Yamaha to 18 volt Bartollini. I have not done that with my active basses from Rondo, but I tend to depend on my amp and GT6B for strong tone control.
Regarding the passive basses, I use the word "electronics" loosely. The way I put it to beginners looking for a bass, "In a passive bass, the electrics are 60 year old basic tech, the body is a piece of hardwood that anyone with a decent lathe can create, simple math can get you well aligned frets and the rest is a cakewalk. The real challenge is quality control.
My Korean basses are fantastic and I have yet to pay more than $159 for one. I have fretless, five string, six string, passive, active, you name it. Other than the one scratch and dent one, they're great.That one has multiple issues, but it got me into six string for chump change. And, frankly, after my DIY setup it is giggable.
02-19-2013 03:18 PM
02-19-2013 06:16 PM
SX basses are what they are - cheap basses. to my hands, that's what they play like. don't buy one unless you've played one. which actually is good advice before buying any bass.
if you're looking for a bass for a recording project, give serious consideration to some sort of P bass. they are simplicity itself, but they ALWAYS give you a good bass tone on recordings.
02-20-2013 05:24 AM - edited 02-20-2013 05:30 AM
SX basses are what they are - cheap basses. to my hands, that's what they play like.
That is true to a point. The thing is, basses are not cars. The tech in the suspension of a Ferrari is different than the tech in a GM econobox suspension. But when it comes to basses, there is little to improve. The wiring is old school, the wood is, well, wood. The only place wood is really an issue is in the "pretty" stuff. And my SX jazz bass fell off a stand onto a bare concrete floor and other than a SMALL scratch on the back edge of the body, it was completely unharmed. And it has great tone.
I also get compliments from both other musicians and non-musicians on its appearance every single time I gig with it. Some are awed by it's looks. Seriously. That said, where a "cheap" company can really cut corners is in quality control. But It is looking like Rondo is taking care of that. As I said, the only bad one I got was from a scratch and dent sale.
Here is the "pretty" one I was talking about. Photo doesn't show it off very well. It's a ripoff of the Fender Jazz bass that has the chrome covers over one of the pickups and the bridge.
02-20-2013 05:58 AM
no issue that SX basses look good. i don't get on with the necks at all - the basses play like what they are.
but to each their own. hence my comment about playing anything before buying.
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