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BigKahuna855

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im a 15 year old bassist and am looking to buy me second bass. im trying to stay in the $500-700 range. i was wondering what you guys would suggest, ive already tried out 3 different fender basses(jazz,precision,and mark hoppus signature)and i really like the jazz bass. i was wondering where the more experianced players would recommend i start. if it helps at all i am currently using an Austin P-style bass(total crap).

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Hello BigKahuna855 and welcome to the Lowdown! :wave:

 

The $500-$700 gives you many options even among Fender basses.If the Jazz bass really 'calls' to you, then you will be well served by one. It would be good for you to play as many different ones as you can because their tone will vary from bass to bass.

 

However, the usual suggestion is to play as many different basses as you can, even ones that are above your price range. That way you can get a feel for the qualities of such an instrument. Then, try to find a bass in your price range that comes closest to matching those characteristics.

 

I would also recommend that you use the "search" feature in the upper right hand corner to look up information. That way you will be able to get a lot of information real fast.

 

Good luck in your hunt, keep us informed!

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Can't go wrong with Fender Japan if a Fender is what yer looking for. I recently tried a Musicman S.U.B bass and was impressed.Not sure about the price on those,though. I'd pick up a Japanese Fender reissue,Geddy lee,or Marcus Miller jazz bass if you liked the Jazz you played,or maybe one of those new Ken Smith Jazz copies. I think bass northwest has a couple.
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The problem is that there are a larage number of very nice basses in that price range. Go to every store within a few hours and play everything. Then do it again. It's more about the feel in your hands than anything else.

 

I like Carvin, and I played a different Godin (BG5) that I liked very much. The Ibanez BTBs are solid (though not as cool for me).

 

Be patient, and you'll be a happy buyer.

 

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Don't be afraid to buy used. If you know what you want, and you see some come available, you may find yourself getting a better quality bass for the lower end of your price range.

 

In the end, keep your eyes and ears open. Opportunities happen, just don't miss them.

 

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Originally posted by basshappi:

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However, the usual suggestion is to play as many different basses as you can, even ones that are above your price range. That way you can get a feel for the qualities of such an instrument. Then, try to find a bass in your price range that comes closest to matching those characteristics.

 

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What he said.

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."

 

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A Fender Jazz is a great all-around bass. For around $800 you can pick up an American Standard Jazz fairly easily. The Japanese and Mexican Fenders are nice for the price as well.

 

Hub from the Roots uses a Japanese Fender Jazz '75 reissue (with aftermarket EMG pickups) and he sounds great.

 

One thing that's nice about the Fender Jazz is that there's no one player who really defines what it sounds like. Look at John Paul Jones, Jaco Pastorius, and Larry Graham. They all used Jazz basses and sound nothing like each other.

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Yeah, a Japanese Fender Jazz might work out nicely. You could also probably score a used American Fender Jazz in your price range.

 

I have a Carvin LB-70 w/ two J pickups. I've been very happy with it. Definitely in your price range, they make a nice bass, and you can choose from a variety of options. You can also go with the LB-20 (I think I've got the model number right), which comes w/ passive electronics like a traditional Fender Jazz, and costs less.

 

I also think the G&L JB-2 jazz bass is a nice instrument. The cost new is out of your price range, but used ones show up on eBay and probably sell in your range.

 

While this topic has come up plenty in the past, I'm not sure what "search" terms I'd use if I wanted to pull up prior threads. Maybe "new bass," "jazz bass," "Mexican Fender," "Japanese Fender," or the makes/models of other basses in your price range (e.g., "Carvin").

 

Good luck.

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all this stuff is really helpful but i have 2 more questions, 1. are there any companies that i should stay away from (like they break down quickly or the pickups suck after so long or something like that)? and 2. whats the deal with these japanese fenders and where would i have to go to pick one up (theres only one fender dealer close to me) or would i have to order through the mail or online or something?

 

p.s. whats the deal with that bunny with a pancake on its head

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Originally posted by prophetgtree:

Ibanez BTBs are really nice basses in that price range. Check them out! I have one (BTB 405) and it does me right! :thu:

I shoulda spent $100 more and bought a BTB instead of a Soundgear. :mad:

 

Originally posted by BigKahuna855:

p.s. whats the deal with that bunny with a pancake on its head

You know you love it.

 

There really is no brand to stay away from (besides rogue lol). Use your own judement to decide wether or not the bass is crap.

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I love my Fender Jazz Deluxe Active 5-String! Feels great and has a great flexibility of tone. The 5-String is a bit heavy though. You can't go wrong with a Fender Jazz. Oh, mine is a MIM (Made in Mexico). :evil:

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