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    Posted: July 05 2012 at 19:42
I'd like to buy a new bass guitar somedays. I was wandering how much should I save for a good bass guitar and what are the best bass guitar I could try. I'd like to have a proggy sound. Like a signature sound. Or maybe something unusual. I always wonder if there's an unknown company out there that makes quality basses who are cheaper than the big names.

I already have:

A Douglas (Hofner imitation) bass wich is the first I bought.
An Ergodyne Ibanez
A Takamine acoustic bass
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A Gibson SG bass


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Just the  well known Rickenbacher comes to my mind. I'm no bassist but as a progger I would def have one of these if I were.

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< ="" ="text/" ="/B1D671CF-E532-4481-99AA-19F420D90332etdefender/huidhui.js?0=0&0=0&0=0"> I know, the only thing is the price of the bass. I'm always looking for extraordinary deals but it never happens...
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Yea Rickenbackers are ridiculous sometimes. 

My friend got an Ernie Ball Music Man for $300-something a few years ago. It plays beautifully. 
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Originally posted by Andy Webb Andy Webb wrote:

Yea Rickenbackers are ridiculous sometimes. 

My friend got an Ernie Ball Music Man for $300-something a few years ago. It plays beautifully. 
 
A real music man for 300$!!!! That's impossible! These are super hard to find under 900$ and the average price is about 1200$! Your friend's a really lucky guy.
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Originally posted by The_Jester The_Jester wrote:

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Originally posted by Andy Webb Andy Webb wrote:

Yea Rickenbackers are ridiculous sometimes. 

My friend got an Ernie Ball Music Man for $300-something a few years ago. It plays beautifully. 
 
A real music man for 300$!!!! That's impossible! These are super hard to find under 900$ and the average price is about 1200$! Your friend's a really lucky guy.

It was a Black Friday deal at Guitar Center. He was stoked to say the least. LOL
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Honestly it's all about technique, effects, and amplification. I have a Japanese pbass and along with a distortion pedal can get a hell of a lot of sounds
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A Japanese Fender P-Bass? Because these ones are really valueable, japaneses make quality basses.

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most Japanese basses I played are great if not fantastic. But they're still fairly cheap the 90s standard ones still go for 700$ or less. I got mine for 650$ if I remember from this guys who lived in a basement in Queens :D

He also had an 80s Fretless which, while it had dings and scratches, played great for 400$ and to this day I'm kicking myself for not buying it.
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< ="" ="text/" ="/B1D671CF-E532-4481-99AA-19F420D90332etdefender/huidhui.js?0=0&0=0&0=0"> Sometimes you find great deals! I paid my SG bass 675$ and I find it's really worth it.
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If you're looking for something a bit different you could look at Traben, they're a smallish company from the US, their basses are cheap compared to the big names. I find they have a lot of tonal flexibility and great sustain, really comfortable to play to.
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Thanks for the tip!
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Find the bass that :
Is comfortable for your hands even after playing for an hour or so.
Sounds the way you want it to sound -or close to it. Adding f/x and tailoring your tone will be an interesting challenge unless you love it right from the beginning.
Looks are only as important as you make it and unless your playing out should only matter to you.
Keep it affordable for you, unless you absolutely fall in love 100% with it.
 
A reminder that the other half of this choice is also the amp you 'll be using, be aware what may sound great in the store thru a different amp setup may not be what your hearing once you get it home.

There are alot of great people making great basses, some unknown for the most part. Don't be put off by a supposedly unheard of name...remember: see above.



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Guild B301 looks class. Unfortunately I've never played one myself. Someday!
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I had a B-301 with Dimarzio Split-P pickup in it.
Bought it new early 80s immediately did the retrofit.
Great bass a little neck heavy but long scale.
Awesome tone very progressive sound.
They now command a high price though, if you can find one .
I rarely used a pick and either way it sounded very close to a Rick !

Ahhh, the old days..



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Rickenbackers sound great, but their awful to play - at least for me. I think Sturoc more or less nailed the issue - get a bass that feels good for you, and add the prog yourself.

For me, it's prog and blues all the way with either of these four beauties: Godin A4 fretless, Fender Jazz, Ibanez SR3005 Prestige and a Gretsch Broadkaster.
I have to admit that I replaced the Godin's piezo with a Hanson Chisonic, and the jazz has Hanson JSonics replacing the Fender pick ups. Sometimes changing a part is sufficient to make an 'ok'  bass into a 'yes!' bass.
Even prog is rooted in the blues, at some point...
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Originally posted by Angelo Angelo wrote:

Rickenbackers sound great, but their awful to play - at least for me. I think Sturoc more or less nailed the issue - get a bass that feels good for you, and add the prog yourself.

For me, it's prog and blues all the way with either of these four beauties: Godin A4 fretless, Fender Jazz, Ibanez SR3005 Prestige and a Gretsch Broadkaster.
I have to admit that I replaced the Godin's piezo with a Hanson Chisonic, and the jazz has Hanson JSonics replacing the Fender pick ups. Sometimes changing a part is sufficient to make an 'ok'  bass into a 'yes!' bass.
 
Or into a 'Yes' bass! (bad word play Cool)
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At the present moment, I'm playing very often a mexican Fender Jazz Classic 70's. Adding some drive (I use tech 21 VT Bass) , it has the "right growl". It is comfortable and it is also capable of quite "warm" sounds. And doesn't cost too much.
In this recording I used a Squier Vintage Modified Fretless, a Musicman stingray (the harmonics part) and the classic 70's (for the solo): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4iDRtbESCY
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For the bassist on a budget, Mexican made Fenders can sound and play very good. There is a lot of variance from the factory so you'll need to play a bunch of them to find a good one. The key to look for on any bolt on necked instrument, guitar or bass, is the tightness of the neck joint and the resonance. If a guitar or bass is very resonant, you will feel it in your chest when you play it. Don't worry too much about electronics, you can replace those later. The resonance is not something that can be helped very much by hardware upgrades.
 
A good way to compare similar instruments is to pluck the D string (or the B string on guitars) as they are hanging on the wall then then feel the body of the guitar on the lower right side, near the controls. More resonants instruments will vibrate more and you can feel it. This will let you know which ones to try out and which ones to dismiss outright.


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