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View Poll Results: What is your favorite bass brand
Epiphone 1 1.02%
ESP 4 4.08%
Fender 25 25.51%
G&L 0 0%
Gibson 1 1.02%
Ibanez 18 18.37%
Jackson 1 1.02%
OLP 0 0%
Rickenbacker 5 5.10%
Squire 1 1.02%
Takamine 0 0%
Warwick 8 8.16%
Washburn 5 5.10%
Yamaha 4 4.08%
Other 25 25.51%
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Unread 11-05-2002, 05:31 PM   #1
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Arrow Bass Players' Club: Bass Recommendations

Alright members, this is your chance to recommend guitars. This is a chance for you to help anyone who is looking to buy a guitar (beginner or not). There are three questions to be answered:

#1: What was you first bass? What would you recommend as a first bass? Why?

#2: What bass guitars do you currently own or have owned? What did you like or dislike about them? Would you recomend them to another bassist?

#3: What is your favorite brand and why?

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p.s. dont give answers like "this: just because." please give reasons.

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Unread 11-05-2002, 05:39 PM   #2
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#1-My first bass was a black Ibanez Gio Soundgear model number GSR200. I would definately recommend it for a beginner because it is a good price and after playing for a year its still acceptable to play.

#2-see above.

#3-I'd have to say Ibanez (mostly because its the only one i own). But it has a cool body style and good quality. Its also well respected.
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Unread 11-06-2002, 04:58 PM   #3
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#1: I'd say a used Fender Jazz bass, even though I honestly don't really like fenders. If you have the money, look into an MTD Kingston or Heir, they're awesome.

#2: I have an MTD Heir 5, a Warwick streamer 5, and a cheap "Slammer by Hamer" P-bass ripoff.

#3: I have to say MTD. My Heir is just incredible, espcially considering that I only payed $500 for it. The neck has THE PERFECT SHAPE for a five string. The B string is nice and tight, and the sound blows me away. Mine has an Aguilar 2-band pre-amp in it, too, which sounds great.
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Unread 11-06-2002, 05:33 PM   #4
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Unread 11-10-2002, 02:02 PM   #5
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1. squire affinity p-bass. great beginner bass, good price. i love the combination of the jazz neck and the precision body. the sound is decent too, for such a cheap axe.

2. american fender jazz. i love it. great sound, awesome feel. i love the jazz neck, and the string placement. decent power, cranked through my bassman, i just love it. i've also got a fretless j-bass, equally awesome, but (obviously) without the frets. great for playing jazz, hence the name... and i've got my old squire, which i keep at my church so i don't have to drag on back an forth for worship team. besides, i often go right there from somewhere else where i don't have my bass with me, or i'd forget it. so it all works out.

3. fender, as you can see by my selection of basses that i own. i love the sound, the look, the feel, everthing about them. and not just cause it's a big name. they didn't get so popular for being crap, you know. besides, their fairly cheap for their quality, and that something that matters a lot to me, who has no money. also i like ibanez. they've got some good sound. and you know, i've tried an MTD, and frankly, i wasn't impressed...
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Unread 11-11-2002, 04:35 PM   #6
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1. i've tried an MTD, and frankly, i wasn't impressed...

I'm curious as to what you didn't like about the MTD, Starburst. I love my Heir to death. In my opinion, everything on it is perfect. What model did you play?
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i tried an heir 4. it was decent, nothing really wrong with it, i just wasn't terribly impressed. i'd heard they were excellent, so i decided to try one out. it didn't feel right. the neck was too narrow, and the weight was funky, i thought. of course i have odd taste. and i thought that the strings laid a little low. they're gorgeous basses, i'll give you that. and the sound was pretty good, although a little raw for my taste, i play a lot of jazz, and like the rounder sound. good bass, but not my favourite.
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Unread 11-14-2002, 04:36 PM   #8
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1. First Bass was a Yamaha RBX 250 P Bass

2. I have owned a Yamaha fretless and i currently exclusively use an Epiphone EBM-5 Custom 5 string bass.

3. in general Ibanez and Ernie Ball are OVER RATED. They just dont sound THAT much better than another active bass (i.e. my epiphone). However I can only reccomend the EBM series if you can find it used because they dont make them anymore (i dont know why though).

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Unread 11-16-2002, 09:46 AM   #9
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Sorry...cannot vote on this one...too many factors and models to consider.

1. My first bass was a Fender Squire P-Bass. I would recommend any Fender as a first bass because they're simple, dependable, and solid.

2. I currently own an Epiphone Thunderbird IV and am in the process of buying an Ibanez BTB1000. Since I have yet to own the Ibanez I'll talk about the Epi. What I like is body style and choice of woods. I like the nice smooth sound of the passive humbuckers and when I run it through my Sadowsky preamp is really brings out the tone. What I dislike is the weight, it's tendency to nosedive, the strapbuttons (which I've now replaced with very dependable straplocks).

3. I cannot choose a favorite brand because there are too many factors involved. I like certain models of certain brands, I can compare those...but an overall general statement for a company is nearly impossible. And obviously once you go up to the custom level where money is no object...it really doesn't matter...they'll make whatever you want.
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Unread 11-18-2002, 02:28 PM   #10
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My favorites are Carvins. The one I'm going to get is a Carvin XB76P Jazz bass. I've found that Carvins have the most versatile sound and are very easily played. The Piezo pickups on the bridge are awesome for that acoustic sound. If you want cheap but good get a Johnson bass off of Ebay. That's what I have now.
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I would suggest a Yamaha or Washburn, for like rock. Those 2 are brand names I trust when it comes to rock basses.

But for like slapp'n, jazz, blues, and funk... I'd go for like a fender. There strings are more spread apart and further away from the body.
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Unread 11-20-2002, 10:25 AM   #12
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My first bass was a Hamer CP-4. It was a great starter bass. I was told the pickups would hum, but they didn't. It had a good, clear but soft sound to it.

My current bass is still that same Hamer CP-4. It's really impressed me with it's durability and quality. I'd like to move into a 5 string or an acoustic next, and honestly, unless I see a fender on sale, It will most likely be Hamer again.
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Unread 11-21-2002, 02:06 AM   #13
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1. my first bass is an Ibanez SR405 5-string. i learned on a borrowed bass while i saved up to buy this bass. i wouldn't recommend this as a first bass because it is kinda expensive for someone who is trying out bass to see if they like it and because people should learn on a 4-string and then go to 5 if they want.

2. See above

3. i really like ibanez because i like the lighter weight than other basses and i really like the thinner neck. plus they make some pretty decent basses for semi-cheap.

there's my two cents as a calstate representative for the club.
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Unread 11-22-2002, 01:15 PM   #14
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Re: Bass Players' Club: Bass Recommendations

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#1: What was you first bass? What would you recommend as a first bass? Why?

#2: What bass guitars do you currently own or have owned? What did you like or dislike about them? Would you recomend them to another bassist?

#3: What is your favorite brand and why?
#1- A "Quest" - it was cheap but still played pretty good, it has since been repainted, stripped, repainter, stripped and repainted, plus had new pickups and still does the job on the rare occassion I pull it out. I would recommend it if you have limited money resources but wanna get playin.

#2- ESP 5-string, Fendar P-bass and the ol' Quest.
The ESP is great, it's my main instrument. The P-bass blows, I just haven't gotten aorund to selling it, I would rather have a Jazz bass. The Quest, again, is decent, but hardly the best, it served it's purpose at the time.

#3- ESP, nice comfortable body style, thin neck, not insanely heavy and sound awesome with a nice loose action.
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Unread 11-22-2002, 10:05 PM   #15
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I recently bought a 5 string fender american jazz bass but warwicks are still my favorite
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