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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2010-01-18T01:43:47+00:00 2010-01-18T01:43:47+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]>
I've played old Fenders for nearly 50 years and tossed in a Musicman along the way, but my favorite basses at the moment are my Lakland Deluxe 55-94 basses that I've played for a bit over 10 years now. They offer flexibility and allow you to really dial in your sound you are looking for while offering a neck that feels as "at home" as any old Fender I've played.

Statistics: Posted by Laker — Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:43 am

2010-01-10T00:10:21+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]> Been busy earning a crust!
Currently driving tanker/trailer units through top of NZ's South Island.
Well, I did buy a new bass. It's an Ibanez SRX700, 4 string, natural finish, neck through.
Playing through my Ashdown 180/15 combo I can now get that nice deep sound that the GSR200 wasn't giving me.
Maybe not your first choice for a Blues bass?
The price was right, and it was available close to home.
I don't really know enough about musical genres to say if it's a good or bad bass for Blues (I'm certainly not into Metal!).
Sounds fine to me and very nice to play.
Ibanez do make a great neck (very playable).
So, I'm happy. I have a good looking, good sounding bass (it can certainly growl when you give it a whack).

Statistics: Posted by godinguy — Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:10 am

2008-01-28T01:27:22+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]> Statistics: Posted by lpdeluxe — Mon Jan 28, 2008 1:27 am

2008-01-28T00:40:49+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]> I do like the G&L, it is a very nice guitar, but as you folk mention, the 5 string does give a bit more versatility.
So, I think I will probably go with the Fender.
It's a '96 Deluxe (active pickups), and is mint condition.
If I knew how to do it I would put up a piccy on here.

Statistics: Posted by godinguy — Mon Jan 28, 2008 12:40 am

2008-01-26T04:25:47+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]> Statistics: Posted by mike932 — Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:25 am

2008-01-25T17:37:32+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]>
I owned an Ibanez ABG for a while, and gigged with it. It got sold because it wasn't really suited, sound-wise, to the material I was playing. I have also extensively played a borrowed G&L L2500.

I really like the 5. Especially when playing in C or D, it's great being able to reach down (instead of up) for those roots and fives. If you play in a variety of keys (most of my experience is in playing in bands where the singer played rhythm guitar and used a capo to pitch the song to his voice) the 5 quickly becomes indispensable. I just ended a two-year position in a working band, playing bass in all keys, and I many times wished for a 5. Why didn't I get one? The tone of my Precision killed, and I didn't want to take a chance on getting a bass that wouldn't live up to its sound.

When playing a 5 for the first time, I found the B string awkward, but I very quickly adjusted. Be aware that string spacing can be quite important on a 5, buy the way.

You're in a different situation, and you have the advantage of not having learned a lot of 4-string habits to break. I'd say, go for the 5. If you find yourself in a musical venue where it's not appropriate to go down the 'way bottom, why, the rest of the bass is an ordinary 4-string!

Statistics: Posted by lpdeluxe — Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:37 pm

2008-01-25T17:25:24+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]>
The G&L was 'way more versatile than the Fender, but it didn't have the personality. I could get a wide variety of tones out of it, but, with the P, I just had to plug into an amp to get a great tone.

I'm now the owner of 4 Fenders, so I'm possibly prejudiced -- but I bought them despite a natural inclination to avoid the "popular" brand.

Anyhow, my BIG reason for not keeping the L2000 was that it only had four strings. I kept encountering situations where a B string would have made a song much easier to play (I know, this sounds odd, since all my Fenders are fours). Perhaps it was the fact that the tone was so even up and down the neck and across the any case, I got so far as ordering an L2500 from Musician's Friend (which I had to return since it came in the wrong finish/fingerboard and I was told my choice had been discontinued), and also tried unsuccessfully to trade some other gear for another one (dealer wouldn't budge on his offer) and in the event I went over to the Fender side.

All this makes me think that, if I were in your position, I'd get the 5.

Statistics: Posted by lpdeluxe — Fri Jan 25, 2008 5:25 pm

2008-01-24T23:50:17+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]> Both of these are the same price ($1500).
That's Kiwi $$ which are about 75 - 76 cents USA at the moment.
That would be about $1100 USA I guess.

Statistics: Posted by godinguy — Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:50 pm

2008-01-24T19:45:05+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: What new bass to buy?]]> Statistics: Posted by bigdaddy — Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:45 pm

2008-01-24T01:10:07+00:00 <![CDATA[What new bass to buy?]]> So, I have my old Aria, and fairly new Ibanez GSR200FM. Both are 4 string.
My muso cobber has offered me his USA Fender Deluxe 5 string (early 90's, white with red pickguard... looks so nice!!), and I have also been offered a G&L L2000 (USA made) 4 string (honeyburst).
I like the sound, look, and feel of both.
So, my heart tells me the Fender, my head says the G&L. My ears say both are sweet.
Is the transition to 5 string a big leap? Is it worth having that lower string for blues?
I also want (I figure), to have a decent resale one day when I get too arthritic in the hands to be able to play.
Maybe some of you have faced a similar dilemma?
I guess what I really want to know is if there is a reason NOT to buy either of these. Your thoughts (as always) much appreciated.

Statistics: Posted by godinguy — Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:10 am