I'm looking for some advice on getting a second bass guitar to use as a back up to my Fender Precision. Does anyone use Squier Precisions, or know if they're worth the money? I'm looking for something simple and reliable, and I don't really want to spend more than £250-£300. Ideally a one-pick-up bass with a good neck and a simple, solid bridge on it.
Is there anything out there? Second Hand is cool if it's in good condition. I had a Danelectro Bass before, which was great, but I can't seem to find any in this country....
Are there any Ibanez Roadstar's kicking about the province? Does anyone know if those Peavey basses are any good?
All advice gratefully received. Edited by: Wasp Boy at: 14/12/04 12:20 pm
[quote]Does anyone know if those Peavey basses are any good?[/quote]
Yes, they are excellent for the money. Better than the squier range.
Yamaha are also another manufacturer to look out for in the value for money field.
And keep an eye out for a second hand Tokai (or a new one thats reduced to sell may sit just above the £300 mark if you are lucky).
I like my Tokai Jazz bass, I do.....no, you aren't having it.
check out the yamaha RBX series basses - i got one for £199 and its excellent value. you can check them out in marcus.
Yamaha basses are all a bit too modern looking. I'm looking for something with a bit more character...
Do they have any Tokai's in the Guitar Emporium at the moment, or does anyone know any shops in the province with a good range of bass guitars?
I always find the selection in town a bit scant. It'seither budget copies or expensive classics, with not much range inbetween.
I think the Guitar Emporium has the Tokai Jazz and Precisions, they did last time I was in anyway. Baird's is the place to go for the Peaveys.
I know what you mean about the modern look of the yamahas, but they do play and sound great.
Another possible "classic" looking bass is the Epiphone EB-0/EB-3 SG Style bass... but I've never played one so I can't comment on it other than it looks nice and falls in your price range. Matchetts had one the last time I was in, but that was quite a while back.
I think I'll have a look at the Peavey's. How much are they do you know?
They range from about £160 to around £300 depending on the exact model. If it's a single pickup and "classic" look you want it will probably be one of the Milestones which are at the cheaper end.
[url="http://www.peavey.com/products/shop_online/browse.cfm/action/details/item/00386230/wc/1A1A242/fam/1A34/tcode/2/milestn.cfm"]Peavey Milestone IV[/url]
Looks quite nice.....
Have you thought about buying on-line? I managed to get a brilliant Tobias bass from the states for a fraction of what it would have cost in the U.K (have never seen anywhere here stocking them).
[url="http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=clearance/search?st=outlet_store&c=6313"]Bargains!!![/url] I mean check those out (and don't forget those prices are in dollars - the exchange rate makes it unbelievable!!!
Or try this: [url="http://www.music123.com/Bass-Guitars-d931.music"]HERE[/url]
looking by the dates on this you probably got something already.
just in case another option is the OLP Musicman copies that are in the guitar Emporium. They're about 200-225. Got one when the shop opened last year so only had it about 3-4 months. Can't say i could fault it at all plays and sounds great. Its definitely worth playing one before you buy anything else.
If I were ewe Wasp Boy,
I would ditch your pint of cooling wasps,
and instead bring a pint of 'bass' on stage with you.
You could put a wee notice (a label, if you like) saying
"ALL YOUR BASS ARE BELONG TO US",
and use that as a back-up.
(ie - if your first bass breaks, then you drink the bass.
Foolproof, n'est-ce pas?)
I play a Squier Jazz, its a 50th Anniversary Edition and a hell of alot nicer than the new ones. But if your looking for a second hand Squier the 80's 'JV' series and 90's 'Silver Series' are better quality than most non-usa Fenders.
i should really read when these topics are started first.