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Offline willop

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What makes a "good" bass? Is this too good to be true?
« on: October 21, 2013, 05:26:26 PM »
I've played (at a low skill level I admit) a dozen some basses. Most are not that exciting in feeling or tone, to me at least.

I did get to play a Rik 4003...LOVED IT. But at $1700 used I had to pass. Tried a lower end fender, a squier, music man..again, nothing amazing happened.

Months ago I played a through neck 5 strick, shechtor (spelling?). Loved it. Used, $450ish. Since then I've wanted a through neck and a 6 string is tempting - I want a high c dammit.  I've since talked to a few bass players that say the shector is junk - won't hold tune and are just trouble (hence the low price).

Ok...
i've heard good thing about Peavy basses and a friend picked up a Grind - through neck 6 string, new, blem model - $300. I've got 'custody' of it until he can sneak it past his wife. I kinda like it...and for that price...wow, I want one (he says the store has another at that price).

Now to get it I'd likley have to find a new wife OR sell/trade my yamaha RBX375 5 string. I couldn't find a 6 and found this used for $150 so jumped on it. It's a quality axe. It's the same price new as the through neck Peavey Grind...

Which makes me wonder about the grind's quality. A friend has a peavey 5 string and it sounds nice and plays well.

The only odd thing I've noticed with it is a resononace builds and the strings begin to 'ring'. Didn't have this with the other couple of through necks I've play with. Lots of sustain, as expected, and i guess I could learn to palm mute or otherwise mute the ringing.

So is a grind a decent bass? I'm a student and it will be a few years before i play for an audience, if ever. 

Offline Tony Raven

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Re: What makes a "good" bass? Is this too good to be true?
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2013, 04:30:36 AM »
I tried a Grind. It was... okay. Like, "playable but don't write the divorce."

Oh, yeh, 5-strings. Though loathe to be a butt-kisser, I really do like the Washburn XB-500. Only thing close is a Cort Curbow5, or (twice the price) Ibanez EDA905. FWIW, all three are actives. Lately, I've been getting around to setting up a BEAD bass, so your need of a C is... interesting. :-X
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Re: What makes a "good" bass? Is this too good to be true?
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2014, 09:27:31 AM »
I play in a gigging band and used to use a Fender Jazz (the standard), ever since moving onto Warwick I've never looked back. Warwicks are the kind of bass.
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Re: What makes a "good" bass? Is this too good to be true?
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2014, 09:44:11 PM »
Horses for courses. Last year I was shopping, played a new Jazz that was, again, kinda okay, then its twin that made me want to immediately pawn my car. :o

Mail-order instruments are like mail-order wives: until you actually meet up, it's all theoretical! And, conversely, something that wasn't at all attractive from a distance might turn into True Love by the end of the first dance.
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