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Posted by Mickster on May 02, 2001 at 16:57:30:
In Reply to: I NEED HELP!!! posted by Will on May 02, 2001 at 15:36:32:
: Hey guys...I need some help...I'm thinking of purchasing some basses and I need some input...How good are Ibanez TR500's,Yamaha TRB5 II's and Warwick Corvettes? Any input would be seriously appreciated...By the way... I have a Fender MIJ 75 Reissue Jazz Bass 3 tone sunburst w/ rosewood fretboard w/ pearl inlays and an Ibanez ATK 300 sunburst w/ maple fretboard that I'm selling make me an offer... Every offer will be considered... Thanks... Will...
Will, I've got G.A.S. again.(Gear Aquisition Syndrome) I've also checked out abot 20 basses in the last month.(I do not need another bass, I'm just nuts)
If by the Ibanez models you mean The BTB500 series, they are excellent. This is Ibanez top of the line bass series: BTB1000, BTB500 and BTB400, just add a 5 at the end for the 5 string model. They're all 35" scale and they are killers. Very solid feel, very good active tone circuit and they balance well when playing. The necks are a bit wide though, so if you're used to a narrow neck you may not like these. The 5 strings have a murderous B string, you've got to hear it. A lot of guys that don't like Ibanez actually like this series. Put 'em on your list.
I haven't tried the Yamaha TRB5, but I'd say it's got to be good. I did try the RBX460A and the BBN4III. The RBX is active and whoever designed the cicuit got it right. You have to try one. The BBN4III is passive and it's kind of Yamaha's
version of the Jazz Bass. This was one of my favorites. It almost sounded more like a Fender than a Fender, if that makes sense. VERY crisp and focused.
I didn't try any Warwicks, but I tried a Spector(forgot the model) which was going for $1,499.00. Some may not believe me, but the Ibanez BTB1005 and this Spector were tied in my mind. That's what I've done in the past two or three weeks. My advise: try as many as you can before you buy, and try a few you don't think you'll like; you may be surprised.
Good luck in your search,
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