Posted by Sam on January 31, 2000 at 14:06:41:
In Reply to: Re: Where is the Perfect Bass!!?!!?!? posted by mike on January 29, 2000 at 09:16:02:
: : Oh where oh where can the perfect bass be...
: : Why can't I play an awesome Jazz that's not too heavy and sounds incredible..
: : For a relatively (1000 dollar range low price) IS THIS TOO MUCH TOO ASK!!!???
: i recentley purchased a fender mexican jazz bass for under $300 bucks, and
: put in a set of seymore duncan lightning rod active pick-up's and a set
: of roto sound strings,total cost a little under $450 bucks. it sounds
: great and it's nice and light.the tone was so good that the tech put the
: pick-up's in for me said it sound's better than his alembic. he was really
: impressed,as was eveyone else that has heard it so far.any questions
: feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree - if you want a great sounding bass for cheap, get a Mexican J-bass (but make sure you check the neck, if it's not straight, don't buy it) or a Fernandes J-bass copy, then add an aftermarket pickup/pre-amp combo.
Two examples of my basses:
#1) Fernandes J-bass purchased for 250 (399 list), added Bartolini 9J4 pickups with TC3 preamp (115). Shielding kit from Carvin (12). total cost of bass was
$377. It was used as my main gig bass over my alembic for two years, sold in one day for 450. (took 2 months to sell the alembic)
#2) Fender Mexican Series J-bass, purchased for $100!!!! (It also looked liked it was stored in a hog barn), added Lane Poor Jazz Classics (180), shielding kit
($12), removed the frets and applied epoxy (epoxy, $14 at marine supply store) ala Jaco (the frets on this bass were RUSTY and severely worn, although the neck itself was fine). total cost- $306 and about six months of work/procrastination. I have been playing this bass for 4 years. It sounds beautiful, and is now my main axe. (by the way, no pre-amp in this bass, i just crank the input gain on my amp.)
If you really want a good deal, invest some time - it will save you money.
If you want any more info, em me at email@example.com
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