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nkanenkane Frets: 1
Hi everyone,

I'm new here and I'm hoping to get some recommendations for a bass for my fiance. He surprised me with a beautiful engagement ring recently and I want to get him a bass guitar. He has been playing most of his life but sold both of his basses to get a deposit together for our house and I want him to have the chance to do what he loves again. 

Basses he has owned:

Suhr Jazz Bass 
Shuker Jazzmaster/Telecaster
Fender Reggie Hamilton Custom Shop 5
Status Series 2 Four Strings

Any advice greatly appreciated.

Natalie







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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13580
    Stingray, obvs.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • nkanenkane Frets: 1
    Which one?
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  • JezWyndJezWynd Frets: 2345
    Hi Natalie.  Judging by the instruments he's owned before he has good taste (but you know that) and he likes Jazz basses. Fender do a range of Jazz basses from basic made in Mexico versions up to made in USA and Custom Shop versions. You'd be safe getting any one of these, they're all good quality instruments and choice is then dependant on your budget. Mexican models start at approx 800 and USA/Custom shop range from 1400ish to over 2k. You can often find good clean used models for approx 65% or less of new prices on places like eBay and the Fretboard. Good luck in your search.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13580
    nkane said:
    Which one?
    4-string, single humbucker, 2eq, and whatever colour he likes. :)
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 623
    edited March 2
    Hi Natalie... I'm guessing you might be here and not on the main UK bass forum in case he sees it...? 

    Lovely thing to do  

    Going to disagree with the above - Music Mans are very much their own thing and if your partner was into them he would possibly already have owned one. Just a bit risky IMO.

    He seems to have a definite taste for modern-meets-vintage Fender Jazz Bass-style instruments so you might want to look at Shuker and Fender again, plus Lakland, Sadowski, Sei Jazz, ACG RetroB... all those could be good starting points to check out and see what appeals... I'll add a few more if anything springs to mind!

    PS are you sure you don't want to find a way to let him choose for himself, while somehow keeping the specialness of a gift?
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2865
    Yeah a 4 string Jazz or P/J style.
    What is the budget? New or used? 
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  • guitarfishbayguitarfishbay Frets: 6976
    Yeah a 4 string Jazz or P/J style.
    What is the budget? New or used? 
    This seems to be the safest bet. 

    Depending on budget there are a lot of nice options at all kinds of price points.
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  • nkanenkane Frets: 1
    Hi, so you are entirely correct KKJale. I'm not sure how to get him to pick it without picking it though. He will tell me not to spend money on him! 

     Been looking at the Fender American Vintage 64 Jazz Bass. Any thoughts?

    Thanks for your reply!
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15408
    The AVRI’s are cracking basses - if you like the vintage thing. If he prefers a more modern take on it you could go Sandberg - they are nice too.
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  • Winny_PoohWinny_Pooh Frets: 2865
    Fenders are reliably good although you can get popular variants like these which are excellent: better value and usually better quality.

    https://www.public-peace.de/index.php/bass-guitars/maruszczyk/elwood/4-string



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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15408
    Fenders are reliably good although you can get popular variants like these which are excellent: better value and usually better quality.

    https://www.public-peace.de/index.php/bass-guitars/maruszczyk/elwood/4-string



    Maruszczyk are excellent.. specially for the money
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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 4950
    edited March 2
    You could do a lot worse than getting our very own @Andyjr1515 ;; to build him a dream bass from scratch. 

    Here's an example of one of his very fine custom builds, and I'd recommend him without hesitation. It'll likely cost you less than a custom shop but be a better guitar for it. Nothing says I love you like designing and getting a one off built!


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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 967
    Has he ever mentioned one in particular?
    If you go past a guitar shop, does he stop and look at a particular one?
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  • GuyRGuyR Frets: 165
    It's a lovely gift you are considering and I'm sure will be very much appreciated. If he has chosen jazz basses previously, it's a safe bet to go with that as they have a particular, narrow, easy to play neck which he likes. I would recommend going to a good bass shop, such as bass gallery in Camden, or whatever similar outlet is nearest to you. Buy something on their recommendation, on approval. Don't be shy of used. If it's not "the one" he can always exchange it and have a most enjoyable and guilt-free time choosing a replacement, which will still remain a very personal gift. 
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13580
    KKJale said:
    Going to disagree with the above - Music Mans are very much their own thing and if your partner was into them he would possibly already have owned one. Just a bit risky IMO.

    If he's only owned Jazz styles before then he clearly needs a proper bass. Anyone who's gone through that many Js clearly doesn't actually like them.

    Time to buy the best bass and be done with it.

    Stingray 4, 2EQ. Axiomatically the best bass.
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 15408
    Sporky said:
    KKJale said:
    Going to disagree with the above - Music Mans are very much their own thing and if your partner was into them he would possibly already have owned one. Just a bit risky IMO.

    If he's only owned Jazz styles before then he clearly needs a proper bass. Anyone who's gone through that many Js clearly doesn't actually like them.

    Time to buy the best bass and be done with it.

    Stingray 4, 2EQ. Axiomatically the best bass.
    We have been here before..


    It IS the best bass......








    ....for wannabe 80s pop bassists.
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  • SporkySporky Frets: 13580
    That's when bass was good.

    Stingray + Ampeg = winzor
    Be your own evil twin. 
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  • KKJaleKKJale Frets: 623
    edited March 3
    nkane said:
    I'm not sure how to get him to pick it without picking it though. He will tell me not to spend money on him! 

     Been looking at the Fender American Vintage 64 Jazz Bass. Any thoughts?


    They're great, it's a nice traditional choice, I would love one, maybe the blue…

    Thing is, whatever you choose, it'll mean an enormous amount to him, and he'll be sure to treasure it. Or you could maybe give him a small bass-signifying gift (card, cake, whatever) but tell him there's a real bass, already out there, waiting (emphasise this to get around the he-doesn't-want-money-spent thing). But it's waiting on the wall of the Bass Centre in Camden, or Bass Direct in Leamington Spa... hard to think of a player who wouldn't love that plan!

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  • revsorgrevsorg Frets: 381
    This is what I would like - Sandberg 5 string, aged sunburst, one of the pickups is J-style.
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  • LegionreturnsLegionreturns Frets: 4950
    When you're done @nkane ; could you please have a little word with Mrs Returns? I'm sure she'd benefit from hearing how grateful he was, how buying him exactly what he wanted has rekindled your relationship, and how she should do the same for me. (Hint ...a vintage Gold top with LP P90s) 

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  • FunkfingersFunkfingers Frets: 3246
    nkane said:
    Been looking at the Fender American Vintage 64 Jazz Bass. Any thoughts?
    I tried the AVRI '64 versus its predecessor, the AVRI '62, before purchasing the latter. To be honest, either would have been equally acceptable. I was swayed by the flamed maple on the back of the neck.

    For a bass guitarist looking to cover the majority of paid work in one instrument, I suggest the Fender USA Elite Precision Bass.



    Sporky said:
    Stingray + Ampeg = Tony Levin *
    FTFY :)



    * Ideally, played with a pair of sawn-off drum sticks. Now, what name should a product like that be given? ;)
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 967
    edited March 3
    My guess is that he likes basses with a slimmer neck, so a Stingrary might not be a great choice.
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  • nkanenkane Frets: 1
    Thanks for all of you help! It's been very appreciated.
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  • nkanenkane Frets: 1
    Ps. I'll let you know what I chose when it arrives
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  • RockerRocker Frets: 2702
    There is one bass to end the search for the perfect bass: Fender Precision USA made. It is expensive, sadly, but most recordings you have ever heard feature Precision bass....
    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. [Albert Einstein]

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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 32214
    Rocker said:
    There is one bass to end the search for the perfect bass: Fender Precision USA made. It is expensive, sadly, but most recordings you have ever heard feature Precision bass....
    Interestingly the best modern P-Bass I’ve ever played is my friend’s Mexican Standard. It just has a fantastic resonance and tone. But they vary - he first had a different one briefly, which luckily he was able to send back... total dog.

    Anyway, unless nkane has bought her fiancé a Rickenbacker 4003 then I’m keeping quiet :).
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7561
    I hate to agree with him but a stingray is the king of basses.
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 1070
    Late to the party, but have you @nkane  considered the nearest thing to a Fender, that is G&L? They make a good range of electric basses - this is a link to their USA-range: http://glguitars.com/product-category/fullerton-basses/
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