Help me choose a bass please

Discussion in 'Bass Guitar Discussion' started by Skyblue, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. Skyblue

    Skyblue SS.org Regular

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    Hi folks, I'm about to buy myself a first bass, so I'd appreciate if you could give me an advice-
    The stores around here don't really keep stock of many companies, so my choice boiled down to either an Ibanez GSR200 or a Squier Jazz Bass. I've played both, and they both feel nice... looks wise I reeeeaaaally dig the Squier, but I thought I'll seek out some advice before deciding~ So, anyone got words of wisdom to drop?
    I'm a guitar player that's trying out bass so I have no prior experience with bass, and I'll probably be playing stuff like Jamiroquai, some RATM, random fusion-inspired noodling, stuff like that...
     
  2. Vostre Roy

    Vostre Roy Disciple of Djod

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    Having played an Ibanez SR305 for a year and a Squier VM Jaguar V for a couple of weeks, I'd say go for the Squier. Entry level Soundgears are ok but the hardware is pretty much on the cheap side (especially the bridge wich the height screws tends to lower by themselves because of the vibration). Also, depends of what you are coming from, but as a guy who started on Schecters, I felt that the Squier neck was more, way more confortable, but if you,re used to Ibanez thin necks, you might want the SR more.

    Imo it comes down to the neck preference, both bass are about the same quality wise though I have more faith in Squier from experience.

    Cheers!
     
  3. tripforks

    tripforks wut r u doin

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    I'm pretty sure RATM and Jamiroquai use jazz basses.

    What series is the Squier? Affinity, standard, vintage modified?
     
  4. Roland777

    Roland777 SS.org Regular

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    Stuart Zender, responsible for all the good shit Jamiroquai did (up to '96), used Warwicks exclusively. Streamers mainly.
     
  5. Dawn of the Shred

    Dawn of the Shred Scoop the Mids and Chug

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    Get the squier man.
     
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    TemjinStrife Power Metal Cellist

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    Play them both first and make sure you get a good one, whichever you choose. I'd say Squier over Gio, but both have somewhat inconsistent QC.
     
  7. Skyblue

    Skyblue SS.org Regular

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    Thanks for all the comment guys! I'd probably go for the squier, but of course I'll check them both physically again before buying...
    The Squier is the Affinity model by the way.
     
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    Igotsoul4u SS.org Regular

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    at that level its whatever feels best. Both will have crap resale value and the same level of components. Ibanez should have a thinner neck if that makes a difference. i'm usually more of a used instrument guy so I can step up the quality. I would choose a yamaha over both.
     

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