So as some of you may know recently I did it again, and bought sight unseen Affinity Squier PJ in Lake Placid Blue (beautiful color btw). But except for the issues it came with, and it were plenty but I managed to fix 'em all, I’m not digging these ceramic pups. They just dont have dynamics or bite when you dig in (not enough wooly-ness I experience with Mustang). Overall bass is alright after these fixes.
Now I’m really trying to find myself suitable bass, once again, and I’m not gonna go cheapo route anymore.
BB434, were I choosing. Very high quality, classic line of basses from Yamaha. I had a 734A and it was fantastic, the weight and color choices were the only drawback for me. I just checked and a couple sources online claim the Jag weighs 12 pounds which seems quite heavy to me. I am skeptical it is really that heavy but you might want to try one. My BB734A was a bit under 10 lbs, for reference.
The Jag looks cool too - I love the funky shape and color choices. But between those two I would pick the BB, personally. Provided you like the color choices for the 434 that is.
I have played neither, but just from the looks and choice of materials etc., I would go for the BB, no doubt.
I own a Yamaha (very different type), and really like the quality of the instrument. Used to own a MiM Fender, and didn’t quite connect… So, not really super-balanced and objective here, but my vote goes to the BB
Another vote for the BB here. Only ever tried one in a store but I should have grabbed it instead of getting swept away on the Fender train.
I too never really bonded with my P bass ( which I always felt guilty about as it was a gift from my wife) and eventually swapped it for a Warwick RB Streamer .
If I were to do it again, I would probably look at a Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar. It’s medium scale, but is less money and has tone/vol tone/vol on concentric pots. So tone and volume control for each pickup which I really like on my Paranormal.
Throw in a set of Geezer Butler pickups and you’d be rocking
I have the Squier Classic Vibe Jaguar. I love it. I particularly like the medium scale (32”), which makes the first fret a little more reachable, and yet it really feels no different from my 34 inch scale Peavey. I switch back and forth with no adjustments.
I was thinking the same, but I bought too many cheapish basses, and after 5 of them the only two I like are Ray4 (especially after AG4M upgrade) and CV 70s Jazz, but none of them are good for all songs. Jazz sometime just doesnt cut it cause it doesnt have much booty, and Ray, well you kbow its Ray, just doesnt work for everything.
So I figured out I like PJ most and it will suit any genre, so Im willing to get proper bass for proper money.