Hi everyone! I sent this to Josh but figured I would throw it up on the forum too and see what everyone thinks:
So, I just got the great news that I’m getting a SIGNIFICANT Christmas bonus at work… Enough to buy almost any bass I want with plenty left over.
I spent a couple hours at Long & McQuade today trying out basses, and two really stood out to me. I thought I’d check in to hear your opinion!
Ibanez SR505E 5 string - now, I’ve seen Josh’s video about how 5 strings aren’t really good for beginners… But EVERYTHING else about this bass just felt incredible! The tone of it was dark and heavy, it sounded super cool. Plus, the neck felt really smooth and great in my left hand…
Only problem is, I’m not sure if adding a B string will mess up what Josh has taught me? It seemed like all the patterns you taught (two frets, two strings down for the octave, one string, two frets down for the fifth, etc) all worked with the new string… Is this correct?
All in all, I loved this bass… Would probably be perfect if they had a four string version.
And the other…
Fender Mustang Bass PJ
This one just felt like butter in my hands. Slapping was easy as pie, it took little to no effort to get great tone and there was NO fret buzz at all, even though it hadn’t been set up yet.
It’s kind of weird to only have 20 frets, but probably workable, hey?
The issue I had with this is, since I learned on an acoustic, I have no clue what switching between the pickups and adjusting them does haha. Although I could easily learn that, just threw me off a bit.
Do you think either of these would be a good choice, since I have the money? Bonus doesn’t come in until the middle of December, so I have plenty of time to make a decision… Let me know what you think of the two, and if you have any recommendations