I have a borrowed Fender Jazz Bass that I’m just not crazy about. It’s about 30 years old and I get a lot of noise from the pickups - no, they don’t cancel each other out and no, I’m not paying any more for repairs on a borrowed bass. When I first got it, the tone knob would not adjust. After several lessons on BassBuzz, I took it to the local shop and had a setup performed and the tone knob fixed. I know the neck is adjusted about as far as can be adjusted.
…but, it was “free.” It’s what I have to learn on. I’m only into module 9 in the BadAss Bass Lessons and I still have a lot to learn.
Today, I had some errands to run on the other side of town and thought I’d go by that store. They had advertised a used Ibanez SR-300e and I wanted to see if I liked it. Well, it was already sold…
While there, I tried several other basses - Yamaha TRBX174 and TRBX505; a Squier 5-string Jazz Bass; several Sterlings including a Ray 4HH, a Ray 4H, and a RAY 4SS.
I discovered several things doing this…
I definitely prefer two pickups. If for no other reason than a place to rest my thumb.
While I get it about 5-string basses for beginners, I wasn’t that uncomfortable with one. Yes, I had to think about it but, just noodling around, I didn’t mind it.
I like a satin-finish neck. I cannot stand the polished necks. They’re “sticky.”
While I had a hard time getting used to the short scale Sterling, I finally got it down where I could play a few tunes. I could live with the SS.
I like natural or stained wood - not painted. That’s just me. It has nothing to do with sound but those natural or stained wood basses are pretty (in my eyes).
I like the feel of the Yamaha and Sterling necks. Those satin finishes are just nice to touch.
Which one did I buy? None of them. I walked out without one. I realized that if I can learn to play on the Fender Jazz Bass I have, I will enjoy something nicer even more. So, I decided I’ll wait until I’m completely done with all 16 modules before I decide on anything.
Still, it was a lot of fun.
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.