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Jaykingfunk

Buying a new bass with a budget of £1150

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So I've been fortunate enough to come into some money I wasn't expecting. I need to fix the car, put some money away for holiday and the kids bedrooms could do with redecorating. So I've decided I need another bass instead.

Years ago I played a Sandberg, not sure of the model but I liked it. Tempted by a California VM5 or similar. Anybody got one and can tell my what it's like? Or anyone selling one?

Basses I've got already: Musicman SUB (USA), Warwick Thumb BO 5 and a MIM Fender jazz Deluxe 5.

I like the idea of having something with a P pickup on it to get a different sound to what I've already got. Faveourite style to play is funk/soul but currently doing most of my gigging in a Mod band so something with a bit more 'bite' would probably be good.

Any recommendations?

Cheers, J.

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In b4 Maruszczyk is recommended. Custom bass made to your spec in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, see the thread here http://basschat.co.uk/topic/254344-the-official-maruszczyk-club/page__pid__3336039__st__2040#entry3336039 .

Or P pickup ready to go, you could look at Yamaha BB series. New ones on the way so the higher end older models 1024/2024 are on offer and apparently incredible passive basses.


Best of luck on your search! Edited by BassApprentice

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If it were me, I'd be looking at Yamaha BB1024X or 5 string version, Fender 50's RW P or a used Dingwall Combustion (or NG2) for around that money. A used Spector Euro LX 5 could sneak on to that list too.... Edited by Bigwan

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Sandberg are great and a VM will suit you nicely, P presence but the M adds more cut.
The Sandberg in house pups are more vintage and the Delano's they use more hi-fi.

Can't argue with what other people have said either, just got to get out and play them!

On another note how about an Olinto P bass made by Mas Hino, they look the beans

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[quote name='Cuzzie' timestamp='1500301668' post='3336767']
On another note how about an Olinto P bass made by Mas Hino, they look the beans
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Add another $1000 onto the price and you're just about there I think ;)

Si

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I realised that after writing it (doh!) but when you are so close by chance he may be able to take the last jump.

Personally I would get a Hamer 12 string bass, that is completely different to what he has!

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I've got a black Sandberg VM5 (35") that although I like, it's not getting much playing so might be tempted to let go...

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Thanks for the replies people!

The frets on Dingwall basses look a bit weird to me, I'd definitely have to try that first!

Markstuk: send me some pics via private message if you're serious about selling your Sandberg.

Cheers, J.

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What i would do, is enjoy the basses you have and spend the money on the other priorities apart from your need for a Pbass pickup in a bass. But thats just me.

Any of your current basses will do Funk and Soul and Bite, and anything else in between.

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Only one choice for my money... build your own. [url="https://public-peace.de/configurator/jake-c/"]Go nuts.[/url]

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[quote name='wateroftyne' timestamp='1500326746' post='3337014']
Only one choice for my money... build your own. [url="https://public-peace.de/configurator/jake-c/"]Go nuts.[/url]
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Hard to keep below budget nowadays though!

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Classic & Cool Guitars have a few Sandbergs up for grabs at present, why not see if you can visit them and try them out?

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No idea where they are, but I`ve spoken online with Mark, the owner a few times, decent guy, and knows his stuff:

[url="http://classicandcoolguitars.co.uk/"]http://classicandcoolguitars.co.uk/[/url]

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Also Mark is an official supplier for Sandberg, so you could look at a custom if you are prepared to wait

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[quote name='wateroftyne' timestamp='1500326746' post='3337014']
Only one choice for my money... build your own. [url="https://public-peace.de/configurator/jake-c/"]Go nuts.[/url]
[/quote]

Wow, wish I had seen this 12 months ago! Just made my perfect bass for Euro1300.

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Id go secondhand, much more bang for the buck, you need to be patient though.

Having said that Anderton's have USA Dimensions for under a grand currently. That's a lot of bass for the money.

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Can't go far wrong with a Sandberg I reckon, I have a Classic TM4 and it's uber.

Fender Road Worn Jazz's get good reviews and can be had for £700 if you wait for one to come up

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[quote name='Paul S' timestamp='1500398835' post='3337486']
Wow, wish I had seen this 12 months ago! Just made my perfect bass for Euro1300.
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There's a chap on here from Newcastle who had one of these built. I don't know what it plays like but the videos he's posted on YouTube sound fantastic.

I was in the process of ordering one of these, but I got sideswiped by an AVRI P that came up for sale on here. I'm still not entirely sure that was the right decision, but you pays your money ...

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If I had £1100 for a new bass right now I'd be having one of these.

https://www.guitar.co.uk/reverend-mike-watt-signature-wattplower-satin-emerald-green

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