THANKS! I like both of your recommendations although the Epiphone brand doesn't thrill me quality-wise. The Toby, however, is totally UN-Epiphone! lol I'll steer clear of Squiers as well. I had a MIM Jazz that was a dud a few years back. The Ibanez is, at this stage, the front runner.Great intonation is a matter of a good setup. With the way even the cheapest basses bridges are made, (with the exception of some of the beatles' style 'violin' basses) you can get perfect intonation.
For different tones..
I'd look at one of these.
Has an EQ boost thing. Not that you couldn't get that from a pedal, but yea.
These Ibanezes may not be TGP approved, but they are solid and sound great even tho I'm a German Warwick playing snob.
also have an active circuit. iirc, not on all the time.
And the Fender Squire Vintage Modified are nice and within your range. I would be less likely to say they have strongly different tones on the different pickups. At least compared to the above.
Whoa! I have to take notice of your comments. Boom and Clank are NOT what I'm looking for. I had a MIM Jazz. Sounded awful and the intonation was a hassle. Did I have a lemon? Squiers, Fenders' budget line, scare me. The only budget line instrument I felt had quality, was the PRS SE line.I'll go on record as saying that the Ibanez Soundgear bass is the worst-sounding bass I've ever heard.
I used to cringe when a band would come in the studio with one. 2 tones - boom and clank. None of the beautiful lo-mid note definition of a P- or J-Bass.
Can't go wrong w/a Mexi Fender, or even a Squier.
Saying an Ibby only does boom or clank is silly IMO. They're just as capable as anything else out there. Just what they're capable of depends on the player. Put one in the hands of a good bassist and it'll sound good.Whoa! I have to take notice of your comments. Boom and Clank are NOT what I'm looking for. I had a MIM Jazz. Sounded awful and the intonation was a hassle. Did I have a lemon? Squiers, Fenders' budget line, scare me. The only budget line instrument I felt had quality, was the PRS SE line.