Fender MIM 5 String Jazz Bass for Metal?

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  1. Rotatous

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    Hey bass guys, Ive had an Ibanez SR505 for a long while now and recently have had my eyes set on other basses for recording.

    I was wondering if anyone had experience using these (https://www.sweetwater.com/store/de...ass-v-3-color-sunburst-with-maple-fingerboard) for metal? Currently tuning standard 5 string tuning 1/2 a step down (low string Bb).

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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    There's not really anything a Jazz Bass can't really do, and that also goes for Metal of all different flavors.

    The current crop of MIM JBs are very solid.

    Not to mention it'll be a much different, complimentary tone and feel to your SR.
     
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    I agree with Max. That bass would be a solid choice for anything!
     
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    I'm biased cause I really love Jazz basses, but yes. All Jazz bass, all the time. Dooooo it. :yesway:
     
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    I may end up selling the SR505 to fund it to be honest, I'd love to keep them both though. I've never been absolutely in love with the Ibanez, at least in a recording setting, but then again I'm really not a bass player 1st so what do I know. May just be the first in a process of trying new things.
     
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    Yes, do it.
     
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    Ethenmar slow and low

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    I have a JB from 1974. I play blues, funeral doom and death metal with it.
    It's the versatility made bass.
     
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    Any bass is fine 'for metal' if it creates a tone you personally find suitable 'for metal'. I can't imagine why any bass wouldn't be good 'for metal' :)
     
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    So, no joke, I sold a Dingwall Afterburner 5 because I honestly found myself getting on more with the tone of a Squier P-bass 5-string with J-bass electronics. They're singlecoils, so they're not super hot or deep... but they have a LOT of punch or growl.

    A fairly firm picking attack (pick or fingers, whatever you choose) goes a long way here. J basses sound awesome, though, and with some grit can totally work for metal.
     
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    Oh please, thats something that people love to say but there are definitely some basses I wouldn't consider using for low tuned metal, thats why niche basses like the one in your profile pic exist. I do know some of my favorite bass players use Jazz 5 strings though so I guess thats really what has me thinking about trying one out. The other half of me I also considering seeking out something with a 35" scale length.
     
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    That's really only up to taste though. The only reason a bass wouldn't be "suitable for metal" is that it's not to a particular metal player's taste. Someone else who also plays metal might really like that bass. There is no "expected metal bass sound" like there is with guitar. Nobody is going to say "Fender doesn't have a metal sound". Or "you can't play metal with a P -style bass". It's 100% a taste thing. It's the same as the whole "you can't play metal on a strat" argument, or saying that you can't play country on a B.C. Rich guitar 'cause it's too pointy or something.

    People love to say it because it's true.
     
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    Of course its all preference, but like I said, I'm playing in a low tuning and playing metal. Nobody might say, "Fender doesn't have a metal sound", but if I ask about a specific Fender bass for a specific tuning and style of music, one might say "yeah those pickups in model A are a bit thin sounding for what you're after, you'd be better off with model B or C"
     
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    The only requirement I've ever heard is that some players prefer longer scale length or thin necks for drop tuning. But metal is not always drop tuned. I've never heard "these bass pickups are not metal-appropriate". But, that's just my experience.
     
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    Have you looked into the squire classic vibe and vintage modified lines? Apparently those are some really solid instruments for the money even comparable to the mim fender stuff.
     
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    The MIM J is the used Prestige of the bass world. Do it.
     
  16. Floppystrings

    Floppystrings No like the floppy

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    Look into the 5 string Warwick Rockbass guitars.

     
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    "warwick is known for its tonewoods and that goes for the rockbasses too" :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

    for the price of a new rockbass you better get a used german warwick
     
  18. Floppystrings

    Floppystrings No like the floppy

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    What is so amusing exactly?

    There is a 5 string Rockbass double buck on Reverb for $365 shipped right now, in "excellent" condition.

    Who said anything about new?
     
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    comparing warwick's exotic woods with rockbass's industry standards alder/maple/rosewood combo

    that used to be the price for a new rockbass before they revamped it, be very careful what year it is. rockbass is not that great right now, but was definitely worse a few years ago

    didn't op linked a new bass in his post ?
     
  20. Floppystrings

    Floppystrings No like the floppy

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    It's a newer model with swamp ash body, 3-pc maple neck, not an old model:

    https://reverb.com/item/14565523-warwick-rockbass-corvette-bass-guitar-w-hard-case

    Maybe you should try actually contributing to the thread instead of just bashing suggestions. Edit: Just checked your posting history and all you on this forum is talk shit, and you know nothing about Warwicks lol.
     
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