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A Tail of Two Basses

Discussion in 'Ace's BASS Place' started by Green Craig, Oct 9, 2017.

  1. Green Craig

    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 15, 2012
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

    I had the fortune of coming into a small amount of money, so when I was into the guitar shop for lessons today, I had planned on purchasing a Squier Bronco Bass. But then, the shopkeep pointed me towards an Ibanez GIO bass that's still within the price range of the aforementioned Bronco. I played around with both, and while the Bronco is sketchy and awesome, the Ibanez was modern and awesome.

    Pros for the Bronco
    -Awesome punk rock vibe
    -Torino red!
    Cons for the Bronco:
    -Nonstandard bass pickup
    -Not as much sustain and reverb
    -Not sure what the body is...plywood? Paulownia?

    Pros for the Ibanez
    -Solid mahogany body
    -Standard humbucker pickup
    -Thumpy, slappy, and really nice bass sound
    -Price (is more expensive, albeit only slightly)
    -I don't like the natural finish
    -The GIO line has always seemed suspect for me.

    So, while I'm now stoked on guitars and basses, I'm horribly conflicted as to which one to buy! Any advice is appreciated.
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  2. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 3, 2009
    Mobile Bay
    While there's several Gio models out there, both of these basses have their strong points. Keep in mind, the shorter scale Bronco with it's OEM pups is sorta unique-not necessarily in a good way. It looks like the choice of drop-in pickups for the Bronco could be iffy.

    Overall, my vote is for Gio models considering the factory pickups, and overall features.
  3. Hugh

    Hugh Got Punch ? Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 26, 2009
    Louisville (KY)
    Be patient and find a Peavey Foundation with Super Ferrite pickups. (The pickups have Super Ferrite written on them)

    Made in the USA, and if you're patient you can find one for the price of the Squier.
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  4. Green Craig

    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 15, 2012
    Oh, one more pro for the Bronco: for being a self proclaimed Fender guy, I don't actually own a single Fender guitar!

    The reason I'm set on buying a new one from this shop is that it'll include a fresh setup and new set of strings...and the tech is a wizard in that regard. He can make a guitar that plays like a wet fart into a dream machine.
  5. Green Craig

    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 15, 2012
    I pulled the trigger on the Ibanez. It's pretty comfy playing it more upright, orchestral style, on my left knee (I'm right handed). I have a hard time playing it like a guitar, across my right knee...I've got flexibility issues in my left wrist which are slightly alleviated playing it upright.

    I did about 45 minutes on Rocksmith just fartin' around with the basics, and even stuck my nose into Mountain King from the Bachsmith's a lot harder than what I remember of that song on tuba in 7th grade...
  6. Green Craig

    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 15, 2012
    Obligatory pic bomb:
    Nice mahogany body, with a standard sized bass humbucker. I've got a few ideas on sprucing it up and making it my own, aesthetically at the very least...I've got some chicken head knobs for another guitar, so I might take the speed knobs off of that guitar and put it on the Ibanez.
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  7. jatremayne2

    jatremayne2 New Member!

    May 5, 2017
    I think you are gonna find the pickup is just a regular old strat single coil
  8. johnnymg

    johnnymg Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Sep 5, 2015
    Central Coast Ca
    Congrats............ that looks awesome.

    What's that puppy weigh?

    What are those string wraps at the tuners?
  9. Green Craig

    Green Craig Senior Stratmaster

    Oct 15, 2012
    It's not too heavy. I haven't weighed it, but it doesn't weigh a whole heck of a lot more than my Strat.

    Those string wraps at the tuners are my shop's in-house brand strings. They sell every new guitar with a setup, which includes fret levelling and crowning, action adjustment, and new strings. The strings are purchased in bulk from GHS, so there's a slight degree of customization in them.
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  10. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    I have one...
    Seems a serviceable instrument...
    Disclaimer: consider the source(me)
  11. FlippysSurf

    FlippysSurf New Member!

    May 12, 2018
    McPherson KS
    Good choice, I love my Ibanez!!!
  12. shupe13

    shupe13 Senior Stratmaster

    Feb 17, 2010
    Greenfield, IN
    I don’t like sticky necks either.