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Old 03-05-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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need cheap bass gear!

well currently i'm a guitarist. but now my band needs me to start playing bass. I'm happy to oblige. always wanted to play. but i'm very very low on dough. I'm in a predominantly metal playing band. so i'm sure that's an issue. i need a bass, and of course, an amp to go along with it.

so what i need your help on guys, is the lowest possible priced combo of the two. i'd like an amp loud enough to gig. just small gigs house gigs and stuff of the like.

EDIT: you can just suggest good cheap amps or basses. from my experience i should avoid starter packs and buy each thing individually.

Thanks for the help in advance.
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:12 AM   #2
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I'll trade you my bass stuff for guitar stuff?
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:15 AM   #3
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the cheapest combo you can get would probably be a squire bass with a fender rumble 15w amp. It's pretty versatile and very reliable. The only thing is the 15w amp might be too quiet for gigs but you could upgrade to a 25w or 60w.
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:20 AM   #4
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I'll trade you my bass stuff for guitar stuff?

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Old 03-05-2009, 12:22 AM   #5
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I'll trade you my bass stuff for guitar stuff?

lol i'd like to keep my guitar stuff...quite fond of the instrument...

and is a squier bass suitable for metal?
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:23 AM   #6
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squire p bass dont get the j
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Old 03-05-2009, 12:24 AM   #7
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Look at our comprehensive FAQ.

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Go used. Avoid Behringer and Crate and grab as many watts as possible. At least 100, ideally 300+.
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:33 AM   #8
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Lower end Schecters, possibly a Thunderbird Goth Epiphone.

Ibanez too
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:51 AM   #9
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^ No T-bird...no....bad puppy.

Your pest plan of action is to go entirely used. A specific budget would be nice, but assuming we're going as cheap as possible, find a decent off-brand/used bass and an old 80's SS amp. You can usually get by like that for quite a while.

A fixer-upper like this might be good
http://cgi.ebay.com/HOHNER-ROCKWOOD...93%3A2|294%3A50

Add that to a decent amp, like this, and you're good to go.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-BXR200-B...93%3A2|294%3A50
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:53 AM   #10
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I have seen way to many "played guitar for x years, looking at bass" threads in the past week...
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Old 03-05-2009, 03:05 AM   #11
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That just means there's more of them seeing the light.
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^ No T-bird...no....bad puppy.

Your pest plan of action is to go entirely used. A specific budget would be nice, but assuming we're going as cheap as possible, find a decent off-brand/used bass and an old 80's SS amp. You can usually get by like that for quite a while.

A fixer-upper like this might be good
http://cgi.ebay.com/HOHNER-ROCKWOOD...93%3A2|294%3A50

Add that to a decent amp, like this, and you're good to go.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Fender-BXR200-B...93%3A2|294%3A50




They do have a good metal tone, at least the people in metal bands around hear get them to have one =P

Its like the only bass metal heads around here use
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:22 PM   #13
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They get them because they "look" metal...but most people don't know how to get one to cut properly. The tone is actually much more suited to blues and country.
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