#1
Hey I'm a guitarist who's decided to take up bass for a change of pace and I have a few beginner questions.

1: Which bass?I know this is covered in the FAQ, but not really in the detail I was hoping for. I have been looking at a Peavey Millenium ( http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/peavey-millenium-4-ac-bxp/66578 ), as reviews for it seem to be good, but I'm not sure if it fits my purposes. I would be playing rock and metal,possibly punk, but I would definitely be wanting to play funk, and learn to slap. Around £200 would be the most I'm willing to spend on a bass.

2: I've small hands, is this going to be a problem?

3:What is the difference between flatwound and roundwound strings?

4: I've seen many cheaper basses, such as the Peavey a step below that which I mentioned in question 1, however, they're made of agathis. On guitar, agathis is often said to be among the worst woods,is this the same for bass guitars, or is it more acceptable for bass tone?

5: Also I know bass can't, be played through a guitar amp, but if i used headphones with my Roland Cube 60, would the speaker be saved? Or would the amp still be unsatisfactory for bass?

Thank you in advance
Last edited by MentholDreams at Feb 5, 2009,
#2
1. Peavey's generally are good for starter and otherwise. It should fit the bill you are looking for. Be sure to try out some other basses in your price range, but its not a bad choice.

2. No. See:https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=986625

3. http://www.tunemybass.com/strings/bass_strings_1.html

4. I am not a huge fan of Agathis for a tone wood. Its pretty neutral and common on Squier and lower cost basses.
#3
1) Your best option for finding the right bass is simply trying as many as possible. Poke around on the forums and on MusiciansFriend and get an idea of what people seem to like, then go to your local guitar shop and try those along with everything else on the rack that you possibly can. Take suggestions as just that: suggestions. You're the one who will ultimately be sitting down with it for hours on end, so it's up to you to decide what you like and don't like in a bass. The best way to do that is to try a variety.

2) Nope. It's just a matter of practice. It's also another great reason to try as many as possible. You may find one that wasn't suggested, but fits your hand and body like it was made for you. At the end of the day the size of your hands won't really make a difference, it just boils down to practice.

3&4) Seems like anarkee has it pretty much covered.

5) It'll be fine either way as long as you play at low volume. The headphone thing will save the speaker, yes, but you can play through the speaker as long as you keep your volume at a minimum. I'd say only do it for the short term until you can get a bass amp, however, because the potential's there to damage your amp.

-Edit-
Much like guitar, the type of bass you use won't determine what genre you play with it so much as how you play it. Don't think in terms of "I need a metal bass" or "I need a funk bass". You can play pretty much any style with pretty much any bass.
-Guitar Gear-
1995 American Fender Strat, EMG 85 pup
Randall RH200 Head
Marshall 1960a Cab
Woods Acoustic
-Bass Gear-
Spector Legend 4 bass
Washburn Bantam bass
Hartke HA2500
Fender Bassman 410H
Play what you love, love what you play
Last edited by Garou1911 at Feb 5, 2009,
#4
Some basses are more geared towards a certain type of music though.

Whether it be tone wise, or purely aesthetically
#5
Honestly--long term use of a guitar amp is not good. Even at low volumes you run the risk of blowing something out.

Also-beyond the mechanics--why would you want to compromise your sound? Come on folks, bass guitars sound awful through guitar amps. You lose all of that rich bottom we all know and love.
#6
1)
IMO, that peavey is about the best you can get for the money. There are others to consider though. Of the ones on GAK, here's what I'd choose from. There are some other good ones, like the Squier VM P/J or Traben Array/Chaos, but they're like £30 over budget...

OLP MM3
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=11147

Ibanez GSR200
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=582

Yamaha RBX270
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=3449

Peavey Zodiac BXP
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=71075

Washburn XB120
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=614


2) nope

3) Se anarkee's post

4) There's nothing wrong with agathis, it just gives a really clear tone so most of the sound comes from the pickups. I have an agathis bass that sounds excellent. It's not very pretty, though, and it's not traditional, so it's usually sold cheaper. (hence the use in cheaper instruments)

5) Headphones would be fine, and at very low volumes a cube 60 should handle it, but if you hear ANY speaker clipping(farting) at all, stop. Really though, it's much better to get a £15 cheapie from a pawn shop to practice with until you get an amp.
Nope, no sig here.
Last edited by Mutant Corn at Feb 5, 2009,
#7
Quote by anarkee
Also-beyond the mechanics--why would you want to compromise your sound? Come on folks, bass guitars sound awful through guitar amps. You lose all of that rich bottom we all know and love.

I dunno about that. Before I was playing through the Harke rig in my sig, I was playing through the Randall head and the Hartke cab and I was getting some pretty neat tones. In fact I still occasionally use a distortion pedal (DigiTech DF-7) with the bass rig and personally I enjoy the distorted tones - especially playing hard rock and metal - with a distorted guitar. It's just a matter of controlling it so it doesn't sound like a wall of fuzz.
-Guitar Gear-
1995 American Fender Strat, EMG 85 pup
Randall RH200 Head
Marshall 1960a Cab
Woods Acoustic
-Bass Gear-
Spector Legend 4 bass
Washburn Bantam bass
Hartke HA2500
Fender Bassman 410H
Play what you love, love what you play
#8
1. It's given as much detail as is needed. The reason the FAQ is written like it is to set you off on your way and make your own decisions with a little guidance. What has been written down is purely fact and no opinion.

4. Nowt wrong with agathis. I've owned an agathis bodied bass for 6 years now- my main bass, and it has done me nothing but good. Incidentally, it's the 5 string version of that Peavey you're looking at. It's a very neutral tonewood, which I think lends itself very well to active instruments.
#9
if you play through headphones, then you won't damage your amp, but your eq will be messed up

and make sure not to unplug the headphones
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#10
Quote by Deliriumbassist


4. Nowt wrong with agathis. I've owned an agathis bodied bass for 6 years now- my main bass, and it has done me nothing but good. Incidentally, it's the 5 string version of that Peavey you're looking at. It's a very neutral tonewood, which I think lends itself very well to active instruments.


I think my main issue with agathis is that as wood is its too neutral. I don't think its a bad wood per se but I feel about it the same way I look at transparent amps. It just doesn't float my boat. I'm a bit more of a basswood fan.