#1
What would be a good starter bass.. I have been playing guitar for two years and I want to get a 4 and 5 string bass. I play rock and metal. What would be the best (And lowest Priced) but is still a great starter??
#2
Check out the FAQ in the stickies sections--there are some great options there. But given your musical preferences, I would try a few Ibanez basses, such as the GSR series or a used SR.
#4
Depends. They have cheaper models and more higher end models. Check out the Ibanez GSR200.
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#6
Well, I'd say Ibanez isn't expensive. Most quality brands ask like, 50% extra because it is made by that factory, Ibanez doesn't ask that much for the name.
So yeah, I'd say Ibanez.
Current gear:
Carvin CT6M
TC Electronics Dark Matter distortion
Harley Benton 2x12, with Celestion V30s
Laney Ironheart 60w tube amp
#8
Cool I was wondering, do you really want to start learning bass or just have it in your house and play on it once in a while when you are bored?
Current gear:
Carvin CT6M
TC Electronics Dark Matter distortion
Harley Benton 2x12, with Celestion V30s
Laney Ironheart 60w tube amp
#9
Quote by LordPino
Well, I'd say Ibanez isn't expensive. Most quality brands ask like, 50% extra because it is made by that factory, Ibanez doesn't ask that much for the name.
So yeah, I'd say Ibanez.


The reason quality brands ask %50 more is because they're quality. Ibanez isn't on either side of the quality scale, but rather right square in the middle around the unimpressive range.
#10
Quote by sloasdaylight
The reason quality brands ask %50 more is because they're quality. Ibanez isn't on either side of the quality scale, but rather right square in the middle around the unimpressive range.


A handmade guitar built by a local guitar builder CAN be MUCH better quality than one made in a factory. & it will be a LOT cheaper, because the brand is unknown(most likely).
Current gear:
Carvin CT6M
TC Electronics Dark Matter distortion
Harley Benton 2x12, with Celestion V30s
Laney Ironheart 60w tube amp
#11
Hmm, as a few guys have brought up Ibanez, i'd personally recommend the GSR205 if you want to start with 5 strings, been playing 5string for 2 years and this was my starter [and still current] bass.
Nice sound, easy to play and not incredibly expensive.
#12
Quote by LordPino
A handmade guitar built by a local guitar builder CAN be MUCH better quality than one made in a factory. & it will be a LOT cheaper, because the brand is unknown(most likely).

you obviously have never priced custom made instruments. they may be better quality than production models but, they will be WAY more expensive.
check your facts.
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Quote by Rocker396
cool. Im probably going to buy a bass this summer. Along with a new guitar amp.


are you going to buy a bass amp too?
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Quote by capslockisnton
are you going to buy a bass amp too?

Because you will need one for your bass, unless you have some vast speaker stack. Bear in mind that vice-versa does not apply, you can play your guitar through a bass amp.
On the topic of Ibanez, the ATK is good value, and I have a SRX 305, which I think is discontinued, but if the rest of the SRX range is similar, I would recommend them as well. People seem to have different ideas though...
#16
Seriously? Why is the only brand mentioned here Ibanez? I'd at least expect a few "Get a squier VM!" comments...

One person's low price may be another person's midrange....what is your budget?

I'm going to keep suggestions under $250 until you answer that...

Obviously the GSR200 has support here

The top of my list is the Peavey Millennium. These are excellent basses.
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Millennium-BXP-4String-Bass-Guitar?sku=511369

The Peavey Milestone is also fairly good, if you can find someplace that stocks it. About $170 I think.
http://www.peavey.com/products/browse.cfm/action/detail/item/72750/Milestone.cfm

Squier Precision Special
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Standard-P-Bass-Special-Edition?sku=519630

Squier Standard Jazz
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Standard-Jazz-Bass-?sku=510627

Laguna LB224
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Laguna-LB224-Electric-Bass?sku=520013


If you don't mind them not being musician's friend brands, Samick/Greg Bennett and SX are both very good buys. (nobody here trusts ones that aren't from big stores )

http://www.gregbennettguitars.com/bassportal.html

http://www.rondomusic.com/bassguitars4.html
(if you go SX, look for the ones with "LTD" in the model name...bottom of page 3)
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Last edited by Mutant Corn at Feb 12, 2009,
#18
^ I would, too.

And yeah, what Underling said. You can't play a bass through a guitar amp at any sane volume...it'll kill the speaker. You've got to have a bass amp.

Since nobody's said it yet, the used market is pretty good right now. Keep an eye on eBay and Craigslist for basses and amps, particularly old Peavey stuff. For example, a Peavey Combo 300 and Foudation bass could be had for under $300 total, and be all the rig you'll ever need.
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#19
well i have been playing for only 3 months and i started out with

Squier Vintage modern jazz bass

Acoustic B20 amp

lol i dont know why i just said that its in my sig!!!
#20
Quote by Mutant Corn
Seriously? Why is the only brand mentioned here Ibanez? I'd at least expect a few "Get a squier VM!" comments...

One person's low price may be another person's midrange....what is your budget?

I'm going to keep suggestions under $250 until you answer that...

Obviously the GSR200 has support here

The top of my list is the Peavey Millennium. These are excellent basses.
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Millennium-BXP-4String-Bass-Guitar?sku=511369

The Peavey Milestone is also fairly good, if you can find someplace that stocks it. About $170 I think.
http://www.peavey.com/products/browse.cfm/action/detail/item/72750/Milestone.cfm

Squier Precision Special
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Standard-P-Bass-Special-Edition?sku=519630

Squier Standard Jazz
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Standard-Jazz-Bass-?sku=510627

Laguna LB224
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Laguna-LB224-Electric-Bass?sku=520013


If you don't mind them not being musician's friend brands, Samick/Greg Bennett and SX are both very good buys. (nobody here trusts ones that aren't from big stores )

http://www.gregbennettguitars.com/bassportal.html

http://www.rondomusic.com/bassguitars4.html
(if you go SX, look for the ones with "LTD" in the model name...bottom of page 3)

Thanks man these helped me alot
#21
The Squier VMs are great value, I would probably recommend the VM '70s Jazz as well as the Squier Standard J (or PJ special for that matter)
On the subject of good rock/metal non-Ibanez basses, the OLP is worthwhile, being the import Musicman Stingray.
I suppose ESP/LTD deserve a mention, but Ive never even seen one, so Im not the one to ask vis a vis actually being any good.
#23
Don't forget used guitars! You can get a mid-range bass for a low-end bass's price just because it's got some buckle rash (minor body damage on the back ie: the part noone will see when you're playing) or slight dents (on certain bodies it's damn near impossible to see them from anywhere farther than 3m away [especially on natural finish guitars].

If you know someone who plays guitar or bass or just a store that has someone you trust you can look through used guitars and not get stuck with something that is utterly broken. There are FAQs out that'll give you more tips but the basic incentive still is there.
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#24
^I second that. I got £600 off a Musicman Stingray 5 '06ltd because it had chip in it thats hidden by my arm when playing it and would cost maybe £100 to cover over...
At the time that was $1,200, which is a whole gear fund to itself Stateside!
#25
Quote by ChikenKannon
Don't forget used guitars! You can get a mid-range bass for a low-end bass's price just because it's got some buckle rash (minor body damage on the back ie: the part noone will see when you're playing) or slight dents (on certain bodies it's damn near impossible to see them from anywhere farther than 3m away [especially on natural finish guitars].

If you know someone who plays guitar or bass or just a store that has someone you trust you can look through used guitars and not get stuck with something that is utterly broken. There are FAQs out that'll give you more tips but the basic incentive still is there.

good idea.
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