#1
Recently I've been working towards recording my own solo project and I can't find a bass to borrow to finish my recordings. So I've decided to buy one for myself under a $350 budget if possible. I'm going to be running the amp directly into a EMU-0404 preamp and probably some computer-based amp simulators and I do not have anyway to borrow a bass amp to mic or a bass preamp to use.

I will be using the bass primarily for death metal, so I want a very dark tone and a relatively high output, active pickups or onboard preamps would be fine.

I was looking at basses and these models caught my eye:
ESP B105 LTD
ESP F105 LTD
-I've always heard a lot of good about the ESP F Series, plus it has a 35" neck.
Peavey Millenium 5 AC BXP

Which of these models (Or other models in my budget) do you think would be best for cheap home studio use? Or should I not even waste my money and save up for a slightly higher model, if so, what model do you recommend?
#2
I play the Millennium at GC awhile ago. It was pretty nice. I'd recommend it.

This is good too. Versatile sound. I wouldn't call it dark, though.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-SR305-5-String-Bass-Guitar-105138606-i1392352.gc

Also comes in a maple option.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-SR305-5-String-Bass-Guitar-580522-i1440474.gc

If you can, try going used. Lots of high end gear can go for pretty cheap.
#3
Ibanez SR305 would do the job. I checked some American websites and it's in your budget. Will I try and sell the bass to you? It's Ibanez meaning it will be reliable, it has a nice thin neck, 24 frets, active preamp, the newer 300 series has a new, larger bridge, you will be able to get most tones out of the bass, it's one of the lightest basses around and to be vain, it looks sexy.

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR305-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=517408

Oooh and the maple version of the SR305 is on sale in America now. Nice

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR305-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=580522

EDIT : ^^ ....We both picked the same bass and highlighted the new maple neck at the same time. Spooky lol.
Last edited by Micehorns at Mar 1, 2009,
#4
Quote by Micehorns
Ibanez SR305 would do the job. I checked some American websites and it's in your budget. Will I try and sell the bass to you? It's Ibanez meaning it will be reliable, it has a nice thin neck, 24 frets, active preamp, the newer 300 series has a new, larger bridge, you will be able to get most tones out of the bass, it's one of the lightest basses around and to be vain, it looks sexy.

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR305-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=517408

Oooh and the maple version of the SR305 is on sale in America now. Nice

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR305-5String-Bass-Guitar?sku=580522

EDIT : ^^ ....We both picked the same bass and highlighted the new maple neck at the same time. Spooky lol.


We have the same bass too.

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#6
Quote by GreatWhiteDope


Never seen that model, and ESP's site doesn't have something like thatl. It has some pretty good specs, and for $200 or so you really can't lose.

Try asking the seller what model it is.
#7
Quote by GreatWhiteDope


It looks a lot like the LTD B-200 range. But I can't see a 5 string version online.

Here's a 6 stringer than looks like it.

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/b-206/66322

EDIT : http://www.guitarshop.net/esp/B255_ng.jpg

LTD B-255!
Last edited by Micehorns at Mar 1, 2009,
#8
Found an F255 on ebay too for around the same price so far. I like ESP guitars and EMG pickups if you can't tell, that's the only reason I'm going for these. :P I've tried Ibanez guitars before and hate their thin necks and light (in most cases) tone, so I would figure that their basses would have the same.

At retail those ESP's go for around $400, so if I could get one for $300 or less I would be happy.
#9
Ibanez makes amazing five strings. Thats what i play. Its worth looking into
#10
Well. ESP basses and guitars are different beasts, and this holds true for Ibanez aswell (and EMG, I might add).
I've never liked ESP basses, except for the really high end ones, which one does not really afford. Ibanez make some excellent basses in the same price range in which the LTDs are... Less good, if I can put it that way.
Also, the specs are generally better on any Ibanez compared to the same price range ESP LTD.
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