#1
I've played guitar for six years and I have been asked to play bass for a band. The thing is, I know nothing about bass. I'm pretty confident I can get the hang of it in no time. What I'd like to know is what would be the best instrument for my price. I'm looking around 400-600 range on a bass guitar, 1000-1500 for a head/cabinet. To get an idea of the style of music I'd be playing, here's a link to the band's myspace. www.myspace.com/monolithsounds All help would be greatly appreciated.
#2
Well since you're being demoted to bass player (aka Roadie), what you really need to do is invest that money into weights so you'll be able to carry around the band's gear
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#3
Jk. but in all seriousness Ibanez puts out some good basses that would work with that grindcore thing for about the amount you want to pay
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#4
I don't know what kind of sound you want out of a bass, but Fenders will always be a good bet, a used MIA jazz or precision are in your price range, as are the MIM, but I would also throw out schecter as an option, their basses are commonly used in the same genres as their guitars. I really like my schecter stiletto, got it for $500 at GC, and now I want the schecter c-4.

I can't really help you with amps, I don't have much experience with high end setups, (i.e. above $400).
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#5
honestly

Schecter Stilleto Custom
you can get it for just over 500

I don't think you can go wrong with it. I absolutely love it, and I prefer it over the 1000+ dollar basses ive played
#6
hmm. I'd get an Ibanez or Schecter, a quality fuzz, maybe a bass big muff or Bass Blowtorch, then get a loud, heavy rig with some 15's, I believe Hartke has some excellent cabs. they also make nice heads, but I prefer SWR and GK.
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Well since you're being demoted to bass player (aka Roadie), what you really need to do is invest that money into weights so you'll be able to carry around the band's gear

Why have I seen so many guitards in the bass forum lately? If you play guitar but want to have a look see in the bass forum, is the spam really neccessary?

Anyway, some good advice, go into some stores and play as many basses as you can, through as many amps as you can.

For amps, have alook at the Warwick Profet series, and Ashdown amps, both make great amps for the price. Acoustic Amps are also good, but not as powerful. I'm partial to the Warwick amps myself, they have really nice tone.

For a bass, try out MIM Fenders, VM Squiers, Ibanez's, and G&L Legacy.
I just tried out a couple of G&L Legacy basses the other day, I'm gassing for the MM style humbucker one.
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#8
Thanks for the feedback guys. Before I posted this thread, I did a little research and was leaning towards the Schecter Stiletto C-4 Bass. I really wanted a 5 string and was going to go with the C-5 but I just don't like the color options. I'm now going to check out all your amp recommendations.
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if your being demoted well get a big loud amp and BE FELT (not heard)

screw that, make sure everyone hears you and feels you.
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#11
you could look into carvin amps. for that money you could get 1200watts from them and be damn sure you're heard and felt. their 4x10 neo cab supposedly handles the lows extremely well and it can handle 1200 watts alone so you'll only need the one cab. They are known to be pretty versatile amps too, and i don't doubt it because it has so many knobs and a graphic eq.

you could get the full 1200 watts at 4 ohms bridged(it has two power amps in the head) with this setup.

https://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=SBX410

or you could get 800 watts with a full stack with the same head with 2 4ohm cabs. but that actually gets to almost $1500 since you can't seem to get this setup in a package deal.
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#12
AShdown, hartke, swr, secong hand ampeg, peavey, all good for bass amps.

Fender, or ibanez atk would be good as well. And your not being demoted.
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#13
ibanez makes ****ty basses, the sound the pups get sounds like peter griffin ripping farts.

If you're playing anything rock based buy a MIM fender P
If you're playing anything around the metal genre buy a shecter/warwick

As far as amps go i've always been an ampeg man, quality/well rounded sound. I would look into getting a tube head as as many 10s as possible
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ibanez makes ****ty basses, the sound the pups get sounds like peter griffin ripping farts.

If you're playing anything rock based buy a MIM fender P
If you're playing anything around the metal genre buy a shecter/warwick

As far as amps go i've always been an ampeg man, quality/well rounded sound. I would look into getting a tube head as as many 10s as possible


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ibanez makes ****ty basses, the sound the pups get sounds like peter griffin ripping farts.

If you're playing anything rock based buy a MIM fender P
If you're playing anything around the metal genre buy a shecter/warwick

As far as amps go i've always been an ampeg man, quality/well rounded sound. I would look into getting a tube head as as many 10s as possible


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#17
Well, I play a p with flats and play through an ampeg and still cut through amazingly, even better with my 'wick $$. If you want to play grindcoreish music (not my fancy but I'll take it) you're gonna want to get something along the lines of a good used GK or Peavey setup, then get a used Warwick corvette which go used around $600 or a new spector legend which are still pretty growly and play well if you don't mind the softness of a basswood body.