#1
Ive been playing guitar 5 years now, but ive always had a special little place in my heart for bass. So im finally getting off my 6 string ass and seriously lookin into buying a bass.

I've played a few basses, but im not really sure what type of bass would be best for what. So im here to ask the question that gets asked more than it should on UG: What should I get?


I wanna try to keep the price at $400 at the most.
I'm gonna mostly be playing ska, punk, and rock.
And this isn't quite as important, but i'm more partial to Fender-looking basses =P

Thanks in advance =)
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#2
oddly enough, Fender basses are the best for that.

I'd suggest a Squier VM J bass.
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#3
P-Bass or Jazz bass is good (you can get a good Squier bass for pretty cheap). Peavey Milestones and Millenniums play nice. I played a few Hamer basses in that price range and they were nice. Try everything you can until you find the right sound.
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jazz bass.

t-bird is muddy inversatile, and reminds me of emo chicks.

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#4
Anything with pickups that look like something from a Fender should be able to do that. I'd suggest something P-bass-like though. IMO the two best options are a Squier Classic Vibe Precision(60's) or a PEavey Zodiac BXP. Of the two, I'd take the Zodiac; It's got P/J pickups, rather than just a P, making it much more versatile. It's also built better, IMO.

Squier 60's P
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-CLASSIC-VIBE-Precision-60s-Bass-Guitar-?sku=519571

Peavey Zodiac
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Zodiac-BXP-4-String-Bass-Guitar-Regular-Black?sku=512187


I have to ask, do you have a bass amp? You can't use your guitar amp...it'll destroy the speaker.
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Anything with pickups that look like something from a Fender should be able to do that. I'd suggest something P-bass-like though. IMO the two best options are a Squier Classic Vibe Precision(60's) or a PEavey Zodiac BXP. Of the two, I'd take the Zodiac; It's got P/J pickups, rather than just a P, making it much more versatile. It's also built better, IMO.

Squier 60's P
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-CLASSIC-VIBE-Precision-60s-Bass-Guitar-?sku=519571

Peavey Zodiac
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Zodiac-BXP-4-String-Bass-Guitar-Regular-Black?sku=512187


I have to ask, do you have a bass amp? You can't use your guitar amp...it'll destroy the speaker.

It won't destroy the speaker, you just run the risk of doing that. I played a bass through a guitar amp at a moderate level and didn't ruin anything (I don't suggest you try that, either). Just keep in mind not to try playing a bass drop tuned and/or at high volumes through a guitar amp.
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jazz bass.

t-bird is muddy inversatile, and reminds me of emo chicks.

Current rig: Peavey Millennium 5 - Drive B15

To buy: Ampeg BA112 or BA115
#6
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It won't destroy the speaker, you just run the risk of doing that. I played a bass through a guitar amp at a moderate level and didn't ruin anything (I don't suggest you try that, either). Just keep in mind not to try playing a bass drop tuned and/or at high volumes through a guitar amp.


It won't destroy it right away, no...and you can do it for a while with low volume. But with any decent sound levels, those speakers are going to pop. Even with low sound levels they'll get "fatigued" after a while.
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#7
I have a friend with a little bass practice amp he's gonna sell me for like $40. So that'll be my bass amp for a while. I wouldn't put a bass anywhere near my precious Vox!
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#10
[quote="'[EricS"]']Squier P bass.

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