#1
hey yall. Im a guitar player but bass seems to be calling me more and more. Im looking into buying a new bass and amp. My first instrument was an old ibanez starter bass and the thing is a mess and i think itd be less expensive to buy a new instrument than to fix it up. I will be buying from a local mom and pop music store so i will probably be buying new. http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Van-Gelder-Music-Center-Online_Bass-Amplifiers_W0QQ_fsubZ10QQ_sidZ3304503QQ_trksidZp4634Q2ec0Q2em322

Anyway if you go to there site it shows all the brands they carry. Im not looking to spend alot but i am willing to if its worth it. ( want to pick up a new guitar amp soon also.)

i like playing classic rock, jazz, blues and 80's metal. 4 or 5 string is fine but id really prefer 5 for extra notes.

thanks all
Gear.
Fender standard stratocaster MIM stock(looking for new pickups please suggest!)
Roland cube 60 (the only solid state amp i love)
#2
Well since the only cheapish bass they sell is a Flea Bass, you don't seem to have much choice
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#3
You can do no wrong with Ibanez or Yamaha. I play a lot of classic rock and metal and have never needed a 5 stringer.

and buy yourself a small, loud combo. You can mike it up and still be loud enough. You'll quickly get tired of carrying around a stack. Weighs a fükken tön.
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#4
they have other basses at there store those must be the only ones they are selling online. www.vangeldermusic.com Sorry bout that. I was thinking of an ibanez but the cheaper ones all seem to be agathis

EDIT: http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR405QM-Soundgear-5String-Bass?sku=511826

how is this one?
Gear.
Fender standard stratocaster MIM stock(looking for new pickups please suggest!)
Roland cube 60 (the only solid state amp i love)
Last edited by Stratoman95 at Sep 19, 2009,
#5
Perfectly good. But I would avoid the 5th string, they can be hard to tune and you'll probably rarely use it. I play metal and I rarely use my B string. I'd get a 4 string and use the extra money to get a better 4 string
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#6
alright so that version in the 4 string would be a good bass?
Gear.
Fender standard stratocaster MIM stock(looking for new pickups please suggest!)
Roland cube 60 (the only solid state amp i love)
#7
Quote by ChemicalFire
Perfectly good. But I would avoid the 5th string, they can be hard to tune and you'll probably rarely use it. I play metal and I rarely use my B string. I'd get a 4 string and use the extra money to get a better 4 string

i dont use my b string often either but i still wouldn't be able to go back to a 4, i find 5 strings are more comfortable and the extra string is nice to have around for the few times i do use it.
BASS GEAR:
Fender Bassman 250 2x10
Squier MB-5
Tanglewood Premier TW155 acoustic bass

GUITAR GEAR:
Ibanez ART300
Fender GDC-200SCE
Peavey studio chorus 70

PEDALS:
Ibanez SM-7
Ibanez PH-7
DOD Bass Chorus
#8
another vote for yamaha - i had a sub-$200 yamaha for my backup and it sounded better than many and was very well made.

btw, 4 or 5 depends on your own preferences. i started on a 5 string, switched a couple years later to a 4. i do plan to get a cheapie 5 string to mess with, but i prefer a 4, and tune down the low string.
#9
I hate to be a Fanboy, but when I was picking out my first bass, I looked at what Billy Sheehan was using. Not because I can play like him, but because he knows what he needs in a bass. 34" neck, 4 strings, split coil pu, 21 frets. I have 2 basses that have the same specs, lower quality than his of course, but still do the job.
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#10
I recommend 5 string... I regret that i didnt get one when i started, because now i would really need it in very low tunings
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#11
hmm the only reason that 4 strings might just be better is because im not going past D standard so im not sure if 5 is really needed
Gear.
Fender standard stratocaster MIM stock(looking for new pickups please suggest!)
Roland cube 60 (the only solid state amp i love)
#12
Quote by Stratoman95
hmm the only reason that 4 strings might just be better is because im not going past D standard so im not sure if 5 is really needed


Then don't get a 5 String. The B isn't so great for low tunings unless you're playing in B standard... or playing with 7 string guitars
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#13
+1 on the getting a four string over a 5 string
The Ibanez is a solid choice, they're quality is amazing, especially for the price. A Squier VM would also be an excellent option
#14
Quote by Stratoman95
hmm the only reason that 4 strings might just be better is because im not going past D standard so im not sure if 5 is really needed

i can kind of see your point but just think about when you are playing the E on your A string (7th fret) and you want to play your low F# (second fret on the E string), it would be easier for you to play the 7th fret on the B string
BASS GEAR:
Fender Bassman 250 2x10
Squier MB-5
Tanglewood Premier TW155 acoustic bass

GUITAR GEAR:
Ibanez ART300
Fender GDC-200SCE
Peavey studio chorus 70

PEDALS:
Ibanez SM-7
Ibanez PH-7
DOD Bass Chorus