#1
I want to get a bass. I've been playing on my dads kramer forum III for a while now and really enjoy the bass. I'm pretty good at it too. Im sure a lot of you could beat me in a battle but whatever. any way...

I want to spend like 4-500 dollars on a bass, but Im willing to go as high as 600 if I absolutely have to. Now I don't really know what I want. I really haven't played many basses. I think I've only played maybe 4 in my whole life. a short scale dean that was fun but I don't want a shortscale. the kramer, a hollowbody back when i had no idea what I was doing with anything musical, and a 60's p-bass (that was awesome). any way I've decided that I want a 6 string. so can anybody help me out.

TL;DR I know nothing about basses. I want a 6 string bass at least 34" 4-500 budget. maybe 600. HELP!
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#2
Quote by the_perdestrian
TL;DR I know nothing about basses. I want a 6 string bass at least 34" 4-500 budget. maybe 600. HELP!

that statement means you don't need a six string, it'll just confuse the hell out of you

eDit: get one of those squier vintage modified basses, they're fairly decent and fairly cheap
Last edited by dhutton at Oct 15, 2009,
#3
Quote by dhutton
that statement means you don't need a six string, it'll just confuse the hell out of you


No it won't. Im know a bit about playing bas, but I don't really know anything about whats good. I can slap play fingerstyle, use a pick. I really am a more than decent bassist. I just haven't been exposed to the gear side of things. I've spent my musical life drooling over guitar porn and never looked into basses, but now that there is one sitting upstairs I've strarted playing it and I like it. I wouldn't get confused by it.
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#4
Okay, so you've had past experience with guitars, so you know stuff about music. Is the reason you want a 6 string because you think it'll be an easy transistion from guitar to bass?
#5
Squier VM's are great, with that hefty budget I might suggest a MIM Precision or Jazz, or an Ibanez (SR500 maybe), but I would not recommend buying a 6 string for your first bass.

And I assume since you've been playing on your dad's Kramer you have a proper bass amp, and are not just using a guitar amp.
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#6
Quote by dhutton
that statement means you don't need a six string, it'll just confuse the hell out of you


A 6 string is not confusing at all. I started on 5 and read 4 string tabs and such with no problem. No need to limit oneself.

On that note I do suggest you try a few 6 stringers to see how you like the neck feel. it will be way different than a 4stringer. Wider neck and tighter string spacing.

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-B206SM-6String-Bass?sku=513745

Only bass that i might recommend under $600 that i found. I only recommend it from the features listed in that it's a 35",the woods, and i have played other esp ltd models and been ok with them. I have not played one recently and have never played and esp 6string.

otherwise there's this for just over $600. It's 34" but it's not a totally vital thing for many people.

http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SR506-Soundgear-6String?sku=515058
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#7
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Okay, so you've had past experience with guitars, so you know stuff about music. Is the reason you want a 6 string because you think it'll be an easy transistion from guitar to bass?


No I know that a 6 string is tuned BEADGC which is quite different than EADGBe. reasons I want all 6 strings
1) 6 string basses are awesome
2)I want the tonal freedom to do whatever I want
3) I would actually use all the strings.
4)even if I didn't use those strings I would still look awesome playing the middle 4
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#8
Quote by the_perdestrian
No I know that a 6 string is tuned BEADGC which is quite different than EADGBe. reasons I want all 6 strings
1) 6 string basses are awesome
2)I want the tonal freedom to do whatever I want
3) I would actually use all the strings.
4)even if I didn't use those strings I would still look awesome playing the middle 4


You have "tonal freedom" on a 4 or 5 as well, and you don't have a tree trunk as a neck. True you'll have a larger range, but for the most part all you'll get is a bit greater economy of motion, which, while helpful, isn't exactly necessary. And don't even get me started on that 4th point
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#9
To revelation:

thank you, I was looking at that bass as well as the other esp. I was also kinda looking at the peavey grind. I just don't really trust internet reviews on sites like musicians friend because the only people that ever review are like "Its amazing!" So you've played these esps and they're good?

and I've played a five for a little at my tiny local music shop. it was pretty comfortable. also I get bored and do bass runs on my electric guitar a lot too so I guess Im used to the closeness.
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#10
Quote by Tostitos
You have "tonal freedom" on a 4 or 5 as well, and you don't have a tree trunk as a neck. True you'll have a larger range, but for the most part all you'll get is a bit greater economy of motion, which, while helpful, isn't exactly necessary. And don't even get me started on that 4th point


I believe by tonal freedom he meant either more notes to use in one hand position, or the fact that the same note will sound different on a different string. C will sound much different on the C string than 5th fret G. much brighter.

Everyone, stop questioning whether or not he should get a six string and start making suggestions. he has expressed his diligence on getting one. If you don't like the idea simply do as i did and suggest he try a few out first to make sure he likes the feel of the larger neck.
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#12
http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-Stiletto-Custom-6-6String-Bass?sku=513840

I hear Schecters are pretty nice, and this one is in your price range.
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http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-Stiletto-Custom-6-6String-Bass?sku=513840

I hear Schecters are pretty nice, and this one is in your price range.


Idk, that's barely in my extended price range. and I don't sdee asny major improvements over the ESP LTD. in fact the LTD has a three band EQ compared to this schectors 2 band. and the LTD is 170 bucks cheaper.
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#14
haha, ok ok, im just a bit pigheaded about 4 strings i guess. Ok then, 6 string market, I'd agree on the ESP/LTD's and the Ibanez, but there aren't really a lot of options in that price range. If you can push the budget up to $600, I'd say look at a Schecter Stilleto Custom 6, but as always, try before you buy, as Schecters are great basses but they just don't feel right to some people.
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#15
Quote by Tostitos
haha, ok ok, im just a bit pigheaded about 4 strings i guess. Ok then, 6 string market, I'd agree on the ESP/LTD's and the Ibanez, but there aren't really a lot of options in that price range. If you can push the budget up to $600, I'd say look at a Schecter Stilleto Custom 6, but as always, try before you buy, as Schecters are great basses but they just don't feel right to some people.


Of course. I will always try before I buy. I just have to make a 100+ mile pilgramige to get to a decently sized music shop and I'd like to have a vauge idea of what Im looking for.
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#16
I own a schecter and loved the neck when it was my main bass(that was a 4 string though) I did play a studio 6 string once and the neck was enjoyable. The tone isn't for me though. too bright. I like a big fat sound myself and i just couldn't manage it with the schecter.

EDIT: sigged btw(maybe i've been spending too much time in the pit >.>
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Ibanez btb775
Fender p bass special deluxe

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Ibanez prestige rg2610

Peavey TKO 65
Peavey vb-2
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Last edited by Revelation at Oct 15, 2009,
#17
so should i be looking at active or passive pickups? whats the tonal difference, pros-cons etc. what kind of wood is good? should I avoid certain brands?
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EDIT: sigged btw(maybe i've been spending too much time in the pit >.>


yeah I noticed.
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#19
Well, I'd stay away from epiphone. horrible quality and usually muddy tone also.

I prefer mahogany for wood actually. It gives a warm tone. can lead to a muddy tone, but with good pickups and good EQing you can get some very nice big warm tones from it.

Active pickups, from my experience, will be punchier and more "even" tonally, while passives will vary more from model to model. I suggest if you're looking for a modern tone try looking into active pickups but if you want more of the vintage style tone look into passive pickups. each type can manage the other tone but i think they're best suited this way.
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Schecter studio-4
Samick fairlane-6
Ibanez sb900
Ibanez btb775
Fender p bass special deluxe

Dean Del Sol
Ibanez prestige rg2610

Peavey TKO 65
Peavey vb-2
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#20
okay thats pretty helpful, thanks man. I notice your from ohio. is everyone from there cool, cuz I've been talking to a drummer from dayton whos pretty neat, and it seems like everyone from oregon are dicks
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#21
ha! most musicians i've met here are actually pretty cool. they're either friendly or over the top in that 80's rock star kind of way. otherwise, i'd say it's probably like most areas. you just have to get used to people saying draw-ers instead of drawers and bolth instead of both......i'm guilty of the bolth thing.
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Schecter studio-4
Samick fairlane-6
Ibanez sb900
Ibanez btb775
Fender p bass special deluxe

Dean Del Sol
Ibanez prestige rg2610

Peavey TKO 65
Peavey vb-2
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#23
Bolth, lol. Sounds like something from here.

Rondo just put a new Brice model up...the green "lizard burst" one looks amazing:
http://www.rondomusic.com/defiant6lizardburst.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/defiant6bloodb.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/product2884.html
Passive humbuckers with a coil tap, graph-tec nut, 35" scale, string-through, neck-through, good woods, and awesome looks...sounds good to me. It'd be a pain to find strings though...you'll need extra long scale due to it being 35" AND string-through.

http://www.rondomusic.com/bassguitar6.html


Other than that, the Schecter that was mentioned is awesome. Haven't played the ESP though.
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#24
hmm I always forget rondo music. Are they're basses anygood?

I've I really know about rondo is that they have a good imitation tele thats great as a project guitar
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#25
Their basses do generally get good reviews, yes...especially the higher end ones like the one I linked.
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#26
Peavey Grind is a good choice for a cheap 6 string. Very nice basses.
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#27
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Peavey Grind is a good choice for a cheap 6 string. Very nice basses.


have you actually played one? even if you only played the 4 or 5, I prefer reviews forum people on here more then people who post reviews. because the only people who post reviews are fanatical about the guitar. you'll never get a "meh its okay"

But I would really like to buy a peavey because I could have my local music shop order one and buy it from them instead of GC.
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