#1
this thread is not "new" just fyi

my brother is buying a bass around Christmas, an ESP LTD F-54 in black if we can find it, but most likely a Traben array 4 string. But there's a chance that he'll get a ESP LTD F-104, depending on how much he feels like spending after Christmas. Ive been looking up some bass stuff and i found that people have put the lower 4 strings of a five string bass on a 4 string bass, B-E-A-D, this is cool because we play metal/hard rock.

my question is, is there a reason to buy one of those 2 basses over the other for this purpose? or is there any complications with sound/playability that doing this will cause?

these are the basses
Traben - http://www.guitarcenter.com/Traben-Array-4-String-Bass-512053-i1147527.gc
ESP LTD - http://www.guitarcenter.com/ESP-F-104-Electric-Bass-516771-i1149095.gc

i just started guitar and neither of us have ever played bass so if I said anything retarded just lemme know

inb4 "buy ibanez for first bass"
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Last edited by Meta||ica at Oct 15, 2009,
#3
why not just get a five string? there isn't usually much if any of a price change
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#4
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why not just get a five string? there isn't usually much if any of a price change

Some people don't like the wider neck. If he's starting out and gets a 5-string then he's not going to encounter that problem.
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#5
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inb4 "buy ibanez for first bass"
Why? They make good basses, and I've heard good things about their 5-strings, which is really what you should be getting.
#6
^Yeah, Ibanez basses are basically the best for the price (except for the GIO ones, they suck complete ass).
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#7
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^Yeah, Ibanez basses are basically the best for the price (except for the GIO ones, they suck complete ass).

I didn't know the GIO basses were that bad.. My gio guitar is pretty nice
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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
#8
Personally I'd pick the ESP because it has the 35" scale length. then again i did like the traben i played a lot tonewise. tough choice.

You will have to get the nut filed down(or replaced for an upgrade in material...either way pretty cheap) and it'll need a new setup.
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#9
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I didn't know the GIO basses were that bad.. My gio guitar is pretty nice

The two I've played have been mediocre at best, really not something a beginner would want to play... They're very badly set up. The neck relief was far too much, and the action was high. Otherwise, it wouldn't stop buzzing.

The mid range Ibanez basses I've tried have been quite nice... low action, played almost like a guitar. Very easy to solo on.
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Audient iD22 interface
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Adam S3A monitors
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#10
doesnt the guy from slipknot have a signature bass thats tunes b-e-a-d?

this 1: http://www.ibanez.com/BassGuitars/Series-pgb
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#13
The links are dead, mate
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