#1
alright so i've been playing for a little over 2 years now, and have become a little dissatisfied in the overall sound of my basses, not that their bad instruments, but it just feels like with something little better i could really push potential, so my guitarist recommended a new bass completely, or get a set of EMG's or Seymour Duncan pickups, any advice? any help much appreciated
#2
Your profile says Squier MB4 and Bronze Warlock, it is definately DEFINATELY your choice in basses. Squiers are brilliant apart from the Mb4 and Affinity basses, look to them for a replacement. Also your amp will make a huge difference, what do you have?
#3
running off a fender rumble [15? its only 30 watts..] at home, but when we do bigger sessions we run off a PA system, not sure which, also at times when we're at the drummer house they have a full peavy cab/head setup they let me use
#4
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running off a fender rumble [15? its only 30 watts..] at home, but when we do bigger sessions we run off a PA system, not sure which, also at times when we're at the drummer house they have a full peavy cab/head setup they let me use


Yep, its your choice of bass, not amp. There's no point getting new pickups unless its a high end model (MIA, etc) or else you'll probably end up spending more on the pickups that the actual bass. Save up $200ish and buy a Vintage Modified Squier bass, they come with SD pickups installed anyway.
#5
much appreciated, and will look into the vintage, but as for the time being i've been interested in a few epiphones i tried our at guitar center, also have been looking into tracking down a dean or ESP, i dont buy dumb anymore, i only got the previous basses cause they were cheap and i needed something to start on, so im doing a lot of looking into/ testing out as much as i can, if any input on aforementioned brands if you have any?
#6
Quote by helsem997
much appreciated, and will look into the vintage, but as for the time being i've been interested in a few epiphones i tried our at guitar center, also have been looking into tracking down a dean or ESP, i dont buy dumb anymore, i only got the previous basses cause they were cheap and i needed something to start on, so im doing a lot of looking into/ testing out as much as i can, if any input on aforementioned brands if you have any?


Don't buy Epiphone or Dean, they suck quite a lot.

Squier (anything above the level of the standard series), ESP, Peavey, Ibanez, Yamaha, Warwick Rockbass. Look at those brands and you won't go wrong.
#7
Epiphone and Dean aren't very good, IMO.

ESP is a very niche sound, it works for metal but will be a little wrong in blues or jazz.

I'd try a Peavey, a Squier VM, and Ibanez gear.
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#8
Epiphone and Dean, as a general consensus, suck. Don't get them. The build quality and sound quality aren't very good. I (and the rest of the world) find epiphone to be very muddy

I would try everything in your price range, and then come back. There's too much to cover otherwise. I will say to try fender and ibanez though, both sound great but have a vastly different feel. I hate fender, for instance. But the sounds is good, in the higher up stuff.
#9
well humanity is quite right, i play mostly metal,the like of metallica with burton, though i do stray to muse, red hot chili peppers and tool, and just want a lot more of a professional... fuller sound, and usually stay in dropped C for most playing, its not that hard to transcribe up for me, and will keep in mind while looking around still, and this time around i didnt plan on buying any entry level gear, thanks a ton
#10
First off I'm going to jump on the dont-get-a-Dean-or-Epiphone bandwagon here, both brands turn out lower quality basses then your current setup. Exactly how much would you want to spend on a new bass? If your price range extends above the entry-level, your options open up quite a bit
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#11
well hopefully gonna be able to just sell enough of my own crap laying around, my willing range is probably about $450 for the bass.... definitely need better cables[or wireless setup depending on how much i can get] but strap lock set and pick are a must need as well, been looking into an ESP F series since dean and epiphones are no goes, jacksons also quite appealing
#12
Ehhh, Jacksons are iffy. Try one out to see if you really like it. For $450 you could go for a bit higher quality bass and get a used higher end Ibanez, or a used Fender MIM P or J bass, and still have some leftover for cables and strap locks
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#13
Quote by Tostitos
Ehhh, Jacksons are iffy.


Jackson basses are essentially Fenders with humbuckers (the Concert series at least), actually, Fender own Jackson. I think they're fairly underrated.

Edit: of course now i say that they decide to change the design...
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#14
i remember trying out a few ibanez' i remember picking up an iceman extreme, was kinda iffy for the $500 tag on it, i remember play an SR400 and it wasnt that bad, only complaint was it being bright purple,i also remember trying out a high end B.C. rich, it was some kinda warlock, black with white bindings, sounds alright as well, i need another trip to shops with my new found knowledge now
#15
Quote by Spaz91
actually, Fender own Jackson

Really?

And I've always found Jackson basses to be almost comparable to their guitars IMO. Ok, but not particularly great, but maybe I don't really give the company enough credit.

EDIT: oh, just looked it up, looks like Fender does indeed own Jackson. I still stand by my previous statement
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#16
I like most Jackson guitars and basses. sound nice, good for rockin out.

great finish on the necks, best satin I ever felt.
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#17
would reccomend you get a better amp before you upgrade your bass. a very good amp can make even a crappy bass sound acceptable
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SansAmp Bass driver DI
Ampeg SvP PRO Tube Preamp
QSC2450 Power amp
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#18
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would reccomend you get a better amp before you upgrade your bass. a very good amp can make even a crappy bass sound acceptable


Realiabilty + playability before sound I'd say. (You wouldn't play a Stagg through an Ampeg amp same as you wouldn't play a Rickenbacker through a Behringer amp.)