#1
Hey,

I'm mainly a guitarist and I do alot of recording and as such I've now become tired of midi bass and want to give recording some proper bass a go.

Most of the stuff I play is in drop C, and I'll be DI'ing the bass maybe using SVX.
My budget would be about £350 max. I'm happy to buy from america If it will save me money (ie Schecters).

What guage strings would I need for a 4 string to hold Drop C well with as little Fret buzz as possible?

And what basses would be good for me?

EDIT: An example of the kind of stuff I record: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/1681257/idea%203.mp3

Gear:

Ibanez RGT220H
Schecter C1 Elite
Ibanez EWC30
Maxon OD-808
Framus Cobra
Peavey 5150 MK1 Block Letter
ENGL E530 Preamp
Mesa Boogie Standard Rectifier 4x12

Music:

http://www.myspace.com/morethanthisuk
Last edited by chrism3006 at Nov 28, 2009,
#3
Probably at least .50s, maybe even higher than that. If you like fat strings, buy a 5er set and just put the strings from that on it, but you'll probably need a good set up afterwards because the thickest string is tuned up a step from what it's supposed to be.

As for basses, not sure. I'm not into really heavy, dropped tuning stuff. Eb is the lowest I go
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#4
Quote by DarkValo666
http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_b155dx_stb.htm

This one is nice. I know, it's a five-string, but for Drop C you might want a five-string anyway.

Btw, nice piece of music


I thought about a 5 string, but to tune it up to drop C would be abit extreme. All of the bands that are in the same genre as the music I write seem to use 4 strings tuned down, even bands like Parkway Drive who play in drop B use a 4 String bass.

So basically I'm looking for some good sounding 4 strings that will handle detuning well?

EDIT: Thanks man, its the song I'm writing at the moment
Gear:

Ibanez RGT220H
Schecter C1 Elite
Ibanez EWC30
Maxon OD-808
Framus Cobra
Peavey 5150 MK1 Block Letter
ENGL E530 Preamp
Mesa Boogie Standard Rectifier 4x12

Music:

http://www.myspace.com/morethanthisuk
#5
Quote by DarkValo666
http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_b155dx_stb.htm

This one is nice. I know, it's a five-string, but for Drop C you might want a five-string anyway.

Btw, nice piece of music


i have the 4 string version of this bass, and i have it set up for drop C, i went to the guitar store and bought single strings, cause my local store does that, i use a set of 50s with a 110 for a low C string, plays well for me
#6
Yeah the 4 string version of that ESP/LTD is pretty solid. I've messed around with it a bit at various stores in my area and for its price I havent found anything wrong with it. My advice though besides the ESP would be to look around used for an Ibanez. I just saw an Ibanez SRX-700 go for 300 US and I managed to haggle another guy for an ATK-300 for 250 2 days ago. As far as string guages go, I've used 45-105 since day one and with a proper set-up that guage wont give you any fret buzz at all.
#7
Take a look at some mid range Ibanez models, SR300, SR500, have active eq's with the Bartolini's for some good edgy sounds, great for metal
Gear:
Ibanez RG4EXQM1
Fender Jazz V
Yahama Pacifica 112
Acoustic B200h
2 custom 1x15 cabs
Vox AD30VT
too many pedals
#8
get a jazz bass, the sound bad ass in c, if you dont believe me listen to Black Stone Cherry