Just wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction of a decent starter bass, I've played six string (and seven string) for a couple of years now, but I love the fat chugging of a bass. I'd be playing rock and metal, and don't really know much about bass, just know that I don't want to be ripped off with some crappy starter pack that only looks good until you open it.

Any suggestions, Bass forum?
Can go up to about £300 if I needed, as am also saving up for a valve amp ^__^

I'll look at that p-bass, cheers
squier vm jazz basses seem to be high in praise around here so they are worth a look. are you looking for an amp as well or do you already have one?
check out the yamaha rbx374, that's also a great bass at a great price, with good sounds. and for an amp, those fender rumble's sound good for cheapos. also if you want to play metal, you could get a 5 string if you're into the really really heavy stuff. you should look for something with P-pickups or eventually humbuckers.

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/squier-deluxe-jazz-bass-v-active/31219 this thing is awesome
Last edited by PRSfanatic at Jun 6, 2010,
you need a bass amp, a bass through a normal amp at regular volume will damage it. otherwise keep it on low volume!

i've heard good things about ibanez basses. but not sure about price.


check that site, they're usually fairly cheap.

ibanez starter pack (if that's what you want) - http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/ibanez-gsr-bass/66291

EDIT: just seen this aswell, might wanna give it some consideration http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/85327
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Last edited by Dempsey68 at Jun 6, 2010,
I love GAK, got my Explorer from there

And that pack does look good, but really, a 10 watt amp :/ Will it sound a bit crappedy?

@PRSfanatic- I clicked that link and nothing happened, said product could not be found?
Last edited by [Azrael] at Jun 6, 2010,
Basses: Ibanez GSR200, Squier Vintage Modified Precision or Jazz, Peavey Millennium, or Yamaha RBX.

You need a bass amp, you will slowly destroy a guitar amp, regardless of volume, so pair the bass with any of the following: Kustom KBA10 or a Peavey MAX.

EDIT: You cant go wrong with any of those starter basses or amps. And you easily go used on most if not all of them to save some cash if you need to.
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[quote="'[Azrael"]']Can go up to about £300 if I needed, as am also saving up for a valve amp ^__^

I'll look at that p-bass, cheers

£150 towards a decent amp.
£150 towards a decent bass.
Both second hand.

£150 will get you a 2nd hand Suier Vintage Modified or Classic Vintage bass, high end squiers are amazing value.
As for an amp: Kustom, Orange and Acoustic (difficult to find in the UK) make great practise amps but 2nd hand prices on amps change a lot.