I have played regular electric guitar for about 4 years, but I have decided to move on to bass because guitar is not really my thing anymore. so I just need help on the bass. Is it okay to start with a 5-string bass? Because I have found this guitar - http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Edge-09-5String-Bass?sku=512905#used
If not is this guitar good to start out with? http://www.samash.com/p/Edge%2009%20Mahogany%204%20String%20Bass%20Mahogany_-49963011
also I have been researching on the bass guitar and I have heard of active and passive pickups, I do want a guitar with active pick-ups, but is it really necessary for a beginner like me? Also I have been looking at bass amps, if you can could you choose which bass amp for under $100 http://www.samash.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/search_-1_10052_10002_UTF-8___t:3//:ssl//sa+bundle+taxonomy//:Basses:Bass+Amps:Bass+Guitar+Combo+Amps__UnitsSold//1_-1_20__________0_-1__DrillDown___182421_
I would preferably buy from Sam Ash because it is nearest to me and I like to buy at the store not online.
Thanks, Sebastian
P.S. I am going to play heavy metal bass if you couldn't tell from my username :P
Last edited by slipknotfan168 at Jun 30, 2010,
I would suggest not buying that cheap of a bass. If your going to get a bass get a decent Ibanez or Schecter. I think that the fret buzz alone would drive you crazy if you bought a cheap bass.

Epi LP Custom EMGs
ESP H-1000
Schecter Elite 7
Jackson Dominion
Peavey Valveking Head
Jet City JCA24s
Blackstar HT20 & HTV212
MXR Pedals
Schecter Stiletto Custom
Schecter Stiletto Studio
Fender Vintage Modified
Ampeg B2RE
Fender 4x10 Cab
I am on a budget, under $200 on the bass guitar, sorry I did not mention that in the thread, and I found this bass amp that I would be interested in, but I don't know if it is any good
and I have found this amp earlier
I do not know which one is better.
thank you, Sebastian
Last edited by slipknotfan168 at Jun 30, 2010,
hehe isnt slipknot more like numetal :P

anyway passive and active pickups depend on ´what your sound taste is like
well I want an aggressive sound but also with "funk" lol so I can play slap and pop bass and heavy metal.
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pwrmax that is a Gibson explorer...?

Ah, crap! Copied and pasted the wrong link

What I meant to post was a low end Ibanez GSR that's $200.
For an amp, I say go with the Fender Rumble 15. I got one when I started and used it for about two years until I needed something bigger. It's probably the best amp you can get in your price range.

For basses, you're not going to get something half-decent with active pickups in your price range. And since you're coming off of guitar, I can tell you that active pickups are not used in the same way with basses. Also, it would just get too confusing for a beginner I think.

That said, you also aren't going to get anything that's too great at all for under $200. There are three things you can do: 1) save up a little bit more for something that you won't want to upgrade within a year, 2) buy used and get a great deal on a better bass, or 3) buy new now. Personally, I say save up more money AND buy used. But at least buy used.

Now, moving on to whether you should or should not get a 5 string. Since you're beginning, I don't think it will matter too much which one you get. However, if you learn on a five string, I don't think it will be as easy to switch to a four string than if you learned on a four string and moved to a five string. So I would tell you to learn bass on a four string, and then when you want to upgrade (because you WILL want to) upgrade to a better bass with 5 strings.

Now some basses. If you want 4 strings, go with this: http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-GSR100EX-Soundgear-Bass-Guitar?sku=517444
Ibanez basses have really thin, fast necks, which is great for playing metal.

If you want 5 strings: http://bass-guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-GSR100EX-Soundgear-Bass-Guitar?sku=517444
Ibanez, especially at this price range, seems to give you the most bang for your buck.

But I'm sure you could find Squier standard and Vintage Modified basses used very easily in your price range. Those are great basses, especially for the money.

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Last edited by lkngro at Jun 30, 2010,
@pwrmax, lol it;s OK, did you mean this one? http://www.samash.com/p/GSR105EX%205%20String%20Bass%20Black_-49953704

@ikngro thanks I'm definably going to buy the fender rumble 15 and I'm just going to go to the store to see which one is the best but I will look out for the guitar you have recommended, and i might just put up the extra cash to get something better. do you think this guitar would be better for the extra cash?







haha sorry I know I'm a newbie :P
It's actually Lkngro, not ikngro. I know, since it's lowercase it could be misleading.

But anyway, I think the GSR200EX would be the best bet if you could put up $50 more. The humbuckers will give you a much fuller sound for metal.

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Oh sorry, but yes I think I will go with that bass I am not sure, I am going to try the guitars out at Sam Ash, but it's good to actually have an idea on what to get, thank you very much

And when do you think i should be needing the effects for the bass because I was looking through You Tube and I found this effects pedal/ pre-amp. It was a Line 6 Bass Floor POD
It looked good because I have a Line 6 Spider IV amp, and the Line 6 FBV MKII Short Board for my guitar. Is this good for the bass? And since it is a pre-amp can't I just buy an amp without the combo thing I have been seeing and just put these two together?

And sorry I am very skittish with my money, I am afraid to spend it and ending up needing it for something else.