#1
Right... cut a long story short:

*Played guitar for over 10 years (tech death, progressive death, sumeriancore, djent etc).

*Never used a pick. I know, I always get the "dude, how the f*ck did you just play Stabwound without a pick!?". The answer is, with a hell of a lot more practice than I'd have to if I'd learnt it WITH a pick. People're often surprised that I'm a proficient 'pinch-harmonicer' as well.

*As I usually use my thumb to pick notes whilst soloing (and just abuse legato way more than's healthy), I find it very hard to play standing.

I tried playing bass (finger-style), and it just came so naturally to me...

Could anyone recommend a cheap bass for tech death/prog death (necrophagist, decrepit birth, veil of maya etc)? I'm completely lost here - if it was guitar, for example, I'd look around the Ibanez's, ESP's, Jacksons etc... but for bass, I've got no idea where to start ^^

Also, do many-stringed basses cost much more? I'd probably like a 5/6 string (or maybe more), but I'm really on quite a tight budget...

Thanks for all your help
#2
If you're deadset on a 6'er, you could look for an Ibanez GSR206, I played one once, and it was fairly comfy, and you can't go wrong for the price.
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#3
ibanez, peavey, squire, yamaha, are all good low end bass brands.

for tech death your gonna want an extended range bass.
ibanez gsr206
peavy grind5/6
squire jazz5
whats your budget and you're gonna need an amp too.
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#4
Amps... damn, forgot about those >.< Could I just run it through my guitar amp for a while until I got the money for a bass amp?

Budget probably no more than £200, but I'm more than willing to go second hand - I looked around quickly, and found a fair few next-to-new GSR206's for under £200. I think that looks like my best bet... I like the look of the peavey much more, but unfortunately it's a bit too much (mid £400).

With a 6-string, would that be one string higher and one lower? Or both higher/lower?

Thanks
#5
Yes, 1 lower string and then a higher string.
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#6
Rather than start a new thread I’m going to throw a related question into this one. Are the bass guitars from RondoMusic.com as good as the electrics?
#7
So I could still play songs written for 4-strings? And sorry, would it be possible to run through a guitar amp until I had the money for a bass amp?

Thanks
#8
Yes, anything you can play on a 4 string you can play on a 5 string, 6 string, etc.

And you could run it through your guitar amp, but there's two things to consider:

1) it will not sound like a bass amp, some like running a bass through a guitar amp (granted with bass cabs), but many are not partial to the tone. For best results, use a proper bass amp.

2) Unless you are running a guitar head through a bass cab, i.e. if you are using a guitar combo, or a guitar head and a guitar cab(s), you will damage the speakers. It won't damage the amp, and your cab won't suddenly explode, but the more you play the more damage you will do. It's a myth that its ok as long as you keep the volume low, you will 100% guaranteed degrade guitar speakers, and after awhile, the only sound you'll be able to produce will sound like an underwater fart.
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#9
Quote by jpnyc
Rather than start a new thread I’m going to throw a related question into this one. Are the bass guitars from RondoMusic.com as good as the electrics?


rondo's SX basses are solid instruments.

Quote by 04rumbola
So I could still play songs written for 4-strings? And sorry, would it be possible to run through a guitar amp until I had the money for a bass amp?

Thanks


most 6 string bases are tuned BEADGC so bassically its a 4 string wit one lower and one higher string and keeping the tuning in straight 4ths. Many people like to tune F#BEADG or EADGCF or EADGBe.


also if you're gonna run through your guitar amp, use a pair of headphones.
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#10
It's just a 30W Peavey Vypyr... so would it still damage it, not being proper a tube amp n' all?
#11
Quote by the_perdestrian
also if you're gonna run through your guitar amp, use a pair of headphones.


Why?

EDIT: Oops, sorry for the double post
Last edited by 04rumbola at Aug 18, 2010,
#13
the bas doesn't damage the amp, it damages the speakers. they aren't made to handle the lower frequencies of a bass (especially a low B on a 5 string) headphones will not only kepp this damage from occuring they will also sound less farty do to the speakers being made for bass frequencies
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#14
didnt some older bands play through guitar amps cranked? i think cheap trick's bassist used hiwatts and im pretty sure a lot of 60s bands used full stacks like marshalls just cranked...granted it probably sounded nothing like the clean bass tones of today...just saying....

i was wondering about doing this tho myself. if you ran a guitar amp head through a bass cab would it sound at all decent? anyone have experience in this? i know it wouldnt be as low as a normal bass amp...

and if so what wattage of guitar amp do you use to equal bass amp wattage?
#15
^ Yes, you can run your bass through a guitar head, provided its hooked up to a compatible bass cab. Some people just love the tone, and you'll see some really old bands using guitar amps because there was a time when bass-specific amps didn't exist.

It won't do any damage running a bass through a guitar head and bass cabs, and it won't sound bad....just different. I've only tried it once with a Mesa Triple Rec and it didn't agree with me, but that's all IMO.
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#16
You can play bass through a Vyper, I did when I bought my bass and the amp was delivered a few days later. However it sounded shit