#1
So I've been playing guitar for about 4 years now and I think I want to buy a bass. I don't want to be a fulltime bassist, I just want something to keep me busy when I get bored with guitar.

I don't want a total begginner bass like a squier or anything but I don't want a really high end bass. I want something around the $500 price range. Something that's not totally expensive, but good enough quality to last me a while so I won't have to buy another bass.

I was looking at the new Jackson JS Concert basses ( link ) and was wondering if they were any good.


I was also looking at some of the Ibanez SR basses ( link )


And if all else fails I was thinking about getting a regular Fender P bass.


Are any of these good choices? I don't want something too expensive but I don't want a piece of shit. I play mostly rock (cky, guns n roses, cage the elephant, red hot chilli peppers), grunge (nirvana, alice in chains, pearl jam, soundgarden,) and some metal (megadeth, black sabbath, pantera) So I want something that's a little versatile.


Also my friend says that you can play bass through your guitar amp and as long as you keep the volume low it should be fine. I have a 60W Line 6 Spider II, should it be fine? I plan on getting a bass amp eventually just in case because I don't want to ruin my amp but should it be fine for a few months until I get one?


Hope I gave you guys enough info.
#2
Don't play your bass through a guitar amp, bad things will surely follow.
#3
Quote by purplehaze2242
Also my friend says that you can play bass through your guitar amp and as long as you keep the volume low it should be fine. I have a 60W Line 6 Spider II, should it be fine? I plan on getting a bass amp eventually just in case because I don't want to ruin my amp but should it be fine for a few months until I get one?

You may be fine for a few months, or you may not. Either way it won't sound good, and you risk your Spider, regardless of what level the volume is set at. Bottom line, get a bass amp.

As for a bass, a Fender Precision or Jazz is always a good bet. If you go that route, going used on an MIM will save you a nice chunk of cash, or consider a Squier Classic Vibe or Vintage Modified P or J, they're comparable to MIM's and get a lot of love from bassists beginner to advanced.

The Ibanez SR series is a solid line, but they do have super thin necks, which you may or may not find uncomfortable.
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#4
Whats the difference between fretted and fretless? Should I get a fretless? I heard they sound better.
#5
Should you get a fretless? I hardly think so.
About them sounding better; That is obviously a matter of personal preferences.
I only like fretless basses for jazz and apart from that I steer away from them at all costs.