#1
I like post rock, indie, and alt as the title says (durr). I also like Muse.

Anyway, I am looking for a bass that would be good for post rock/indie/rock. I would also need a combo amp/head and cab (I don't need too much power since I do not play in a band currently and I probably won't for a few years). What brands should I be looking at? What effects for should I get? OD? Fuzz? Compression? I can hold off of getting effects for now, but if I want some later it would be good to know.

I live in Canada, so things are a bit more expensive and harder to find. I wouldn't mind buy stuff used. I sort of want to buy new because at the store nearby you can pay for stuff month by month without really paying much more, which works a bit better for me. As for budget for the bass and amp... I'd like to spend as little as possible. ;D But I'd say $700 as the absolute maximum.
#2
The bass I currently play is a Yamaha RBX170 (I'm renting it). I really like it. I've played some Jazz basses and others and I've always liked the feel of the RBX170 more than anything I've played so far.

There is also a Peavey T-40 on sale nearby and it looks cool. What's everybodys opinion on it?
#3
The Peavey T-40 is a cool bass.

I'd look at the Galien-Kruger MB series combos. If you want to keep it pretty cheap, Accoustic makes diecent practice amps. Maybe look in to a small MFX unit for bass, it will give you lots to mess around with.
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#4
There is a like 2 page thread on T-40's right down below this one. I have a GK MB200 head but it's the same amp as the Gk MB combos just in head form. It's a pretty cool little head, absolutely clean and hi-fi.
#6
Don't bother buying any effects until you have an amp and a bass and some experience. You don't want to spend $500 then find out you hate bass and can only make $200 selling it used. And fiddling with effects doesn't help you learn the basics or theory.
#7
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Don't bother buying any effects until you have an amp and a bass and some experience. You don't want to spend $500 then find out you hate bass and can only make $200 selling it used. And fiddling with effects doesn't help you learn the basics or theory.


Like I said in my origanal post, I probably won't be getting effects right now, but I want to know what to get when the time comes. I've been playing for 5(ish) months so I do know the basics and some (not much) theory.
#9
I've got an Ibanez SR500.. It does me fine; I recorded my post-rock project with it. It's pretty versatile to be honest.

My amp's a Laney RB8, a 300W combo. I reccomend you check both out, I can get a really nice sound out of both of them.

Effects wise, you want to look at distortion, mainly, and perhaps a chorus pedal. I don't know too much about effects pedals, but I've heard some glorious tones out of my friend's MXR M-80 distortion pedal, give it a look.
#10
The Peavey T-40 is comparable to a Ric so thats pretty sweet. If you like it and can handle the weight and price i'd say go for it. I have a Squier Jazz and like it. Very versatile. You also can't go wrong with a good ole P-bass. The Squier Classic Vibe and Vintage Modern series are very good for the price.

As for amps, Acoustic makes excellent amps for the price. Not just practice amps. I used their 200w head and 115 cab and liked it. Effects, look up what people you like use, although I recently did this and found that everyone (it seems) uses an EHX Bass MircoSynth (which cost quite a bit). I just got a Joyo Ultimate Octave and I really like the fuzz.

Found this blog the other day. Might find it useful.
#14
THAT's how great he thinks they are


To the OP... a T-40 is a good choice. A MiM Jazz or P is also a safe bet.

On the amp/cab side... look used. Old Peavey and GK are my favorites. You should also be able to find a 1x15, 2x15 or 4x10 for a decent price.

On the effects side... Fuzz and Chorus are GREAT places to start, as bass really shines with them. From there you can decide what other sounds you need.
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#15
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THAT's how great he thinks they are


To the OP... a T-40 is a good choice. A MiM Jazz or P is also a safe bet.

On the amp/cab side... look used. Old Peavey and GK are my favorites. You should also be able to find a 1x15, 2x15 or 4x10 for a decent price.

On the effects side... Fuzz and Chorus are GREAT places to start, as bass really shines with them. From there you can decide what other sounds you need.


A 2x15 is always a great deal, because the original owners back is broken and wants to pass it on to the next eager guy.

How much should a 400RB or 800RB go for used? and what watts can they both respectably handle?