oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
Join date: Oct 2007
3,304 IQ
#1
I'm looking to get a half-decent bass for recording purposes. Basically I'm looking for a bass with:

-A reasonable amount of brightness/growl/clank
-Solid low end
-Easy for a guitarist to play.

Right now I've got a B Stock LTD B-5E for $400 and an LTD D5 on my list. Also on my list is the 5 string Squier VM 70s Jazz bass.

What else is good in this range? Ibanez I'm a little leery of due to their use of Agathis (aka crapwood ), but if there's one in my range that would work, that's good.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Focal Alpha 65 monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
chatterbox272
Registered User
Join date: May 2011
1,237 IQ
#2
I'll put up the Yamaha RBX375. It's a great bass for the price, one of the best purchases I've made. I learned a while ago not to give a crap about the wood things were made out of, and judge it by the tone.
Most basses should be more or less the same difficulty to play for a guitarist, just make sure it feels right and you'll be fine. One thing to make sure of though (as my guitarist friend is finding now) whatever you do don't approach bass like you would guitar, or it will likely end up quite sloppy. Bass is all about precision and consistency (especially when recording), you need to hit the right strings with the right amount of force at the right time and do it every time.
It's not like guitar where if you nick an extra string but your finger mutes it then it's fine (mostly), people will notice you do that on bass and it will sound sloppy.
Spaz91
RIP Terry
Join date: Mar 2008
6,280 IQ
#3
Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V. They're a little bit hissy but they sound and play really nice.

Don't be afraid of agathis, basswood, etc; in your pricerange, alder isn't going to sound any different.
moody git
i probably won't commit
Join date: May 2008
360 IQ
#4
i'll add a vote for the RBX375. excellent bass, even more so for the £260 i payed for it.
DONT RISK IT, BUY A BASS AMP
Mixu93
Registered User
Join date: Oct 2010
22 IQ
#5
I would recommend ESP/LTD B-55. I have it myself and it's badass!
anarkee
oh the horror!
Join date: Aug 2006
3,136 IQ
#6
Also check out Brice's offerings. Their QA has come up considerably. I have one of their 6 strings and I'm pleased with it
oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
Join date: Oct 2007
3,304 IQ
#7
Quote by anarkee
Also check out Brice's offerings. Their QA has come up considerably. I have one of their 6 strings and I'm pleased with it

You know, I was thinking about getting one of those. If it's good I'll definitely consider it.

Quote by Spaz91
Squier Deluxe Active Jazz V. They're a little bit hissy but they sound and play really nice.

Don't be afraid of agathis, basswood, etc; in your pricerange, alder isn't going to sound any different.

I beg to differ; every Agathis guitar I've played has sounded like complete ass.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Focal Alpha 65 monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Deliriumbassist
UG's only DB
Join date: Apr 2006
2,389 IQ
#8
Nowt wrong with agathis at the price point. Only reason it's on cheap instruments is because it's so abundant and easy to grow. Any agathis bodied guitars you've played probably sound bad because they were poorly made instruments on the whole. I had an agathis bodied Peavey Millennium AC BXP 5 string, and that was still getting mileage when I got my CS Warwick Corvette, which cost more than ten times what I paid for the Peavey. It was lightweight, but solid, and had a nice, transparent tone.
oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
Join date: Oct 2007
3,304 IQ
#9
Either way - I think I found my bass. LTD Surveyor 415 brand new for $343. MF is doing a MEGA price drop on these.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Focal Alpha 65 monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Spaz91
RIP Terry
Join date: Mar 2008
6,280 IQ
#10
Quote by oneblackened
I beg to differ; every Agathis guitar I've played has sounded like complete ass.

I can guarantee that it had nothing to do with the agathis; crap guitars will be crap.
oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
Join date: Oct 2007
3,304 IQ
#11
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Focal Alpha 65 monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
Join date: Oct 2007
3,304 IQ
#13
Quote by Spaz91
Pretty damn good basses those. I'd whack some EMGs in that (P and MM).

Has EMGs in it already!
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Focal Alpha 65 monitors
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
christianonbass
Registered User
Join date: Jul 2010
878 IQ
#14
I have a Brice 5 string. I had never heard of them. I answered an ad simply because at the time I was looking for ANYTHING that I could afford. I got online, learned a bit about Brice and then went to see it. I was impressed with how much bass I got for the money. I still have the thing! The only thing I've done to it is change the strings frequently (I'm one of those guys). I think you could get this model (I don't know what it is except a passive 5 string) for the amount you mentioned brand new. I believe I paid 200 for this used. I am happy with it. I would say it's a very good, intermediate bass.
Calplaysbass
Registered User
Join date: Aug 2013
10 IQ
#15
I'm in England and own an ibanez SR305 and it cost me about £260 I'm not sure what that is in $ but I'd recommend this bass simply for how fast and fun the thing is