#1
My girlfriend is going to get me a guitar for my birthday since my current one's knobs are kind of wonky (under $200 price range) I have always wanted to play bass though. Maybe since I was in a band and was the rhythm guitarist,I was never the one doing the solos and stuff.

But I've found out that tuning a bass a lot causes damage to the truss rod and can damage the bass. So I would probably get one for Standard E and maybe D, and then another for C.

But I can't decide if I should just get a new electric guitar or start playing bass. I listen to alot of metal bands like Megadeth, Amon Amarth, Testament, Lamb of God, etc and I feel like the bass parts that these bands use are 95% similar to the guitar tab.

I really can't make up my mind. When I imagine me playing bass, and when I have at guitar center, I feel they are more flexible when covering songs meaning I can do little things here and there that create a new "feel" to the song whereas the guitar is more precise and sounds odd if you start "grooving on it" if that makes any sense at all.

Opinions? Oh and I would have to get a bass amp too.

EDIT: I think bass might be fun, but at the same time feel a regular guitar can do (just about) anything a bass can but with a little more options too. That's why I don't know if getting a bass AND a new amp is worth it because it's very similar to the guitar parts PLUS I would need another bass for playing down tuned songs.
Last edited by Androxine Vorte at Jan 23, 2015,
#2
To be honest, if you start playing bass you'll only need one and a practice bass amp. But if your guitar is in bad shape I'd buy a new guitar.
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#3
Well; the bass would certainly open up a new musical world for you. A lot of guitarists pick up a bass and think it will be little more than a baritone guitar, only to be pleasantly surprised to discover that it is a very different instrument that is a blast to play.

Many of the "Shred Metal" bands do have the bass play little more than a shadow of the guitar's rhythm parts, but once you really get into bass and learn how to listen for it in a song (or just look at a professionally written tab of the song), you learn that the bass is doing a great deal more than you originally thought.

"Groove" is a term that is hopelessly overused by bassists. It comes from the fact that the electric bass came into its own in certain types of music: Jazz, Funk, Motown, etc. These types of music usually do, in fact, "groove" in their rhythms, but no Shred Metal or Prog Rock tune is going to have a "groove." It simply would not fit into the genre. In these genres, the bass is a rhythm instrument, and much more.

In short, I'd go with the bass. And if you do, then allow me to be the first to say it:

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