#1
I have a chance to snag a Blacktop Jazz bass. I'm not a bassist in general, I'm an electric guitar player and have been playing for many years but I want to expand my range with music a bit and take up bass also.

I play a lot of pop punk music and rock or funk kind of music. Most importantly music wise the bands I like are: Blink 182, +44, The Ramones, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was looking into a standard precision bass but they lack the defined edge that I'd like for some styles. But a standard Jazz bass lacks the super nice low end of the P-bass. I have a chance to grab a Blacktop bass (MIM) for $350 Canadian here in good condition. I was wondering if this would be versatile enough to give me good low end for music I like but good enough for the rare time I need a bit more aggression.


I've read that blacktops don't sound super good or don't have life but I'm not sure if there is any credence to that.

So would a blacktop jazz bass be cool for this or do you suggest something else like a regular standard p-bass?


Thanks
Ibanez Prestige RGA321SPB
#2
There are a LOT of P & J basses out there (both precision and jazz pickups on the same guitar), and some of them seriously dirt cheap but good quality.

My experience with bass (I recently added it to the skillset) is that you start at the opposite end of the rig -- with the speaker cabinet. The cabinets I ended up with are essentially PA-type cabinets with a full range flat response profile (your tastes may vary). I picked them because they have bottom end that won't fart out, crisp top end for definition, and they're easier to EQ (no boomy sections that are tough to clear when you want to). After that, you pick the amp head that has the power to drive them and a preamp that will adjust your EQ where you like it. Once you have a rig that will make pretty much anything sound good, you pick your bass.
#3
Quote by dspellman
There are a LOT of P & J basses out there (both precision and jazz pickups on the same guitar), and some of them seriously dirt cheap but good quality.

My experience with bass (I recently added it to the skillset) is that you start at the opposite end of the rig -- with the speaker cabinet. The cabinets I ended up with are essentially PA-type cabinets with a full range flat response profile (your tastes may vary). I picked them because they have bottom end that won't fart out, crisp top end for definition, and they're easier to EQ (no boomy sections that are tough to clear when you want to). After that, you pick the amp head that has the power to drive them and a preamp that will adjust your EQ where you like it. Once you have a rig that will make pretty much anything sound good, you pick your bass.

More or less it will be running into an interface into my computer to record quick songs, so the amp and stuff is "covered" more or less by that.

I guess the sound I'm going for it more or less a mark hoppus style bass tone that is a bit thicker. Similar to in this video except a bit thicker:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgSot0csXUI

Sucks the used bass market here is small. I can't find a used P-bass or anything. I was surprised to see a blacktop bass even. It's mostly cheap beginner basses and that's it.
Ibanez Prestige RGA321SPB