#1
Well I'm sick of my current set up so I've decided it's time for an upgrade. I currently have a Dean Edge 1 bass and a Behringer Ultrabass 60watt. I hate that amp. It just sounds so dead. The Dean is an alright bass but I just don't like the way it feels, even compared to a Squire P bass I played at a pawn shop. The friggin Squire played better, and that makes me sad.

I have $500 to spend on a bass and $500 to spend on an amp, maximum.

I play mainly metal but I also play just about anything else. Even like, ambient stuff. So I need a really versitile amp and bass. So what basses and amps can you guys reccomend for me to try out (if I can find them) or buy?

Also, I'm left handed. So my choices are narrowed down a lot.

Thanks in advanced.
#2
I can't recomend a bass guitar for you, sorry. But if you have $500 to spend on an amp, go look at some Behringer ones. You can get a good array of quality sounds.

BTW - you wouldn't be interested in selling that Dean of yours, would you? PM me...
#3
u need 100 watts? the 50 watt Ampeg BA112 i have is amazing, the 100 watt ampeg ba115 is good 2. for a bass i'd say tryout this:

Left-Handed Fender Jazz: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Standard-Jazz-Bass-Left-Handed?sku=511033&src=3WPGWXX

There's more to tryout than this type. but none i've played lol. so don't remember what left handed ones there are. so look at some other ones.
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#4
I'd go for a p/j combo, like the fender P bass deluxe that I have, either that or a fender jazz. Ampwise, that price range I believe your looking at ashdowns, laney, GK backline series, or the Ampeg BA115, When i went to try out amps. I tried all of the above and I have an ashdown
Gear

Fender Geddy Lee Jazz
Fender MIA Precision
Musicman Bongo
Boss TU-2
EBS TD650
EBS ProLine 2x10 x 2
#5
Thanks for all the help so far. I found this Warwick Rockbass Corvette on the site I bought my Dean bass from. Are the Rockbasses anycount? I know Warwicks are very good but I dunno about the Rockbass section of them.

http://www.adirondackguitar.com/lefty/warwick_rock/classic_almond4.htm

http://www.adirondackguitar.com/lefty/warwick_rock/blue.htm

Edit:

Also, what about this amp?

http://www.music123.com/Ampeg-BA115T-i445828.music
Last edited by Trollhammaren at Jun 4, 2006,
#6
Rockbasses aren't all that. You're better off getting an SX bass and customizing it...

Get an Ibanez. Get a used American fender on E-bay, if you're lucky.

As for the amp... I didn't like the BA115 at all. It's yet another cheap, weak solidstate combo (with a TUBE!!!), that was made expensive because of the Ampeg tag. There's nothing Ampeg about the tone. Look into more powerfull Ashdowns and such. 100 watts for a 15 inch speaker is friggin pathetic. You won't get definition on lower volume settings, but you'll get the boominess (unless, that's what you're after). When you buy a 15", it HAS to have a HORN, it HAS to have at least 200-250 watts of power. Otherwise it'll sound like stirred poo. Get th Ashdown MAG300 Head, it's 299 on that site. And then buy a 4x10 avatar cab. Presto. It's easy.

The importance of having more power is not ONLY to have more... more power, it's just that more powerfull amps have better response, they do not require extreme low-spectrum boosting just to be heard, they aren't muddy at lower volumes.

When I worked in a studio, it had a M2000 Mesa Boogie amp and two 4x10 Eden cabs (though then we were using only one). Do you think it was ever used at full power? It was seldom used even at 50%!!! But the bassist, who was used to playing without lows was guaranteed to have clean and defined tone.

and CHECK the used market!!!
Last edited by Bassilo at Jun 4, 2006,
#7
Quote by Bassilo
Rockbasses aren't all that. You're better off getting an SX bass and customizing it...

Get an Ibanez. Get a used American fender on E-bay, if you're lucky.

As for the amp... I didn't like the BA115 at all. It's yet another cheap, weak solidstate combo (with a TUBE!!!), that was made expensive because of the Ampeg tag. There's nothing Ampeg about the tone. Look into more powerfull Ashdowns and such. 100 watts for a 15 inch speaker is friggin pathetic. You won't get definition on lower volume settings, but you'll get the boominess (unless, that's what you're after). When you buy a 15", it HAS to have a HORN, it HAS to have at least 200-250 watts of power. Otherwise it'll sound like stirred poo. Get th Ashdown MAG300 Head, it's 299 on that site. And then buy a 4x10 avatar cab. Presto. It's easy.




I agreeabout the ampeg thing, I just said it due to it being in his price range I think.. btu the ashdowns a good choice wether you just get it with an ashdown cab or another brand. One thing though, ashdown 1x15 speakers aren't up to much so if you want that try looking into eden or whatever.
Gear

Fender Geddy Lee Jazz
Fender MIA Precision
Musicman Bongo
Boss TU-2
EBS TD650
EBS ProLine 2x10 x 2
#9
well i just heard about these new line 6 amps, they seam awesome in all respects, but since thy're a relatively new product, i havnt got to try one anywhere.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-LowDown-LD150-Combo-Bass-Amp?sku=482190
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-LowDown-LD175-Combo-Bass-Amp?sku=482191

first one's a 12 inche 150 watt $400, second ones 15 inche w/ horn 175 watts $500, keep in mind its musiciansfriend so its alot less expensive than the actual msrp.
#10
Ibanez soundgears are good and Schecter Stilettos are great.
I don't really like Ashdown but Kustom and Carvin are great and not too expensive.
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