#1
I used to have an old crappy bass and loved playing it. I got pretty good, but never really learned much about equipment or getting the sound I wanted out of it (I played through my guitar amp, and yes I know that's not a good idea), I just liked playing. Anyway, it was stolen, now I wanna pick bass up again so I can play for our band, who is now short a bassist.

So my first question is, what's a good bass guitar for metal/nu-metal/"hardcore" style music, that'll hold the drop C tuning?


Second question is, what's a good amp/cab to accompany it? It's gotta be heard over two Marshall halfstacks and drums (with a lot of double bass).


For sounds like: As I Lay Dying, Bleeding Through, Agony Scene, Norma Jean, Himsa, etc.

Let's set a price range at say... $700? Probably a little low, but let's hear some suggestions.
The noise makerers:
LTD EC-1000 (EMG81/60)
Epiphone SG (PRS pups)
Squire strat (stock) - hell yes for first guitars!)

The noise maker louderfiers:
Marshall AVT head
Marshall vintage cab
Valvetronix AD30VT


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#3
You can get any bass you want just string it with an spprpriate gauge of strings.

Maybe an active bass would give you some of the power you want.
#4
A lot of metalcore bassists use the Ibanez SR and SRX 700 or 900. The SRX 700 is $680 USD and the SRX 900 is $800 USD, a little over you budget but might be worth it. A lot of metal bassists use ESP's as well, although, but some (like myself) don't like their shape. You could get the SRX 500 for $480 USD and save some money for gear or an amp. Fender's are very versatile, I personally haven't tuned mine to drop-c yet, but I will and get back to you. And indeed, get thicker strings.

By the way, doesn't Bleeding Through tune to drop B ?
-Fender Deluxe Active P-bass (60th anniversary)
-Peavey T-40 (1982)
-Hartke HA-3500
-Aguilar GS 2x12
-GK Backline 2x10
#5
Bleeding Through does tune to B, it was more their sound that I was using as an example, but shoot, if I had a guitar that could hold B tuning...that'd be sweet. Thanks for the suggestions, let me know how that Fender handles drop-C. : )
The noise makerers:
LTD EC-1000 (EMG81/60)
Epiphone SG (PRS pups)
Squire strat (stock) - hell yes for first guitars!)

The noise maker louderfiers:
Marshall AVT head
Marshall vintage cab
Valvetronix AD30VT


CHECK OUT
#6
Get a 5-string if you want to have both Drop-C and Drop-B conveniently. Many here on the bass forum praise the Ibanez SR505, which I think is in your price range.


The neck will take a little while getting used to, but if you're just pounding on that bottom string, who cares?