#1
I'm helping my friend pick out his first bass guitar and amplifier. We're starting a band, and he's taken on the role of bass player. Anyway, since I have no knowledge of anything bass, I need some help..

His budget itself is about $500, though I think that could be stretched a little. He wants to buy the guitar new, and get the amplifier used via ebay (I suggested to his girlfriend that an amplifier for christmas )...so...any suggestions? We're still not sure of what style our band will be, but I'm assuming probably something along the lines of a modern rock or punk sound.
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#2
if you're in the states definitely look into the SX Basses at www.rondomusic.net ...according to a bunch of bassists on this forum and Talkbass.com (huge all-bass forum) the SX basses on that site are a great value for thier price...Most say they are better than Squiers, Epiphones, Rogues (by far), and other entry level basses...Some even compare them to MIM (made in mexico) Fenders, but that may be pushing it...

here are the ones I'd reccomend
http://www.rondomusic.net/spjash.html
http://www.rondomusic.net/sjb75.html
http://www.rondomusic.net/vebltd.html

All of those would cost him less than a Squier Affinity P Bass (affinity = crap-of-the-line Squier)...And the one that costs the same as the Squier Affinity P comes with a hardcase...most hardcases (even cheap ones) are at LEAST 50-70 bucks...many are well over 100...so yea, definitely look into these basses...and if hes worried about buying online or against it for some reason this would be a great loss...

I wish I would have known about SX basses when I was a noob

<EDIT> Sorry, i totally forgot about the amp...ok, if you're shopping for one on ebay only, then just buy one that is seems like a good deal while keeping a few things in mind.
*Stay away from Behringer, Rogue, and pretty much all amps below 80W, if hes planning on playing with a band w/ a drummer and guitarist he needs at least 100 watts of power.
*Look out for Gallien Krueger, Ashdown, Peavey, Hartke, SWR, Fender, Ampeg, and (Eden) Nemesis combos, those brands generally make quality, relaible products.

I'll add more later.
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Last edited by XeNoCiDe730 at Aug 10, 2006,
#3
hey thanks man, those SX's look, and seem to be a great deal for a beginner. He has no problem with buying online, so that wont be a problem. I'll keep these in mind and show him tomorrow, but the decision is ultimately upto him. (I'll be bass shopping with him next week, and if he dosn't find anything, he can get an SX)
Quote by Black Label93
Well this made my day, thank you, TS.

You may now have your way with my daughter and own all the riches in my kingdom.
#4
^no problem.

and yea I understand that he wants to (and IMO should) go out instrument shopping first, its a personal thing, buying an instrument...its got to feel and sound right to you, and he may find what he wants in a music store, internet should be more of a second choice kinda thing...anyways, when you go with him be sure to point out some Peavey basses (the peavey Millenium AC BXP comes to mind) and maybe an Ibanez thats in his price range...

and I figure i should point out some specific amps for ya.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/SWR-LA15-Bass-Combo-Amplifier?sku=482038
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/GallienKrueger-Backline-112-Bass-Combo?sku=482537
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Rumble-100-Bass-Combo?sku=480721
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ashdown-Electric-Blue-15180-Bass-Combo-Amp?sku=485037
Hartkes are good too.
"All matter is merely energy condensed into a slow vibration and we're all one consciousness experiencing ourselves subjectively, theres no such thing as death, life is just a dream and we're the imagination of ourselves."
#5
Thanks again. Yeah I think it's important to go to stores and try things out. Since he's new, he isn't really looking for anything specific, so he could find something in our crappy stores. I'll be sure to go with him and keep him away from the squires and such. Thanks for the amp suggestions too, I was thinking of the Gallien-Krueger, I heard they were good for the money.
Quote by Black Label93
Well this made my day, thank you, TS.

You may now have your way with my daughter and own all the riches in my kingdom.
#6
keep him away from the squiers? if ur gonna start out a punky band LOOK at the squiers there amazing i own a squier pbass my self and had it for 3 years and is still amazing, dont keep him away fom anything just try out anything
#7
As a bassist who has an SX and a top of the line ibanez, i will tell you right now SX's are not beginner bass quality but just the price. I would wait a month though it seems a lot of the nice ones are out of stock.
#8
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keep him away from the squiers? if ur gonna start out a punky band LOOK at the squiers there amazing i own a squier pbass my self and had it for 3 years and is still amazing, dont keep him away fom anything just try out anything

yea hes got a point...The only Squier to stay away from, IMO, is the Affinity P or J, the Standard P or J Bass might actually be decent if he gets lucky and finds a good one...We all know how inconsistent the quality iis on Squiers...One may play like straight ass and the other might not be half bad!...Mainly keep him away from Rogue basses (and amps) and Behringer amps...Nothing good ever came from those They are both inclined to be of bad quality and have a tendency to crap out after some time...dont let the low prices fool you...
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#9
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Mainly keep him away from Rogue basses (and amps) and Behringer amps...Nothing good ever came from those


true dat!
#10
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Mainly keep him away from Rogue basses (and amps) and Behringer amps...Nothing good ever came from those



Amen!
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