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#1
I'm looking to buy a new bass because I'm joining a hard rock/metal band and I wanted to hear from people who play metal what they think the best metal bass under $500 is. Also any suggestions for bass amps would be nice too.
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#4
The Goth versions of the Thunderbird IV's have a great sound and look for hard rock
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#5
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#6
thunderbird 4 cuz it kicks fricking ass. or dean. i play an Ibanez Iceman ICB and i find it works fine, even better with OD pedal, but thats just preferance
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ESP B series.
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#10
Stagg make a metal guitar, which i happen to have

Stagg XB300 'Metal'

Edit: It only costs around £105.00 which can be around $210.00
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#11
Anything with humbuckers, really. I use a cort C4. schecters/spectors and warwicks are the norm. or ibanez.
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#12
If u can squeese a $100 more, u can choose from Ibanez SR500 (SR505 for 5 string), or Schecter Stiletto Elite. THey are the best in this price range. Or u can check out Fender Jazz or P-basses. They are mighty fine & versatile. I dont know if P would work in metal. It owns in blues though!

EDIT: Schecter Stiletto Elite comes with EMG humbuckers, and is neck-thru. Now theres gotta be metal!
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#13
Get an ESP F series, or an Ibanez BTB.

I wouldnt get a Thunderbird, as they play like a piece of shit. The Deans look cool, but I doubt they actually play too well either. Looks are important, but the sound is the most important thing. Also, try to get something with some active pickups, it will give you a nice punchy sound. I especially like EMGs, they're fecking awesome
#16
Jeez, these answers are all over the place!

Fender Jazz basses work fairly well for metal, and can work in other genres if you decide to switch. Schecters are also fairly versatile, and work very well in metal.

Then, you start getting into basses that are better for the heavier stuff, but not as good in other areas. Warwicks and Spectors pretty much top the list. Ibanez is lower down, although I'm pretty sure Ibanez basses are somewhat versatile.
#17
Ibanez SR or SRX series ftw
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#19
Yuck, all these people recommending Deans? Ugh...Razorbacks are the ugliest, most unruly basses I've ever seen.

As for GOOD metal basses, the Ibanez SRX and BTB series, or the Ibanez Iceman bass are quality candidates.
Also look into most any ESP.
Lower end Spectors and Schecters are also good for your usage and pricrange, just go try some out. But god...don't get a Dean...yeesh.
#20
Dude Ibanez SR505 has to be one of the most versatile basses in this price range. If its Ibanez, it can do metal. This has proven true. Now the SR series basses kick some mighty butt. I have it, and love it to death.
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#21
Don't get a Fender Jazz. They just don't look metal at all; people will laugh at you, forcing you to sell it back to the shop at a lower price, meaning you lose money.
#22
Quote by Chimpy101
Don't get a Fender Jazz. They just don't look metal at all; people will laugh at you, forcing you to sell it back to the shop at a lower price, meaning you lose money.


Martin Mendez nor Steve Harris look metal, then. Neither does Jim Sheppard.
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#23
Stever Harris carries it off. Jim Sheppard plays with a pick *gasp*, that basically disregards him as metal, and plus you never hear him on any of their albums. No idea who the other guy is
#24
opeth!

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#25
Ah yeah, I did actually know that somewhere in my brain. Just forgot... But it is nearlly midnight and I'm tired... Bed methinks, where I shall be haunted by dreams of evil Fender Jazzes now
#26
Schecter Stiletto Elite, either 4 or 5 (i prefer 5), or an Ibanez SR505. I own the Schecter, and for the price range, you CANT beat it. You'll love either of them. Metal Machines!
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Schecter Stiletto Elite, either 4 or 5 (i prefer 5), or an Ibanez SR505. I own the Schecter, and for the price range, you CANT beat it. You'll love either of them. Metal Machines!


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#28
:m:get the goth epiphone 4 bass
it is great for hard rock
you get no buzz even when you play above the octave
i play it through a peavey 400 watt tube half stack
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Anything with humbuckers, really. I use a cort C4. schecters/spectors and warwicks are the norm. or ibanez.

My god these answers are varied. But I agree with indie 100%.
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Don't get a Fender Jazz. They just don't look metal at all; people will laugh at you, forcing you to sell it back to the shop at a lower price, meaning you lose money.


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That was very ignorant, and well, just plain silly. "They just don't look metal." Are you serious? That's horrible advice. Horrible. And it wasn't funny either.

To the threadstarter, all we can do is recommend basses, the best thing for you to do is go to your local shop and try out different basses and see what works for you. IMO, metal can be played on basicallyany bass, the important thing is your sound and style.

If you have a Daisy Rock bass going to an Ampeg SVT-CL and SVT 810 and have a killer style, sure you'll get made fun of, but that doesn't mean people will boo you. Besides, who cares what other people think of your bass, get what you think is best for you. And please, please, ignore Chimpy.
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#32
^ Hahaha

I just can't stand the look of them, that's all. Also, I hate the sound and the feel of them. But everyone to his own, I suppose
#33
you have a Warlock....
I'm just saying.

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#34
Quote by DiabloCoche
you have a Warlock....
I'm just saying.


Hes got a point...

My little Ibanez does good enough for me. I mean it may not be best for metal as youre asking, but for $200, its really good.
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#35
Quote by Chimpy101
Stever Harris carries it off. Jim Sheppard plays with a pick *gasp*, that basically disregards him as metal, and plus you never hear him on any of their albums. No idea who the other guy is


It's funny, I can hear Sheppard perfectly fine. And a lot of metal bass players use picks. Murderface is metal as **** and he uses a pick.
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#36
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you have a Warlock....
I'm just saying.

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#37
If your playin thrash get a jackson
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#38
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Martin Mendez nor Steve Harris look metal, then. Neither does Jim Sheppard.



Doesn't Harris use a P-Bass?
#39
I also thought Harris used a P bass. But then again, I could be wrong. I've seen it in pictures, and even on T-Shirts though. Anywho, just keep looking at that Schecter Stiletto Elite 5. Black Cherry. A little out of the price range, but well worth it with all the things included in the bass. Nothing short of amazing.
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