#1
To get a bass that is about equivalent to a $300 guitar, you need to buy a $400 to $500 bass. To get a bass amp that you can gig with, you need around $500-600 where a guitar player only needs to pay maybe $250-400.

Why is this? Its sucks. I like to play bass more than guitar but sometimes I wish I played guitar instead so I could save a few hundred dollars. Why is it all more expensive? Some things make since like the strings costing more because they last much longer but other than that nothing makes to much since.
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#2
Basses require more raw materials to build, and also generally require more development time as there is more stress on the neck. They're just plain bigger. As well, since less people buy basses, profit margins aren't as big when selling basses unless you raise the price a bit. Simple rules of mass production.

As for the amps, they generally have more complicated circuitry, heavier-duty/bigger speakers, larger construction, etc.
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Sounds to me like an excuse.

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#3
Yeah canadianpunk pretty much nailed it, but it's definitely worth those extra dollars in the end!!!
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#4
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Basses require more raw materials to build, and also generally require more development time as there is more stress on the neck. They're just plain bigger. As well, since less people buy basses, profit margins aren't as big when selling basses unless you raise the price a bit. Simple rules of mass production.

As for the amps, they generally have more complicated circuitry, heavier-duty/bigger speakers, larger construction, etc.


Bass amps also need higher wattage because the speakers need to push more air.
#5
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Bass amps also need higher wattage because the speakers need to push more air.


Yes, I can't believe I forgot that point! In amps, features don't cost money, it's POWER that costs money.

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#6
But remeber!

Bass amps don't have to have a distortion channel.
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#7
String costs are the things that really get to me. I see guitar strings on sale all the time where you can buy say 10 sets for 20 dollars or something. For bass, you're lucky to get a good set for under 20.
#8
^but I will say for having played both guitar and bass, bass strings seem to last longer if you take care of them, and don't break as easily, if at all.
#10
I buy new basses more often than I buy new bass strings. I'm forever breaking guitar strings. At the moment my guitar only has five.
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#12
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^but I will say for having played both guitar and bass, bass strings seem to last longer if you take care of them, and don't break as easily, if at all.



I've broken 1 string in the two years I've played bass, and that was just because when I first got it and had no ear for the notes I accidentally tune my G string an octave high and it snapped.
#13
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But remeber!

Bass amps don't have to have a distortion channel.


No, but they do have a built in ego-control channel. Something that all guitar amps and mircophones lack apparently.
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#14
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I accidentally tune my G string an octave high and it snapped.

An octave? Ouch.....

Warning:


That's one tight g-string.
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#15
Yeah, well it costs $100-200 more for a left-handed guitar or bass. So quit your whining.


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#16
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That's one tight g-string.


You forgot the "this is going to be cheesy" warning! *dies*
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Sounds to me like an excuse.

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#17
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You forgot the "this is going to be cheesy" warning! dies*

Appropriate warning added.
#18
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An octave? Ouch.....



It was the day I got my first bass, and all I knew was that it was out of tune and I had an electronic tuner. Somehow I really overshot it.
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#21
Yeah it kinda bugs me sometimes, especially the strings. But the amps are just killing me, I want a halfstack, but it just costs too much.


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#22
Where does everyone get the idea that bass amps are more expensive from? They aren't. A good bass amp costs just as much as a good guitar amp. If you're comparing wattage to dollars, then that's a but stupid because guitarists don't pay for wattage. In fact, alot pay more for LESS wattage, or for attenuators to bring it down.

And a good bass costs just as much as a good guitar.

As for strings, we do get a raw deal per pack. But if I had my way, I'd change my guitar strings every two weeks (yes, I kill them that fast) and my bass strings every 2-3 months. So that's AUD$60 every two months compared to, well, AUD$60 every 8 weeks. So it's really not more expensive either. Plus we can clean strings with metho and bring them back to life, once a set of guitar strings is dead they're done for.

So don't complain, cause really we get the same deal. It's the same with other instruments. A good trumpet is AUD$3000-$4000. That sounds like alot, but when you consider that you need an amp for an electric guitar or bass then a good rig is about AUD$3000 as well.
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#23
Yes, and plus, I have known guitarist that spend up to 1500 on a Gibson LP. And don't most high end fenders go for about that?

Not even value packages are different.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-PeeWee-RaveRig-Package?sku=518312
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Drive-WildFire-Electric-Bass-Combo-Pack?sku=513446X
(In my opinion the Bass is the better value by the way)

I mean, hell! They even have counterparts!
LP = P Bass
Strat = Jazz Bass
No?
#24
no

but on another note who cares. my rig costs over 4 grand while my guitar rig is significantly less and you know what i'm proud of it
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