#1
So me and my friends started a band the only problem is I am a guitar player and know nothing about basses I am playing my buddys fender right now but I need my own.So any help would be appreciated
#2
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#3
Ibanez basses are good for metal stuff. Get an active bass with a nice bass boost I'd say.


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#4
epiphone thunderbirds are pretty good. if your playing specifically metal music...

look good and despite how much everyone tries to kill them you can actually get some decent sounds from it..

coincidentally im selling one..
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#5
^ Don't try to convinve him to buy crap gear just because you can make a small personal profit from it.
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#6
Ask to keep the Fender...


But really, go with an Ibanez for metal. Good stuff.
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^ Don't try to convinve him to buy crap gear just because you can make a small personal profit from it.
This forum is to help people, not to fool them for your own needs.


to BassistGal

its not a crap bass!!!
its quite good, served me well for rock sounds and head-turns for a good year now... ill be sad when it goes.
im only selling it because i dont actually play metal anymore...

im not trying to make a personal profit, i think it would actually be quite a good bass for that guy...

grrr do you ven know anything about thunderbirds? have you ever played one yourself?
i really hate when people jump on the tbird hate band wagon..

(sorry bigchief84, this may turn into an arguement... its a good bass i swear)
#8
I know this kinda off topic, but u drop tune basses just like guitars for neu metal and stuff right?
#10
drop tuning annoys me... i dont get why at all..
all for an open D which you can play somewhere else...
confusing...
#11
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drop tuning annoys me... i dont get why at all..
all for an open D which you can play somewhere else...
confusing...


How about it's an octave lower, which inevitably sounds far heavier? And T-birds lack the clarity and cutting edge for metal. They would need far more volume to get heard.

You have a Warwick now, judging from your picture. Surely you can tell you can hear yourself far better now than with the T-bird?
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#12
Maybe you want that deep octave? That can be quite important to bass.
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How about it's an octave lower, which inevitably sounds far heavier? And T-birds lack the clarity and cutting edge for metal. They would need far more volume to get heard.

You have a Warwick now, judging from your picture. Surely you can tell you can hear yourself far better now than with the T-bird?


i dont actually have a warwick, i looked after it for a few days while a friend moved house.
but you can get a good tone out a Tbird.

how would it sound if guitairsts were on drop D, and the bassist stayed standard?
#14
What do you mean? It wouldn't make much of a difference unless the bass player wanted that low D or D#. Then he would have to go an octave higher.
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#15
Quote by mini_mosher
i dont actually have a warwick, i looked after it for a few days while a friend moved house.
but you can get a good tone out a Tbird.

how would it sound if guitairsts were on drop D, and the bassist stayed standard?


Playing in unison when the guitarist playes those two lower notes (very often inmetal). Far less bass.

And surely those 2 days with a Warwick were enough.
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#16
Ibanez is the way to go for metal bass. Or Dean if you want metal and only metal. They're pretty limited, though. One pickup thats set quite low down the body. Ibanez fo' sho' though.
#17
grrr do you ven know anything about thunderbirds? have you ever played one yourself?
i really hate when people jump on the tbird hate band wagon..

Yes, I've played a couple before.

I've used to own an old Squier affinity precision bass, that was in an horrible shape all around, used to be owned by a school for several years, and been left to rot in a basement for a couple of years, and it still played and sounded better then the T birds.
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#19
go with ibanez!!!
they are damn awesome for metal
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#20
Quote by BigChief84
So me and my friends started a band the only problem is I am a guitar player and know nothing about basses I am playing my buddys fender right now but I need my own.So any help would be appreciated


What's your price range?

I'd recommend a Spector, just because they're very versatile basses, and are quality instruments. The Performer is the lowest model, but that doesn't mean it's bad.

If you can afford it, I'd spring for a Spector Legend bass.


Also, TBH, ignore all the people who say "X BASS IS GOOD FOR METAL!!!" because any bass can be played in a metal band. It's all in the way you play the bass, and the way you EQ it. Basically, any bass is "good for metal."

Quote by mini_mosher
drop tuning annoys me... i dont get why at all..
all for an open D which you can play somewhere else...
confusing...



There are more tunings besides drop D....


Most metal bands who tune down don't even play in drop D.
Last edited by Charlatan_001 at Feb 24, 2008,
#21
get a stagg heavy metal bass. thats whats its made for. search google images to see what it looks like for it try searching either "stagg heavy metal bass" or "stagg bass" or play around with it
#22
I am thinking of getting a Squier vintage modified precision bass, I guess it's not the perfect bass for metal, but it would work right? Like charlatan said.
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#23
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If you can afford it, I'd spring for a Spector Legend bass.


+1 for the Spector Legend. I have one and it is great, especially for metal. It has that high-end sizzle that other basses lack and has a solid mid and low range.
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#24
I actually play a Epiphone Thunderbird IV.

I play in a metal band and it actually works well with metal, but I don't know about the whole Drop tuning because I'm usually all over the fretboard instead of chugging on an open D
#25
A Squier VM should work out really well. The VM series is one of the few that doesn't feel Squier-y, to put it simply. That nice Precision punch should go well in a metal group, I'd imagine.

Next thing is your amp- what'll you be up against, in terms of your guitarists?
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Next thing is your amp- what'll you be up against, in terms of your guitarists?


Didnt get you there, but I got a KBA-100 amp, 100 watt, 15" speaker, but when we practise I use an hartke guitar amp and he uses a laney guitar amp, both half stacks.
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Amp: Peavy valveking 112
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#27
Quote by AidanSC91
I actually play a Epiphone Thunderbird IV.

I play in a metal band and it actually works well with metal, but I don't know about the whole Drop tuning because I'm usually all over the fretboard instead of chugging on an open D


all over fretboard....up until the 15th fret

sorry....couldnt resist

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TS, the Squire should be a good first bass

and the punchiness of the pick up will be cool for metal and help you cut through

much more so than a Thunderbird
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#28
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Didnt get you there, but I got a KBA-100 amp, 100 watt, 15" speaker, but when we practise I use an hartke guitar amp and he uses a laney guitar amp, both half stacks.

If you're practicing at higher volumes, I strongly advise using a BASS amp. I'd go for the squier VM precision, like you said though. The precision tone fits about anywhere and sounds good doing it. Check out some Iron Maiden if you want to hear a Precision in metal.
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#29
And I would suggest the Squire Jazz, That bass probably has been used by half this forum to learn bass on. Not a bad beginner instrument.

If you do not like the Squire then look into the Ibanez GSR or something along those lines.

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