#1
Hey guys, it's not really my bass, pack, it's a friend of mine, he's sort of new to bass, but for how long he's been playing he's amasing, just wondering what you guys might suggest for an intermidate bass player. As in an amp and the Guitar itself. I've been looking around at guitars and I've wanted to push him into buying an entry model ESP LTD guitar, just not sure if it's right for him, and I'm also looking for a good AMP that wont cost a fortune. Size doesn't really matter in this case, just quality of sound and versitily

Thanks guys,

Discus.

EDIT - Hey again guys, the sound we are going for is a metal/punk sound, we are looking for a sound a bit like Rage Against the Machine, maybe a bit more distorted. The bass he has been playing was an Ashton AB2 starter pack, pretty bad, but he's certainly ready to take it up a knotch. Hope that helps
Last edited by UltimateDud at May 26, 2008,
#2
For $900 you can get some decent stuff, though for both bit your gonna have budget your self, I would say $500 for the bass and $400 for the amp, you need a good one of both, you should look into the Ibanez Soundgear range, they make very good mid level instruments, though it might push you slightly over the $500 mark:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=Soundgear&st=
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#4
well for quality and versatility maybe something eden. while i'm pretty sure nemesis is kinda like their budget stuff or something to that effect if eden puts their name on it it's got to be high quality stuff. I once almost bought an eden head for my stack but when i came back with the $1100 USD cash it was already sold! so i ended up goin with a tube amp i found. the versatility of that amp was amazing. while the nemesis doesn't have the amount of versatility the wt800 has it should still be quite good. that enhance knob is truly a magic knob as eden says.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Nemesis-N15S-Siver-Series-Bass-Combo?sku=488210

that amp has a 15" speaker for good lows and a tweeter to help with highs. also it has an extension speaker output for more power later. a headphone jack for home use and an xlr out. it says for recording but i'm sure it can also be used to run to a board at a gig if it should happen. plus it's only 54 pounds and my 130 watt combo is about 85 pounds so 54 is pretty light.

As for a bass, since you chose esp i'd imagine you and your friend are into metal. so here's just a couple basses i chose from esp to match the budget.

four string. this model is also available in 5 string so you could look into that.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-F104-Electric-Bass?sku=516771

this is a step up and should just about max out your budget.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-D4-Bass?sku=513746
that one also has a 5 string model but i don't suggest it without trying it out at all because it is a 34" scale and i recommend a 35" scale for 5 strings. also if you're gonna be doing a lot of downtuning 35" scale can be cool on a 4 string like in the f-104.
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#5
Actually, 34" can do 5 string fine. I just recommend (and use myself) at least a 135 B string to keep the tension up.
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#6
yes but you should be able to use standard gauge strings. that's why i said to definitely try it first. if they like it that works fine.
dean edge one 5 string
Schecter studio-4
Samick fairlane-6
Ibanez sb900
Ibanez btb775
Fender p bass special deluxe

Dean Del Sol
Ibanez prestige rg2610

Peavey TKO 65
Peavey vb-2
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#7
squier VM and a very nice amp, I'd say.
though some Ibanez might do ya fine too.
If you'd rather have a really good bass than an amp, check out Rockbass, Ibanez, and MIM Fender.
I don't think ESP is the best you can get for the price. It isn't bad however, just there's better.
do you need to get a case, tuner and cord? that's about $130 right there.
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#8
I've been looking around a bit. We've sort of come up with a conclusion. https://www.billyhydemusic.com.au/shop/index.cfm?action=view&id=666
Fender Squire MB4 Skull & Crossbones
http://www.guitar.com.au/amplifiers/bass/marshall/mb15.htm
Marshall Bass AMP 15watt. w/gain

Plus a carry bag, lead, strap, picks, instructional DVDs/Books. Later on we well get a bass pedal.

What do you guys think?
#9
Marshall aren't that great when it comes to Bass Amps, they're much better at guitar amps, I would look at Fender or Kustom Practise amps
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Marshall aren't that great when it comes to Bass Amps, they're much better at guitar amps, I would look at Fender or Kustom Practise amps


Don't buy Kustom's practice line, please. I have never heard anyone who had any of KBAs under 65W that was really happy with the tone. I owned a KBA10. It was a sad little combo.

Check out the amps in the FAQ and don't discount the used market as well. You can score some really nice deals there.