#1
Ok so, I've been noticing lately that there is a lack of bassist in my area(or I'm not looking hard enough ) so I'm thinking of picking up a bass and learning how to play.
So as a recommendation from my friend who does play bass I'm going to get this one Ampeg combo, but I am torn between three basses. My main style is punk and a cross over of rock. My budget is probably nothing over 300 dollars if you wish to recommend another bass. Here are the three I'm looking at.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Vintage-Modified-Precision-Bass?sku=519638

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Standard-P-Bass-Special-4String-Bass-Guitar?sku=510569

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Vintage-Modified-70s-Jazz-Bass?sku=519639

Which ones do you guys think will suit me best, and don't be afraid to give a recommend one your self!
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#2
ive played all of them and their fender counter parts but since you want to go for punk, get one of the p-basses. they are the one of the best basses for punk to play. at least in my opinion
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#3
The typical punk bass tone is an old P. The first of those basses will be closest to that.
#5
get the VM P.
it will sound right for what you want.
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#6
Well, it looks like the Vintage Modified is the winner here.
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#9
That one esp is pretty solid too. I think I'll have to check that one out too.
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#11
they all have 20 frets.
and he wants punk, which jazz certainly can get but P does a lot better.
otherwise, J would have my vote
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#12
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So as a recommendation from my friend who does play bass I'm going to get this one Ampeg combo


The others have covered the bass selection nicely, and this point caught my attention.

Low end Ampeg (i.e. not one of their full tube heads) is not particularly good, and they only sell onthe reputation of the higher models. You can get so much more for maybe just a little more money.
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#13
Since you're playing Punk, I recommend a P.

People here love the VM. But keep in mind that the Special has a single coil at the bridge for more growl if you want, and it also has a jazz neck.
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#14
Jack is right...at the risk of offending those who have Ampeg BAs and love them I think they're a big waste of money. They may look nice, but they're really expensive and don't sound that good and just aren't loud enough.
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that or the second of your choices

a P/J combo can come in handy later on if you decide to switch your style up or feel like experimenting
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#17
It depends on what kind of neck you like

There is a big differencr between a Jazz neck and a Precision neck, P necks are chunkier, and I dislike them, whilst J necks are thinner, but it is all preference, I would say try the VM P bass and the P bass special, as a P pickup will give you the punk sound, and one has a P neck, the other a J! best of luck and welcome to bass
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#18
I played the VM jazz at my local music store and it's grrrreat
I didn't plug it in though :/
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