#1
ok. i've been looking for a new bass for about 3 months now, and i've played a couple that i've liked, and i have yet to make my decision. as the title suggests, i have around $1200 to spend. i could go all out on a brand new bass, or i could go for a slightly cheaper bass and get an amp along with it. I am an intermediate player, i've played for about 3 years now.
I'm looking for
-5 string
-passive
-deep sound, cause i'm primarily going to be playing at church.
currently i'm playing an Ibanez GSR200FM, and i don't own an amp that's worth mentioning. i was planning on getting a new Fender American Standard P-Bass, but it's rather expensive, and would top out my budget. so yeah, new bass, or bass+guitar...
#2
A 5-string passive bass will probably run much cheaper than 1200, so look for a good amp too
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#3
schetter seem to be popular for 5 stringers, also if you are going to be playing with your amp then an amp would be a better idea, maybe an ashdown
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#5
$1200 and all you have is a ibanez GSR and a ****ty amp? you need a better amp than a better bass

if you need a gigging amp get this, its only $550 and its worth every cent and will be good enough for almost any gig
Head - (250)http://www.guitarcenter.com/Acoustic-B200H-200W-Bass-Head-104813811-i1400000.gc
Cab - (300) http://www.guitarcenter.com/Acoustic-B410-400W-4x10-Bass-Cabinet-104813845-i1400061.gc

Now since you want a 5 stringer, try these bad boys out

Cort Curbow (400ish) passive bartolini http://www.guitarcenter.com/Cort-Curbow-5-String-Bass-512718-i1147842.gc

Ibanez ATK305 (550)http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-ATK305-5-String-Bass-Guitar-517441-i1392775.gc

and with the extra money you want a compressor since there just too good not to have when you can afford one

150ish http://www.guitarcenter.com/dbx-266XL-Compressor-Gate-100390209-i1125284.gc
250ish http://www.guitarcenter.com/dbx-166XL-Dual-Compressor-Limiter-100452884-i1125304.gc

or maybe you want a tuner for gigging, this is the best tuner for fast tuning in my opinion

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-DTR-2000-Rackmount-Digital-Tuner-101933315-i1125533.gc
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#6
ok thanks.
but instead of a compressor, i think i'll upgrade the bass a little, maybe to an ESP LTD F-5E.

and what exactly does a compressor do?
#7
an atk would be better than an esp.

and a compressor softens your noise a little, which would be very good if you want to be playing more in your church.

also check out G&L tribute, versatile, good feel, and amazing finish options.
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#8
What if i didn't need a gigging amp, all i really need is a little thing to play at church...that could free up some $$$, couldn't it? like a little 100W amp would probably do just fine.
#10
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What if i didn't need a gigging amp, all i really need is a little thing to play at church...that could free up some $$$, couldn't it? like a little 100W amp would probably do just fine.


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#11
yeah, i realized that. but our church is only like 200 people, really small. and lots of old people. i don't need to be blowing their hearing aid's off, i just have to fill in in the background (cause that's all the volume they'll give me.) at church i'm run through a DI-box, into a board, and then to a PA, which is what the congregation hears. the only reason i'd need an amp is to hear myself on stage, over the singers and the guitarist who turns it waay down. so i dont need that much sound.
also, i'm going to be driving like an hour to church every week, and i dont want to have to lug something that size around all the time.
#12
200, not 300. much church's have really good acoustics.

edit, if you are just using the output, you can get by with a really nice 50 watter.

plan on jamming with any drummers?
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#13
yeah that's pretty much all i need, is a 50W. it would work just perfect, cause i could use it to jam in my dorm.
i might be jamming out with a few people when i start university, but who knows if that'l happen.
so i was thinking like a 50W bass amp, and then a really good bass. any good suggestions?
#14
I recently bought an Acoustic 200W combo amp and am quite pleased with the sound.


It weighs 75lbs...maybe this is a problem?
#15
Acoustic AB50.

though you'll regret a little if you meet a good drummer.

maybe Ibanez SR705
Fender Jazz 24 V
Ibanez BTB575FM
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#17
well by what your saying i think you just need a really cool bass to show off

in that case buy one thing from these links and buy nothing else.
($750-1000) http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation/5-string-electric-bass-guitars?N=100001+306314+12

($1000-1500) http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation/5-string-electric-bass-guitars?N=100001+306314+13
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#18
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#19
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200, not 300. much church's have really good acoustics.

edit, if you are just using the output, you can get by with a really nice 50 watter.

plan on jamming with any drummers?


+10000000

In fact, due to musics dependence on churches for hundreds of years, most churches (the older the church, the more true this is) are MADE to be acoustic paradises.
#20
would it be smart to choose the ESP LTD F-5E over the G&L Tribute L-2500
#21
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would it be smart to choose the ESP LTD F-5E over the G&L Tribute L-2500

no. the G&L looks, feels, and sounds much better. it can do funk, rock, metal, country, jazz, gospel, and reggae all well. ESPs, from my experience, only excel at one thing- metal.
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#22
i guess i'm gonna go with the G&L then, if it passes the in-store playing test. and i'll probably end up going with the acoustic AB50, unless i can find a better 50W or 100W amp at axe... unless there's anything anyone else can recommend.