Looking for a good bass (in Off-topic)

[Jedi] Danludar February 16 2006 5:04 PM EST

I was looking into starting playing bass guitar. I was wondering if anyone has any affordable suggestions. By affordable I mean preferably under lets say 300USD and I have to get a bass amp so that is included there.

QBsutekh137 February 16 2006 7:21 PM EST

Here is a link:

Bass Combo Pack (Ibanez)

That is everything you need to start, amp is small, but it is a good starter. Musician's Friend is good, though a buddy of mine recently swore them off when they sent him the wrong product and then wouldn't make it right. Overall, MF is considered a decent trove of goods.

They have other packs on that site. Other sites include www.sweetwater.com and www.americanmusical.com.

All in all, wait for more input. *smile* My housemate plays guitar and helped me out here, but I have no personal experiences with these items or vendors. Hopefully you can get some better first-hand info...

[Jedi] Danludar February 16 2006 7:51 PM EST

That's how i got my first guitar ibanez starter kit. I'm looking more to go with something not starter style cause ive played bass before i just wanna pick it back up. Used to use a buddy of mines so u know.

Xiaz on Hiatus February 16 2006 7:55 PM EST

Well, best to just grab that buddy and head on down to the music store/s. Try before you buy, sorta like buying clothes I guess. And they'll certainly have what's in your budget. ;)

[Jedi] Danludar February 16 2006 8:07 PM EST

Yeah going to Sam Ash when i get some cash bringing my friend calvin he's an instrument junky period guitar, drums, bass, keyboard basically w/e so u know.

Stephen February 16 2006 8:22 PM EST

And when you visit the store, never play 'Stairway to Heaven'

NSFY February 16 2006 9:01 PM EST

On bass?

Anyway, $300 is not much of a budget to get a good bass and amp. maybe you should build a Carvin kit bass. I built a carvin bolt guitar and it is excellent. IT HAS SIX STRINGS!!

You could go crazy and put four on the bass.

QBsutekh137 February 16 2006 11:21 PM EST

Well, you said you need a guitar, and an amp, etc.

Showing my novice quality here, but is there something wrong with a "kit"? I see a guitar and an amp. $300 is a fairly low budget for such things (I assume).

If the starter kit worked before for a six-string, is there some reason it wouldn't work for four?

Stick with what you know, is what I always say. *smile*

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] February 17 2006 5:55 AM EST

I'm not sure where all you guys are shopping but decent Bass Guitars for the casual'ish' player here in England are £130-£150 which at the current £-$ rate is within Dan's budget.

QBJohnnywas February 17 2006 6:03 AM EST

Sute's link gives you a good idea of what you can get for $300. But it depends on what you want. Most of the smaller bass amps are worthless used in a band, if the drummer is loud and hitting hard. You want something that the whole band can hear, or preferably feel. And the cheaper bass amps worth using start at over that $300.

If you're playing guitar, no matter what the line up is you can get away with miking up a small amp. If the pa is ok you'll hear it. But you don't want a bass amp miked, to do that you need a really good pa with a lot of bottom end. Otherwise the bass gets lost in the mix. If you're doing it properly a bass player is the engine and timekeeper of the band. So everyone, especially the drummer needs to hear them.

[Jedi] Danludar February 17 2006 5:33 PM EST

Well my amp that i have my my guitar is a 10watt marshall for $100. Expensive yes but worth it. The bass im sure i can get hookups on i was wondering on brands though. I mean for 300USD my friend bought like a bass worth around $400 and a nice amp and i think he escaped under 300USD. Anyways i was just looking at brand suggestions. As far as a kit goes i just dont want one they come with crappy amps.........decent instrument but crappy amps.

Zoglog[T] [big bucks] February 18 2006 6:26 AM EST

Ibanez and Peavey are definately the names to look for in bass guitars.
I would steer clear of any Fenders and Gibsons only mildly considered. Fenders are poor bass guitars and Gibsons are usually a fair deal over your budget.
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