Bass guitar and amp recommendations

Discussion in 'Bass Guitar Discussion' started by KD0991, Sep 18, 2018.

  1. KD0991

    KD0991 Regular

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    Looking for opinions on a bass rig. I'm a guitarist, but would like to have a bass around too for when friends come over that play bass and for me to mess around with too.

    Needs to be able to keep up with my EVH 5150 III 50W into a 2x12.

    Something versatile as well for rock, metal, blues, punk, funk, country.

    Looking at a budget of around $700 for a bass and an amp.

    Been looking at squier vintage modified 70s jazz, squier vintage modified precision pj, sterling Ray's, ibanez SR for basses.

    For amps been looking at fender rumble, ampeg, peavey max. Just dont know how many watts I need to keep up with my 50w tube amp. I've been told between 2-4x the wattage.

    Let me know your opinions/experiences/recommendations.
  2. A-Branger

    A-Branger Regular

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    I would go with Ampeg, only becasue I love them

    TBH go to a store and try them all. All of those basses can do the styles of music that you want, basses are more versatile than guitars. There no a "humbucker for metal, single coil for cleans" kinda rule. But in htere you got the 4 main pickup configurations JJ PJ MM Humbucker. What sound you want its up to go, go and try them, thye all sound different and would react different to a pick or finger or slap

    Same with the amp. Narrow it down to a few you want, then go and try them. For a while I was almost set on a Warwick amp, until the day I try it and I end up like "uhg, this is it?...... nope" it was so quiet for a decent sized amp

    after you try stuff around, then go online and search those for second hand, as with that budget not sure if you could get both, specially a big enough amp

    that would do the job mroe than fine, nice big 15" speaker, 150w, overdrive effect included (the scrambler is not amazing, but hey it comes free with the amp), line out, and you can even put it as a floor wedge. Good price too

    also, you dont really "need" a massive rig. Back in my country I played for 5 years or so in any different scenario from bassement band practice, rock, jazz, small bars, food courts, small theatre stage, medium sized stages ect, with my Crate BX50 combo amp. Only couple of times I have it at 90% level, but for the rest it worked more than fine. And saved me the trouble of transporting a bigger thing

    if you cant hear it over your 5150, then turn the guitar down. But I recon that Ampeg would be way loud enough
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  3. Nonapod

    Nonapod Regular

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    I've been an SWR guy for years, I still love my old Bass 350 head. Fantastic tone, but obviously they're no longer with us. So I recently purchased a Hartke LH1000 new and I'm very impressed. It's sounds great, and @1000 watts it's got loads of power and headroom, and it's only $500 brand new. I've been running it bridged through an old 6x10. Dudes like Billy Sheehan, Victor Wooten, and Dave Ellefson are endorsers and users of the LH1000. And the LH500, the 500 watt version, is only $350 new.

    The only real downside to it is it's super simple. With only the 3 band EQ it doesn't have a lot of tone shaping. But that's not a super big deal to me personally. Also weighing in at at 31 pounds the head ain't exactly light.
  4. SamSam

    SamSam GAS problems

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    PJ is a really great pickup configuration for bass in my opinion. You can a lot of versatility that cover all bases (pun intended) well. I'm honestly not a huge fan of how it looks but I regularly switch up during sets in order to get tonal variety.

    We play chilis stuff as well as hard rock and pop rock as well. I love the jazz bridge pickup with the tone rolled off for ballads and softer styles as well!
  5. scratchNdentPrestige

    scratchNdentPrestige Regular

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    To me this is excellent advice. I think in general people usually buy stuff that has way more power than they really need (both with guitar and bass).

    I had a Peavey Max 115 II for a while, and it had plenty of power for most things you'd use it for I think. You can get one new for under $270 these days. 15" speaker is nice (especially for 5 string IMHO).

    All the basses you mention are good ones for the price. I'd second the recommendation to try them out in person. Don't forget to look at used stuff too.
  6. budda

    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

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    I had a GK MB series head and it was decent - didnt use it a ton since the bass gig didnt last that long. You really do gotta try stuff out. The hard part is thinking like a bassist and not a guitarist.
  7. vilk

    vilk Very Regular

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    The main thing you gotta decide when bass shopping: wide nut or narrow nut?

    It's a huge difference on bass. "Jazz" style necks have a 1.5" nut, as does Ibanez SR I believe. Also Schecter Stilettos. "Precision" style necks have 1-11/16" nuts. This increases the string spacing (and obviously the whole neck feels wider). It doesn't seem like a huge difference, but it really, really is.

    I prefer a narrow nut, and I think a lot of guitarists do since we're used to really close string spacing. I've owned both a P bass and a J bass, and I could never imagine liking the P bass neck more than the J bass.

    They do make P basses with Jazz necks, they've got some new ones out now. I think those look the best, I would love to trade my J bass for one.

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