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HeavyAxe 12-07-2013 04:53 PM

Good bass for Prog rock/metal?
 
Hey there. I'm just looking for a good bass for prog metal/rock bass. So, main things would be slim fast neck, nice cutting sound, and overall great playability. Maximum price would be about $2000. I'm leaning towards a 5-string but I would maybe consider a 4.
Thanks,
Max

bkbirge 12-07-2013 04:58 PM

You need a Baryton. Accept no substitutes.

P. Aaron 12-07-2013 05:06 PM

2G's will get you a very nice bass. Run the rack at your local GC (or local music stores) and see what feels good to you.

You could economize on the bass & if need be (for metal) make sure your rig has enough go-power too.

Ironbar 12-07-2013 05:07 PM

I'm not attempting to be snarky here, so get me wrong. But I've never understood people asking what kind of bass to get for a particular kind of music. I mean, wouldn't you rather check into what sort of basses artists are using for the music you like and/or want to play and then sorta take it from there?

Hamlet7768 12-07-2013 05:09 PM

Bongo. Comes in 4, 5, and 6 string configurations. Can sound like a Rickenbacker if you play your cards right.

You might be able to get a used Spector Euro 5LX (neck-thru) or Rebop (bolt-on) for that price too.

Duckwater 12-07-2013 05:10 PM

You can use anything. My favorite Prog tones come from John Wetton's P bass with King Crimson, Chris Squire's Rickenbacker, and Geddy's Jazz bass all strung with Roto 66 strings and overdriven.

DannyBob 12-07-2013 06:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hamlet7768 (Post 15217805)
Bongo. Comes in 4, 5, and 6 string configurations.

+1,000,000

BONGO BONGO BONGO BONGO BONGO!

Arguably the best prog/metal bassist ever uses one! (John Myung, even though it's obvious)

dukeisdog 12-07-2013 06:13 PM

Look into a Spector Euro 5

jazzcat_13 12-07-2013 06:16 PM

Fender American Standard Jazz Bass. Versatile tone, very thin neck, and there are four and five string versions.

Bass Fund 12-07-2013 06:20 PM

I'd buy a Fender Precision, or a Rick 4003.

mapleglo 12-07-2013 06:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bass Fund (Post 15218029)
I'd buy a Fender Precision, or a Rick 4003.

This.

Barkless Dog 12-07-2013 07:17 PM

Rd artist, check out bongripper. There is not a sound that can't be had with an Rd. Great sustain, great high & lows.

EagleMoon 12-07-2013 07:21 PM

You can use any kind of bass for any kind of music. All you're going to get are people's opinions on basses that THEY like, not necessarily something that would work for you.

A thin fast neck could mean different things to different people. Some people would call the standard Fender P neck thin, and others will call it a baseball bat.

I'm going to recommend you actually go to a music store and try out some different basses to find out what you like. No one can tell you what you will like except you.

ddhm 12-07-2013 07:25 PM

Spector Euro. I can get lots o' tones out of mine. Swap out the tonepump pre though.

sumgruuvz 12-07-2013 08:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dukeisdog (Post 15218004)
Look into a Spector Euro 5

+1000. Great growly tone and awesome mids that cut through. Check out an Alex Webster, used. :bassist::bassist::bassist:

nyangsw 12-07-2013 09:55 PM

Used Spector Alex Webster signature

JCheung 12-07-2013 10:07 PM

For prog rock and metal, make sure you have a powerful rig, then add more cabs and an overdrive and distortion set up. Ultimately most basses will work and the amp will be the biggest deciding factor. If you're looking at that type of budget I'd do some serious personal research on my own to try as many basses as I can to see what necks I prefer. Notable examples would be Ibbys and Jazz basses. For 5 string necks personally my favorite is the Stingray 5.

grayn 12-08-2013 08:34 AM

I would highly recommend the Warwick Thumb (4 or 5).
The neck is just right for articulate, accurate playing.
Great, well defined, growly tone too.

inate_hex 12-08-2013 08:43 AM

The Bongo works for everything :-) the stealth version looks very mean too!

lfmn16 12-08-2013 08:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ironbar (Post 15217799)
I'm not attempting to be snarky here, so get me wrong. But I've never understood people asking what kind of bass to get for a particular kind of music. I mean, wouldn't you rather check into what sort of basses artists are using for the music you like and/or want to play and then sorta take it from there?

+1

I don't know why some people think a bunch of anonymous strangers with questionable credentials can make a better decision than they can.

Find a big music store, walk in with no preconceived notions and try all the basses until you find the sound you like.


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