I hope this is the right forum to post this long-winded introduction (as I do have a question about a new bass). If not, please move it to the right forum mods (I couldn't find an "Introduction" type forum).
I've been playing, gigging, teaching and recording most guitar styles (rock, metal, country, classical, flamenco, bluegrass, blues, some jazz) for the past 30 years. I've also played and recorded mandolin, banjo, and ukelele. I've also owned a few basses (Ibanez Roadstar II, two Ibanez SR200s, and my current Ibanez SR300 in green sparkle). But they have always been just something to have around for recording purposes, or so a friend could jam with me in the man cave. I've always harbored a secret fantasy of playing bass in a kick-a$$ funk/dance band, but have never seriously considered actually working at the bass enough to actually do it. Though I've certainly always enjoyed watching killer bassists from Tal Wilkenfeld, to Geddy Lee, to a hundred other greats.
Anyways... so after all this time the bass bug has finally hit me. I started playing my Ibanez SR300 a lot this week through one of my guitar rigs. Yesterday, I went to my local music shop and picked-up a Toby 5-string. GK MB200, and Eden Nemesis N115RS to bring home on-trial. I've bought a lot of gear from both of my local music shops over the past 25 years, so I enjoy the ability to take anything I want home on-loan to really try-out. It's cost me a lot of money, but saved me a lot of money as well.
Anyways... I really am digging the thumping tone of this rig and am curious if you guys think this is a good rig for me to really start my serious bass quest on. The Toby really seems like a great bass for the low dollars that it costs. Though there does seem to be some hum through the amp rig that my Ibanez doesn't have. But the tone of the Toby seems more lively and "barky" than the Ibanez. Dunno if it's newer strings or the Toby actually being a better sounding bass. From what I've read everywhere, the GK seems like a winner for sure. My bad back sure loves it! And the Eden cab is very light, so that's why I decided it bring it home instead of a GK 2X10 or 4X10. I want a thumpy, hard-driving cab that cuts through the mix. And it sounds great so far, but I haven't played it with a band yet.
I'm learning to play bass with a pick and with my fingers. I'm more comfortable with a pick, but because of my nylon-string background, I am pretty comfortable with fingerstyle as well. I do feel the need to learn proper slap technique though. Will have to check-out some YouTube vids on that. And I have several friends and former bandmates who play bass very well who can give me some pointers as well.
Sorry about this long-winded post... just wanted to get it all out there for the consideration of anyone brave enough to bother reading all of it.