I'll appreciate some
for a noob
I am new to this forum and to Bass guitars.
but not to guitars in general.. I've been playing classic guitar since I was a kid, but now I had this desire to play some bass guitar.
I'll try to make the story as short that I can and I am sorry in advance for the long post.
I admire the great late Bob Marley AND the Wailers.
what I want to achieve with the bass is the closest sound that I can to the sound of Mr. Aston "Family Man" Barret, which is a brilliant musician IMO..
so I've researched about Mr. Barret's gear and style and found out that he played a variety of guitars but the main one he plays is a Fender Jazz Deluxe (with an "Eden" amp and cab)
and that his playing style is as in the picture where he tucks his thumb on the neck and plays the strings between the neck pickup and the beginning of the neck itself.
so I was trying to figure out which would be the most similar bass to his in the style but not expensive and ended up with a Squier affinity Jazz Bass IV.. (we don't have Squier Jazz Bass Deluxe where I live)
I'm sure you all know how it looks but anyway..
so I bought it!
I hooked it up to my Roland Quad Capture sound card (which is great!) and used "Amplitube 3" for amp simulation. it is SO MUCH FUN to play Bass..
But... I have some issues with this Squier:
1. This guitar is SO HEAVY! it actually hurts my thigh after an hour of playing as it rests on it.
(I've seen a guy on YouTube that taped some cushioning to the bottom of it- I just think it's too crazy you have to go this way just to play a guitar..)
2. I didn't find the playing very smooth and easy, it seems I really need to pay attention to how I play to get clean sounds and to minimize rattle.
about that, the guy in the store said it was setup but I think some other professional could do a much better job as there is a lot of fret buzz and rattling which other guitars didn't have when I've played them.
3. I do like the sound.
I am thinking to replace it with the Ibanez GSR200
which I can tell you about
1. It is super-duper light and very comfortable to sit with.
2. playing it is like butter, very very smooth and easy.
3. I didn't like the sound as much. it's very muffled and lacks tonality. it also doesn't have the neck jazz pick up. it's a Precision pick up that from what I've heard is configured in reverse to a fender p-bass..
no idea if I could get nice Jazz bass style sound from this guitar by using this neck pickup.
and playing between the two pickups is much less comfortable to me. it's actually very comfortable, fun and easy to me to play as Mr. Barret does.
4. It's an active bass and also has some kind of "bass boost", apparently an EQ feature.
the (nice) guy in the store told me that the best thing I can do is to go with the Jazz bass and get use to it.
he said the Ibanez is very good but not as much versatile and better for Metal or Rock but not as good for Reggae as the Squier and even if I'll get the Ibanez,
one day I'll end up deciding I want to switch to a Jazz bass (Squier or alike) and be sorry for not going Jazz bass from the beginning.
about all my issues with the jazz bass I got he basically said that I should get over it and stay with it.
I will just mention that I am not from the USA and where I live, I need to add about 80$ to get the Ibanez so the guy is persuading me not to spend more money where he works.. (he is giving me what he thinks is the best advice)
I am sorry this post is so long, I feel it is all relevant information.
I've also read that most Reggae bass players today play 5 strings guitars, I've tried a 5 string in the store and didn't like that mega thick additional low string, I can see why some will want that and even more, but not me.
last thing, the only reason I wanted a bass guitar was to get some of my own Roots Reggae material ideas recorded to my computer
and as a replacement for a VST+midi keyboard setup which even that it sounded OK for the job, it's still a keyboard and to ME the guitar is different by where the notes are and by groove.
I wanted it to sound good and the closest that I can to Mr. Barret's sound but I wanted it to be comfortable as well. that when I would sit and play it for a long time with no pain. and not in the spirit of "no pain, no gain"..
I didn't know what to expect as I bought this guitar as my first bass a week ago, but if I can speak for myself, I manage to play it very well for a beginner.
(playing "Stir it up
" smoothly) with that said, I am NOT looking to become a very good Bass player. I just want to get some simple bass lines going and record them, no slaps or other techniques.. just very simple and easy playing lines.
what's important to me is to get the best sound I can for the money and comfort.
I would love to hear what you think about all this, do you think I should I replace this Squier with that Ibanez?
Thanks a lot for reading and for your answers!