Bass Recommendations

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by k0 by ranger, Dec 17, 2013.


  1. k0 by ranger

    k0 by ranger

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    Hey so I'm a beginning bassist I've owned a Bronco series squire and I would like to purchase a new bass. The squire was okay in my opinion except it rarely ever stayed in tune and the sound from the strings sounded a little off even when tuned. So I'm looking for bass recommendations under $800. I play alternative rock and punk rock music on my bass so I would prefer a base that's good for that kind of music. Thanks in advance.
  2. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    Try a different ste of strings first. There's nothing wrong with a well adjusted Squier Bronco. I don't know what is appropriate for alternative rock, but for punk, you would want the cheapest, nastiest, most ratted out instrument you can get. Preferably spray painted flat black by a person with no skill or ability to operate a spray can.
  3. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

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    look used for a good MIA fender P bass, If that does not work go to a fender MIM or CV Squiers.
    Alt rock and Punk sound great with a P bass and rounds cranked up. Don't look to a fancy active bass and all keep it simple and rock out.
  4. GretschBassist

    GretschBassist Supporting Member

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    For a beginner with a certain taste, the Gretsch Junior Jet (Link | Street price is about $300) is kinda sweet as is sounds "almost adult", got one for my friends son and he LOVES it. It's a short scale, perfect for beginners and/or people with smaller hands.
  5. Lee Moses

    Lee Moses

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    For punk rock, I would think a Fender P-bass would be ideal (I'm not a punk rocker by any stretch, but that's always what they seem to play). You can get a new foreign P within your price range, or a used non-vintage American P.

    Alternative is a different story--that describes a pretty wide spectrum. Usually alternative bassists want something a little more unconventional than a P.
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  7. k0 by ranger

    k0 by ranger

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    Alright thanks for the recommendations I was also talking to one of my bassist friend and he suggested that I get a Lakland Skyline series bass. What are your opinions on that bass?
  8. ShowKing

    ShowKing

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    A Lakland skyline would be perfect for the money and any genre of music. I recommend the -02 or -01 model but they have pretty much any other style of bass available too.
  9. Mechanical

    Mechanical

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    Used Fender P. MIM. And you're done.
  10. k0 by ranger

    k0 by ranger

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    Yea my friend told me to get a Lakland Skyline Series 44-01. There is one on sale in "lightly used" condition for $500 does that seem like a good deal?

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