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New guy on forums with (prob) newb questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Homeslice, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Homeslice


    Nov 14, 2013
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    Hey there TB!

    I am a new member (1st post!) and I have some questions I'd like to get answered a bit quicker than searching (although I have, and do) but I felt it would be easier for the TB family to offer suggestions based on my fairly simple questions.

    I will start with my current setup (very very basic)
    Ibanez SR300
    Acoustic 15W amp/cab practice amp

    I have been playing for going on a year, and decided I want to upgrade my equipment in the next coming year and get more serious about playing, and recently have found a drummer and guitarist who like to jam with me and looking to play weekly cover songs consisting of genres rock/punk/indie from bands

    Blink 182
    Cage the Elephant
    Silversun pickups
    Taking Back sunday
    Jimi Hendrix
    Rise against
    The used
    Story of the year
    and so on

    Then we also drop tune for bands such as

    A day to remember
    The devil wears prada
    We came as romans
    August burns red
    Parkway Drive
    Killswitch engage

    So my question is, how should I go about upgrading?

    My first initial plan of attack is to buy a new amp and cab

    I want opinions or suggestions on my amp/cab as I am planning on getting an Ampeg PF-115HE PF-500 Portaflex as
    I read good reviews and think the price/watt is "ideal" for what I am looking to use it for. (possibly small to medium venues and mostly practice)

    Later on down the road I would like to upgrade my bass and have a few questions.

    I am thinking of purchasing a 5 string so I can use it more in my drop c tuned songs. I like the feel of my Ibanez and was thinking of an SR705 or SR505, but I am open for suggestions as I have tried a few 5 strings at guitar center (musicman, esp, Schecter)

    After the 5 string I would then like to trade in my SR300 for a more punky 4 string like a fender P-Bass for my standard tuning (I want that Blink-182 sound!) but also could use other suggestions or opinions on that (based on my playlist)

    Finally I wouldn't mind picking up some effect pedals to get a closer sound to the ^posted bands but am completely noob to all effects and how they sound. I understand you may want different ones such as wah, muff, but if someone could help me pick out the ideal ones to go with this type of music i'm playing would be really helpful

    Thank's for any help and again sorry if this is all newb questions, and again I don't mind searching, but would rather have a more direct answer based on my gear/music played

  2. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
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    Product Specialist for Musical Instruments, Full Compass Systems
    Everything you are planning makes sense to me. Ampeg rig will be fine. A ton of opinions out there, I love my TC Rh450, but that rig will sound fine and do the job. Basses, same. Get a P for Punk, and get your hands on some 5ers. They neck width on those varies quite a bit fro the super thin Ibanez to chunkier MM necks.
  3. Cycho


    Nov 30, 2010
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    Whatever you do, don't just buy something on line based on some recommendation. Your hands, your ears, your preferences.
  4. tekdiver500ft

    tekdiver500ft Supporting Member

    May 12, 2011
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    Your choice of amp and cab should serve you fairly well, although there isn't a lot of authority on the low B with it.

    I'm not a fan of fivers, so I won't comment on that.

    I'd start with a compressor and/or overdrive, and wouldn't add anything else until I as sure I needed it. Odds are, though, that a wah would be next, followed by an octaver.
  5. Homeslice


    Nov 14, 2013
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    ^wow (fast responses), thank you everyone for all of the advice so far

    I'm glad to hear that I was headed in the right direction

    I agree with you Cycho, and that I will have to listen to different setups before dropping the coin.

    Please feel free for any more suggestions/opinions etc

  6. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
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    For the effects, you could get something like the Zoom B3 or the MS-60B, which are very affordable (great value for money in my opinion) and offer you lots of tones and effects in one pedal. Then when you find what you like, you can aim for those specific pedals (or stick with the Zoom if you are happy).

    For basses, I don't see why you wouldn't be able to get the Blink tone out of a 5 string. I am sure you get get very close just by adapting your playing style (and especially with a multieffect pedal).

    For amps, I'm afraid I am in the same situation as you!!
  7. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
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    hiho,keep it simple
    tuner pedal,sansamp or behringer clone-bdi21
    decent amp and cab
    P-bass,decent make,you can upgrade pups easily and enter the world of GAS with the rest of us.
  8. Red_Label


    Dec 1, 2013
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    I always let my hands and my ears make my decisions when I can. When I recently upgraded from my Ibanez SR300 (green sparkle) 4-string, I played nearly all the basses in my local shop. I had my preferences, but my buddy (who runs the shop) grabbed one of the few basses that I hadn't tried off the wall (Sterling Ray 34) and asked me to try it. I had no intention of even playing it, because I wasn't in-love with its looks. WOW... for me it spanked every thing else in the shop. After playing it for a while and loving every minute, I started making the rounds of the other basses again, and then came back to the Sterling. There was NO doubt that it was my favorite by far. But I kind of wanted to get into a 5-string, so I asked him about that and he told me that they had one (Sterling Ray 35) on-order. Turns-out that it came in while I was still there chatting and I took it right home to give it a test drive. I fell immediately in love with that it bought it. And I plan to add one of the Sterling Ray 34 fretless basses that they have on-order to my stable shortly.

    Moral of the story... play everything you can get your hands-on and buy what you like best (and can afford).

    Also, I tried-out several amps and ended-up with one of those tiny GK MB200 heads running into a used Eden N115RS cab that they had in the store. I really love this rig and have no intention of upgrading to a big rig down the road. My 45-year old bad back loves the lightweight portability of this small rig, yet it's got plenty of thump for most indoor gigs and a DI-out for larger/outdoor gigs.

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