Punk Rock bass players,I need help!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mortom27, Jan 9, 2014.


  1. Mortom27

    Mortom27

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    Ok, I'm been jamming with a local punk rock band for a few
    weeks now and they officially asked me to join the band, I never play punk before so my I don't have a traditional punk rock bass if you know what I mean, I got 2 Ibanez (4&5 strings)& a 4 string spector , I been looking into Fender P' bass & jass bass and sterling sub-4
    any suggestions? what will u guys recommend?
    thanks!!
    :help:
  2. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

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    Nothing screams Punk more than a Fender P.
    On second thought, most genres scream for a Fender P...
    You can never go wrong with a P
  3. OzzyGreg

    OzzyGreg Supporting Member

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    I play in a 70s punk covers band sometimes.

    Yeah, definitely a Fender P, or even a Rickenbacker 4001 for some stuff.
    I have both, but tend to play the P a lot more than the Rick with these guys.

    Whatever you use, fit it with roundwounds (for modern punk) or anything at all (lol!) for 70s punk.

    I'm not familiar with the basses you have already.
    Do any of them have split P-bass style pickups?
    If so I'd be using that bass to begin with, before pulling the trigger on another instrument.
  4. lz4005

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    The least punk thing to do would be buying a bass because it looks punk.
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  6. Mortom27

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    Ozzygreg, all of my current basses have soapbars pups
    in it, I play mostly hard rock & metal I been using my spector with this guys so far
  7. bluestarbass

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    I always thought my stingray was the bees knees for punk. I played mostly pop punk.
  8. Joe Murray

    Joe Murray

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    Agree 100%!

    Those Ibanez and that Spector will more than get the job done.:bassist:
  9. JennySuzuki

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    The punk aesthetic was all about rejecting style over substance. Punk bands played what they had, what they could afford, and didn't sweat the brand names or even, really, how well they could play their instruments. The message was the medium.

    So don't sweat what kind of bass you're playing punk with. Sweat what your message is, and how you send it.
  10. Mortom27

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    I like that, that was DEEP!!!..
  11. kleinenenten

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    It's punk! Play what you've already got! Or get something cheap and rough.
  12. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    YES!
    Ive been in many a punk band thru my life, i have rocked them with p bass, J bass, p/j bass, Soap bar bass, rounds, flats, etc.
  13. Mortom27

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    like a dirty Hore?, lol
    I can do that :p
  14. DeivoxCarnal

    DeivoxCarnal Supporting Member

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    I say if they liked what you were playing then keep playing it.
    But if you're looking for a reason to get a new bass try the Sterling SUB 4. They're pretty sweet and they sound pretty punk to me.
  15. Mortom27

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    yeah, they haven't say anything about it
    and you're right I play tru a sub4 on GC the other day
    is a pretty good bass for the money, I really like the small
    body on her thou and sounds good too
  16. Monster Truck

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    +1 on using a bass you already have.

    But if you must get a new bass I would suggest a Peavey Fury, they have a P type vibe, they're well made, inexpensive, and have a slim neck.
  17. Ian774

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    Guys, please separate PUNK from PUNK ROCK. These are two different things.

    Punk, it's a state of mind, a way of life.

    Punk Rock, it's a style of music that was first initiated by punks, but it has become over time a genre by itself, that doesn't require to be a punk at heart to play it. Or even to listen to it. I like me some punk rock quite often, and I'm not a punk at all.

    So, if you wanna be punk: grab whatever bass you have and flip the bird to any conventions. But if you wanna play punk rock, then a P Bass would do the job quite well...
  18. Doctor J

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    Nothing screams punk more than conforming and doing the same as everyone else.

    No, wait...
  19. dalkowski

    dalkowski

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    "Always let them see you sweat."
    -- Paul Westerberg
  20. johnson79

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    Plenty of "punk" bass players use Ibanez and Spectors. Nothing wrong with either. But a Stingray, P, or J all sound pretty damn good too. I'd stick with what you've got.
  21. AaronVonRock

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    Whatever you play, I think a four string is the way to go. Fender P or Jazz, Rick 4001, or a Stingray would all get the job done and look the part.

    But what you have now would probably get the job done, too.

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