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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Basroil, May 26, 2005.
Im leaning toward a new amp, but advice would be appriciated.
Well, where are you at now ability wise, and where do you want to be 6 months from now or a year from now? Are you gigging now?....a year from now?....no plans yet?
It's been done.
Im asking which one you thin I need more for this deal.
Save up for an amp right after you buy it. That practice amp is not gig worthy.
Well, Im not going to be doing gigs, but Im syill gonna get a new amp.
Right on. Head on over to the amps forum to get some ideas and help picking out a good amp.
You can also do some mods to that bass if you aren't 100% happy with it's tone. New strings, pickups, preamp, etc.
I would say......... both!
Seriously, get a better amp. I've had one of those boxes myself and they were useless .
Thanks for the help people!
Neither the bass or the amp will keep you happy, but they'll work.
If you want a better feel, get the bass first (maybe a fairly cheap bass from Rondo would do the trick). If you need to be louder, get the amp first.
Either way, you'll want to upgrade ASAP (preferably with something decent).
Don't buy the Drive Combo Package. Buy a bass with the funds you have, then save up for an amp.
Amp! I grew-up with 2x15" at 400W. While I don't advocate THAT much, I really suggest a 12" or 15" speaker with 100W (although the "new school" folks will say get 10"). While *not* the best, a cheap bass can sound pretty good (in the right hands) with a good amp.
A little amp, in that price-range, will do nothing but "fart" and "rattle". You may be better-off with headphones until you get a bigger amp.
I had a similar experience with a Fender Frontman 15B in the combo-pack I bought a few years back (getting back into playing). After about 5 minutes, I was VERY unhappy with the amp.
Upgrade your playing first.
Get a better amp when you join a band.
You could probably improve your bass with some decent strings and pickups.
It all depends on your financial and playing situation.
id go for an SX bass from Rondo, then a half decent cheaper practise amp such as a Peavey or Harkte.
Get an SX bass of some sort from http://www.rondomusic.com, they have nice basses for under $100.
Then pick up a little tiny practice amp, that you can hang onto once you get a bigger amp. you can get one for like $50.
Same price as your combo, far better bass, and a tiny amp you'll always find a use for.
So very very true.
+1 on the SX!
My buddy just got one of the $99 Jazz Basses. OMG! Easily the equal of a Fender MIM and superior to a Squier, Ibanez.
I wouldn't think twice if I saw it in a music tagged at $225.
Ick, I say both (like so many others before me) Get a Squier or an Epiphone start pack. I don't think much of that setup...
Also, the SX route is a good one, then look for a used Peavey Microbass or better yet, Minx 110. Those things are bulletproof and you can play a small gig with them. (Better yet, no one wants to steal a Peavey. I got my car broken into once, they found the amp and left it. What did they take? My battery. )...
The Drive pack isn't very good at all. I would definitly get an SX P-bass and then save for a decent combo amp.