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Discussion in 'Welcome Forum - New Member Intros' started by shotgun55, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. shotgun55


    Jul 21, 2013
    Hi folks, my name is Ed and played guitar for 40 some odd years. 5 months ago I started to play bass. Around here there are lots of guitar players and very few bass players, So I decided to fill the need. I am currently using a cheap acoustic bass with a Marshall 50 watt acoustic guitar amp. I own the amp but the bass is borrowed. I can afford a new bass and amp in a couple of months. I've been looking hard at a Fender Cabronita P bass and a Hartke 70 watt bass amp. Any opinions on the bass and amp would be appreciated.
  2. GKon

    GKon Supporting Member, Boom-Chicka-Boom

    Feb 17, 2013
    Albuquerque, NM
    Welcome Ed!
    Sorry, I don't have any input on the specific equipment you mention. Just wanted to welcome you to TB and to the world of bass playing!

  3. shotgun55


    Jul 21, 2013
    Thanks for the response. Nice to be welcomed in. Rhythm is taking on a new perspective.
  4. I would spend less on the bass and more on the amp getting started.

    Squier Classic Vibe 60's P Bass is on my very short list. Killer bass for little money.

    On the amp - 70 watts is huge for guitar, but very little for bass guitar. If you are going to be in any type of band with drums and electric guitar you will need at least a couple hundred watts.

    And welcome to TB!
  5. shotgun55


    Jul 21, 2013
    I was thinking the same thing about the MIM Cab but thanks for the advise about amps. Your right of coarse about guitar amps. I was easily getting over drums with 15 watt tube amps but I was doing it without a bass player. I think most preferred bass amps are solid state if I'm not mistaken and 200 watts sounds a bought right.
  6. Woah now!

    You're getting in too deep too fast!

    Less money can buy decent SS power, but not decent tube power.

    Many here prefer SS, but you will find a ton of tube lovers here and believe me, they strongly prefer tubes!

    But bang for the buck you need to go SS.
  7. shotgun55


    Jul 21, 2013
    Oh. I didn't mean to offend anyone. Most of my guitar amps have glowing glass but for acoustic I prefer SS or direct in. I haven't been around bass players for 2 or 3 years so I don't know what is acceptable. It used to be Ampeg was king.
  8. Nah, you didn't offend anyone. I'm just making a little fun.

    Yep, Ampeg 300 watt all tube SVT is still the king.

    I'm playing a Bassman 20 these days (I'm a non gigging hobbyist) - 18 glorious tube watts into a 15 inch speaker.

    Post what you are looking for as far as sound, power, size and price in the amp section. You will get a ton of advice - starting with "buy used!"

    As far as a starter bass - pretty much Squier all the way. The CV series (Classic Vibe) is a slight notch above the VM series (Vintage Modified). Just stay away from the Affinity series.

    Enjoy it!