Bass & amp suggestions?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by teejayh, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. teejayh

    teejayh Guest

    Apr 12, 2012
    Need to get a bass and amp to have around for jams here and need some suggestions. I play 6 string guitar and don't have much experience with bass playing. The amps here are tube amps in the 50 - 100 watt power range. Budget is about $1k. Thanks!
  2. rust_preacher


    Dec 17, 2009
    For 1000 bucks, look into used gear, especially since you say you have little bass experience. You don't say if you are the one to play the bass in your jams either, so you probably don't need to please anybody with the looks or vintage of the gear.

    I would probably go with a used Ibanez, Schecter, or Squier. Look for a Fender Precision pickup style and you should be good for rock. (250-350 bucks?)

    To compete with a 100 W guitar amp, you need some serious cabinetry, not so much actual bass wattage. Get a used amplifier. If you don't need to lug the gear around to gigs, some older and heavy transistor amps should be available. Peavey or Hartke, 250 to 350 Watts range. (150 to 250 dollars?)

    Spend whatever you have left on a cabinet that can take the full power out of the amp. 4 x 10" minimum.

    (That's only my take on your situation. Who knows, you might want a 6-string Carvin straight into PA.)
  3. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    Used is the way to go for bang for your buck, either a local Craigslist deal or right here on TalkBass.

    The linked Peavey Bam 210 is a tremendous bargain! Someone posting on the thread says it's a steal. They're 100% right. $350 s-h-i-p-p-e-d. This is a great combo. 350 watts @ 4 ohms. Add an extension 4 ohm cab & get the full 500 watts @ 2 ohm ability. Built in effects, too. Only downside is it weighs 94 lbs. That's a downside, yes, but still, if I was you, I'd JUMP on this. Fast. Before some other young guy with more back than bucks sees it, lol. I have zero affiliation with the buyer. Don't know him at all. Just trying to help. Not kidding, it's a super deal. And it leaves you $650 for a bass. Or who knows, maybe $350, and then $300 of your $1K back in your pocket.

    Here's another choice, nice choice, but the Bam 210 is better, imho.