Bass Player looking to set up a new rig.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by hughstewart, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. hughstewart

    hughstewart Guest

    Jan 3, 2009
    Sudbury, Ontario
    I use to play bass - I was pretty good but i had to sale my gear about 15 years ago to move to a new city for a new start. I had a chance over the holidays to pick up a bass and play and now i have the bug back in my ear. And i need to play.

    I am looking at G and L, Lakland, Yahmmy, Peavy. I like to slap, jazz/big band, .

    I have a budget of 2000.00. including a decent amp for jaming and practice.

    Would like to know what people think of what i should be looking for.

    I use to have a G and L 2000 4 string (it was decent) and a trace elliot rig.
  2. You're going to get a ton of personal opinions on this but it's still your hands and your ears that you need to please. Go play as many different brands as you can and buy the one that feels right to you.

    And look at used if available. Way more bang for the buck.
  3. hughstewart

    hughstewart Guest

    Jan 3, 2009
    Sudbury, Ontario
    Bump... I am still looking for some ideas.... but i am leaning towards a lakland 55-01
  4. louloomis


    Dec 28, 2004
    Here's what I recommend:

    1. Bass: Fender Jazz Bass Geddy Lee Model
    2. Amp: Gallien-Krueger 400RB-IV
    3. Cabinet: Gallien-Krueger 210 RBH

    Some/all of these you can buy used (if from a reliable source) and I must tell you that you'd be VERY hard pressed to get a better sounding (i.e. classic/versatile/in sync with the requirements you mentioned above) rig.


  5. headtrip762


    Feb 13, 2008
    Id say do what i did and Im sure many other people have done. Go out, try anything and everything bass wise, then take the bass that you like the best to your ear, and go through the same thing with amps and cabs, so on so forth. Its like a big hobby with endless options, sometimes youre suprised by the cheapest things. I think thats one of the main reasons I play bass, its like finding a perfect match, yet dont be affraid to try different things. I am addicted to warwick basses though :D
  6. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    1) Buy used.
    2) Get something you can resell when you get tired of it.

    For rock/funk, a G&L, fender J, MM are all great starts.

    I you don't have a problem with buying off-shore instruments, everyone seems to LOVE Lakland Skyline basses.

    Amps? There's a ton that you can get whipped up for ~$1000.
  7. lakland and an ashdown practice amp if all you want to do is practice
  8. lousybassplayer

    lousybassplayer Guest

    Jan 30, 2009
    J-Actionville, NC
    gotta say, even though opinions vary like crazy, for what you are talking bass wise a new lakland skyline 55-01 is tough to beat for the money. I have one and I love the thing. Best, no great yes. And it leaves about 1200 bucks for amplification which is a cinch to spend if you wanted to.